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Agnes and the Hitman by Bob Mayer, Jennifer Crusie

whimsicalmeerkat's review against another edition

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5.0

An absolute blast.

kcoleman's review against another edition

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4.0

This book was the PERFECT summer read. Funny and fun!

book_concierge's review against another edition

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1.0

The dialogue is trite. The sex is bland. The characters are cardboard cutouts. The plot is inane and unbelievable. It seems that the author(s) can’t figure out what kind of book this is. Is it a comic crime caper? A mystery? A romance? A mafia thriller? A cooking cozy? Bodies pile up left and right, plot lines disintegrate or appear from thin air. Even the editing is bad … the electricity goes out, thanks to a bad guy who “did something” to the power, but early the next morning Agnes is in the kitchen using her coffee grinder and CD player. The authors would have us believe that her cooking is so great that people set their guns down to feast on pancakes and ham (and where does all this food come from when she never goes to the store … and remember that the electricity was out … we’re talking South Carolina summer HEAT). Oh, and what’s with the psychiatrist (who just disappears in the middle of the book). Crusie (or Mayer) does manage to write a few humorous scenes that tickle me, but if it weren’t for a Shelfari book group Challenge I would not have finished it at all.

avocadojam's review against another edition

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lighthearted slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.0

sallyjm's review against another edition

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funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

katyanaish's review against another edition

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5.0

This was insanely fun. So much more than a romance, it had a mystery plot that was pretty compelling - a tangled knot of whatthefuckery to unravel, and it came together nicely.

There were a couple points where folks seemed a little slow on the uptake:

Spoiler1. I feel like it was damn obvious that Brenda hired the hitters that were coming after Agnes, WAY before anyone made that connection in the book.
When she called to see if her daughter was okay there at the house, that's when I was 100% positive. And that was before Shane went to "take out the food chain" and we were told the person who hired the hitter was a she.

2. Photographer girl snapping pictures of the whole area the day before the wedding was an obvious hitman associate.
I am sorry, but no one does that, and it felt particularly weird that the experienced killers (Shane, Carpenter) wouldn't have seen through this immediately. That said, I didn't suspect that she was Casey Dean - that was a surprise - though I did think she was the sunbathing chick from the boat, in a wig or something.

3. Across the board, the police seemed to be utter morons.
Dude, she was walking with Maria like 10 seconds before Taylor was stabbed in the throat. Where did she GET the fucking meat fork? And Brenda, again, was such an obvious villain - she had all the motive, given that she wanted the wedding off so she could get the house, and given that her HUSBAND was ditching her - and she should have been in jail for fraud, along with Taylor, the moment the whole scam about the house came out.

4. Doyle was SO OBVIOUSLY the guy who had gotten the money.
Dude (which is apparently my expression for head-shaking disbelief at stupidity today), he had the damn necklace! And he was restoring the gazebo, where the secret door was! I figured he had found the door while restoring, and cha-ching. Again, though, I didn't figure everything out - I never for a second thought he was Frankie.


So there were some things I just kind of rolled my eyes over, but accepted. Because honestly, there was so much going on in this book, and it was happening on so many levels - multiple bad guys, multiple secrets, multiple agendas - that I can understand missing a few things. And the story itself was just so fun. Agnes and Shane were great, as were all the secondary characters (except Taylor, fuck that guy). And there were plenty of twists I didn't see coming, which was super fun.

And in all that, the romance wasn't lost. My heart broke for Agnes, and her history -
Spoilerher long, devastating string of people abandoning her
... no wonder the girl has anger issues - and her sweet hope that Shane would be a good guy, that he wouldn't lie to her.

Will definitely re-read this one. So much fun.

aranafyre's review against another edition

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4.0

I loved this. It is sweet and sexy and funny. Agnes is awesome and so is Shane. This is an excellent light pick me up sort of read. Perfect for the beach.

coleycole's review against another edition

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4.0

Silly and satisfying.

tpatti's review against another edition

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emotional funny lighthearted mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

emerygirl's review against another edition

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2.0

I did not enjoy this book. “Why are you still reading it?” my son would ask? Valid point. But it wasn’t that I hated it, but it also wasn’t like I had to find out how it ended. Maybe I just had to see it out because it has set on my goodreads “to read” shelf forever.

What I didn’t like:
1. Page after page of what should have been plot development but instead was plot thrown in between line after line of talking about food. I’ve never read so many descriptions of butter melting.
2. Confusing family tree. I get that mob families have a don and that they all share the last name, but for the life of me I couldn’t keep straight who was who and who the don was and who the mother of the bride vs the grandma of the bride was.
3. I did not get the plot. At the end, I still did not get the plot. Why did they kill off certain characters? Beats me!
4. Brenda. I kept waiting for her to redeem herself... she didn’t. I found it implausible that Agnes could go from liking her enough to trust her in a business deal to wanting to kill her in a chapter.

What I liked:
1. Cranky Agnes columns were funny.
2. I kept expecting the Venus statue to have something to do with something.. surprised me there.
3. It made me want to eat pancakes.