Book Review: Agnes and the Hitman

Agnes and the Hitman, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2007

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

Dea’s Arbitrary Rating:

Dea’s Random Awesomeness Count:

Dragons: 0

Vampires: 0

Flamingos: 2

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