by Nancy Bartholomew

January 2005
ISBN: 0-373-51339-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #25
Mass Market Paperback

Fans of Stephanie Plum rejoice! Author Nancy Bartholomew has come to your rescue! With a year between books, readers of the best-selling series often have to settle for other genre to fill the months. Now, with the advent of the Silhouette Bombshell line, and authors like Ms. Bartholomew, the wait will be much more fun.

A former cop, Stella Valocchi, has embarked in a career as a private investigator. Along with high school heartbreaker Jake Carpenter, her cousin Nina and ex-D.A. Spike Montgomery, she hopes to find satisfaction in being her own boss. They are also determined to keeping Aunt Lucy safe, since the brilliant chemist is under constant surveillance. Of course, the life of a PI is not all glamour.

Stella, Get Your Man, opens with our heroine laying in pig droppings. She and Jake were hired to repo the lighted sleigh from Joey Spagnazi’s Christmas diorama. When bullets start to fly instead of the reindeer, Stella is wondering what a “routine” case will be like. As Joey’s henchmen start causing even more trouble, Jake accepts a case that will take them out of town. Maybe a change in scenery will do them all some good.

When Stella and her unusual team descend on Surfside Isle, New Jersey, the sleepy little town sees more activity than it can handle. And Stella is having a tough time remembering that she should keep her distance from Jake. He is all for some after-hours association, but only on his terms.

I found this book to be very funny, and quite charming. Stella and her motley crew are completely adorable. Ms. Bartholomew is obviously an animal lover, as evidenced by her loving portrayal of Lloyd and the formidable Athena. She also took just enough space to make sure that first-time readers (like me) were not lost in this second “Stella” book. As a result of this attention to detail, I will be making a stop at the store to find the first book, Stella, Get Your Gun. And I eagerly await the next book, Sophie’s Last Stand.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Paula.

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