Foul Play by Janet EvanovitchAdult Romance
I chose this book because it was written by Janet Evanovitch and I love her Stephanie Plum series. This, folks, ain't no Plum! This was an early Evanovitch and it clearly shows (I believe it was originally written under another name). The book doesn't have the hallmarks of her masterful writing skill, but it was still a fun read. I found it inspiring, as an author, that great writers can show such growth and not come out of the womb a master author!
The plot is rather convoluted: Amy loves her job working in children's TV and is crushed when her show is replaced by a fortune-telling chicken. Jake runs into Amy at the grocery story and is immediately smitten. Before he even realizes what he's done, he's invited himself over to her house, paid for her grocery bill and given her another job! The chicken comes to Jake's vet practice and is then chicken-napped. Naturally, everyone suspects Amy and it's up to the two love birds to clear her name.
The book was clearly a mixture of romance (mostly) with a little bit of mystery (very little) and a huge helping of pure silliness. It was funny and fluffy and a good beach read because it didn't really require too much work or attention. A cotton candy read!