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Subject: J. A. Konrath's (Jack Daniels series)
Date Posted: 4/30/2008 10:53 PM ET
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You guys have been holding out on me!! Why didn't anyone clue me into this series before?? I totally devoured the first 4 books and will be purchasing 5 & 6 from the bookstore.

Probably not a hidden gem, but this series was news to me!

Any recommendations on similar books?

 

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780786890729-Whiskey+Sour+Jack+Daniels+1

Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has caused her to max out her credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases, and a frightening killer who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man" is dumping mutilated bodies in her district.

Between avoiding the FBI and its moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI, Jack and her binge-eating partner, Herb, must catch the maniac before he kills again...and Jack is next on his murder list.

Whiskey Sour is full of laugh-out-loud humor and edge-of-your-seat suspense, and it introduces a fun, fully drawn heroine in the grand tradition of Kinsey Millhone, Stephanie Plum, and Kay Scarpetta.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 12:27 AM ET
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I have Whiskey Sour and wasn't sure if I was going to read it or not. Thanks for the rave review I will definetly keep it on my TBR list.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 9:45 AM ET
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Elaine, I had Whiskey Sour on my TBR list for ages. I finally got tired of looking at it so I picked it up and read it. I finished it the same day! I enjoyed the book so much I had to read the next 3 in the series.

Post back once you have read it and let us know what you think?

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 11:26 AM ET
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Ok, with your encouragement I am going to make it my next book but I am slogging my way through one now that I want to finish but is not an easy read so it will be a few days. I will report back after finishing it.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 9:11 AM ET
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You must have missed it Cari, I posted about these quite some time ago.... At least I think I did. My memory is getting so bad that I'd have to go do a search on myself, and that would probably remind me of 100 of other things I've forgotten that I've said, so I better skip it.  :-)

Love the series,  Jack Daniels is quite the character isn't she??  Oh, NOT  NOT NOT a cozy..... Hard boiled police work with well developed characters and interesting plots.

Have you tried Brian Freeman Cari? Start with Immoral.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 9:32 AM ET
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 Lee Harris has Det. Jane Bauer in Murder in Hell's Kitchen. There are three in the series so far, and I really enjoyed them also.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 11:10 AM ET
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Oh Marcy, thank you so much for posting in here!! I was beginning to think I was the only person to read these :-)

Thanks for the recommendations, I will look into both series.

 



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Date Posted: 5/7/2008 6:35 PM ET
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I know Charlie and Winston have read the series also, so you're not alone.

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 11:04 AM ET
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I agree that the Jack Daniels series is outstanding!!

I also highly recommend the John Ceepak series by Chris Grabenstein.

1. Tilt-a-Whirl

2. Mad Mouse

3. Whack-a-Mole

4. Hell Hole (July 22 release date)

"Tilt-a-Whirl: From page 1, this debut stands out as refreshingly different. Billed as the first entry in Grabenstein's Jersey Shore series, the story is set in Sea Haven, a town that will stir memories for East Coasters who went "down the Shore" each summer. The story centers on the murder of real-estate tycoon Reggie Hart, who was shot in front of his teenage daughter, Ashley. Danny Boyle, a 24-year-old "summer cop," encounters the hysterical girl while on patrol with his partner, John Ceepak, an ex-soldier who has returned from Iraq with some demons left to exorcise. Although Grabenstein crafts a first-rate mystery, what makes this novel special is its two protagonists. With young Boyle narrating, the reader gets to know Ceepak gradually, through his partner's eyes. At first Ceepak's personal code of honor only amuses or annoys the cynical Boyle. But as he (and we) get to know the former soldier, the portrait of a true hero emerges. Grabenstein brilliantly evokes the endearing seediness of a Jersey Shore town in summer, but it's his development of the Ceepak-Boyle relationship that makes this an absolute triumph."

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 4:48 PM ET
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Marcy recommended the Jack Daniels series and I love it. I have since gotten about 10 people turned on to it. It is one I recommend to many customers at the bookstore.

I was afraid after book three (Rusty Nail) that he was falling into a rut with plot but, the fourth book (Dirty Martini) was great and knocked that notion out. Cannot wait for the next (Fuzzy Navel).

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 7:18 PM ET
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Well I finally got to Whiskey Sour after reading three other books. I read 39 pages and put it down thinking I wasn't going to like the way it was written. I picked it up again a couple of days later and decided I should give it 50 pages which was only another 11 pages to go. Oops, got hooked and have the others on my wish list now. Just what I need, another author to read. Thanks for the recomendation.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 7:31 PM ET
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I just read Whiskey Sour as well. I ordered it from PBS after finding this thread.

I really enjoyed it. it took me a little while to get into it, but after the first 30 or so pages, it had me hooked.

I must admit I kept waiting for the "cozy bit " but of course it never came.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:26 PM ET
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I just finished Bloody Mary and am totally hooked on this series. Hope I get the others soon (not that I don't have a pile of TBR but I think I would push this series to the front).

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 3:45 PM ET
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Thanks for the thread!  I'm always looking for a good new series so I just ordered the first book!

Subject: J.A. Konrath
Date Posted: 6/9/2008 6:03 PM ET
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I finished Bloody Mary at 4 A.M. last night.  It's the old "just one more chapter" thing.  I just posted it.  I must admit that I skim some of the gore, but enjoy the rest of the characters and plots very much.

Thanks for the recommendation.



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