Thursday, December 23, 2010

Me, Myself and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson

Book Details
Me, Myself and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson
Hardcover, 320 Pages
2010, St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312531176

Sweet and innocent with a twist of girl-next-door, Cadence Jones is not your typical girl and certainly not your typical FBI agent.  Just ask her sisters, Shiro and Adrienne.  (Wait. . .best if you don’t ask Adrienne anything.)  But it’s her special “talent” which makes Cadence so valuable to the FBI and it never comes in more handy than when she and her partner, George, get tagged to bring down the Threefer Killer.  A serial killer who inexplicably likes to kill in threes, leave behind inexplicable newspaper clippings, and not one shred of decent forensic evidence, soon starts leaving messages that seem to be just for Cadence and her sisters.  Could it be that this killer knows all about Cadence’s special “talent”?  In the meantime, love blooms in the most unexpected place when Cadence meets her best friend’s gorgeous brother who is in town visiting—and she discovers that he knows her secret too!  When attraction burns hot between them her best friend isn’t thrilled with the romantic development and this time Cadence just might agree!

From New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson comes an outrageously funny novel about a highly unconventional FBI agent, a rather odd serial killer, a best friend on the edge, a gorgeous baker. . .and oh, yeah, love.

Suddenly Cadence finds her unbalanced life turned even more upside down as she tries to date a baker who wants to get in her heart and in her bed, dodge a pesky psychiatrist, keep a leash on her sociopath partner, while trying to catch a serial killer who’s now fixated on her. 

Some days it’s not even worth getting up in the morning. . .

Me, Myself and Why? is a chick lit mystery featuring Agent Cadence Jones and her two other personalities. Cadence works for a secret division of the FBI, BOFFO, which employs agents with personality disorders because their mental illnesses often come in handy in investigations. Cadence, along with her sociopath partner George, are searching for a serial killer called ThreeFer.

I love the premise, the idea of people with psychological disorders being exploited by the government in the name of public safety and national security. I also love MaryJanice Davidson's writing style. Her books, Me, Myself and Why? included, are easy, lighthearted, funny reads no matter the subject matter.

The one, huge problem with Me, Myself and Why? is Cadence has an innocently grating personality. She's annoying. Of her other two personalities, Shiro is obnoxious and Adrienne only speaks in some bizarre sing-songy poetry of craziness. As the personalities take control of the body, the chapters abruptly end or start. In mid sentence. While this is a good way to know that a new personality is speaking, it isn't necessary as the personalities are vastly different.

The mystery in Me, Myself and Why? is surprising and interesting, but Cadence and company make it hard to want to read all the way to the end to find out who ThreeFer is.


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