Like Janet Evanovich or Jennifer Crusie, Tori Carrington mixes humor with danger and stealth with sex. The intrepid Sofie, a good Greek girl from working-class Astoria, Queens, is finding her feet as a budding private investigator and as a single gal in the big city.
In Foul Play, Sofie’s searching for a couple of hot prospects, one in her personal life and one professionally. The New York Mets might just be on their way to the World Series, but their newly signed pitching phenom has disappeared with the playoffs fast approaching.
As for her personal life, Sofie’s hooking up with a gorgeous Greek who is every bit as hunky as her long-time crush, Australian mystery man Jake Porter–and a lot more available.
I think the best way to describe this book is “My Big Fat Greek Week” meets Stephanie Plum.
Tori Carrington packs a lot into this story — one main plot (Sophie investigating Reni Venezuela) with a lot of subplots: missing pets, wannabe PIs, family drama, Dino the hot Greek baker. There’s a lot going on, but it’s actually pretty easy to keep the info organized. She does repeat some information a couple of times, but better to over-explain than let people be confused.
Two things I really liked about this book:
- It’s not overly graphic. There’s a little swearing and some chocolate icing comes into play, but it’s PG-13 instead of R-rated.
- We get to watch Sophie grow and change. I think one of the ruts series writers get into is that the characters never change, but that’s not the case — we get to see Sophie work through some issues and make some progress in her personal life.
One downside — so much food! Seriously, you’re going to want to eat while you read this. 🙂
Overall, this was a fun book. If you’re a fan of Janet Evanovich or Jennifer Cruise, you’ll probably enjoy this book. Pick up your copy here!