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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bubbles Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer

If you are looking for a book to tell you how to dye your hair green using unsweetened lime Kool-Aid, this is the book for you.

Or maybe you're wondering what on earth you can do with that very ripe avocado, mayonnaise, and honey that's been sitting in your kitchen serving no discernible purpose. Look no further. Bubbles Unbound has the perfect solution in an Avocado and Mayonnaise Hair Repair.

Or perhaps you're a brunette, and you've noticed a few stray gray hair appearing without warning because Lord knows you're not old enough to be getting gray YET! Well, using nothing more than rosemary leaves, very strong coffee, vinegar, Vitamin E capsules and some water, Bubbles can make those gray hairs disappear.

However, if you're a Stephanie Plum fan looking for something similar to read, I do not recommend Bubbles Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer.

Perhaps it's because Bubbles tries just a little bit too hard to be Stephanie Plum that she completely turned me off. I mean, the similarities between these two fictional women practically jump off the pages, grab you by the throat, and demand you answer whether you want Stiletto or Ranger. And then there's the cops these women involve in their love lives. Granted Joe Morelli is written as someone much more desirable than Mickey Sinkler, but the idea is the same nonetheless.

There was one positive aspect for me in Bubbles Unbound, and that was all the references to Allentown, PA and the Lehigh Valley. Those references helped distract me from a mediocre mystery about a woman who dresses like a 50 cent streetwalker, but who protests all the time how she doesn't dress that way for attention. She does it because she likes the way she looks. But who is the one noticing immediately when the men with whom she comes in contact immediately respond to her various and sundry body parts on display? You guessed it... Bubbles herself.

Maybe if Strohmeyer had included the recipe for the Halupki she kept talking about, I'd consider giving her one more try to see if Bubbles gets any better in future novels. But there was no recipe, so for me, Bubbles needs to be bound... and gagged.

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