"Gordon Gekko meets Janet Evanovich in this wry and winning caper-Jack Getze does it again!"
-Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author of Truth Be Told
Wall Street's miasmal garbage washes up on the Jersey Shore when a small time broker falls in love: Is he attracted to the beautiful lady-or her brother's inside information?
Held spellbound by a steamy, auburn-haired woman with a dubious past and a get-rich-quick, insider trading scheme, Austin Carr knocks down a beehive of bad-acting Bonacellis, including the ill-tempered "Mr. Vic" Bonacelli, who wants his redhead back, and local mob lieutenant Angelina "Mama Bones" Bonacelli, architect of a strange and excruciating death trap for the fast-talking stockbroker she calls smarty pants.
To survive, Austin must unravel threads of jealousy, revenge and new affections, discover the fate of a pseudo ruby called the Big Mojo and slam the lid on a pending United States of America vs. Austin Carr insider trading case. Can Austin and his Jersey Shore mouthpiece possibly out maneuver the savvy U.S. District Attorney from Manhattan? Will anything matter for Austin ever again if Mama Bones flips that switch?
|Publisher:||Down & Out Books II, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I like a little humor in mysteries and, of course, cozies are the most likely places to find it but Big Mojo isn't one of those. In a way, it sort of harks back to the days of the "caper" that is still around but not quite as prevalent as in past years. It also has the "Lucy" touch, as in Lucille Ball, meaning things get all screwy and hilarity ensues. In other words, Big Mojo made me smile a lot and even occasionally laugh out loud. Austin is the kind of guy who is easily tempted or, at the very least, distracted and this time the big enticements are a chance to do a little insider trading and a goodlooking redheaded woman. He sees the light pretty quickly about the trading but still lands in a heap of trouble over it and, unfortunately for him, redheads are his particular weakness. His partner, Vic, is looking for a way to get rid of Austin and Vic's mother, Mama Bones, is tinkering with a bit of black magic. Oh, and bullets are flying. And, at home, Austin has to cope with that most difficult of people, a teenage daughter. This was my first encounter with Austin Carr and I will most certainly be on the lookout for his earlier adventures and those still to come.
Jack Getze in his new book, “Big Mojo” Book Three in the Austin Carr Mystery series published by Down and Out Books gives us another adventure with Austin Carr. From the back cover: Wall Street’s miasmal garbage washes up on the Jersey Shore when a small time broker falls in love: Is he attracted to the beautiful lady—or her brother’s inside information? Held spellbound by a steamy, auburn-haired woman with a dubious past and a get-rich-quick, insider trading scheme, Austin Carr knocks down a beehive of bad-acting Bonacellis, including the ill-tempered “Mr. Vic” Bonacelli, who wants his redhead back, and local mob lieutenant Angelina “Mama Bones” Bonacelli, architect of a strange and excruciating death trap for the fast-talking stockbroker she calls smarty pants. To survive, Austin must unravel threads of jealousy, revenge and new affections, discover the fate of a pseudo ruby called the Big Mojo and slam the lid on a pending United States of America vs. Austin Carr insider trading case. Can Austin and his Jersey Shore mouthpiece possibly out maneuver the savvy U.S. District Attorney from Manhattan? Will anything matter for Austin ever again if Mama Bones flips that switch? I have a problem. And I need to assure you that this problem is mine alone. Here is my problem: I didn’t like the book. Mr. Getze is a very good writer who keeps the story going at an even pace. “Big Mojo” itself is full of all kinds of plot lines that somehow dovetail together at the end. So what didn’t I like about this book? The characters. There is not one character that even has a remote resemblance common decency. All of them are out to get the other one. And Austin is one of the worst. For me I need at least one character that I can root for and in this book I found none. I am sorry because I got this book expecting so much from it. I feel very let down and disappointed. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
4 STARS I like Austin Carr more and more. He is smart, gets into so much trouble, lots of drama, action and you are not sure who is good or bad until the end. Austin Carr has a lot of enemies, but he also has some good friends, and enemies. His partner Mr. Vic Bonacellis calls him into his office and introduces him to a beautiful women who has insider information. They want him to buy stocks with the information and think they can get away with it. Austin does think about it for a moment but he is not willing to risk going to jail and risking his future with his kids. Vic hates Austin especially after he left him holding a mess of trouble last year and he ended up now as major partner of the firm. He wants his mom to have him killed. Mama Bones Bonacelli likes Austin but is willing to mess with him. She decides to put a spell on him. Mama is part of the local mob. The spell goes wrong if it works. You never can guess where this story goes it has so many twists and turns. Austin is beat up a couple of times, he is being accused of insider trading, trouble with his daughter, he is falling in love and is best friend at a wedding. It has a little bit of everything in this story. It is a book that is not boring at all. The setting is the Jersey Shore. I was given Big Mojo to read and in return I agreed to give honest review and be part of Big Mojo's book tour.
Dollycas’s Thoughts First there was Big Numbers. Then came Big Money. Now we have Big Mojo. Jack Getze and Austin Carr make quite a pair. Getze brings Carr to life on each and every page. Wherever Austin Carr goes trouble follows. There’s trouble at the office, Vic is not happy Austin now has 51% of his company and Rags thinks the company should belong to him. He has trouble at home with a teenage daughter flexing her teenage muscles. And then you have Mama Bones wanting to help her son Vic, but mainly looking out for herself and she is not afraid to use a little voodoo magic to get what she wants. Austin could end up in jail or dead and for what, a gigantic rock that may or may not be real. Getze writes a tangled web that all seems to lead to the BIG MOJO. Like every book in this series you can be on the edge of your seat on moment and laughing out loud the next. I really feel bad for Austin Carr. He always wants to do the right thing and just when he thinks things are starting to go his way someone flips the tables and he running for his life and trying to keep his kids safe. Jack Getze packs a huge punch with these shorter novels. Drama takes place at breakneck speed so you had better hold on tight. Big Mojo can be read as a stand alone but you need to start at the beginning to get the full Austin Carr experience. BIG SHOES is coming soon!