Jane Rubino Message Board
Denise S posts on 3/11/2012 7:19:38 AM
Does anyone know if there was a follow up book to Raise the Dead? This was my favorite amateur detective series and I have not found one I like as much. All of the characters even the smaller ones who only appear in short scenes have real depth to them. Also the way the plots were rolled out from one book to the next so that there were some issues not resolved until the third or fourth one.
This is a series that should still be going on.
Ann D posts on 3/8/2012 2:43:28 PM
Wonder what happened to these books since they were my favorite. I dont know about how books find their way to tv but always thought that this series would make for a great show. The kind they call a 'dramady' something like Gilmore Girls or Bones. Found myself casting it for tv as I was reading but could not come up with a Victor! Nobody that wonderful. But Cat could be somebody like Valerie Bertinelli or Vanessa Marcil.
Stevie posts on 3/1/2012 4:58:42 PM
I know Jane Rubino did a Jane Austen type book with her daughter called Lady Vernon and Her Daughter around last year but the last Cat Austen book I read was about 5 years ago called Raise the Dead which I think was the last one in the series.
Cat Austen was my all time favorite amateur sleuth and Victor Cardenas was to-die-for dreamy.
Judy posts on 2/29/2012 7:36:18 PM
Why did Jane Rubino stop writing the Cat Austen mysteries?
Ione posts on 2/16/2012 10:04:48 AM
I read mysteries and most of them are like junk food. You read it and a day after you finish you forget what you 'ate'. I read Jane Rubinos books a few years ago and thought about the characters for a long time. Lately I went back and read a couple of them and like another person said except for technology that changed a lot between the mid 90s and ten years later the substance and those memorable characters really hold up. And not to sound nutty but I am so in love with Victor Cardenas.
M. Sand posts on 2/15/2012 8:49:55 AM
I just picked up a set of these mysteries because of the variety of comments here. (This board is not always reliable but when it is it is a good place to get a good and to the point overview). So far liking it a lot. The strong points are Cat Austen and her family and Victor Cardenas and his detectives. They are so well drawn just can see them as real people. The only weak point which is not really the authors but just the way it is is that the tech stuff is mid 90s. But the dialogue is excellent and often LOL funny.
Vittorio Fornaseri Stronzoggieieri posts on 2/3/2012 1:21:00 PM
I appreciated Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway’s What Would Austen Do? in which a boy’s Austen-quoting mother forces him to “do something” over summer vacation.
Is a story which transport the original Austen novel to a modern setting.
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June posts on 1/30/2012 1:56:12 PM
Laid up I reread the third book in the series (as I have read the whole series a few years ago) and was caught up again in the texture of it even in the little moments like when they are sitting around reminising about childhood. The way there are all these separate threads and you cannnot imagine how they are going to pull together until the final scene. Good writing and Cat Austen is very real.
Andy posts on 1/13/2012 8:28:15 AM
I also thought of a Sopranos comparison but if they were good guys, cops instead of robbers.
I also thought of the Evanovich comparison, but if the female character had more depth and brains.
I also really liked that Jersey Shore setting. Dont know the area but now I want to take a run down there. Know there is an Atlantic City but is there really another Ocean City (outside of the one in MD?)
Grant F posts on 1/5/2012 8:50:25 AM
What everyone else said.
Cool series. Good cast. Knew a guy just like Carlo Fortunati.
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