May 20, 2003
This Pen for Hire by Laura Levine

This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen Mystery by Laura Levine: first in a new female detective series that falls flat.

Honestly, it’s been a while since I read this book, but from what I remember, I had no desire to read any more in the series. The writing wasn’t all that well done and the characters had no depth to them. The reviews at Amazon were all very high ratings, which completely mystifies me.

May 13, 2003
Amanda's Wedding by Jenny Colgan

Amanda’s Wedding by Jenny Colgan: yet another “zany chick” book. I just can’t seem to get away from them.

Anyway, this book is the story of Mel and Fran and their so-called “friend” (we all have them - the people that you’re nice to but secretly can’t stand) Amanda. Amanda is rich and snobby and getting married to a super nice guy that Mel had a crush on in college, Fraser. With several willing accomplices including the groom’s brother, they set out to stop Amanda’s wedding.

For whatever reason, I enjoyed this book much more than most of the books in this genre that I’ve been reading lately. I enjoyed the characters, the situations they got themselves into, and really wanted to find out what was going to happen in the end, especially after a few key events unfolded. It definitely stands out in the genre, so if you’re looking for a book like this, this one’s a good one to choose.

May 02, 2003
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris: third book in the Southern Vampire series.

This one was a little bit more involved than the last two books have been and you can see Sookie, Bill, and Eric develop. It’s still a lighter read than the Anita Blake series, but lots of fun and lots of potential to become an awesome series.