Life and Love on the Lam

Barbara Vey -- November 9th, 2012

What does an innocent escaped convict, a killer shih tzu, fuzzy jelly beans and cow manure have in common?  An exhilarating, rollicking adventure that never quits and a heroine that has you cheering her on all the way.

Every once in while you randomly pick up a book and it turns out to be just plain fun.  That’s what happened to me yesterday.  I wanted to download some e-books and NetGalley offers ARCs (advance reading copies) of books to reviewers.  The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti popped out at me because of the tag line, “Life and love on the lam.”

I try not to read synopsis because I don’t want to know too much about the book, so I just dove in.

Mazie Maguire is serving life in prison for the murder of her two-timing husband.  The rub is, she’s innocent.  When a tornado blows through, Mazie has an opportunity to escape and try to find out who really killed her husband.

Sounds like it should be a thriller, but with Mazie’s luck it turns into a three ring circus.

I can’t say enough good things about this fun, delightful book.  It’s a quick read that will have you calling your friends to have them read it so you can all talk about it.  There’s a scene in a barn with a slimy farmer that had me laughing out loud.  It’s only in e-book form at this time and will be released December 10th.  I’m buying them for my sisters and nieces.

Juliet Rosetti is a debut author and from Wisconsin, so I may be a bit biased.  But it just tickles me when I read a book about the neighborhoods I know and the author gets it right.  The husband’s family is in plumbing, but anyone from around here will definitely see the similarities to Kohler.  There’s references to the Brewers, Bay View, National Ave. (my old neighborhood), the Oriental Theater, cheese and Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek.

Did you ever read a book because it was set in your town/state?  Did it make you like it more?  Was it fun to clearly see the scene because you know what they look like?

Note:  I did contact Juliet Rosetti and yell (nicely) at her because she doesn’t have a website and I couldn’t find her on Facebook or Twitter.  She says the website should be up soon.  Authors…get those websites up well before your book comes out so I have somewhere to send the readers.

Bottom Line:  Come check out my neck of the woods through the eyes of an escaped convict.

17 thoughts on “Life and Love on the Lam

  1. Debbie Kaufman

    Sounds like a great read. I just finished Sharon Sala’s thriller, Next of Kin. The Kentucky mountain setting was like a map to old home week for me even though I’m from the big city of Louisville. So fun to read about places you know!

  2. Liz Lincoln Steiner

    I read a mystery once that was set in Milwaukee and was disappointed because it was overall not a good book. But I will have to check this one out, because it sounds fun, and because I trust your reviews. And I do love my hometown.

  3. Nancy Naigle

    This sounds like it’s right up my alley!! Fuzzy jelly beans….ewwww….makes me think of that Christmas candy that they used to put in our fuzzy stockings. There was always the random stuck piece or two haha.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. RealBooks4ever

    This book does sound fun!
    Absolutely one of the things I check out before I buy a book is the geographic location the story is set in. Although I’ve read some fine books in places I’m familiar with, I also look for settings of places I’d like to know more about. My hope is that they will be successful in giving me a sense of being there.

  5. Myra Johnson

    I agree, Barbara–it’s fun to read a book set in a real place where I’ve lived or visited, especially when the author gets the details just right. I try to be equally conscientious when I’m writing about a real place. I may invent neighborhoods, streets, and businesses to suit the story, but placing them in the context of a real-life setting readers might recognize only adds to the believability.

  6. Jessica Aspen

    I love when an author sets a book in a location and I get to know the area through there eyes. Some of my favorite books that do that are the China Bayles mysteries, set in Texas. I not only learned a ton about Texas and Texans, but the herb lore is amazing. Plus I love a spunky heroine. Not romance, despite the ongoing relationship , but some of my favorite books anyway!

  7. Carol Kubala

    Will be on the lookout for this when published.

    The first book I read by Linwood Barclay was because it was set in Connecticut. He wasn’t living here and yet he had the area down pat which made me curious as to why he chose this locale which prompted a note to him. Seems he used to visit relatives in the state so was familiar with the area.

  8. Juliet Rosetti

    After reading several of Sue Grafton’s mysteries, set in Santa Theresa (a thinly-disguised Santa Barbara), I knew I simply had to see the town where Kinsey Milhone solves crimes. The beaches of the Pacific, the white adobe and red tiled roofs of the houses, and the mountain range behind, all sounded so captivating. Finally I simply had to visit the place. Drove down Highway 1 along the coast, which could easily stand in for a roller coaster, and arrived at Santa Barbara. It was breathtakingly beautiful and we had a marvelous time exploring the town. Kept looking around, hoping to see Kinsey, but she must have been on vacation.
    If readers are still interested, I now have a Facebook page. It’s Escape Diaries Juliet Rosetti, and also have a blog: JulietRose: Schnibbles. Hope you will visit. Thanks for all the great comments.
    Juliet Rosetti

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