Jane Rubino Message Board
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.
"I’ll be lucky if it doesn’t get out I’m gay."
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.
Ami posts on 12/28/2011 8:59:23 AM
You take The Sopranos but make the main character in the family a woman w/6 older brothers. You make everyone smart, scrappy & bright and the bad guys dark or Elmore leonard dumb & add a great NJ shore setting and this is what you get.
Six books - what I like is that the relationships develop thru the seies as the mysteries pile up. The last one was really a shocker - you have Cat finding out the truth behind her husbands death. Wish there were more to this seres
John McC posts on 12/22/2011 4:52:35 PM
Liked Cat. A real woman for a change. Spent a few summers down Ocean City, NJ and liked it as a setpiece. Good locale. Snappy dialogue was a big plus.
Elisha posts on 12/19/2011 3:08:50 PM
Am surp[rised to see a forum for this writer because i also came to her late. There was a library web site that had 'read-alikes' and had her name with 'if you like Janet Evanovich'. I liked Evanovich (tho got a little tired of her around book 6 or 7) and was looking for something else snappy and 'Jersey'. Tried Rubino who i found second hand (shes not on Kindle that i know of) and got hooked right off. Cat and Victor are and Italian and Latino version of Nick and Nora.
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