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Subject: Jane Kelly books
Date Posted: 10/8/2008 12:24 AM ET
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has anyone read the Jane Kelly mysteries? (I think Im getting the character's name right...)

I saw them in the store today and there was a line on one of them saying that they were just as good as the Stephanie Plum books. wondering if that's true.

thanks!

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 6:55 PM ET
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Oh, you're referring to Nancy Bush's books! Jane Kelly is a PI who lives with her pug, The Binkster, in Lake Chinook, Oregon. I've read all three in the series--Candy Apple Red, Electric Blue and Ultra Violet--and enjoyed them all. However, I have yet to find any series that is "just as good as Stephanie Plum." Authors, including Bush, Lisa Lutz and Tori Carrington, can try, and each might come close, but there will never be, IMHO, another series as humorous as the one concerning Ms. Plum.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 6:57 PM ET
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I do really like this series - still waiting for Ultra Violet - on WL (hinthint)

I especially like that the PI she works for is not the norm for this genre.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 11:31 PM ET
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hm interesting. I'll have to check it out, thanks!

stephanie plum has some pretty big shoes to fill! :)

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 12:54 PM ET
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I've enjoyed the first two Jane Kelley books, too ... although I have to admit to being baffled by the comparison to Plum ... not even close in my book.  Tori Carrington's are the closest I've read so far ...

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 2:10 PM ET
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I agree Karen.  If you want another Stephanie Plum, go with the Sophie Metropolis books by Tori Carrington or the Lisa Lutz books, since they have the common themes of family involvement, detective lite, etc. 

While I'd agree that the Nancy Bush books are as good as Plum's, they are not the same books, nor should they be.