Title: Agnes and the Hitman
Author: Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
Publishing Date: August 2007
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Agnes does not need trouble. She has a wedding for her best friend’s daughter to prepare for. She is cooking in her kitchen when a thug comes in and threatens her dog. Agnes, not one to shy away from violence, hits him in the head with a frying pan. A struggle ensues and the thug ends up in her basement dead, after he falls to his death. Her long time beloved friend Joey sends his nephew Shane to protect her. Shane is a professional killer. While involved on a mission of his own, he heads down to the small southern town of Keyes to protect Agnes as a favor to his Uncle Joey.
Let me start off by saying that I am not partial to romances where the hero or heroine is engaged to another at the beginning of the story. Since Agnes steals the show and Crusie is an awesome writer, in this book, it wasn’t an issue for me. Agnes is unlike any heroine I have ever read before. I am not sure how other people will react to her, but I loved her. She will not hesitate to use violence to punish those who have wronged her. Even though Agnes is scary when mad, she can also be nurturing at other times. The best way for her to nurture is through her cooking and she is a great cook. Part of my enjoyment of the book came through the scenes that described what Agnes was making for breakfast or other meals. There were quite a few of them, too. For those of you readers who love food, you will be slobbering over those scenes.
I was worried about the mystery overshadowing the romance. It does to a certain extent in this story, which is why I rated this book a B+, but it’s a very involved mystery and, believe it or not, makes the story what it is….great. There are quite a few twists and turns concerning the suspense part of the book that keeps the reader guessing right along with the characters.
Shane takes a backseat to Agnes. He sort of blends into the background a bit. As far as heroes go, I thought he was perfect for Agnes. He was trustworthy, which Agnes desperately needed. He was calm and sedate, where as Agnes was crazed and insane. They made a really great pairing. Beyond that, there is quite a cast of characters, all interesting. Brenda, the grandmother of the bride, was a little over the top, but that can be overlooked. I really enjoyed this story. It was funny, with an entertaining mystery and a sweet romance all at the same time. Good job, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer.
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