If you haven't read them please do.
I don't usually choose detective fiction or mystery books, however, in University I took a course that specialized in Women in Detective Fiction (why ? If I don't usually like mystery novels? because I took literally EVERY SINGLE English Lit class my university offered - little known fact about moi - but let's move on)
Besides reading a ton of novels from various eras (including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, and others) my professeur was incredibly passionate about this genre of novels.
She easily got me interested and although I never thought I'd enjoy them, I read and loved every book. SOmething about trying to solve the crime and going through it from a females perspective was interesting.
By far, my most favourite of the authors was Janet Evanovich, who's series about the young Stephanie Plum had be actually laughing along and staying up late to finish.
Long after I graduated University I kept reading the books....
When I first heard they were making a movie I was excited. Some co-workers and I started "casting"
Our pick for Stephanie Plum would have been Sandra Bullock.
Unfortunately, Katherine Heigl was cast.... not feeling it...
WE cast all the characters but it was back in April and I can't even recall who we had chosen to be honest .... Queen Latifa for Lula....
Katherine Heigl ... Stephanie Plum
Daniel Sunjata ... Ranger
Jason O'Mara ... Joe Morelli
Patrick Fischler ... Vinnie Plum
Cristina Aloe ... Connie
The movie doesn't come out til 2012 but they are filming in Pittsburgh currently. Seems like a long time eh?
**Edit - as commented below - 2011 is actual release date? I hope so