Jump the Gun by Zoe Burke
Beatrice Anabelle Starkey is a book publicist attending a convention in Chicago when she meets Mickey Paxton, a salesman for a big publishing house. Anabelle isn’t the type to fly off to Vegas for the weekend, but when Mickey suggests the rendezvous, she jumps for it. So begins the whirlwind romance and a bunch of scary stuff. Anabelle is kidnapped, Mickey is jumped and the woman who was cat sitting for Anabelle turns up dead in Anabelle’s apartment. Enter an assorted bunch of fun characters including a senior on the lam from her nursing home, a moonlighting taxi driver, and the very wonderful parents of Anabelle.
Fans of Janet Evanovich will enjoy the fast paced action and the random one-liners. Starkey is a MAJOR movie fan and the author loves to quote and reference movies in her dialogue and descriptions. There are a lot of strange twists and turns and overall the story is a mystery with more than a touch of romance. This is more like the first few Evanovich stories which were light in tone but serious when it came to the underlying mystery. People are murdered, the stakes are high and there is more than a little blood.
This is a fun listen, the reader has a unique voice that really works well, and it is a short listen, which was great because all the audiobooks I’ve been checking out lately seem to have over 14 discs in them. It was nice to finish a whole story in a week.