>> Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Genre: Light humorous mystery
Book on CD read by CJ Critt
I tend to prefer light and fun books for driving around town audiobooks and this one was perfect for that. Having read all of the Stephanie Plum series I decided it was time to try out another Evanovich series. As I expected it was similar to, but not quite the Stephanie Plum series.
In this one, Alexandra Barnaby (known as Barney) is a gearhead who spent her summers and after school time working in her father's garage. After getting an engineering degree but then getting out of the car business, she's now in a dead end job at an insurance company in her home town of Baltimore.
A late night phone call from her brother in Florida changes all that. When her brother "Wild Bill" disappears with NASCAR driver Sam Hooker's boat, Barney heads to Florida. The usual Evanovich hijinks ensue. Crazy charactersabound. Some of them have parallels in the Plum series, as well as some new ones. Barney's foil and eventual love interest, "NASCAR Guy" Hooker is an annoying, yet likable partner in adventure for Barney. Vehicles explode, bad guys have bad accents, and it's all predictable and fun. Emphasis on the fun.
For commute time listening it was an enjoyable audiobook. If you're looking for depth, pick something else.