AGNES AND THE HITMAN
Nobody does dysfunctional quite like Crusie and Mayer, so hang on -- this is going to be one bumpy and hysterical ride! Throw together mobsters, hitmen, a wedding, missing millions, greed, treachery, even flamingos, and you have the perfect recipe for madcap mayhem.
Agnes Crandall, aka food columnist "Cranky Agnes," is up to her eyeballs in challenges, the biggest of which is pulling off a mafia wedding at her house next week. Agnes' mob princess goddaughter Maria Fortunato is marrying old Southern money, but for some reason, Maria's grandmother is trying to sabotage the wedding.
Then there's the dead thug in Agnes' basement who was trying to steal her dog, Rhett. Knowing far more than he's willing to divulge, Agnes' old friend Joey the Gent summons his nephew Shane to act as protection for Agnes. Shane, a hitman for a secret government agency, shows up just in time to save Agnes from another killer. Granted, she has a wicked temper, but why on earth is someone so set on killing her and grabbing Rhett? (ST. MARTIN'S, Aug., 384 pp., $24.95)