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Charlie from Charleston posts on 4/4/2011 4:05:58 PM Read this series 5 years ago and reread it last year. Except for those few things that got outdated so fast between the 90s and now it holds up so well and the characters just walk off the page. Cat Fortunati Austen is the widow of a state trooper who was murdered. She is from a tough Italian family - 6 older brothers! - and decides she has to take on responsibility for her own life and satisfaction so she revives a writing career - in a small way - while raising her 2 kids. In the first book a shock jock gets whacked & CAt is the only witness - enter the enigmatic Lt Victor Cardenas, homicide and the plot, the sparks and the FUN take off. Dont know another series that can have you close to crying on one page and laughing 3 pages later. The second book - Fruitcake - a great Christmas mystery and the last book - Raise the Dead - shows off Rubino's skill as she circles back to plot lines that started in Book 1. Especially loved Plot Twist with its slam bang twist and the very touching finale. Real, true characters and dialogue - fun, intelligence and thrills.
Tony posts on 3/1/2011 6:45:35 PM One series that needed better people behind it - the Write Way editions are good looking but w/some editorial glitches that a bigger pub would have ironed out. Saying that - these books are grrrrreeat! (my name is Tony!) Real people. Like that you dont have 100 chapters that are a page long. Dont know whats up with that in newer mysteries but once a chapter starts up I want some meat to it. Cat Austen and Victor Cardenas are my favorite pair since Nick and Nora - hate that these books stopped @ Raise the Dead. Like the "take" on Atlantic City - Rubino doesnt gloss it over. Fine series.
Nicky H posts on 2/11/2011 4:11:59 PM Check in to grab some recommendations - read the first two books and got the last one but cant find books 3 or 4. Anyway - what a ride. Love Cat. Love that mom of hers. Imagine sitting down to dinner with them? Rubino was really on to something here - and the Jersey shore setting has a great feel to it - wish it was a tv show

Paul W posts on 1/31/2011 1:04:42 PM Checked these out - good plots kept me guessing - liked the crime unit and the lady lawyer - Lauren who keeps busting Victors ba_ _ s. Lot of characters and a lot going on but easy to follow. Plot Twist slammed me with that twist. Didnt see that coming.
F. Welles posts on 1/14/2011 9:20:21 AM LMAO! Darcy-with-a-badge! How true!! One of the series would luv to see kindled! The Holmes and Austen tie-ins are fun too since am a fan of both.
Jo posts on 1/12/2011 5:00:01 PM Come here to get good quik roundups of books for my library runs - and had to LOL @ Ingrids "Darcy with a badge" comment!!!! EXACTLY! Luv when Victor stands up when a lady comes into the room and is so formal! Because you know there is that OTHER side! Went back to read Fruitcake over the holidays because it is a fun Christmas mystery - and like someone else cant find Cake job!!?? Are Rubinos books on Kindle?
Liliane posts on 11/4/2010 7:20:00 AM Grabbed five of these books @ the library and tore thru them - W.O.W. Great fun! Like if The Sopranos had a branch of the family made up mostly of cops. Trying to think if this was a movie who would play Victor - sexy beast!
Lee M. posts on 10/7/2010 4:26:20 PM I also came into this series by way of reading Boardwalk Empire and getting hooked on its "old Atlantic City" setting. Rubino gives a picture of the new-but-not-improved Atlantic City as one of the Jersey Shore backdrops for this clever and multidimentional series. Cat Austen and Lt Victor Cardenas are a widow making ends meet as a local reporter and a major crimes detective with a dark side. Solving crimes in the Atlantic City & vicinity area. The series has a lot of plusses especially the writing - full of rhythm and style - and the dialogue is so smart and clever that you may have to look a few things up to "get it"! Of all I think I liked the Christmas book the best with its Sharpton-like bit player and all those Santas running around but they are all worth scouting around for since they may all be out of print
Marti posts on 9/27/2010 5:08:21 PM Me too! Looking for 'Jersey' mysteries or thrillers because sort of got hooked on the Boardwalk Empire series and a few names turned up including Rubinos. Local library had all except Deadly Morsels - Cake Job so I read them in order. Very impressive! What really got me is how there were 'threads' that ran through the early books that were tied up in later ones - to me that is what 'series' means - love it in TV series AND in book series. Such lifelike characters - the kind of books that have you 'casting' them in a TV movie!
Ingrid posts on 9/3/2010 11:02:42 AM I would like to add my two cents about this very compelling series by Jane Rubino. I came to her series in reverse. I first read Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, a beautiful adaptation of an early Jane Austen work written by Rubino and her daughter and heard that she had written a series so I ferreted them out and got all but one (Cake Job). Cat Austen is a Jane-Austen loving amateur sleuth with a large, meddling and lovingly conceived Italian family of older brothers - one priest and five policemen - whose job as a small town reporter brings her into the orbit of Lieutenant Victor Cardenas who is the sexiest guy in fiction - Darcy with a badge. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite - Plot Twist had the most amazing plot twist and Raise the Dead was the most heartbreaking (with a funny subplot). As someone here wrote, if you like Janet Evanovich but want it a little more clever, better written, more humane, search out this series. You will not be sorry.
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