Monday, August 25, 2008
Gwen Freeman's Crazy Fool Kills Five ~ Reviewed
Crazy Fool Kills Five: A Fifi Cutter Mystery (Paperback)
by Gwen Freeman
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Capital Crime Press (May 1, 2008)
Free-spirited independent insurance adjuster Fifi Cutter is back in the saddle in Freeman's follow-up to 2007's Murder... Suicide... Whatever. A private charter jet carrying two Singaporean businessmen crashes after taking off from Van Nuys, Calif., when Jim Farnswell, a mentally unstable ex-airline employee, shoots the pilot. Parts of the fuselage land on a Winnebago, killing its occupant, Earl Dean Rayburn. In the subsequent lawsuit against the airline, Fifi's friend Victoria Jane VJ Smith represents Rayburn's wife, and Chinatown lawyer Reg Wong represents the families of the businessmen. Reg hires Fifi as a document clerk to help with trial preparation, but shenanigans involving a missing tape and Farnswell's past lead Fifi into some very tight spots. To complicate matters, Fifi finds herself falling for Daniel Boatwright, a cute single lawyer on the wrong side of the case.
For those of you who love a little spice with your mysteries, or a little murder with your chick-lit, you might want to check into Fifi Cutter and her crazy little life.
Gwen Freeman writes Fifi and her attitude with great flair and freshness. Fifi's voice is a blend of crusty detective and snappy sista. Some moments are laugh out loud funny as Fifi interacts with her equally dysfunctional half-brother and his revolving door of companions.
The murder mystery takes a backseat to Fifi's personality but it is still a worthy mystery with plenty of red herrings and twists. Be warned that Fifi's tongue and thoughts lean toward R-rated so don't expect squeaky clean family reading. However, if language doesn't disturb you, this is a fun read. I'll keep my eye out for more Fifi Cutter and Gwen Freeman.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer