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Monday, October 22, 2012

Further Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J B Lynn

Further Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J B Lynn
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (275 pgs)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Knocking off a drug kingpin was the last thing on Maggie Lee's to-do list, but when a tragic accident leaves her beloved niece orphaned and in the hospital, Maggie will go to desperate lengths to land the money needed for her care.

But the drug kingpin is the least of her worries. Maggie's aunts are driving her crazy, her best friend's turned into a bridezilla…and a knock on the head has given Maggie Dr. Dolittle abilities—she can talk to animals. Unfortunately, they talk back.

It's just another day in the life of this neurotic hitwoman…

She really didn’t want to play “hitwoman” again, but she also really needed more money. Not just for her niece’s hospital care, but to fight a long-lost aunt who wants to adopt Katie and take her to Vegas. So when Maggie goes out for chocolate pudding with the mob boss and he asks her to take out an opponent, she tells him she’ll think about it.

Ms. Lynn’s first book was a joy to read and I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to read this sequel. The stories are busy, full of laughs, and always leave me wondering what will happen next.

The author has made Maggie one unique individual. Since a head injury during a car accident, she can now hear animals talk. God (Godzilla) is a lizard, who is pretty smart and pretty smug, likes to give her advice. Doomsday is a Doberman who is really a big sweetie but puts people off by her size. Her favorite statement is: “Gotta! Gotta!” You can guess gotta what.

If the animals weren’t enough, she now has three romantic interests. None of them are quite right for her. One is a cop who appears to have some excess baggage; one is man who’s already married twice; and one is an old crush from school she thought was gay. Watching her balance relationships and worrying about her feelings for all three is fun. She’s not sure what she wants or who with; they all have their attractions. Thank goodness one of them is an expert killer and can offer her advice on how to take out her assigned hit.

Ms. Lynn always amazes me with her ideas. For example, did the animals expedite her hit or didn’t they? Did someone else help her? We don’t know, but we can sure imagine. That’s part of why these books are such fun to read. They aren’t boring, they aren’t typical, and the murders are almost an accident.

Oh, I forgot to mention the three crazy aunts Maggie has. They’re all unusual, have quirks most people don’t, and they love Maggie. Sometimes that’s a problem. Haven’t you had relatives like that?

Why not grab both books and sit down and follow Maggie along on her adventures. You’ll laugh at loud, moan at some of the antics, sigh over some of the relatives and when you finish you’ll have a smile on your face. Ms. Lynn writes stories that flow well, make you care about her characters, and make you want to read more. It’s a winning combination for a book.

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