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Posted January 16, 2000
Munch Mancini, the recovering alcoholic and lady mechanic is back with her own limosine service and a young daughter. When her old friend Ellen comes to town, she decides that she can help Munch by driving some men in her limosine to their destination. Then she finds out that is Mexico and some shady dealings take place that she must then get away from without risking her life and Munch's limo, or her daughter. A very involving tale with concern paid to details. I definitely cared for each and every one of the characters and what happened to them. The story line twisted and turned from crisis to crisis seemlessly and excitedly. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2000
Barbara Seranella has out-done herself with her latest, UNWANTED COMPANY. She grabs you on page one and holds you for 276 more. Warts, wrinkles, body odors, and all - that is the type of character that Ms. Seranella created with Munch. Munch is not perfect. She is happy to get through one day at a time, and in the case of UNWANTED COMPANY, one hour at a time when her limo goes missing. UNWANTED COMPANY is filled with political shenanigans, drug deals, sex, car chases, and one true psycho. With each having their own reasons, Munch and Detective Mace work together to fight both the federal overnment and the bureaucrats in the local police department, who are more intent on advancing their careers rather than solving crimes. Munch and Detective Mace team up to solve several viscious murders that are obviously being done by the same person. Action takes place from California to Mexico, often with the two characters on their own (in more ways that one). Munch's willingness to help another down-and-out friend (like she used to be) ends up almost costing Munch her limo business, her daughter, and her life. If Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone married Bill Pronzini's 'Nameless', then Munch is the daughter that would have resulted from such a union. If you want a few hours of enjoyment read UNWANTED COMPANY. And by all means, pick up the first two in the series if you have not done so. Tom Mayes, Reviews for ReadersWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Miranda ¿Munch¿ Mancini is an ex-con and a former addict who has stayed clean for seven years. She lives for Asia, a child who owns her heart in spite of being someone else¿s offspring. She tries to stay squeaky clean, but when Ellen, a close friend is released from jail, Munch takes the woman into her home. She provides Ellen a job as a driver of the one of the limousine that make up Ellen¿s fleet. However, Munch fails to anticipate that Ellen will pick up a fare without informing her benefactor. <P>Ellen and the limousine disappear somewhere in Tijuana. By the time the vehicle is found, Ellen and her passengers have fled the scene. Apparently in the border town, Ellen has witnessed a horrible murder that links back to a Los Angeles serial killer, The ¿Band Aid Killer¿. Munch¿s friend, police detective Mace St. John feels he knows the identity of the perpetrator, but cannot touch the killer because of a CIA connection. When the culprit threatens Asia, the mass murderer finds Munch, Ellen, and Mac as formidable opponents ready to do anything to stop him. <P>Readers will deeply care what happens to Munch and Asia. Munch is flawed, but has an inner strength to climb out from the abyss and become a positive member of society. She represents hope and survival regardless of the odds against success. Each character has a voice in the swiftly moving story line. That technique works because the talented Barbara Seranella capably allows the audience to observe the inner thoughts and feelings of the main players. With novels like UNWANTED COMPANY and NO HUMAN INVOLVED, Ms. Seranella is gaining a reputation for exciting tales.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.