The Big Kahuna (Fox and O’Hare #6) by Janet and Peter Evanovich (3 out of 5)

This was a confusing book. It’s the 6th in one of Janet Evanovich’s other series, but the book itself, the characters, and the events within make it feel like the 2nd or 3rd book. Or like 4 and 5 didn’t happen at all. The chemistry between the 2 characters that blew the pages off of the first 3 books? Nonexistent. It’s bizarre, unless this is like that one season of Dallas that was a dream. Evanovich’s first two co-writers have come and gone, replaced on this book by her son Peter. I’m not quite convinced the family dynamic works cohesively in this regard. The book is light and funny, but more questions are brought up by the lack of continuity with the events of the previous book into this one. And when you want to read something light, who wants to sit through most of the book going “What the?”, “Why the hell?”, “Huh? Fiddlesticks!”. Not me! And I’m going to bet most of her readers won’t, either. I hope by the time her next Fox/O’Hare book rolls along, the characters regain their mojo. It isn’t found here.

When the book begins, Nick and Kate are done up as mimes, at a flash mime (similiar to a flash mob, but more horrifying), investigating robberies. That gives way to a missing person, a Silicon Valley multimillionaire whose life may be in danger. Said businessman is named “The Big Kahuna”. Kate and Nick quickly find out that no one seems very interested in finding him. His 26-year old wife is an Instagram model (What the fuck? Right?!) who seems intent on him being declared dead so she can inherit his money, her lawyer is a sleazebag who makes Kato Kaelin look respectable, and his business associates all appear to want him dead. Nick and Kate’s only hope may lie in his son, hippie surfer Harrison. Hippie surfer is a dead giveaway for the type of character you find. The Big Kahuna only trusts his son, and Harrison tells Nick and Kate that his dad may be on the surfer community of Paia, Maui. They pose as a married couple to “infiltrate” the island and try to get The Big Kahuna out safely. The usual hijinks are afoot, but it feels devoid of the usual Fox and O’Hare adventure. It seems phoned in, and that’s a real buzzkill.

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~ by generationgbooks on May 13, 2019.

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