Motor Mouth Author:Janet Evanovich The Barnes & Noble Review — In this much-anticipated sequel to Janet Evanovich's Metro Girl (the first installment in a series that introduced readers to Baltimore mechanic turned amateur sleuth Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby), the sexy bleached blonde and her hunky NASCAR driver and sometime boyfriend, Sam Hooker, stumble into a high-octane misadven... more »ture that implicates them in numerous felonies, including multiple murder, breaking and entering, kidnapping, and, of course, grand theft auto. Now working as Hooker's race-day spotter -- and trying to come to grips with the handsome driver's recent infidelity with a salesclerk -- Barnaby guides her former boyfriend to a second-place finish in the last race of the season. But when they come to the aid of a friend who got himself locked inside a competitor's hauler during the race, they accidentally uncover an illegal high-tech traction control device -- and the fresh corpse of the team's owner. After hijacking the hauler, Barnaby, Hooker, and his 150-pound Saint Bernard become fugitives from justice -- and the real race begins.
The Barnaby novels are described on Evanovich's web site as "the big sister to the Stephanie Plum series. The stakes are higher. The sex is sexier. The nights are hotter." With that in mind, fans of Evanovich's Plum novels (Twelve Sharp, Eleven on Top, et al.) looking for something to read until the feisty New Jersey bail bond enforcement agent's next adventure will be more than satisfied with the equally endearing heroine Alexandra Barnaby. Powered by Evanovich's uproarious sense of humor and masterful knack for eccentric characterization (a well-endowed assassin named Horse, egomaniacal driver Dickie Bonnano, etc.), readers who enjoy humorous mysteries (and especially those who are also auto racing fans) will thoroughly relish this wildly entertaining romp through the heart of NASCAR country. Paul Goat Allen« less