Jane Rubino Message Board
Vivvie posts on 1/25/2013 8:22:39 AM
I do not think there was an amateur sleuth I "liked" as much as I liked Cat Austen. By that I mean, she was the kind of person I did not just admire but also would like to have for a friend and neighbor.
What ever happened to these books? Why did they stop after 6 stories? I read so many silly mysteries that still get churned out but have no "meat on the bone".
And I also have to say that Victor is a great character, a mix of modern male and old time chilvarous gentleman. He can move next door to me anytime!
LA Grace posts on 12/20/2012 9:30:49 AM
After reading this series Victor Cardenas became my favorite modern hero. I always loved Sydney Carton, Mr Darcy, Percy Blakeney but too many of the modern guys leave me cold. Plus the dialogue between him and Cat Austen crackles with fun. Fruitcake was my favorite but having said that I have not found the short one in the anthology.
Kira posts on 11/30/2012 5:11:28 PM
I also got Raise the Dead from the library and thought it was great. The dialogue could go from having you crack up laughing to giving you the shivers. I thought about it a lot especially when I read about these famous people who go to surrogates or donors to have babies. There are so many possible complications when the kids grow up and this book brought out some of the more sobering one.
Carrie posts on 11/5/2012 8:57:09 AM
Thanks to Sandy and power out there was anything you could do by flashlight like reading so I read a few of these books until we powered up again.
Raise the Dead is my favorite but Victor Cardenas is such a great character and looking around at Atlantic City kept wondering WWVD - what would Victor do? I am with other posters who said they fell in love with him.
BTW doesn't the author live around the Jersey shore?
Karen posts on 10/10/2012 9:59:16 AM
Googled Rubino after meeting her last weekend. Had no idea she also wrote mysteries. Was able to get the second one at a local used book shop - Fruitcake - and read it in one sit-down.
She is a lovely person. (So is her daughter). And I am now one of the people in this group who is in love with Victor Cardenas.
Phoef posts on 10/8/2012 11:24:16 PM
Love the dynamic in this series. The pairing of Cat and Victor - camera ready. The mix of the multigenerational family with the mystery has been done but not this well. Would like to take a crack at developing it.
Brujay posts on 9/15/2012 2:46:47 PM
If you like the tv series Bones, or the book series by Janet Evanovich you should go for these. Good plots and pacing, some good twists especially in Plot Twist that had a zinger you dont see coming. Copies are on Amazon used but not on Kindle. Only six books in the series.
N Silver posts on 7/26/2012 9:04:21 AM
Here East on biz and picked up the first couple books used. Solid with a lot of personality in the writing. Would like to put the author together with a scripter, it has potential in that direction.
The tech stuff would have to be ramped up because the first books were done in the 1990s but Victor Cardenas is a solid lead with crossover to the Latino audience. Cat and the family are well drawn. Very little would have to be done to flesh them out. As a Sherlock Holmes fan I also liked the nods to Conan Doyle.
Jordan posts on 7/13/2012 8:44:07 AM
A very good mystery series that ended too soon. Good plots, always something going on on the side and dialogue that had me ROTFL. Cat Austen and Victor Cardenas were so real to me that when i got to the last book i felt like i was losing friends. Another high point was the sense of what the Jersey shore is really like especially outside of the summer season.
Kris posts on 6/21/2012 1:02:28 PM
We just found out that J Rubino wrote a Sherlock Holmes book. It is made up of three short novels and called Knight Errant published about ten years age. The library loan was able to get us one and since we are big fans of the new Sherlock series as well as the older one with Jeremy Brett we gave them a try and got into them. She has a good ear for the way Doyle wrote and the three adventures that were all based on mentions in the books were fun reads
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