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Spitfire [Kindle Edition]

Annette Sandoval
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Twenty-eight-year-old Tomi Reyes is a documentary filmmaker who moonlights as a receptionist to pay the bills. It’s a pretty easy gig—until she receives an unexpected promotion, and her somewhat interesting life goes totally insane.

For starters, her new boss, Scott Martin, morphs from nice guy into creepy dictator in the space of, like, five seconds. Then Justin Thyme, Tomi’s occasional boyfriend, is found murdered and stuffed inside his refrigerator. Before Tomi can get over the shock, her friend Whim meets the same gruesome fate. Tomi has a sneaking suspicion that new-boss-Scott has a hand in all of this, but the evidence to both of the murders is pointing to her! She is wondering how she'll look in an orange jumper, when her childhood pal is assigned to the case. Nicholas “Nickels” Turino, is now an FBI agent, and a hot one at that. When the killer starts stalking Tomi—going as far as turning her fridge into her waiting tomb—the not-so-swift hand of justice drives Tomi to act. She sets out to unmask the killer herself or die trying. Seriously underdressed for such a cold-blooded death, Tomi is determined to live.

With its larger-than-life heroine and delightfully sarcastic tone, Spitfire offers readers a refreshing alternative to the ho-hum crime novels crowding today’s bookshelves.



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Title character Tomi Reyes, a well-endowed 28-year-old, is a documentary filmmaker at heart, who records the pick-up lines of men she passes on the street. Meanwhile, she’s a receptionist at a San Francisco architectural firm, a job that gives her weekend time in Alameda with the grandfather who, after their parents died in a car crash, raised her and two older brothers. But shortly after she’s promoted to assistant to married executive Scott Martin, he starts hitting on her and exhibiting mercurial moods. Then Tomi’s friends start dying. First her sometime-lover, Justin, is murdered, his body stuffed into his refrigerator. Days later, her lesbian friend, Whim, is killed in the same way, leaving Tomi not only grieving but a suspect in both killings. When Tomi’s childhood friend, Nick Turino, moves back to the Bay Area, their relationship heats up personally and professionally. An FBI agent tracking a serial killer, Nick can’t keep Tomi from pursuing her own detecting. Even at its most lethal, this breezy outing is sexy and lighthearted, thanks, especially, to Tomi’s quirky listmaking.— Michele Leber

Review

"Annette's wit is so sharp, you can slice, dice, and shred with it." - J. Michael Orenduff, 2011 Lefty Winner, The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein

"In Spitfire Annette tickles and titillates and yanks on our funny bones on every page with a timing and pace I’ve rarely seen. Read the damned book." - Colin Cotterill, The Coroner's Lunch

"Annette Sandoval's fiction is like high voltage. Once you pick up Spitfire you won't be able to put it down." -John Lutz, Final Seconds, and Serial

Product Details

  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469204819
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (July 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007264HTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heck of a (wonderful) surprise May 19, 2012
By eyecore
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This book is not the "murder mystery" or "thriller" that flood the market already. What we have here is a fantastic story about Tomi. It just so happens that she's caught up in some murders. And each step of the way, we're lucky enough to follow her along as she tries to prove her innocence while keeping herself alive. Except that there's so much more here!

Not to get all academic, but Annette Sandoval (the author) must've paid extra close attention in Character Development class, because the characters here aren't just believable, they're dang near lifelike. (Apparently she's not a new author, but certainly new to me.) But what makes Spitfire stand out significantly over other stories is that the murder/thriller aspect of the book isn't the driver: the character is, and it's done so flawlessly.

This was a highly enjoyable book that, at just over 300 pages, goes much more quickly than I would have imagined. There's no "filler" or fluff in any of the chapters that the reader has to trudge through - everything throughout the book is interesting, adds to the mystery, is funny, or is otherwise greatly entertaining.

I'd recommend this to anyone that wanted a bit more lighthearted murder mystery, or a funny "city living for a girl with some bad luck" type - it certainly spans genres.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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Some books have a plot that sounds ho-hum. That might include, "Young woman in San Francisco is a 'person of interest' in a murder investigation and so looks for an opportunity to clear her name." But what makes one story stand above the others is a spunky, funny character with clever repartee. And Spitfire delivers in spades. I picked this book up and read it pretty much straight through. Except for frequent breaks for laughter.

Which is not to imply that Spitfire is a wimp-ass mystery that loses the fact of a dead body to discover and a murderer to find in an effort to be chortle-worthy. Because the dead-body-generation is fairly horrific, and our heroine does not take it lightly. It's just that this book is so well told, with a main character whom I *really* liked, that you can comfortably put this into your Summer Reading pile.

The basics: Tomi's been a receptionist for several years, at a job that requires so little active attention that she's put her "office" time to good use by taking online classes. But a promotion to become executive assistant to one of the bosses comes with a salary increase that's too good to resist. Even if the boss is a bit too attracted to Tomi's bosom and office politics intensify. All of which she could cope with, except an ex-boyfriend turns up dead, and Tomi doesn't have a great alibi. She has to do a bunch of investigation to find who DID do it. Right?

What makes this special, and easy to recommend if you want good escapist fiction (with a few steamy sex scenes) is the smart-ass humor that never devolves into meanness. For instance, during a (no-spoilers) scene when Tomi attends a wedding, the priest presents the newly married couple to their family and friends.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire June 22, 2012
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Spitfire
By: Annette Sandoval
Tomi Reyes works as a receptionist for an architectural firm. Her ex-boyfriend is killed and she is being questioned in his murder.
This is a quick read that is funny with amusing dialogue and the characters are likeable for the most part.
I am not sure how I feel about the lead though. She is 28 but seems a little immature compared to the other characters and just something about her I didn't like.
It wasn't the Yo Mamma jokes as they were pretty funny. I get her joking around and humor but for several chapters I liked her but then she would make
some comment and then I didn't, I can't really put my finger on anything specific.
Another reason I liked this book was that it's a light read. The characters that die, we don't get to know them in depth.
We know a little background and that they are well liked and good friends with the rest of the main characters.
The story itself is entertaining and page turning but predictable and forgettable after reading.
I think this is a good book to read in between genres. In my case I read a lot of horror and thrillers and this is a nice change of pace. I think this would make a great beach/poolside read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move Over Stephanie Plum! August 24, 2012
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I loved this book! Spitfire had me laughing and smiling from page one. I believe that Annette Sandoval can do a series on Tomisita Reyes also known as Tomi who is the main character in the book. She has a good friend in the company that she works with named Samantha. The two of them write inter-office memos to each other all day long with Yo Mama jokes included. I love Yo Mama jokes! Tomi is feisty and looks at being an administrative assistant as a bad thing because it means more work for her. She has strange friends but it helps to keep the story moving along and diversified.

Tomi is 28 years old, lives in San Francisco, is Mexican and the biggest characteristic about her is her boobs. Men notice that above all else even though she happens to be pretty, smart, and funny in my opinion. She uses her iPhone to captures on video guys bad pick up lines. She is planning to create a film with them since her dream is to become a documentary film maker. However, to pay the bills she works as a receptionist at Royce Durand and Associates. She does anything but work on her computer and her adventures on her computer always make me laugh. She represents all the naughty things we do when we are supposed to be working.

We learn in the beginning that one of her good friends was murdered and stuffed in a refrigerator. Her boss is weird and Tomi gets bad vibes from him. She bungles her way through this mystery to protect her friends and get to the bottom of the case. She gets into a lot of mishaps this way and they are truly funny. On the back of the book, Spitfire was compared to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels. I think Spitfire is way more interesting and fleshed out. The fact that Tomi is not caucasian already adds a different element that makes it interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read.
Fun book, great lines between characters. Heroine developed along a hispanic Stephanie Plum line, as is the plot. Good summer read, not too deep and easy to come back to.
Published 12 days ago by Nancy Heer
4.0 out of 5 stars I read this book while on vacation,
Good book and fast moving. I hated to put it down and couldn't wait till I could get back to it.
Published 1 month ago by mary touslely
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and wonderful
I picked this book just from a review and special pricing. What a stroke of luck! For one it mentioned my home town, which was awesome. Read more
Published 2 months ago by c merino
4.0 out of 5 stars a quick fun read
This was well written and very funny, a fast read. It also had some suspense and drama. I recommend this entertaining book.
Published 2 months ago by Sue Ducato Sarno
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Totally a rad book. So fun, funny, and full of surprises. I loved the humor, the main character was such a fun girl I just laughed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Misha Witham
3.0 out of 5 stars A good light read
A light and easy read with a couple of twists to keep you interested. Not sure if there will be any more in the series but may be worth a look if released.
Published 3 months ago by John M. Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars attitude!!
I liked the main characters attitued! She was a spitefire and that made me want to read till the end to find out how she handled the murderer.
Published 3 months ago by Anna T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
A great read for romance, adventure, mystery and humor wrapped up in one. Smart writes and the story seems real and compelling.
Published 3 months ago by rockin' rana
3.0 out of 5 stars It's an okay read
Spitfire was okay-nothing terrific. The story is thin and the characters are flat. It's something to read and pass the time with
Published 3 months ago by Willy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I loved this book. It was clever, funny and vastly entertaining. I would read it again. I would read this author again.
Published 3 months ago by Debbie Cash
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More About the Author

Annette Sandoval's writing is tightly bound to her experiences as a Mexican-American. The youngest of five children, she began life in the barrio neighborhoods of Santa Ana, California. She was named after a Mouseketeer--her mother wanted one of her children to have an "American" name.

Her parents were both born in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Her father, Manuel, worked as a migrant worker and later as a janitor in a convent, where he was sponsored for green card status. After securing work and papers, he sent for his fifteen-year-old bride, Felicitas.

After moving to San Francisco at the age of twenty-one, Annette spent the next decade backpacking around the world, touring nearly every continent on her own.

She is the author of THE DIRECTORY OF SAINTS (Dutton/Penguin), which appeared in hardback in 1996. The book has subsequently been issued in paperback and in a Spanish language edition for the international market. A second edition will be out in the fall.

Her second book, HOMEGROWN HEALING: TRADITIONAL HOME REMEDIES FROM MEXICO (Putnam/Berkely), originally published in 1998, is one of the first modern works preserving this rich oral tradition. A second edition will be out in the fall.
SPITFIRE (Thomas & Mercer ) published July 17, 2012, is a killer thriller.


To Whom It May Concern:

I think my boss is a serial killer. If that's not scary enough he's got a crush on me. This Sucks.

Meet Tomi Reyes. She is a 28-year-old receptionist living in San Francisco. When the bodies of her friends are discovered in their refrigerators, Tomi is convinced that her middle-aged, Dockers-wearing, Hootie & the Blowfish-loving boss is the killer. Crazy, huh?

WOMEN ARE LIKE CHICKENS (available this spring) is the story of four Mexican American friends raised in SanFrancisco during the 1980's. Although subject to some strict cultural expectations and limitations, each will examine and define her own unique identity. At times dark, this novel has unsentimental humor at its core.

OLIVER TWIST, JUNIOR DETECTIVE (self-published)picks up where Dickens's beloved novel leaves off. At the ripe old age of twelve, Oliver Twist has settled into the pampered life of a young gentleman. Oliver is bored out of his gourd. When a woman in the park disappears leaving behind a bottle green cloak, Oliver recruits the Artful Dodger and the rest of the street urchins to follow her vanishing trail. The novel is expected to be out by Christmas.

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