Published by St. Martin's Press on August 21st 2007
Genres: Fiction, Mystery/Suspence
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Take one food writer named Cranky Agnes, add a hitman named Shane, mix them together with a Southern mob wedding, a missing necklace, two annoyed flamingos, and a dog named Rhett and you've got a recipe for a sexy, hilarious novel about the disastrous side of true love...Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane, no last name, just Shane, and he has his own problems: he's got a big hit scheduled, a rival trying to take him out, and an ex-mobster uncle asking him to protect some little kid named Agnes. When he finds out that Agnes isn't so little, his uncle has forgotten to mention a missing five million bucks he might have lost in Agnes's house, and his last hit was a miss, Shane's life isn't looking so good, either. Then a bunch of lowlifes come looking for the money, a string of hit men show up for Agnes, and some wedding guests gather with intent to throw more than rice. Agnes and Shane have their hands full with greed, florists, treachery, flamingos, mayhem, mothers of the bride, and--most dangerous of all--each other. Agnes and the Hitman is the perfect combination of sugar and spice, sweet and salty--a novel of delicious proportions.
Meet Agnes: Just your everyday food columnist planning a wedding, writing articles, getting her cookbook written and nailing the dognapper with a frying pan. (She, like Rapunzel of Tangled, clearly understands the power of a good pan.) So she’s not so average. Not with a dear friend who’s an ex-mobster, a best friend whose family has close ties with the mob and someone after her dog. What’s a girl to do?
Agnes is surprisingly resilient, and a heroine readers can easily support. Though life hasn’t treated her the best, Agnes hangs tough and doesn’t dissolve into useless female hysterics. Instead her ex-mob friend, Joey sends her help in the form of his hot nephew, Shane.
With a story that seems vaguely all over the place with its many components, Crusie and Mayer do a fantastic job tying all the pieces together in a laugh-out-loud story of the mob, a wedding and the cutest romance ever.
Though it’ll appeal more to female audience (at first glance) don’t let that deter you guys. It’s a funny story fit for anyone to read.
Cyn’s Take: 4 of 5 stars
Basically, I agree with everything Kim has to say up top there. When I found out she was doing a book review for this, I went back and re-read the book and as it turned out I still loved it like the first time I read it.
Agnes is a fantastic heroine with a frying pan, and she’s not letting anything get in her way of owning the gorgeous house she’s always dream of having in Two Keys, come rain or shine, or red neck boys, or assassins, or pink flamingos. When Agnes’ life is threaten, “Uncle” Joey (ex-mob) sends in his nephew Shane to help her out, not that Agnes really needs saving, but its always nice to have a handsome helping man around.
There’s lying, scheming, murders, dog-napping, hidden rooms, and a mystery to solve before the wedding of the year. It’s a mob murder mystery and a cute romance all rolled up into one zany laugh-out-loud adventure. Well worth the read.
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