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Spitfire [Kindle Edition]

Annette Sandoval
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Twenty-eight-year-old Tomi Reyes is a documentary filmmaker who moonlights as a receptionist to pay the bills. It’s a pretty easy gig—until she receives an unexpected promotion, and her somewhat interesting life goes totally insane.

For starters, her new boss, Scott Martin, morphs from nice guy into creepy dictator in the space of, like, five seconds. Then Justin Thyme, Tomi’s occasional boyfriend, is found murdered and stuffed inside his refrigerator. Before Tomi can get over the shock, her friend Whim meets the same gruesome fate. Tomi has a sneaking suspicion that new-boss-Scott has a hand in all of this, but the evidence to both of the murders is pointing to her! She is wondering how she'll look in an orange jumper, when her childhood pal is assigned to the case. Nicholas “Nickels” Turino, is now an FBI agent, and a hot one at that. When the killer starts stalking Tomi—going as far as turning her fridge into her waiting tomb—the not-so-swift hand of justice drives Tomi to act. She sets out to unmask the killer herself or die trying. Seriously underdressed for such a cold-blooded death, Tomi is determined to live.

With its larger-than-life heroine and delightfully sarcastic tone, Spitfire offers readers a refreshing alternative to the ho-hum crime novels crowding today’s bookshelves.

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"Annette's wit is so sharp, you can slice, dice, and shred with it." - J. Michael Orenduff, 2011 Lefty Winner, The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein

"In Spitfire Annette tickles and titillates and yanks on our funny bones on every page with a timing and pace I’ve rarely seen. Read the damned book." - Colin Cotterill, The Coroner's Lunch

"Annette Sandoval's fiction is like high voltage. Once you pick up Spitfire you won't be able to put it down." -John Lutz, Final Seconds, and Serial

About the Author

Annette Sandoval’s writing is tightly bound to her experience as a Mexican American. She grew up in the barrio neighborhoods of Santa Ana, California, the youngest of five children born to immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico. Her mother named her after Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, wanting one of her children to have an “American” name. She is the author of The Directory of Saints and Homegrown Healing: Traditional Remedies from Mexico, as well as the novel Women Are Like Chickens. Her writing has appeared in national publications and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and she has been a guest on NPR, CBS, and PBS. She lives today in Northern California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469204819
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (17 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007264HTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light hearted Murder story 16 Jun. 2012
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a sometimes very funny story by author Annette Sandoval, who uses her Mexican ethnicity to bring a fresh voice to a murder and love story that is reminiscent of Janet Evanovitch. The whole story takes place in California and has the laidback feel associated with the Sunshine State even with the murders going on. This is not a dark or even very tense crime thriller. In fact it's also safe for squeamish readers.

I love the humour in the emails sent between Tomi and Sam, her best friend. Tomi is gonna be a documentary filmmaker but for now is working in an office to pay her bills. She is promoted but her new boss Scott is hitting on her and she is not interested. Tomi has a sometimes boyfriend Justin Thyme (his parents worked in advertising), and Justin is the first of her friends to be found dead, inside his own refrigerator. (has to be one of those big American ones).
As Tomi's friends are targeted Tomi herself is also in danger and worse suspects the murderer has to be someone she knows.
For me what carries along the plot is the humour rather than any real tension. At times I felt I was reading a stand up comedy routine rather than a crime novel and enjoying the read nonetheless.

Tomi's strong feisty personality is a joy, that she cares about her ageing granddad, and wants to make a career for herself as a filmmaker makes her fleshed out and likeable.
Her humour makes me wish she as a real person, is the writer like her at all?
The emails include gems of the Yo Mama type: Yo mama is so dumb she got hit by a parked car. Yo Mama's so poor, I came over for dinner and she read me recipes ! There are plenty more.

As a crime novel it's not nearly thrilling enough but as a light hearted funny read it's very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable 18 July 2012
By L. Hutchinson VINE VOICE
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One of the most recognised authors of crime-thriller fiction is Patricia Cornwell who places a great deal of focus on forensic detail, realism and provides largely gritty and very serious gripping reads. At the opposite end of the spectrum you have this, Annette Sandoval's "Spitfire" which is gripping in a totally different way: through a wonderful blend of witty and juvenile humour (the book starts with an email that ends with the signoff "Yo mama is so ugly she makes onions cry") and it is frankly more of an enjoyable read.

"Spitfire" was a delightful read, and one I found difficult to put down. I do hope that Annette Sandoval continues to write because after this I could quite happily read another one of her books. The author's unique approach to storytelling laced with humour makes the story interesting, and a joy to read before we even get into the murder mystery part and once we do things hot up nicely. The main character, Tomi, although a little immature is very likable and believable: described elsewhere as sharp, spikey and smart mouthed which is a pretty good portrayal, she is also caring particularly when it comes to her Grandfather. The rest of the book is littered with other likable characters and some real creeps but it all adds to the fabric of the story.

When we get to the murder mystery we are left with a solid tale of quite gruesome serial killings (very badly beaten the victims' bodies are broken and stuffed in a refrigerator and left for dead) so there is a trace of dark humour here. However, on the whole it is fairly light on atmosphere, but with good focus on character feeling. What made it enjoyable for was the one liners Tomi comes out with, many which made me laugh out loud.

Having read it, the only thing I don't get is the title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoughly enjoyoyed reading this book 3 July 2012
By I. Mcintosh VINE VOICE
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The main character of the book Tomi is instantly likable and so funny, you really care what happens to her. Eventhough the story centres on murder it is so lighthearted you cant really take it seriously, which makes it so different and original.

You think you have the murderer sussed but it keeps you guessing till the end and Annette Sandoval gives Tomi some great one liners.

One of my favourites parts is when she is approaches by a man in a cafe who want to chat her up. He asks "Is that seat empty" to which she replies" and this one will be to if you sit down" .. Superb !

This book was a joy to read, it flowed so easily and I couldnt put it down.

My only critisism would be it deserved a better title than Spitfire. I will definately looking for more books by Annette Sandoval.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant crime comedy 27 May 2012
By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE
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Tomasita Reyes has an unexpected promotion from the front desk to personal assistant but this is the start of her nightmare. First her boss seems to turn into a Jekyll and Hyde over night and then her on/off friend with benefits is found dead in his refrigerator. When another friend is killed it is apparent that Tomi's her own life is in danger and suspects that she must know the killer. She has to use every resource in her grasp to find the killer before the killer finds her. This means asking for help from an odd assortment of friends and a blast from the past.

Tomi is a funny dynamic heroine who is both sexy and sassy, as well as being a sharp detective. The diary form and the cut ins of e-mails and texts make it a high energy well paced novel that I read in two sessions. I just wanted to get to the end and find out who did it.

While the book and the writing is fantastic the blurb on the book cover and on Amazon is bad. Who-ever wrote the summary gives away far too much and it is also misleading. It undermines the strongest points of the book. I wish I had not read it but I used it to decide I wanted to read the book and so it lost something for me. So don't read it, but the book and sit back and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A decent read
Published 2 months ago by Mr. S. P. Solari
5.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire
A really good read, hard to put down once you got I to it I would certainly read more by this author.
Published 3 months ago by Jeremy Trott
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent read
Really unexpected end. Love the main character Tomi. Filled with light hearted humour throughout. This is definitely worth a read.
Published 5 months ago by Mockingjay
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
Poor. Story written in a jumbled format. Choice of title didn't match expectation. Struggled to get through the reading matter.
Published 13 months ago by marietta
1.0 out of 5 stars i did not get it on my kindle. no more kindle for me!
the damned thing did not download so i have no idea how good or bad it is. to hell with it!!
Published 13 months ago by A. Grundy
4.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire
A good humorous writing style, I enjoyed reading it but I did see the end result before it got there.
Published 16 months ago by Grandad747
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad first flight
Well-plotted and Tomi has potential to go further as a heroine, but characters were a bit 2 dimensional. The influence of Janet Evanovich is clear, but Tomi is no Stephanie Plum. Read more
Published 16 months ago by E B
4.0 out of 5 stars The best thing about this book....... I want to know what happens next! Tomi is a lot like Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovic's book, but less predictable. A really enjoyable, easy read.... Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. MAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected laughs
This book is suitable for everyone. There were so many things that made me roar out loud and kept me reading until the end. Read more
Published 21 months ago by vanessa
2.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to think to hard
An easy read with a twist goes on a bit to long after it reveals the killer. A good book to read on the beach or after reading something heavier.
Published 21 months ago by Euan Bell
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