Jane Rubino Message Board
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.
Arline W posts on 11/18/2011 6:11:42 AM
Rubinos Cat and Victor series is one of the few that got better as they went on. I loved Death of a DJ but by the time I got to Plot Twist I was so hooked on how great this series was. Part of what I like in mysteries is what the motive is and there is something about Robinos take on human nature that is just a little deeper and more original - I also like James Lee Burke, Jan Burke, Thomas Perry and Aileen Schumacher - would put Rubino in that class even with some bad typos in the hardcover books.
Cathie posts on 11/1/2011 7:53:24 AM
I was a fan of writers like Earlene Fowler, Sarah Strohmeyer, Sparkle Hayter, Janet Evanovich and looking for something in the same line that was funny but with a little more weight. Found Rubino on one of those if-you-like-this-you-will-like-that sites and Rubino was listed under Evanovich readalikes.
All I can say is what everyone else said here - these are the mystery characters you will remember but especially (since I am a woman) Victor. Victor! What a knight! I rarely fall in love with a book character except for Darcy, Scarlet Pimperneland now Victor Cardenas!
Lindsey Ann posts on 10/7/2011 3:15:02 PM
Not to get the feminists or the metros up in arms but Victor Cardenas is a REAL MAN. So tired of the sensitive types that practically drove me back to bodice rippers to find a man who is masculine, smart and knows how to treat a lady.
Point #2 is the dialogue. You read some of those conversations and at last someone gets it - you dont have to be sarcastic or snarky to sound witty and smart. Love the dialogue esp between Cat, Ellice, Victor and his detective unit.
George W posts on 10/3/2011 7:50:31 AM
First the cons:: Whoever did the editing on these books needed to run it through one more time. Like most small press books there are editing errors that should be fixed. Unfortunately these days it is not just a small-press issue because I am catching a lot of them in 'Big 6' novels.
The pros: Just about everything else. The official cop and the amateur is not new but this series makes them fresh in every way from the dialogue to the way the plot develops not just in the book but from book to book with some things carrying all the way through this too-short series. Four stars - five for the book with a deduction for the editor.
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