Sunday, September 30, 2012

'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy

Don't fret my pets, I have not killed anyone nor am I in need of bail money! (Is that a resounding collective sigh of relief or disappointment??)

Nope, it's time for another book review!

'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy - Leslie Langtry
'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy (Greatest Hits Mysteries)
For wisecracking single mother/professional assassin Gin Bombay, who comes from a line of career killers stretching back to ancient Greece, an invitation to the family reunion brings problems that go well beyond Aunt Jean's unappetizing potato salad. For starters, reunion business will include the mandatory blood initiation of Gin's five-year-old daughter, cementing her to the family business; on top of that, Gin's been assigned to eliminate a spy within the family, who may be her beloved younger brother. Things only get worse when she finds out that one of her marks is a client of her brand new boyfriend, a hunky Australian bodyguard. The beleaguered soccer mom/assassin concept is a winner, and Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details, like the Hello Kitty phone perched in our heroine's death lab. The book's chief flaw is in Gin's one-liners; unlike the gracefully underplayed wisecracks of Janet Evanovich's like-minded bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Gin's are one-joke affairs—all assassination, all the time—that quickly become grating.

OK, now I will start off by saying I say that movie One For The Money that was based off of Janet Evanovich's books and it was absolutely horrible. No white girl should ever fake a Jersey accent and I don't care how perky her boobs are. Admittedly I've never read any of Janet's books and the movie sealed the deal on that but I can tell you that I like Gin's character a lot better. Sure, some of the humor is maybe a tad overdone in some parts but I absolutely loved it. 

You know why? Because I feel like, while I'm not an assassin, I can certainly identify with her. She seems like she would be a fun girl to have in your group to get drunk with, which she does hilariously well and poorly timed in this book. I also loved the basis of the book that the entire family are killers with their own specialties and you do it or else, even if that is completely unrealistic. I think. I mean, I probably don't know if that is realistic or not. Hmm... 

Anyways. I flew through this book in less than 4 hours so it was good. It wasn't the greatest story of all time but it at least had enough going for it that I finished it lickety split. It's funny, it'll make you roll your eyes, but she is a talented author to watch for in the future. And (brace yourselves) I kind of liked all of the characters. I KNOW. Normally there is at least someone I wish were never written in the story because I don't like them, but all of the characters in this one were funny and great and you kind of wished they were your own family. 

The greatest part about this is that the book is FREE if you go HERE and get it through Amazon Whispernet. Honestly, what more do you want than a free book? This is part of a series so you'll definitely enjoy the others if you liked this one. 


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Love this title- I'm a big fan of wit and humor. Sounds like such a fun novel!


ComfyMom~Stacey said...

It's coming up 99 cents now, but I got it anyway.

The Stephanie Plum series by Evanovich is a lot of fun. Don't just it by the movie. The movie sucked. The books are much better.