I also agree with Jan's suggestions, especially Janet Evanovich (start with "One for the Money"). If you find them on tape, they are NOT NOT NOT for when the kids are around!!
I also like Linda Fairstein and David Baldacci for the mystery category. And for a truly unique historical fiction book, check out One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
FO tally since knitting odyssey began in Jan. '05:
5 baby blankets; 2 afghans; 1 large afghan for large brother-in-law; 4 scarves; 4 toddler sweaters; 6 simple teddy bears; This teddy bear and 4 others from the book
; 1 monkey; 1 tank top/cardigan set; 1 cape; 1 shrug; 1 pair mittens; 2 pairs socks; 2 pairs felted clogs; 1 hat; lace edged tank
, Vitadini Lace Yoked Top
Currently working on: scarf for sis