Too Darn Hot
Sandra Scoppettone
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Too Darn Hot
Sandra Scoppettone
Ballantine
Hardcover
288 pages
June 2006
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars
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Faye Quick is back in her second novel, as a private investigator in the middle of World War II. No easy task becoming a PI during a major war, but even more difficult for a female to do so. In this episode, Faye gets a visit from a woman wanting help finding her boyfriend, Charlie, who has disappeared while on leave from the service. Okay, a missing-person case isn't nearly as fun as finding a murderer, but the woman pays up-front, and since Faye has little on her plate, she takes the case.

In the process of investigating the case, Faye discovers a naked dead man in Charlie's hotel room. No identification, no clothing that are his to be found. Now, what does a female PI do? She goes hunting for the missing Charlie who seems to be the answer to quite a few questions that have popped up.

Several days into the investigation, the client returns to Faye's office indicating that she has received a ransom call from the kidnappers and that they will be calling back. The farther the investigation goes, the more questions and problems that don't add up arise. It seems that Charlie, Claire and several others have conflicting stories as to what happened prior to the day Charlie and Claire were supposed to meet and he didn't show up. Ms. Quick finally realizes she may have been had and works from a different angle. She wraps up the case and tries to go on with her life and small business that she has been given.

All in all, this is a quick read. Faye Quick of often too reminiscent of a male PI of the times; I almost expected her to call her client "Toots" or some slang that a male PI of the era would do. The actions and mannerisms of this female PI are way off, considering it is set in the mid-1940s during WWII.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Elysabeth Eldering, 2006

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