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By Jenny Eley on 17-04-18
Took a while to get going
While it was nice knowing the background and friends from the first book in the series, I found this book rather too much the same. It seemed ages before the book got going, and it felt like the author was under pressure to produce another book and this was the best she could do in the curcumstances. As I enjoyed the previous book I will try the next, hopefully it will be better. If not it will be the last I read
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By Adam Shields on 26-10-14
Suburban housewife finds more than she expected
Citizen Insane was billed as a funny cozy mystery. It is about Barb, a suburban housewife, mother of three and wife of an FBI agent that is a dead ringer for George Clouney. This is the second book in a series (didn’t realize that when I picked it up, but the first book, Take the Monkeys and Run is free on Kindle). The books in this series are relatively short (less than 200 pages) and funny (almost farcical) look at suburban life.
Everyone knows everyone’s business, no one seems that worried about money, there are quirky characters pretty much on every page. Barb is trying to be a good mom, and wife (although she kicked her husband out because in a previous book she found out that there is a whole history to his life that he neglected to tell her and so she wants him to date her again and win her love back again.) She is a good friend to her two quirky friends and even the neighbor that she is not so hot on, but seems to need her.
I thought I knew what was going on throughout the book almost from the beginning, but I was wrong. I did predict some of the ways things would work out, but not the main arc of the story. I have started enjoying mysteries more recently. But I am still not really all that interested in the actual mystery (I am not one that tries to figure everything out), but I am more interested in the characters and motivations and the overall development of the story.
Citizen Insane will not be mistaken for great literature, but it was a good fun (and quick) read and I did enjoy it. I picked up the first book in the series and there are several more that are all reasonably priced that I might pick up later.
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By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 25-04-18
A Wild Adventure
In Citizen Insane by Karen Cantwell, in the community of Rustic Woods, Barbara Marr and her friends Roz and Peggy are heading for a pedicure when they spot heir neighbor, Bunny Burgen, wandering around completely in a daze. They deliver Bunny back to her house, where Barb sees Howard, her own husband who works for the FBI. He is waiting on duty without the women's being told what the FBI are there for.
In the middle of the night, Barb gets a frantic call from Bunny and gets in her mini van to go find Bunny, only to realize that she has hit someone. Looking at what happened, she spies Michelle, Bunny's best friend whom she was spotted arguing with at the PTA meeting. But when the police arrive, they find that Barb only lightly side-swiped Michelle. Instead, the woman ends up in the ICU because she has been shot.
I had a very fun time listening to Citizen Insane. It's rare to get to call the experience of reading a book an adventure, but this book was a wild adventure. I felt like I was getting on a rollercoaster and didn't want to get off until the very last second of the book. The plot is so unpredictable that it was exciting to wait to see what would happen next.
The characters all have lots of fun features and are highly original. We find out with surprise who the bad guys are and enjoy the details of each person's nature, whether that person is good or bad. Barb just wants to be a typical soccer mom, but events in life prevent her from doing so. So does her annoying mother, who scares away everyone from Barb's house when she comes near.
I enjoyed the narration of Nan McNamara as she performed the audio version of this book. McNamara does an effective job of making the crazy events of the book seem reasonable, despite their being so ridiculous at times. She makes the listening experience all the more delightful.
I really enjoyed Citizen Insane and appreciated the fun details of the book. I listened to this on an afternoon when my migraine was especially bad, and this book did an effective job of keeping me entertained and distracted from my pain. I give the book five stars.