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danni posts on 8/2/2010 1:33:53 PM
I will "me too" the above. Like Luci it was the Evanovich news that made me think about Rubino's Jersey Shore series. There were a handful of authors who came out with Jersey books but Rubino seemed to be the most flesh-and-blood. Yes - far above Evanovich as a storyteller. Cat Austen is a resourceful and believable character and the tenuous romance that develops between her and Victor over the course of the books is a delight. Love her mom, love those brothers, love her kids and Ellice - even minor characters are three dimensional. Cannot name a favorite but "Fruitcake" is my favorite Christmas mystery.
Luci posts on 7/28/2010 7:51:12 AM
I was also a latecomer to these books. I think some are out of print unless they are on Kindle. The news about Evanovichs book dealing made me think - why are they going after her when her books are on the downhill slide? Rubinos books, all set at the Jersey shore are funny, with near brilliant dialogue and strong plots but the best is the cast of characters - Mama Jennie Fortunati beats Gran Mazur and Victor Cardenas is a dream! The shore setting, the big, lively cast and especially the strong, conpassionate and totally wonderful Cat Austen grabbed me from the go. I just totally loved this series.
Barbara L posts on 6/16/2010 9:38:46 AM
I posted a review of Rubino's last book 'Raise the Dead' some time ago but after coming on a recent review of her first book 'Death of a DJ' i decided to come back for a recap - there are a lot of good mysteries that get overshadowed by worse books that have a better pr campaign. But there is no better cast of characters than the ones in the Rubino books - the spicy smart and funny relationship between Cat and Victor is the best modern mystery team and the way the books progress forward but with later books carrying in threads from earlier ones is something you only get with very good book or tv series. Real shame this series ended after 6 books
E. B. posts on 6/11/2010 10:26:08 AM
I recently acquired a copy of Rubinos mystery Plot Twist and read it in a weekend. One of those few mysteries where I could "see" the characters - so lifelike! The dialogue just crackled with humor and realism - was this ever an audio book because it would be fun to hear some of this dialogue out loud - nothing to compare this to except maybe J Evanovich but this book was way funnier with much better character
HR Fenady posts on 6/28/2005 6:58:33 AM
Started out like mainstream mystery but picked up steam as it began to deal with the hot topic of embryo switching and the 'brave new world' of fertility medicine. A brave plot with a few twists at the end that were real shockers. Liked the quick witted dialogue, too.
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