Sunday, December 2, 2012

Best literary hatchet job of 2012. EL James, JK Rowling, Hilary Mantel. Maria Popova.

Smart, dynamic, pissed-off women today—

"A carefully-reasoned, brutal takedown, a hatchet job among hatchet jobs." Zoë Heller gives it to "lordly" Salman Rushdie.

The women who dominated publishing in 2012: EL James, JK Rowling, Hilary Mantel.

The mastermind of Brain Pickings: Maria Popova.

James Bond meets Nora Ephron. Look for my new one later this month: THE CHANEL CAPER 
Here's the blurb:

Blake Weston is a smart, savvy, no BS, 56-year-old. Her DH, Ralph Marino, is a très James Bond ex-cop & head of security for a large international corporation. At a tense time in their relationship, Blake & Ralph are forced to work together to solve a murder in Shanghai & break up an international piracy ring.

As the book opens, Ralph is about to hit the Big Six O and he's not happy about it. Not that Blake is exactly thrilled about the prospect, either. Especially now that she suspects Ralph might be cheating on her with Melanie Bradshaw, a flak-jacket-wearing, gung ho war zone correspondent with a humungo pair of 36 Double D's. Blake and Ralph survived (barely) the seven year itch but why didn’t anyone warn her about the twenty-seven year itch?

The action starts when Blake buys a faux Chanel bag on a NYC sidewalk & escalates from there to an encounter with a fearsome Afghan war lord and a beautiful woman in Shanghai who might—or might not—be deadly. Other characters include an über-neurotic billionaire, a Martha Stewart clone trying to revive her career with the help of a red balconette bra, a rat-fink bastard named Clay Riggins, and Blake's best friend, Julia (twice divorced, once widowed), who has just switched from hetero to homo & made a commitment to Pilates and Mindful Living.

The Chanel Caper, a romcom mystery, is about the ups and downs of long-term relationships and addresses two of the most important questions of our time: 1) Is there sex after marriage? 2) Is sixty the new forty?


  1. I can't wait to read this one, Ruth. We need more sexy Baby Boomer novels!!

    1. Thanks, Anne. Yep! What do those young whippersnappers know about sex? Not half as much as we do! ;-)