Mystery rom-coms aren’t really my thing. They’re alright for some people. But I usually don’t like a dead body taking time away from a love match. But An Affair to Dismember is so delightfully funny in distracting me from not getting what I usually expect, I don’t mind one bit. The publisher’s describe it this way “Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place: She’s always been a temp agency kind of girl, ever ready to move on. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. Gladie is also highly unqualified: Her beloved grandmother’s business is matchmaking, and Gladie has a terrible track record with romance. Still, despite evidence to the contrary, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.”. Grandma Zelda, Gladie, and the cast of characters in Cannes, California make for a very interesting and action packed novel. There’s the hot-as-hell Police Chief, the sexy new neighbor, the clumsy rookie cop who happens to dance as gracefully as Fred Astaire (his namesake), the cafe owner who’s obsessed with teas, and the crazy family no one in the town likes. And the bodies are piling up. And it’s up to Gladie and the Police Chief to figure it out. Since this is a light mystery rom-com, you know they figure it out. It’s also the first book in a new series called The Matchmaker Series. So Gladie’s romantic life is only teased here. Elise Sax’s writing moves at a nice clip, and she makes sure to keep you engaged every step of the way. This is definitely chick lit worth reading.
I love small Texas towns. I love the look of them. I love the individual feel of them. And while I didn’t grow up in a small Texas town, I have spent a lot of time in them. And after reading Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Jubilee Society, I’m still not certain that Carolyn Brown has spent any time in a small Texas town. This is Ms. Brown’s first foray into chick lit, and it’s a fairly good first try. The publisher had this to say about Ms. Brown’s book “Everything is calm in Cadillac, Texas until Aunt Agnes declares war on Violet Prescott, the president of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society, just in time for the annual jubilee. But after the festivities—and the hostilities—are over, it’s four friends who are left standing, proving once again that friendship is forever.” Without giving away too much detail, the book covers the goings on of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society and all the women in it, plus a cheating Police Chief, a wanna be politician, and an underground railroad for abused women. Sound like a lot? That’s because it is. Too much, in fact. With so many people and so many things happening, I don’t really get to know any of these women. And I so would have loved to know more about Cathy and Marty, Trixie and Agnes. But Brown moves us around so much, so fast, I can only get a glimpse of who each woman truly is. And when we finally settle at the end of the book, it finishes with a whimper, instead of a bang. However, there is enough good things here to get me to read her second chick lit book (if she decides to do one). Because Ms. Brown is clearly a strong writer. And I hope she takes the good from this book and makes the next book much, much better.