Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Review: Almost True Confessions by Jane O'Connor

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Today I have a new series for you, from the author of your daughter's favorite series, Fancy Nancy!

But don't tsk tsk- she knows how to write a novel!

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What could be more fun for a freelance copy editor than a juicy exposé about one of Manhattan’s most beloved society doyennes?
But when Rannie arrives at the east side apartment of reclusive author Ret Sullivan, she finds more than the final draft of the manuscript waiting for her: tied to the bed and strangled with an Hermès scarf is Ret’s half-naked body.
Was this merely a case of rough sex that got a little too rough, as the police believe? Or was Ret murdered because someone didn’t want her to meet her deadline?
Once again, the heroine of Jane O’Connor’s Dangerous AdmissionsMiranda "Rannie" Bookman (43, divorced mother of two, with a recent love life consisting of a long string of embarrassingly brief encounters), 
proves that her mind is just as sharp as her blue  pencils!


I breezed through this book as quickly as humanly possible, as it was just that funny, quirky and a super little read! It was like having your favorite mystery heroine have a REAL life and show up on your doorstep as your best friend! Rannie is SO SO relatable that you will find yourself laughing, pouting and kvetching with her, over her relationship with her mother and kids! you don't have to have read Dangerous Admissions, to know what came before/happened to Rannie- the author gives you enough background, but doesn't totally ruin that reading experience, in case the reader hasn't read it before reading this book! if you want a new mystery heroine to follow, grab these 2 books- you won't be disappointed, and like me, will be eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series!

About the Author;

Jane O'Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, and the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan. Fancy Nancy was nominated for the Quill Award for Best Picture Book in 2007. The Emperor's Silent Army: Terra Cotta Warriors of Ancient China won Booklist's Best Nonfiction Book for Young Readers in 2000. 

Jane started writing Dangerous Admissions, her first adult novel, after she and her husband dropped their younger son off at his freshman dorm. With the excruciating process of applying to college finally over, an idea popped into her head to write a comic mystery set at a high-pressure Manhattan private school (much like the one both her boys attended) where the college admissions officer is found dead.

Jane has two grown sons. She was born, bred and still lives in New York City with her husband and their canine companion, Arrow

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