Foul Play, by Tori Carrington

Cover ImageFinished 12-13-08, rating 4/5, mystery, pub.2007

Book 3 in the Sophie Metropolis series

Greek-American Sophie Metropolis is back as Astoria, Queen’s newest private investigator.  As a new PI Sophie has yet to prove herself as a the real deal, but when the wife of the Mets star pitcher approaches her Sophie knows this could catapult her into the major leagues.  Sophie pushes the missing pets cases aside and follows Reni Venezuela becoming more and more convinced something is off even as he leads the Mets to the World Series.

Sophie’s wonderful Greek family is as warm and welcoming and pushy as ever.  Sophie hasn’t seen sexy Jake Porter in a month, so when a handsome Greek banker her mother has chosen for her younger sister shows up on Sophie’s doorstep, she cannot resist temptation.  And there is also her ex-fiance making a nuisance of himself by suing her grandfather. 

Sophie Metropolis has been compared to Stephanie Plum (series by Janet Evanovich), and while I love both this is my favorite.  It has the same quirks and colorful characters, but tells the story with more heart.  I care about Sophie and though she is a zany mess now I have hope that one day she’ll pull herself together and get everything she wants.

Something that attracted me to this series in the first place is that fact that Tori Carrington is a husband-wife writing team from Ohio.  The have a great website and contests and if you are on their email list they send fun updates with recipes and polls and lots of extras.  http://www.toricarrington.net/

I recommend this series to anyone who likes Janet Evanovich, who is interested in the Greek-American culture, or who is looking for quick, light-hearted read.