Jane Rubino Message Board
Audrey posts on 3/21/2014 1:09:48 PM
I just finished a Rubino-Cat Austen-Victor Cardenas readathon and really liked the series a lot and wonder why it ended. The characters were so true to life you could almost visualize them. The last three had some dark and really surprising moments, especially Plot Twist, and I liked the way each one built on the one before it. Good writing, good series.
Calista posts on 2/17/2014 10:53:31 AM
I am with Scout and Fran C. who like the idea of a series. I am also a fan of Bones and also Castle. The only issue would be where would they film it. Rubino gives a good picture of Cat Austen's Atlantic City and the Jersey shore, but would it even be possible to film it in Atlantic City, NJ? It seems like shows like to film where they get the best deal on tax credits and I don't think NJ is one of them.
But this is a good, fun series with a great cast of characters.I wish Carlo was my big brother and Jenny was my mom!
Elaine posts on 2/4/2014 5:32:48 AM
I was on another book group and the question was if you have ever fallen in love with a literary character. Of course Mr Darcy got a lot of votes but after picking up the first two books of Rubinos series at the library, I am putting Victor Cardenas at the top of the list. The best.
Stillman posts on 12/4/2013 12:00:22 PM
Cool series. Rubino has got a good ear. Dialogue just crackles with originality.
Edina posts on 11/5/2013 5:24:09 AM
This is one series I read straight through, even got the anthology book. One of the series that makes me wonder why it is only five books and small circulation when some bigger - and worse - writers get noticed. I like the plots but also the snappy dialogue and Victor! I just love his idea of good manners.
madison posts on 10/1/2013 11:34:26 AM
I liked Plot Twist a lot.
Erin posts on 9/11/2013 9:33:03 AM
So someone passes me these books for a read yesterday and its the first I ever heard of the author. Just another small press writer right? WRONG. I was up all night going thru Death of a DJ and 1/3 thru Fruitcakes now. Already I am totally into the cast of characters. Plan to order a copy of the paperback anthology, the only one missing from the stack.
Alan posts on 9/6/2013 12:14:34 PM
Was googling something polar opposite and ran into a mention of Rubinos titles - googled the name and this site popped up. Picked up the first two books in the series plus a copy of Deadly Morsels with a short story starring Cat and Victor. (Read that first). I see why the books hook people. I can hear the dialogue exchanges and got into the cast right off.
Sukie posts on 8/26/2013 9:41:10 AM
I like this series. Something about it reminds me of some of the classic mysterys like Luis Mendoza by Del Shannon but something about the dialogue is very modern and (in a good way) very Gilmore Girls in that it is fresh and very fast paced and smart. I will cop to looking up some of the terms used.
I thought it was very funny that Cat Austen was a big Jane Austen fan because the first book in this series had to be written years before the big Jane Austen craze that is going on now.
Scout posts on 8/22/2013 10:10:16 AM
I have been a fan of both the Charlaine Harris and Kathy Reichs adaptations (Tru Blood and Bones) and of the 2 or 3 other series that I think have TV friendly characters and narrative staying power, I would include Jane Rubino's mystery books. (I understand she has written other novels outside of the Cat and Victor series). Wonderful way with dialogue.
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