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September 12, 2020

The Hitwoman Plays Games by JB Lynn ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Maggie and the gang are all back for another adventure in JB Lynn's Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman series. Though calling her a hitwoman isn't so true anymore. But what is true is that this series is still just as enjoyable.
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The Hitwoman Plays Games
August 2020; Indie; ebook (198 pages); cozy mystery

The Hitwoman Plays Games
 is book 24 in the series. While in the beginning, the books could largely be read as a stand alone, the last 5 or so have built upon each other so much that I'm not sure a new reader would get as much enjoyment out of them. Character relationships are always spelled out, a lot of their backstory is left out, so a new reader wouldn't be as emotionally invested. On the positive side - the books are relatively short and definitely quick reads so you could easily catch up.

Maggie references often how she has killed people even though it has been several books since she was sent on such a job (the mob bosses are honoring her wishes of going legit as well as they can). But even when she was hired to kill someone, I'm not sure she actually ever did. Sure they died and usually in her presence. But it was either by complete coincidence, accident, or in self-defense (like the woman who fell on her own poisonous syringe while they were fighting). It's still amusing to see how Maggie pulls off her jobs when she's totally inept at the task. 

Except in this book. She is not inept at all. I'm not sure she realized just how right she was for each job assignment or how much she has learned over the years. 

In a lot of ways, this was a happier book than usual. Ironically, it has one of the darkest covers of the series. There is still some tension - a child's life and Angel's future hang in the balance (not to mention weigh on Maggie's shoulders). But Maggie isn't in mortal danger and she's even given some breathing room. Even God isn't as snarky; he might even be nice in this book.

I love all the animals, but I still get a silly grin on my face when Matilda the pig has a scene. 

If you are looking for some light-hearted reading during this stressful time, then this series is definitely worth picking up.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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