Independent, avant-garde metal sculptress
and amateur detective Samantha Jones has an uncanny knack for accidentally
turning up wherever very bad "stuff" is going
Savvier than the police and tougher than the
bad guys, sexy Sam serves up equal measures of justice, booze, and humor in between
her art sessions and sexcapades.
worked for me:
first-person narrative of a feminista Sam Spade-type flung out so many
similes and metaphors it was hard not to feel like the author was
poking fun at the gumshoe genre even as she embraced it.
What didn't work for me:
Despite years of
watching imported British comedies, much of the slang went right over my
head. I guess I have been watching all the wrong shows?
I am definitely too vanilla to read this
entire series back-to-back, but one book here and there makes for an
interesting way to break out of a reading rut.
darkly funny, and very British (not in a tea-and-scones sort of way) this
thriller series is the antithesis of the Agatha Christie cozy mysteries.
Anyone searching for a hip heroine who refuses to play by society's rules
need look no further.
Warning: Very coarse language, graphic violence, casual
drug use, and spicy sexual references are the trademark of these books.
Not for the politically-correct or the faint-of-heart.
liked the Sam Jones series, you might also like:
the Stephanie Plum series,
"Ain't Nobody's Bizness", or the
Women's Murder Club series.
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