Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mini Shopaholic

This book really should've been titled Shopaholic Tries to Throw A Party, because really that's all it's about. I was expecting it to be more about her being a mom, and yes her out of control 2 year old daughter is mentioned throughout the book, but mostly it focused on Becky trying to throw a surprise birthday party for her husband and doing a horrible job at it.

This character has really started to annoy me. She's 29, married with a 2 year old daughter and she still acts as dumb as Jessica Simpson. All she does is tell lies to people and talk about shopping. Grow up already!

And just how stupid is Brandon and her parents and everyone? They put up with her lies and act like it's an everyday thing (which it is), but it just gets her into more and more trouble. How she hasn't had a breakdown and gone completely mental is beyond me.

I really do not plan on reading anymore of her books again. I hate stupid female character, it's like they are stereotyping females. Like all we care about is shopping. Not true.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Shoes To Die For

I'm starting to think that the older books in this series is better than the newer ones. I like this series because the books are short and funny and are pretty fast paced. In this one, Jaine gets a job writing for a clothing store when the hateful employee Frenchie gets stabbed in the neck with her Jimmy Choo. Everyone suspects friendly Becky, so Jaine tries to find out who really did it. The reason for the murder was pretty lame.

The emails from the parents are still funny.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


This is the second book in the series and picks up where the last one left off. The 4 friends are still being stalked by the mysterious A, who threatens to share all their secrets. They suspect that it's this boy Toby who knew that Alison was responsible for blinding his sister with a firecracker. In the end we realize that it wasn't him, so that could only mean that A is still out there.

This one wasn't as good as the first. Maybe if there wasn't so much product placement and these darn girls would just come clean with one another. Makes me glad I don't have any deep, dark secrets. They cause to much stress.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Plum Pudding Murder

I had a hard time getting through this book. It was a little to fluffy. There's no action in it until about the second to last chapter. I like her other holiday mystery books, but this one fell a little flat. Spent more time talking about cookies (seriously, how are these people not horribly overweight?) and trying to find out ways to prevent the cat from killing the Christmas tree. And the reason why the person got killed, I didn't think it was very interesting. The book does come with lots of recipes, so you cooks out there will probably enjoy that.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Killing Bridezilla

I didn't really like this one as much as some of the others. The plot was good enough, who doesn't want to kill a Bridezilla? But I felt like the author was trying to hard to make it funny to, and just threw in a bunch of random stuff that happens to Jaine that I feel would probably never really happen.

So, yeah, a girl Jaine went to school with hires her to rewrite the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet so that she and her soon to be hubby can do a little show in front of the guests at their wedding. While doing this, Jaine runs into other girls from school and they all seem to have it out for the Bride. One the day of the wedding, the Bride falls off the balcony and dies. So, Jaine decides to help her friend who is being accused of loosening the screws on the railing to cause the Bride to fall to her death. This one wasn't as easy figure out.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Death By Pantyhose

All her books are pretty much the same, but still enjoyable. But I do hope one day she gets the cat declawed. I'd be super peeved if my cats were clawing up the furniture and pillows and everything.

In this book Jaine is looking for work (like always) and gets hired by Dorcas, a comedian who needs Jaine to write good jokes for her. The first night that Jaine goes to hear Dorcas's act, she meets a bunch of people who later become suspects when Dorcas's arch enemy Vic ends up dead, with Dorcas found standing over the body. In hopes of getting paid, Jaine decides to solve the mystery of who killed Vic. I'm kind of proud of myself, because I usually don't ever figure it out, but this time I did.

I still love the funny emails from the parents. They are probably the best part of the books. And how the author voices what Jaine's cat is thinking.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Morning Glory

I got this book because I want to see the movie. I thought that the book was made first, then the movie, but it's the other way around. This book is actually based on the screenplay for the movie.

It's about Becky who works for a morning news show in Jersey until one day out of the blue she gets fired. She manages to get a job in NYC working for another morning show that is in dire need of a make over. On her first day she fires one of the anchors and needs to find a new one, so she manages to get her idol Mike Pomeroy to co-host with snotty Colleen Peck. Of course the two don't get along and cause more trouble for Becky. Gold star to her for not giving up when everything seems to keep going wrong.

The book wasn't super wonderful or anything. I still want to see the movie though.

Gingerbread Cookie Murder

A few years ago I read another collection of holiday mystery stories that these three authors put together, so I was interested in reading this new one.

Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke: This was the best one, I thought. Hannah's neighbor keeps blasting Christmas music, so bad that the cops come and she finds the neighbor dead. So she plays detective to find out who killed him. The reason for the killing was actually a pretty decent reason. The thing that annoys me with the Hannah books, is that she has two boyfriends. Just pick one already.

The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies by Laura Levine: I like the characters in this story the best. Jaine's parents are so funny. She goes and visits them in FL and during the Christmas play the local playboy gets killed. Was it one of his 3 girlfriends or someone else. I love how the author voices what the cat is thinking. Because it's probably true.

Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots by Leslie Meier: I didn't like this one. I'm kind of iffy about the Lucy Stone books. Every so often there will be a good one, but most are just a little to dark for me. In this one, a little boy is kidnapped and Lucy tries to find out who did it. It was actually pretty easy to figure out. And probably very realistic.