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Mr Swirlee (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator, Book 2) Kindle Edition
|Length: 312 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Book 2 of 14 in Dev Haskell - Private Investigator (14 Book Series)
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I'm a distant relative of Raymond Chandler and accordingly have read all the master's books. It was Chandler who set the mould for the down-at-heel private eye which set the standard for everyone to follow. Mike's hapless PI, Devlin Haskell, gives Marlow a run for his money.
The story is centred around ice cream (hence the title) where Haskell is engaged by obnoxious ice cream boss, Mr. Softee, (great part for Danny de Vito) to discover who was trying to kill him. The plot weaves this way and that faster than a cone would melt on the equator. It's a terrific page-turner of a yarn that has a very satisfying ending.
I do have one or two technical gripes. Devlin is a wow with the women who all want to jump into bed with him at the drop of a thong but we never get a clear description. My old English professor always made a point of making a point that you should describe your MC early on to fix him in the reader's eye. There are some spelling errors; it took me a while to figure out why Dev was mopping around before realising he should have been moping. I shouldn't carp too much as spelling and punctuation errors were few and far between. The only other thing that struck me was that Mike did rather telegraph the main perp early on which took some of the surprise out of the mystery.
All in all though, a great read if you like your heroes with feet of clay, your femme fatales fatal and your good guys out on top. Nice one, Mike. I think I'm hooked.
Plot? Well, a nasty bit of work sells icecream with a byeline in betting ( taking bets in an ice cream van does seem strange - here they'd just set up a legit shop - but maybe the Yanks are stricter). The nasty gets hurt in a hit and run, Dev is employed to find out who dunnit, and mayhem begins.
Ok, he's not an advert for sobriety or chastity, but his women are all willing and the booze is probably essential given the number of times he gets beaten up.
Looking forward to the next case.
The guilty party was apparant from too early on and there's a lot of drunk driving in this one (don't remember there being so much in others - and I've read a few as I'm reading them out of sync). By which I mean - everyone drinks a lot and yet still drives around and there's never any consequences.
Still - I like the way Mike writes and the series is entertaining.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An easy to read book that can be humorous but also keep the interest going. A good follow on to other books in the series.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
not particularly funny which i think it was trying to be at the same time a very thin story line with very little intriguePublished 10 months ago by FJS