Quirky detectives - Guinivere Jones and Zac Justis
These days there are a number of authors reissuing their out-of-print backlist books in e-book form. Sometimes it's a score for the reader.
Case in point, Jayne Castle has recently re-released her Guinivere Jones series. This is a series of four romantic-suspense novels that were originally released in 1986. Over the course of the novels, Guinivere Jones meets Zac Justis and forms a relationship with him - while solving crimes.
In the first book - The Desperate Game - Gwen and Zac stumble through solving the mystery of who's stealing equipment from Starr Tech. There's a video game with an elf and a king. There's a frog who may or may not turn into a prince. And there's a secret in someone's past.
In the second book - The Chilling Deception - Gwen drags a protesting Zac into a job where he's supposed to be guarding documents but ends up being more of a bodyguard. The bodyguard duty puts a kink in both of their plans for enjoying a free island vacation at the expense of their boss. There's a mystery man who may have come back from the dead. There's a gun in a bathroom that may not be a gun.
In the third book - The Sinister Touch - Zac is once again reluctantly pulled into Gwen's drama / mystery as she tries to help the painter who waves at her every morning from his apartment across the way. There's a scary occult group. There's a deceiving relative. There's a woman with a very inappropriate request of Zac. And Gwen's sister falls in love.
These first three books end happily-for-now, each furthering the affections the quirky detectives feel for each other and moving their relationship along.
In the fourth and final book - The Fatal Fortune - someone is messing with the secretarial temps Gwen sends out from her agency. This time she's determined to solve things on her own. Which might have worked until someone trys to blackmail her and suddenly Zac is very interested. There's a psychic named Madame Zoltana. There's an evil man from Gwen's past. And Gwen is moving through secretarial candidates left and right trying to find the perfect one for Zac; perfect meaning efficient but grandmotherly and not likely to seduce him.
This one has what I consider to be a happily-ever-after but ymmv because there is no wedding or pregnancy.
The books take place in Seattle and definitely have an 80's feel to them. I very much enjoyed reading them.
Of course, whether she's calling herself Castle, Krentz or Quick, I always enjoy her subtle blend of wit, humor, heat, affection, lovable characters and well-planned plots.
The thing about JAK is, she consistenly writes a steady stream of good books. She's been averaging three or four a year since 1979 when she sold her first novel.
For a reader such as myself who needs books almost as much as she needs food, water or air, that kind of quality productivity is greatly appreciated.
I eagerly await her next book, The Lost Night (A Rainshadow Novel) by Jayne Castle that is due out Sept 4th.
Amazon says this about the book:
How can you not love a book where dust bunny's are companions? I want one. How about you?