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Agnes and the Hitman Mass Market Paperback – 26 Aug 2008
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Agnes and the Hitman Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a man with problems of his own climbs through her bedroom window. Shane is a hitman with a rival trying to take him out, and an ex-mobster uncle asking him to protect some little kid named Agnes. But Agnes isn't so little anymore Full description
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One reviewer of "Agnes..." discribes it as "disjointed", but I think that may be because she listened to it on CD rather than read it. I wouldn't have thought that the book would lend itself to being listened to particularly well and would say that that would also apply to several of Crusie's books, not just this one.
Here we have "Cranky Agnes" a quick tempered, pan wielding food writer, who has just bought her childhood dream home Two Rivers from her best friend's mother Brenda, in conjunction with Agnes's fiance chef, Taylor. Her dream should now have come true, except that Taylor seems somewhat reluctant to move in with her as was the plan. Agnes, who really longs to settle down with the love of her life and cook big family meals, has not had much luck finding the "love of her life", as her past two boyfriends were too keen to sample other womens goods and were hit over the head with Agnes' frying pan for their pains. A reaction which led to Agnes having court appointed anger management counselling.
However, life is much better now; she has Taylor, the home of her dreams and her goddaughter's wedding to cater for the next Saturday, things should go swimmingly. Then add to the mix her friend Joey's mob connections; the fact that Brenda wants her house back and is willing to go to extremes to get it; her best friend and Brenda's daughter LL and mother of the bride, who hates her mother Brenda as she thinks that she killed her, LL's, father who has been missing for 25 years; a bestman with an annoying sense of humour; two young gun-wielding dognappers who are sent to dognap Agnes' bloodhound Rhett, by their swamp-rat, ex-mob grandfather Four wheels; an Irish handyman named Doyle; two lonely, noisy flamingos; a sealed up basement leading to a sealed up nuclear shelter, which in turn may lead to the corpse of Frankie and a missing five million dollars; a mob Don as wedding guest of honour; the bride and groom both getting cold feet at the last minute and a pink flamingo themed wedding and you have the wedding from hell.
Then last but far from least is Joey's nephew Shane, a government employed 'hit-man', who thanks to secrets kept by Joey, is not who he thinks he is; Carpenter his partner and cleaner-upper and Wilson their controller.
Fast, funny mayhem.
This book is a deliciously chaotic but fun crime caper and really shows off Jennifer Crusie's humour and how well she and Bob Mayer work together.
Agnes, given the moniker of 'Cranky Agnes', is more feisty than cranky and she is funny and despite her issues, someone you want to be like. Although this isn't really a romance, her interactions with Shane (who himself is a gorgeous, complicated, man's man) are great and very sexy.
The body count in the book is high but the crime and murder isn't particularly gruesome (despite the book being full of mobsters and hitmen!) and is more fun and entertaining than anything. There is so much going on that you really are kept guessing and I wasn't sure exactly what was what until the very last chapter.
Overall, this is an entertaining and sexy romp of a read and certainly one that will have you turning the pages. Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer seem to be perfect writing pairing and I look forward to more of their collaborations in the future. Definitely recommended. 5 stars.
The action is none stop from the very beginning, the book is full of action from start to finish, leaving u guessing whats going to happen next. Its a real page turner. Its also great to read from both agnes and shanes views. There is a love story, sex and deep conversations. And some very very funny laugh out loud moments.
Anges is great, completely nutty but great. You will love her from the start. Highly recommend.
I didn't enjoy Don't Look Down but Agnes and the Hitman was a real treat. Excellent writing and I could barely tell who wrote what - so it felt like a seamless read.
Totally back on form, this felt more like Welcome to Temptation and Faking It. Great fun and I recommend it unreservedly.
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