Jane Rubino Message Board
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.
Juliana posts on 8/5/2013 2:22:55 PM
I am reading the series now and liking Cat Austen a lot. I am halfway through the third book. Cat and Victor are my idea of a modern Nick and Nora.
Fran C. posts on 7/24/2013 8:36:48 AM
One thing about Jane Rs series that I like is how much the Jersey Shore and Atlantic City are "characters". I don't usually like to take a whole tour through the setting that eats up pages, but I like when there the background is in three dimension. The beach, the houses and neighborhoods and even the casino in Fruitcake seem like real places. (I have been to A.C. casinos and it was spot on) I wish they would do with this series what they did with Bones which was another favorite and adapt it for TV.
Jenni posts on 7/18/2013 8:54:17 AM
I bought Jane Rubinos series years ago and loved it. My favorite two mystery series characters are Cat Austen and Victor Cardenas. I get when posters say they are in love with Victor . A real hunk of man.
So I got the Kindle version to see what changes were and read authors note because I keep hoping the series will get revivied. Raise the Dead made me cry and so did Plot Twist.
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