Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including "One for the Money" and "Sizzling Sixteen," and the Diesel & Tucker series, including "Wicked Appetite." Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn't have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, "When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency." But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet's favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, in house with a view of the Connecticut River Valley. Charlotte Hughes was raised in the South, the oldest and only daughter of three children. She is the author of the novels "What Looks Like Crazy" and "High Anxiety." She lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.
In this sequel to Full Tilt, Jamie Swift is on the run from Beaumont, SC, and her job as a newspaper editor and reporter. Millionaire Max Holt owns the newspaper and follows Jamie to Sweetpea, TN. Jamie and Max pose as a married couple to track down the criminal who has threatened Max; a talking computer named Muffin and a dog named Fleas accompany them. Jamie pretends to be a sex addict to trick an evangelist into giving her information, and Max has ample opportunity to use his skills with technology. This series lacks creativity and humor and is quite inferior to Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels. There don't seem to be any sparks between Max and Jamie, though there are many implausible characters and situations. Lorelei King, the narrator for both recordings, reads competently and with enthusiasm. The BBC version has sturdy library packaging; the Audio Renaissance tapes will need to be repackaged for heavy use. Public libraries should buy where demand warrants.-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"The dynamic, sexy and hilarious duo of Jamie and Max are at it again. When you get these two together there are bound to be sparks and calamities. Hold on for the ride!"--"RT Book Reviews"