Three Funny Books

The only thing these three recent reads have in common is that they made me laugh. Since that’s my favorite kind of book, it’s what you’re likely to find here more often than not.

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Razor Girl: I love Carl Hiaasen’s books. I lived in Florida way back when, but that’s not a prerequisite for appreciating Hiaasen’s hysterical recombining of things that actually happen there. As usual, this novel has a razor-girlmyriad of characters whose lives become improbably tangled together, the main one being Andrew Yancy, former detective reduced to health inspector, determined to get his badge back by involving himself in matters he really should avoid.

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As for the Razor Girl of the title, she certainly has carved out a unique occupational niche for herself, and brings an unexpected helping of madcap adventure into Andrew’s life.

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Featuring bearded reality(?) stars, Gambian pouched rats, bizarre pharmaceuticals, Hollywood talent agents, fake service dogs, and a mongoose, Razor Girl is a fine example of Hiaasen’s frenetic storytelling.

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From This Fae Forward is the second installment in AE Jones’ Paranormal Wedding Planner series. This time out, Bennett Bridal’s exercise instructor, Sheila Hampton, finds herself having to pretend that ex-SEAL andfrom-this-fae-forward security expert Charlie Tucker is her fiance for thirty days. The operative word here is pretend, because Sheila is a woodland nymph and Charlie is a sea nymph, and never the twain shall meet. Or marry.

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That’s not so much of a problem for Sheila, who has been banished from her clan, or Charlie, who has cut ties with his, but it sure upsets Sheila’s father and the rest of the woodland faction, who have been holding a grudge against the sea folk for generations (to the point that no one really remembers why). No, Sheila and Charlie’s problem is that they don’t like each other. Well, that’s what they try to believe, but it isn’t really working out that way.

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All the characters from In Sickness and in Elf are back, planning a fabulous nymph wedding for Sheila and Charlie (who are about the only people who don’t expect the wedding to happen) and From This Fae Forward is just as much fun as the first story.

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Diane Kelly’s Above the Paw continues the adventures of Forth Worth Police Officer Megan Luz and her four-above-the-pawfooted partner Brigit. This time around we find Megan going undercover to search for the drug dealer selling Molly to university students. She hasn’t been out of school more than a few years herself, but going back is something of a culture shock. Brigit, posing as an epilepsy alert dog, enjoys all the attention. Megan’s investigation leads in unexpected directions, and puts her and Brigit in danger when they get too close to the truth.

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I never miss one of Kelly’s books, and this one does not disappoint. With mystery, humor, and Brigit, how could it miss?

AE Jones: In Sickness and In Elf

In the first entry in AE Jones’ new Paranormal Wedding Planners series, In Sickness and in Elf, Alex Bennett returns reluctantly to her grandmother’s bridal business. Left at the altar two years earlier, Alex has developed a downright phobia about weddings, but when her grandmother asks for her help, she can hardly refuse. Turns out she doesn’t know the half of her family business, Bennett Bridal, until she sees a runaway bride turn into something else entirely.

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In Sickness and In ElfWhen Devin Cole shows up to investigate, Alex finds him arrogant, annoying, and just about irresistible. Devin has his own problems—stripped of his paranormal powers until proven innocent of fault in a disastrous earlier investigation, he faces a tribunal which he’s really not prepared for. He doesn’t have time to solve the problems at Bennett Bridal, especially not with the infuriating and oh-so-tempting Alex insisting on helping.

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Bennett Bridal’s San Diego, it seems, is teeming with vampires, werewolves, and countless varieties of demons, all hankering to get married. But who is determined enough to prevent marriages between paranormals and humans to resort to sabotaging the weddings? Alex and Devin better figure that out before Bennett Bridal goes down, and takes Happily Ever After with it.

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In Sickness and in Elf is a delightfully fun read, and Jones promises a sequel, From This Fae Forward, soon. I’ll be watching for it. And don’t miss Jones’ Mind Sweeper series, either.

A E Jones’ Mind Sweeper Series

I don’t often binge read books in a series, but I did when I dove into the world of A.E. Jones’ MindsweeperMIND SWEEPER trilogy. When I finished MIND SWEEPER, I immediately downloaded the next adventure, SHIFTER WARS, and preordered SENTINEL LOST. (There are also two novellas about supporting characters, THE FLEDGLING and THE PURSUIT.) The stories combine humor, romance, and science fiction/fantasy in a very well developed world in which Kyle McKinley, a human woman with the power to remove and replace memories, works with a charming vampire named Jean Luc and a TV-addicted, computer ace demon named Misha to clean up after supernatural incidents humans shouldn’t have seen.

I’m not going to give you too much detail, because these books are just full of surprises, much more fun to read when you’re not expecting them. And I certainly did not see a lot of the twists and turns coming.

MIND SWEEPER opens when the latest incident involves an angel killing a vampire in a bar, and human police detective Joe Dalton joins the team. With twelve clans of demons, assorted shape shifters, and a few unfortunate humans who stumble into the middle of things, Kyle and her team have their Shifter Warshands (and fangs and claws) full.

In SHIFTER WARS, Kyle finds herself back with the team after a stint doing security work at a casino in Nevada, becoming involved with the chief shifter, Griffin, and falling farther into the mystery of the Key. We learn more about the lives and culture of the shifters, as a dissatisfied faction tries to take over the Pack.

SENTINEL LOST supplies a completely satisfying wrap up (at least for now–who knows what Jones has planned for Kyle and the crew?) to the Mind Sweeper story. Demons all over Sentinel Lostthe place, the return of Dalton, and secrets from Kyle’s past all add up to a terrific story.

If you enjoy romance, mystery, humor, and science fiction seamlessly blended together, mouse right over to your favorite purveyor of ebooks and download the Mind Sweeper series. Highly recommended.

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