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SuperWendy TBR Challenge: ChasingTrouble by Anne Stuart (DNF)

sensuality rating: steamy

Grade: DNF

I debated whether to include an unfinished book for the TBR challenge — but hey, it did get it off my TBR.

Chasing Trouble is a film homage, a follow-up to  Stuart’s fantastic Catspaw. But what utterly slayed me in that Hitchcock/Cary Grant tribute fell flat in this “Maltese Falcon” pastiche.  Perhaps it’s too meta: our heroine Sally does her best to find a private detective as much like Sam Spade as possible, in her search for the — God help me — Manchurian Falcon.  Or perhaps ditzy Sally would be great if she were being played by Carole Lombard. In print she’s just annoying.

Mostly I found the plot too boring for words. I skimmed and read the romantic parts and they were pretty good, so if you have a high tolerance for gangsters and hijinks and dizzy women and men being comically driven out of their minds by dizzy women, you might enjoy it.

Chasing Trouble is out of print and not available digitally, but used copies are reasonably priced at Amazon.  Review (such as it is) from a copy I bought used somewhere.