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Marmalade's Yellow Leaf by Cindy Wheeler
Mortal Fear by Robin Cook
Mr. Meebles by Jack Kent
My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather
Never Nosh a Matzo Ball by Sharon Kahn
Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
The Princess Goes West by Nan Ryan
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Basket Case: 07/26/07

Basket Case

Years of writing obituaries has made Jack Tagger obsessed with death. Give him an age and he'll tell you who died. He's also a music fan and a frustrated old-school journalist. So when he sees that James Stomarti, lead singer of the Slut Puppies, has died he has to pursue the story.

Basket Case has the humor and wit of Hoot but is written for an adult audience (for themes of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll though without being very explicit). I think teens will still enjoy Basket Case (I certainly would have!) and anyone who enjoys Jimmy Buffett's books will find a similar style of writing (and setting) in Basket Case.

Although the basic mystery of what happened to Jimmy Stoma is pretty straight forward, there are still enough twists and surprises to make for a rewarding page turner. My favorite character in book besides Jack Tagger who was a little morbid for me at times was Janet, Jimmy's sister. She's gum chewing, web-cam entrepreneur who is smarter and more sentimental than she lets on.

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