- Series: Thorndike Mystery - Large Print
- Hardcover: 439 pages
- Publisher: Thorndike Press; 1 edition (September 20, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786268557
- ISBN-13: 978-0786268559
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,733,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ninja Soccer Moms Hardcover – Large Print, September 20, 2004
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A woman WHO--
That is how the comedy-murder-romance novels begin, telling you that it is about a woman, a woman who does this, or that while having great clothes and looking better than she did ten years before, and she is a woman who is more independent than the average reader, smarter, more bold, afraid but unwilling to allow being afraid to rule her life. This book has that in spades, is well written, and plays around the edges of the story to keep the reader balanced between a gasp and a laugh.
The plot? Stuff happens, clues are missed and found again, things go wrong more than right but somehow they keep the canoe upright and plunge over the story's white water rapids. I greatly prefer the hardcover standard type version, but you can load a Kindle with a thousand books and take it as carry-on luggage while somehow that just does not work with hardback books.
Don't read it in places where a sudden outburst or snorting and laughter would cause issues.
One note, the regular size type hardback has the cover design shown for the paperback, the wild large cover is for the large type version only.
Janie Tuggle comes to Sam asking her to help her get evidence that her ex-husband, Chad, has been stealing from the soccer league for years. Since he is the Coach that everyone loves since he's taken them to victory, she knows no one will believe her without solid proof. Sam got out of the soccer mom scene after her divorce, and she is very reluctant to set foot back there. But, once Janie tells Sam that Chad let the insurance for her kids run out, but he's still living high on the hog in their former home, Sam can't tell her no. Sam is a sucker for the underdog.
When Sam meets with Chad, a very fun scene develops having to do with her clothing. You'll have to read it for yourself. Wouldn't want to give anything away!
Then Chad is found murdered. Janie is a suspect, but so are many other people, including Sam herself. She gets into some sticky situations with Detective Vance. They go round and round more than once, and in more ways than one! And Gabe is not very amused with Detective Vance and his actions.
I love this series. It is always a laugh out loud read. For the most part I'd call it a cozy, but this book had one sex scene that in my opinion was beyond a cozy.
Sam, Grandpa, Sam's boys, Gabe, Gabe's mom, and Det. Vance will keep you in stitches and definitely wanting more!
I highly recommend this book and the whole series. It is fabulous! You won't want to put it down.
Janie Tuggle, former wife of the soccer coach, asks Sam to investigate whether Chad embezzled funds from the soccer clubs of Lake Elsinore. Sam tricks Chad and soon downloads his financial records. She and Janie realize that $16,000 is missing. Shortly afterward, someone murders the coach. Janie asks Sam to learn who and why because any one of the suspects he was blackmailing could be the killer. Now Sam feels it is more critical to locate Chad's ominous files so no one else gets hurt.
NINJA SOCCER MOMS is a quirky charming romantic mystery with a plethora of suspects. When the heroine is not aggravating the lead police detective, she aggravates her sleuthing boss with her efforts to prove her independence and that she is his equal in everything. Yet the attraction between Gabe and Sam is so hot, it is a wonder that sparks do not fly off the pages. Jennifer Apodaca writes an appealing who-done-it that will keep her audience interested in more books starring this soccer mom.
The series was okay when it started, but this one is God-awful. There's nothing even remotely likeable about Sam -- she's stupid and shallow. She was so broke she had to move herself and her two sons in with her grandfather, yet she used her husband's life insurance money for a boob job and slut wardrobe, rather than for her kids' future?
This series tried to be Stephanie Plum from the beginning, but Jennifer Apodaca will never ben Janet Evanovich. Perhaps if she'd realized that from the start, her series would've worked. Exchanging ruined clothes for blown-up cars and private investigating for bounty hunting doesn't work, and this series has just become so flat-out bad that I won't even pick up the next book in the series.