Middle-aged Maggie and Cher are best friends and complete opposites; but when Cher feels that Maggie is heading towards a mid-life crisis, she decides to follow the advice of Maggie's therapist and find her a hobby. So after a "few" drinks, the pair comes up with a list of suitable hobbies including: ghost hunting, target practice, rock collecting, wildlife photography, soap making, fencing, belly dancing, tie dying, dog training, crawdad racing, bull riding, and even worm collecting. After knocking a few off their list, they start collecting rocks; meanwhile, Paul, a doctoral student, is finishing his thesis on archaeology and discovers a gold-filled burial ground. Unfortunately, Paul isn't the only person aware of this "gold-mine" and someone's willing to kill to protect its location. So when Maggie and Cher "stumble" upon a murder investigation, they may have found just the distraction they are looking for - except for the fact that they are now targets of a criminal who is a perfect example of Murphy's Law.
Move over Janet Evanovich, Karla Telega's new book surprises like an ACME anvil! When I started Box of Rocks, I realized that the characters, Maggie and Cher, were just like Evanovich's Stephanie and Lula from the Stephanie Plum series; completely unmatched, but an outrageously hilarious duo that left me laughing so much it hurt. Telega's characters are vibrant, well-developed and completely believable which makes the serious, yet laugh-out-loud plot all the more enjoyable. Reading this book reminded me of some of the shenanigans my friends and I have gotten into and the conversations that ensued. Box of Rocks is a fast-paced, smartly detailed, and gut-bustingly funny mystery, and I really hope there's a sequel!
Rating: Clean Getaway (5/5)