Sunday, December 03, 2006

My Big, Fat Greek PI

Title: Dirty Laundry
Author: Tori Carrington (the pen name for a husband and wife team from Toledo, OH - boring!)

Sophie's a good Greek girl in Queens; he fiance was banging her best friend/maid of honor on their wedding morning, so they broke up. She joined her uncle's PI agency, then he conveniently went incommunicado on a fishing trip.

Mom's totally interfering. Dad's fighting with Grandpa about what food should be served in a Greek restaurant (this battle has been ongoing for years). Grandma's an alkie. And Sophie's supposed to marry a good Greek boy and pop out babies.

The local dry cleaner goes missing, and mob involvement is suspected. Mom guilts Sophie into looking into it. Turns out a boy she went to school with is now a local mob boss. She goes to visit him, and he asks her to "have pasta" with him sometime. Nice subltety there.

And there's a rival PI/process server, Jake (who's Australian) with whom Sophie has a love-hate relationship. Jake probably actually works for some secret branch of the government because he has all kinds of weird connections and sources.

The mob attacks Sophie. Jake saves her. Turns out Uncle Tolly had run off to the Carribbean and set it up to look like the mob killed him so nobody would track him down, but Sophie looking into things made the mob nervous, even though they weren't actually involved, and that's why they literally gave her concrete shoes at one point (Jake saved her before she was pushed into the river).

Jake and Sophie end up unresolved (and unconsummated, though she tried...). Sounds like another book's on the way.

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posted by ket at 12:34 PM


Blogger Elizabeth said...

Ouch, "she tried" and was rejected? That hurts. Was the timing of her strip tease a little off?

12/03/2006 7:16 PM  
Blogger reyn said...

The background sounds familiar... have we heard of this chick before?

12/04/2006 11:41 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

All these books sound familiar because the plot is always the same. "Hijinks" and happy ending. :) Or in this case, hijinks and then happy ending in the next book. Although that offer of "having pasta" might be interesting...

12/05/2006 8:27 AM  
Blogger reyn said...

why do we keep putting "have pasta" in quotes? Is that what the "kids" are "calling it" these "days?"

12/05/2006 8:38 AM  

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