Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer


MysteryRomanceAgnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer Agnes and the Hitman
Jennifer Crusie; St. Martins 2008

Her food column is called Cranky Agnes. Agnes has anger management issues – she hit her last two fiances with frying pans when she caught them cheating on her. Her parents dropped her off at a boarding school when she was 10 and didn’t return for her. Her best friend Lisa Livia is almost a mob princess – the don is LL’s uncle and she stays away from him. But Agnes is in a good place now. She has a white-bread fiance who is a caterer. She bought her dream house (albeit a fixer upper) from Lisa Livia’s mother. She and her fiance are hosting Lisa Livia’s daughter’s wedding at their new home this Saturday. Everything is good. Except it isn’t.

Her fiance isn’t what she thinks. LL’s mother is trying to get the house back. Lying gossip is being whispered to the bride and groom to break up the wedding. At the last minute the bride’s subtle colors are changed to flamingo pink. A man comes to steal Agnes’ dog and instead dies in the basement. There may be $5 million hidden in that basement. To top it all off, a gorgeous hunk rescues her, but Shane is a hitman who decides to stay until he figures out what is going on in their small South Carolina town.

Cute, funny, and sexy. Jennifer Crusie’s and Bob Mayer’s Agnes and the Hitman is unexpected. The plot is one that makes me wonder how people come up with some of these ideas. Who decided a hitman and a cookbook author could work together in a romance? Then take those characters and write a delightful farce romance that includes the mob, flamingos, secret government agencies, some backwoods rednecks, murder attempts, and a lethal frying pan?

Crusie and Mayer must have had a lot of fun writing Agnes and the Hitman. I certainly enjoyed reading it.

Notice: Strong sexual content, Non-graphic violence, Strong language

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