Agnes & the Hitman

Agnes & the Hitman

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Baker & Taylor
Rescued during a break-in by an unlikely hit man who has been directed by the mob to protect her, food writer Agnes Crandall finds her situation further complicated by a missing cache of money that becomes a key factor in a Southern mafia wedding.

McMillan Palgrave
Take one food writer named Cranky Agnes, add a hitman named Shane, mix them together with a Southern mob wedding, a missing necklace, two annoyed flamingos, and a dog named Rhett and you've got a recipe for a sexy, hilarious novel about the disastrous side of true love…
Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane, no last name, just Shane, and he has his own problems: he's got a big hit scheduled, a rival trying to take him out, and an ex-mobster uncle asking him to protect some little kid named Agnes. When he finds out that Agnes isn't so little, his uncle has forgotten to mention a missing five million bucks he might have lost in Agnes's house, and his last hit was a miss, Shane's life isn't looking so good, either. Then a bunch of lowlifes come looking for the money, a string of hit men show up for Agnes, and some wedding guests gather with intent to throw more than rice. Agnes and Shane have their hands full with greed, florists, treachery, flamingos, mayhem, mothers of the bride, and--most dangerous of all--each other. Agnes and the Hitman is the perfect combination of sugar and spice, sweet and salty--a novel of delicious proportions.


Holtzbrinck
Take one food writer named Cranky Agnes, add a hitman named Shane, mix them together with a Southern mob wedding, a missing necklace, two annoyed flamingos, and a dog named Rhett and you’ve got a recipe for a sexy, hilarious novel about the disastrous side of true love…
Agnes Crandall’s life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she’s staked her entire net worth on.  Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window.  His name is Shane, no last name, just Shane, and he has his own problems:  he’s got a big hit scheduled, a rival trying to take him out, and an ex-mobster uncle asking him to protect some little kid named Agnes.  When he finds out that Agnes isn’t so little, his uncle has forgotten to mention a missing five million bucks he might have lost in Agnes’s house, and his last hit was a miss, Shane’s life isn’t looking so good, either.  Then a bunch of lowlifes come looking for the money, a string of hit men show up for Agnes, and some wedding guests gather with intent to throw more than rice.  Agnes and Shane have their hands full with greed, florists, treachery, flamingos, mayhem, mothers of the bride, and—most dangerous of all—each other.  Agnes and the Hitman is the perfect combination of sugar and spice, sweet and salty—a novel of delicious proportions.


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Rescued during a break-in by an unlikely hit man who has been directed by the mob to protect her, food writer Cranky Agnes finds her situation further complicated by a missing cache of money that becomes a key factor in a Southern mafia wedding. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312363048
0312363044
Branch Call Number: FICTION CRUSIE
Characteristics: 368 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mayer, Bob 1959-
Alternative Title: Agnes and the hitman

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nidofito
Aug 25, 2017

Nice to be reading Crusie again. Lots of twists and turns in this rom-com murder mystery with a whole lot of crazy fun characters. She likes her heroines high strung but likeable and her heroes silent but dependable, eh? I like it and I've seen similar pairings in her other books as well.

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jforeman
Feb 27, 2017

I read this book a few years ago but it stands out in my memory as quite funny in parts. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.

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debmar10
Sep 05, 2014

This is such a fun book with great characters and over-the-top scenes.
I enjoyed it.

really disorganized writing and not my type of slap stick humour

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emcooley
Jun 06, 2014

I really enjoyed this book! There is never a dull moment. It is very funny and the main character is full of life.

Meeeeeee Jul 05, 2013

I have been looking for this type or writing for some time and this book did not disappoint. The humor is sophisticated and on the mark.
The best of the two they have done so far, looking forward to more. I got a good picture of that alley scene in my head after reading it.

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Marnolia
Jun 14, 2012

Hilarious story of a cook with anger management issues that gets mixed up with the Mob, all while planning a wedding, and trying to sabotage the nefarious scheming of the Bride's grandmother. Mobsters, hitmen, food, romance, flamingos... what more does a novel need? There is some questionable language, but if you can put that aside, the antics of Agnes and the rest of the characters will keep you reading.

lindakettle Mar 29, 2012

Since her collaboration, all Jennifer's heros are ex-military. Unfortunately, they are straight line thinkers, so on the male side you don't get the mayhem of Jennifer's earlier, solo works.

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technojoy
Nov 25, 2011

I don't ordinarily read romances, mysteries, or erotica, but I read everything by Jennifer Crusie. She's been compared to Janet Evanovich, but if there's a relationship, Jennifer Crusie is Janet Evanovich's smarter cousin. While her books with Bob Mayer are not my favourite, they're still good reads. This one moves fast, has a complicated plot, is peopled by interesting characters, and includes the perks of food descriptions, clothes descriptions, and a dog.

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bookpusher
Aug 11, 2011

Lots of fun!

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technojoy
Nov 25, 2011

“Heartache often drives us to consume things we wouldn't otherwise, such as an entire pint of Caramel Pecan Perfection high-fat ice cream, covered in ganache, the crack cocaine of frozed dairy. Twelve hundred calories per pint, six hundred and eighty of which are fat calories, but is only dulls the pain for the moment, there's that carb fog while you're standing at the sink shoving it in your face, and then it's over and you feel...used. Like a cheap pickup the Dove people seduced and abandoned in your kitchen, leaving you with sticky hands and an empty cup and a still-broken heart, except now you're mad at Dove, too.” [From an article Agnes wrote]

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