- Meg Raymond
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"The Spellman Files" by Lisa Lutz is the start of a very funny series featuring Izzy Spellman (and her anger management issues) and the rest of her family of private detectives. If you like your mysteries well-laced with humor, and your heroines feisty, you might like the following titles:
"Agnes and the Hitman" by Jennifer Crusie. Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window.His name is Shane, no last name, just Shane, and he has his own problems: he's got a big hit scheduled, a rival trying to take him out, and an ex-mobster uncle asking him to protect some little kid named Agnes. (from summary) [Actually, I think you'd like any Crusie title. She kind of got stuck in the "pink ghetto" of Romance, but her books are very funny contemporary fiction with a little steamy sex thrown in]
"Sleeping With the Fishes" by MaryJanice Davidson. Fred is not your ordinary mermaid. She's not blonde. She's not buxom. And she's definitely not perky. (from summary) [This is the first in a series featuring Fred the Mermaid. Davidson has two other series you would probably like - the "Undead" series featuring reluctant vampire Betsy Taylor and the "Royal Alaska" series]
"Murder...Suicide...Whatever" by Gwen Freeman. When Bosco, my freeloading brother--make that half brother--showed up on my front porch, I should have followed my first instinct and slammed the door.
But he said Uncle Ted had been murdered and there might be money in it for us. Truthfully? I didn't even know we had an Uncle Ted. (summary)
"Them Bones" by Carolyn Haines. Meet Sarah Booth Delaney: If only I hadn't kidnapped the dog...but the ransom paid the mortgage....Now I seem to be a private eye....I shouldn't have listened to that ghost....
"Nature Girl" by Carl Hiaasen. Honey Santana-impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes"-has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. (from summary)
"Dating Dead Men" by Harley Jane Kozak. Los Angeles greeting-card artist Wollie Shelley is dating forty men in sixty days as research for a radio talk show host's upcoming book, "How to Avoid Getting Dumped All the Time. (from summary)
"'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy" by Leslie Langtry. Gin Bombay is your ordinary, everyday single mom with a hand in her family's business-which happens to be assassination. Everything is going just fine until she's assigned to kill the client of the hunky Australian bodyguard who's just moved down the block. (summary)