Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Bubbles in Trouble by Sarah Strohmeyer

From Publishers Weekly: In her second novel featuring the high-energy beautician/rookie reporter, Bubbles Yablonsky (after 2001's Bubbles Unbound), Strohmeyer successfully navigates the fine line between humorous stereotype and sympathetic amateur investigator. As the novel opens, the tube top-wearing, Camaro-driving, self-described last "Polish-Lithuanian Barbie doll in Lehigh, Pennsylvania" is taking the blame for jinxing the nuptials of her shy friend, Janice, a records clerk in the local police department. Janice has not only gone missing but the uncle with whom she lives is soon found dead in his gated retirement home. Bubbles retraces Janice's last steps, which lead to some shady doings in Amish country. Bubbles goes undercover, frantically (and hilariously) shifting between her role as a sexy reporter and her cover as an Amish widow. Despite her bumbling in a foreign culture, Bubbles manages to win the friendship and trust of this tight-knit community, and her own respect and growing understanding of the Plain folk is nicely conveyed. Bubbles's hunky beau, photographer Steve Stiletto, makes a steamy appearance, along with many other well-wrought oddball characters, including Bubbles's mother, Lulu, who's going through a Jackie O. phase. The over-the-top force-of-nature protagonist and the lovingly detailed descriptions of clothing and hair styles make up for some gaps in logic and a slightly rushed ending. Also delightful are the useful recipes (hangover cure, cuticle softener, etc.) all involving vinegar sprinkled throughout.Unbound won an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery Novel. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Book 2 for 2008

Book 2 for January

Finished book on 1/8/08

Rating: 5 stars

Great book! Started out kinda iffy but by the end i couldn't put it down. A lot of suspense and a little romance thrown in. This book you start to know more about the characters you have read about. A very intriguing book at the very least. I will definitely read the next in the series.


Butterfly Amy said...

You're making me so jealous! I can't read my Bubbles books yet and now I WANT to!! lol
But I really need to wait till we move and read the books I'm planning to donate/give away till then.

I was just peeking in your Library Thing page too.. and I didn't remember you telling me you read the first 2 of the Meg Cabot Mediator series, you probably told me! lol But I have those 2 books waiting for me to read too :)

Happy Reading!

Butterfly Amy said...

You told me to remind you to blog tonight! But since you're not online/aol, I figured I'd leave you a comment that will give you an email notification! :) At least I hope it will.. I forget if it's something we have to set it to do lol

Anyway.. get cracking on the blogging!

Hugs & Happy reading