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February 9, 2016

Another Great Read ~ The Hitwoman and the Sacrificial Lamb by JB Lynn

review by Donna Huber

The Hitwoman and the Sacrificial Lamb

You know it’s going to be a bad day when your happiness depends on your ability to catch a chicken.

My name is Maggie Lee and I’d never caught a chicken in my life. (Unless you count the time in the supermarket my mentally unstable mother decided that a bird would make an excellent projectile to chuck at the butcher’s head. But that bird was dead and wrapped in plastic, which, you can trust me on this, makes catching it easier.)

My birthday was a few weeks back and to celebrate I decided I was going to read for the day. It just happened that one of my favorite authors, JB Lynn, sent me her new book The Hitwoman and the Sacrificial Lamb. If you read my review last week, you know that I LOVE this series.

If you are like me and you see a new to you series is already 12 books in you are hesitant to start it because you feel like you are already behind. The good news is you can pick up any where and be good to go with this series.

That being said, I highly recommend reading this series from the start. If you are worried about it taking forever to catch up don't be. I read The Hitwoman and the Sacrificial Lamb in about 3 or 4 hours and all of the books in the series are quick reads.

A few of the questions I was left with at the end of the last book were answered in this one. For one, it does look like Maggie is keeping her side job (can't really call it a second job since she is already working 2 jobs - one is at her Aunt Lorretta's lingerie shop and the other is the new gig she has as a real estate agent - once she gets her license of course). I found the conversation that answered this question kind of funny.
I could use some more work,” I admitted.

His gaze narrowed. “Why?”

I told him about the financial burden involved with my mother’s care.

“Now that I might be able to help you with,” he said. “Give me a couple of days to think about it.”

Delveccio's response had me chuckling. In my head it was like he was saying, 'let me think about who I want to have knocked off'. Though, of course, with Maggie it isn't that easy. It can't be just any one Delveccio wants killed, the person has to be deserving of being killed.

I thought it was kind of convenient now that Katie's medical expenses are lessening, Maggie is faced with her mother's care. But I did like the heart to heart Maggie had with Aunt Susan. I think it continued the "coming-of-age" self awareness that Maggie started last book. There was also a feeling of passing the torch in the family and it felt like one more step towards the end with this series.

Patrick is back in this book. I believe that the continued (and constant) presence of Angel is really opening Maggie's eyes to her relationship with Patrick and her dissatisfaction with the little bit of time he seems to make for her. I'm still sticking with thinking that Angel would make the best partner for Maggie, the above conversation could be a real deal breaker though.

I have always thought that adding a bird to Maggie's menagerie would be interesting, and potentially very hilarious. Especially given the stink God made with bringing a cat into the fold. When Maggie left him and the chicken in the car together I thought it could be disastrous. And you will need to read the book to find out if everyone makes it to the end.

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Book info:
available formats: ebook (212 pages)
published: January 2016
genres: cozy mystery
source: author 

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  1. That intro made me smile. Not sure if I'd choose this book but, I hope you enjoy it.

    1. The openings are always fun in this series. Thankfully it carries into the rest of the novel.

  2. I do love being able to start anywhere in a series, as I often discover them halfway through. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    1. Me too. I hate learning about a book that sounds great and then discover it is book 15 or something in a series, especially if the books are long. That's the nice thing about this series they are quick reads so you can catch up.

  3. This sounds like such a fun read! I will have to give this series a try.

    I used to be such a stickler for starting books at the beginning of a series, and sometimes it matters, but often times it doesn't I've found. I like it when bloggers tell me which kind it is though--it helps me when I'm deciding to try a new series. :-)

  4. I love the start of this book. I can tell it's going to be fun.

  5. I like the opening a lot. This sounds like a funny book with an appealing main character. Sounds like her mother is a real challenge!
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  6. What a great way to celebrate your birthday! Loved the opening sentence.

  7. Sounds great. Here's my intro and teaser:

  8. This sounds like great fun - glad you are enjoying it despite starting late in the series