If you are searching for a good series to read, don’t overlook the lighter side of the mystery/crime genre. Authors like Janet Evanovich, Darynda Jones and Lee Goldberg know how to write a book with a LAUGH OUT LOUD GUARANTEE !
Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter from a working-class neighborhood in Trenton, New Jersey, who frequently finds herself on the hunt for low-lifes and barely respectable folk. Her family is a constant annoyance but also anchor her crazy life: a mother who meddles and makes an amazing pot roast, a grandmother who is “two cans short of a six-pack,” and Lula, a reformed ‘ho and Stephanie’s sometimes partner. With twenty-two books in the series so far, I hope Janet Evanovich never stops writing this hilarious series. Start with One for the Money, hang on and enjoy the ride, be forewarned every character is armed and unbelievably funny!
Take Stephanie Plum and add a heart of gold, ADHD and the supernatural and you have Charlie Davidson. Charlie has seen ghosts since the day she was born, as she grew-up her cop father realized she could help solve cases (she can ask the “stiff” who killed him). Now Charlie is all grown up and running her own P.I. business, with a caffeine addiction and a wardrobe that consists of t-shirts with sayings like “better to see dead than be dead” and “I’d have a longer attention span if there weren’t so many shiny things”. Lighthearted, nonsensical, silly and sexy. The Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones is currently nine books long, Dirt on Ninth Grave was just released, and I got mine that very day!
Most of us have seen or heard of Monk the television series, but have you read any of the Monk books written by Lee Goldberg? Adrian Monk is an obsessive-compulsive sleuth, these novels are hysterically funny with devilishly clever plots. You’d be hard-pressed to find another series that provides so many hip and humorous moments.
All three of these outstanding series are available to borrow in print, digitally as an e-book and as an audio book.