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An Affair to Dismember (The Matchmaker) Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2013
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A madcap plot and zany characters propel Sax’s debut, which launches her Matchmaker series. Gladie Burger, fresh from Los Angeles, is apprenticing for her grandmother Zelda’s matchmaking business in tiny Cannes, California, when the man across the street dies. After meeting his abused wife and sleazy children, Gladie is convinced he was murdered, but handsome police chief Spencer Bolton disagrees since the coroner pronounced natural causes. When she learns the man was a bumbling thief with only one successful heist and his estranged gang members may have been looking for him, Gladie is even more convinced she’s right. She is somewhat distracted, however, by her grandmother’s next-door neighbor, Arthur Holden, who says he’s happy to help her detect. Even when two of the dead man’s gang members turn up slain, Gladie isn’t deterred. She’s convinced the missing money from the successful heist is the key to the neighbor’s death. Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this new author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie. --Pat Henshaw
“Elise Sax’s new Matchmaker series is off to a rousing start! . . . Sax gives the comic mystery genre a new spin. . . . A fun read sure to entertain.”—RT Book Reviews
“Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this new author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie.”—Booklist
“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis
“In the tradition of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Elise Sax’s new novel is a funny, sexy ride.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind
“What a fun book! It will leave readers begging for more.”—Kim Gruenenfelder, author of There’s Cake in My Future
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Stephanie Plum in Southern California (haven't read the Plum books but saw the movie). The mystery seemed more a back-story. And what was to take place in just a matter of a week seemed a lot longer. More like a month with chaos and trouble happening everywhere Gladie turned. I liked the interaction between Gladie and Spencer. The "mysterious" Holden hasn't impressed me.
Spoiler And even if this took place in under a week, it seemed weird that the two guys were there at the hospital room with her, both glaring at each other.End Spoiler.
This is a good quick read though. I just hope Gladie doesn't string the two guys along throughout the series like the Plum book. I really hope she's made her choice in which guy she likes more in the second book. In my opinion, I think it's Spencer.
This is a well written series with a woman with bad hair days, a sharp tongue, and a knack for mayhem. AN AFFAIR TO DISMEMBER is not your standard Stephanie Plum mystery series, but it has some similarities.... There is an obvious love triangle brewing, but nothing like the Plum series. The characters are quirky, but not slap-stick goofy. The mystery does have twists and turns until the final chapter. Even the relationships are far more sedate in a sizzling kind-of way. While the similarities are there.... this is NOT a book that will mirror the antics of mayhem like the Plum series.
Not to offer spoilers or tell you the whole story.... the reader will have plenty of laughs from the well-timed banter between Gladie and the hot chief of police, Spencer. Of course, there is the heart-warming protective nature the other man in Gladie's life, the very attractive and mysterious next-door neighbor, Holden, to get to know, too. Gladie's best friends are quirky, but not stupid quirky, and Gladie's grandmother might seem like a clairvoyant matchmaker, but she has some sharp-as-a-tack insight. Each chapter begins with a lesson on how to be the best matchmaker you can be, but you do see some relevance to the chapter.
I will admit, I LOVED this book! I laughed through most of it and I know I will read this again while I wait for the next installment of the series. Elise Sax is a rising star in the contemporary, chick-lit, romance/mystery genre. Trust me.... this book is a keeper and worth buying!! I will highly recommend this book to a friend and I highly recommend you get yourself a copy.
I came across this book because I had the third book in the series on my kindle that I received from NetGalley and after reading a few spoiler free reviews, I knew I had to read them.
Gladie is such a normal character. Usually the main characters in books are either damaged, weak, self conscience or something else. Gladie, while yes, she has a past, its a normal one...well kinda.
Gladie Burger is unstable, a junk food addict and an awesome awesome girl. I love Gladie so much. I read a few reviews about these books are there actually a lot of negative views on her. I don't get it she was great!
This story was AWESOME! Its hilarious, hot, and takes you on a thrill ride of mysterious but hot neighbors, murders, crazy people and so much more. I highly reccomend this book. It was such a great read. A perfect book for any situation. I loved it and I loved the second one and am really excited to start the next.
Note, I started with this author by reading the unrelated title Bounty. That was excellent. Romantic, humor and action like the old movie Romancing the Stone.
Most recent customer reviews
Didn't care for the way it ended.
Yes would recommend it for a light read