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Mr Swirlee (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Faricy
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Mr Swirlee is the SECOND off-beat mystery in the Dev Haskell mystery series.


"Laugh a minute story line in another of Faricy's deliciously engaging worlds..." -The Irish Gazette

Skirt-chasing, wise-cracking, dysfunctional Private Investigator Dev Haskell leaves his usual stool at the Spot Bar to take on what looks like a cakewalk job: keep ice cream mogul Mr. Swirlee alive. Turns out Mr. Swirlee is anything but a cakewalk... He's a ruthless "entrepreneur" with a flash temper, a mean streak a mile wide, and a laundry list of people who want to do him in---including his sex-crazed girlfriend Lola. Things go from bad to worse when Dev discovers his client is running a gambling ring in his ice cream trucks. When Dev's revelation is detected, a dead body ends up in the trunk of his car. Once again, our hero is in over his head. Thank God for Dev's sometime friend, felon Tony "Dog" Colli, who agrees to help out.

Murder, mayhem, romance, double cross, and bodies pile up as Dog and Dev follow their difficult client through the streets of St. Paul in the steamy summertime, spinning a colorful yard with a healthy serving of the bizarre. A fast paced tale of bottom feeders and the criminal class, Mr. Swirlee will leave you at turns gasping and laughing your way through Dev Haskell's screwy world.

"You'll be chuckling at midnight and trying to remember when the dives close in your neighborhood..." -Crimeways Magazine

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About the Author

Mike Faricy lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and Dublin, Ireland. He's been a soldier, a bartender, and a freelance journalist. He's sold designer cakes as well as owned a painting and decorating company. On the off chance none of his paying jobs offend you, he also plays the bagpipes in the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band. All Mike's books are stand alone, you can read them in any order. He writes of the St. Paul your mother warned you about, filled with the sort of oddballs and flakes that make us curious, but we wisely prefer to keep at a distance. None of his characters will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies or coups to take over the government. Mike's characters inhabit a world just below the surface of polite society with one foot on either side of the law. They serve not so much as an example but as a warning. The circumstances of their lives are usually the result of bad decisions, but then bad decisions make for very interesting stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2903 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Faricy (14 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056396DS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Mike Faricy is the Award Winning Author of crime fiction mysteries woven together with a rich strain of humor and even some romance.

The Dirty Lowdown called Mike Faricy America's hottest new mystery writer. Robert Carraher referred to him as Minnesota's Master of the Bizarre. Crime Scene referred to him as the next Carl Hiaasen. Crime Capers said; "Open at your own risk, you won't put him down." Under Cover wrote; "This guy is nuts and one hell of a lot of fun." The Irish Gazette referred to "The laugh a minute story lines of Faricy's deliciously engaging worlds."
All his books are stand alone, they can be read in any order. Faricy's novels are filled with the sort of oddballs we're all curious about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. His characters serve not so much as an example as they do a warning to us all. None of them will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies or coups to take over the government. Rather, Faricy's characters inhabit a world just below the surface of polite society. The circumstances they find themselves in are usually due to their own bad decisions, but then bad decisions make for interesting stories.
Faricy's Dev Haskell series is penned with a delightful sense of humor and even some romance. Entertainment is the name of the game as back slapping, corner cutting, babe magnet Dev Haskell interacts with such quirky characters as ice cream mogul Mr. Swirlee, The D'Angelo brothers, local crime lord Tubby Gustafson, 'Fat Freddie' Zimmerman, former NFL tight end Luscious Dixon, exotic dancer Swindle Lawless, and gorgeous Heidi Bauer. The Dev Haskell novels can be read in any order.
Faricy's debut stand alone novel was Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick. He has also written five additional stand alone titles; Baby Grand, Chow for Now, End of the Line, Finders Keepers and Merlot.
Faricy also wrote the popular novella Irish Dukes under the pen name Jack Tunney in the wildly successful Fight Card series.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Faricy still spends part of his time in the saintly city as well as in Dublin, Ireland. Contact information for Mike Faricy is listed just after this shameless list of titles. Thanks for taking the time and be sure to tell 2-300 of your closest friends.
Dev Haskell - Private Investigator series: (Read in any order)
Russian Roulette: Case 1
Mr. Swirlee: Case 2
Bite Me: Case 3
Bombshell: Case 4
Tutti Frutti: Case 5
Last Shot: Case 6
Ting-A-Ling: Case 7
Crickett: Case 8
Bulldog: Case 9
Double Trouble: Case 10
Twinkle Toes (a FREE short story)

Stand alone reading order:
Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick
Baby Grand
Chow for Now
End of the Line
Finders Keepers

Novella: Irish Dukes (In the Fight Card series under the pseudonym Jack Tunney)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 20 May 2013
"Mr. Softee" is the second book by Mike Faricy that I have read and also the second that involved PI Devlin Haskill.
Devlin Haskill is a hilarious and very well written main character with his string of ex-wives, his love for drink and bars and he seems more accidentally successful than skilled. It was a pleasure to follow Haskill tell us about the case as it develops.
In this case a mean businessman, Ice Cream Van mogul Mr. Softee hires Haskill after he narrowly escaped death by a run away driver. The investigation leads Haskill into more bars and contact with suspects. Then a potential witness is murdered and the plot takes off from there. Haskill becomes a suspect himself and with the help of a former client, nick named dog, he tries to crack the case.
The narrative is easy and hugely enjoyable to follow, there are great comic scenes and despite the more humorous character of the book the mystery is not as obvious as you would have expected from detective series of this kind. I was genuinely surprised many times as the story unfolded.
There is action, suspense and great writing, making this author one to watch and the series one to recommend to anyone who likes crime fiction that isn't all too serious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We all scream for ice cream (and Dev Haskell) 28 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Here's another adventure in the life of Dev Haskell - a wise-cracking detective who manages to get himself into more trouble than a barrel of monkeys. This time he's hired by a businessman whose ice cream trucks dispense more than just fudgesicles. As Dev stumbles into a hornet's nest, murder and mayhem ensue.

Mr. Faricy's books are always entertaining - pure farce that moves at breakneck speed as hard-drinking, skirt-chasing Dev leaps from frying pan to fire. Never one to follow rules, he teams up with some pretty sketchy friends with hilarious results, and often breaks as many laws as the `bad' guys.

Although these books are part of a series, they do not have to be read in order. For a fun romp, check them out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars About Mr Softee's P.I. 8 Aug. 2013
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Mr Softee, the owner of an ice cream factory catering to children in many neighbourhoods, is actually a shyster. He's a man without any scruples or any sense of fairness. He's a man after someone's heart.

His own.

Devlin Haskell, Private Eye, has been "hired" by Mr Softee to find the person who ran over him that lands him in the hospital. I put "hired" in quotes because Mr Softee has no intention of paying for his services. It turns out that Mr Softee appears to be a paranoid schizophrenic intent on believing the worst of everyone. But is he really? He becomes one of Haskell's suspects in the death of a former employee, until he ends up dead himself. The story continues to unravel, bringing more characters to the plot. We read about Lola Lentz, Mr Softee's current squeeze reminding me of a gangster's moll. Bernie Sneen, the man who kicks Haskell's investigation up a notch from mundane to interesting when he becomes the first murder victim. There is also Detective Manning of the St Paul's Police Department and his Lieutenant Aaron LaZelle. Jill, the granddaughter of Mr Softee's former partner and Haskell's occasional squeeze,and Heidi, Haskell's in-between-Jill-romps squeeze and bailer. Let's not forget Tony "Dog" Colli, a hardened criminal with a soft spot for Haskell. I just love the simple solutions he gives Haskell.

Mike Faricy's Mr Softee is written in the style that's perhaps similar to Mickey Spillane sans the misogynist tendencies. I liked the plot and the story, the sarcastic wit which was so spot on in American gumshoe detective stories. I like the way he doesn't have to describe too much. As one reading this, I am able to get a picture of where the private eye lives, what he does, how he even smells. Mr.
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By D. Bull
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This is a proper guilty pleasure read. It has no pretensions of being great literature but is good escapist fayre. The hero is all too human in his frailties and all the more likeable for that. A lovely light read that should please all lovers of this type of fiction, a little of the Raymond Chandler in there.
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Mr. Swirlee is book 2 in the series of 6. This was least favourite, to begin with, as the topic was, I thought a bit silly, but as I got into it, found it to be anything but........ although Mr. Swirlee made me cringe at his description... yuck..... I read the series in order, and grew to really love the character of Dev Haskell, and his best friend Aron a Lt. in the Police force.. however, Aron didn't show up much after book one, which was a shame, as the argumentative banter that went on between the two was priceless.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, Suspense and Humor 7 Aug. 2013
By Gina M.
Format:Kindle Edition
Devlin "Dev" Haskell, is a local Private Investigator, although not a very busy one!
He likes to sleep late, drink his Leinenkugel beer, visit seedy establishments, has some questionable friends, been married 3 times and likes any woman that will pay him a little attention.

Dev is hired by Weldon "Mr. Softee" Sofmann, to find out who tried to kill him. Mr. Softee is the local ice cream mogul that is hated by everyone who knows him, so there is a town full of suspects.

As Dev looks deeper into Mr Softee's claim, he finds himself in over his head. He stumbles upon a gambling ring Mr. Softee and his "niece" have set up using the ice cream trucks. To try and silence him, a dead body is placed in the trunk of his car, on a hot summer day, that he rides around with...ALL DAY! I cannot believe he didn't realize that smell was coming from HIS trunk!

I found myself shaking my head...a lot!... How could one person get into so much trouble and have that much bad luck? Instead of telling the police and laying low he enlists the help of an old friend, Tony "Dog" Colli. Dog is a felon who has some unorthodox ways of getting the answers they need to prove Dev's innocence.

This was a fast-paced, quick read with mystery and suspense with a good amount of humor thrown in!
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