Agnes has a To Do list that looks something like this:
1. Finish painting the house
2. Write her weekly Cranky Agnes newspaper column
3. Throw a wedding for her best friend’s daughter
The list does not include the following items:
1. Accidentally kill a dognapper
2. Sleep with a hitman hired to protect her from future dognappers
But she does them anyway.
This book is pretty much exactly what I want in my pleasure reading. It’s light, fun, yet still with a dose of emotional impact, AND it has explosions and action, romance and suspense. I first heard about the book when I was reading Bob Mayer’s and Jennifer Crusie’s blog of writing advice, based around their experience in writing Agnes and the Hitman. I was impressed with their advice, and the book clearly bears witness to the fact that they know what they’re doing – the pacing is tight, the dialog is witty, and the romance is sweet and interspersed with gunshots. Agnes is crazy and neurotic – and believably so – and the Hitman is both dangerous and sympathetic at the same time, so that’s a big win right there.
The two previously collaborated on Don’t Look Down, also a pretty good read, though they’ve definitely perfected the partnership here.
Read this book if any of the following points apply to you:
- you don’t know what to read next
- you like action/adventure novels
- you like romance novels
- you’re going on vacation
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