|To use Tori Carrington’s own analogy, this book was definitely a foul. I’m sure being compared to Stephanie Plum is nothing new for the Sofie Metropolis, Queens-based
PI character, in fact, that is what drew me to the series. My low rating of this book is caused by how long it took to become interested in the plot and how hard I had to try to
keep that interest in relation to how much fun I had reading the previous novel, Dirty Laundry.
Sofie is something of a Stephanie Plum clone, which
doesn’t disturb me a bit since I am one of an endless
supply of Janet Evanovich fans. In Foul Play, Sofie has
just become a fair-weather Mets fan. However, she is not
thrilled when the wife of the star pitcher approaches her to
find out what changed her husband. The difference between
this cheating-spouse case and the scads of others awaiting
Sofie, however, is the huge wad of cash the missus waves
under her nose.
Sofie and a newly-recruited investigator launch into
trailing Reni Venezuela, which ends up causing Sofie a lot
of problems since his bodyguards aren’t too fond of her.
Not to mention, the case ends up branching off in directions
she hadn’t dreamed of. And though Sofie doesn’t have
the money problems that Stephanie Plum or the rest of us do,
she does have the typical bad-hair-day, no-boyfriend,
pain-in-the-butt-ex issues. Plus, she’s being inundated
with missing pets cases and she has just hired her shady
cousin on as office help.
These ordinary things and her quirky family lend that
familiar air of hilarity. Unfortunately, Sofie’s somewhat
dysfunctional Greek family doesn’t put in much of an
appearance in this book, nor does her office manager, Rosie,
who is such a hoot. Even the intestinally-challenged dog
Sofie inherited in her last caper provides little comic
A few minor characters from the previous book make
reappearances, the most notable of which is the Greek man
(or myth come to life, if the heroine is to be believed),
Kosmos, with whom Sofie’s meddling mother tried to match
her sister Efie. This is only notable because all of a
sudden he has a role in Sofie’s life, not because his time
in the limelight is so fascinating. In fact, his character
isn’t expanded on much at all. Therein are the primary
issues with this book: there is no character growth and
very little character interaction. Sofie’s inner thoughts
aren’t fascinating enough to pull the reader through a
plot that you can see coming from a mile away.
family, her love interests, and her coworkers have a lot of
unrealized potential - potential that was better displayed
in the last book and washed out in this one. Let’s just
hope the author hits it out of the ballpark next time – it’s
pretty obvious even in this book that this
husband-and-wife team have the capability to do so.