When a down-on-her-luck divorcee meets a determined-to-dominate detective, they find out that falling in love can be murder…
Nell Dysart’s in trouble. Weighed down by an inexplicable divorce and a loss of appetite for everything, Nell is sleepwalking through life until her best friend finagles a job for her with a shabby little detective agency that has lots of potential and a boss who looks easy to manage.
Gabe McKenna isn’t doing too well, either. His detective agency is wasting time on a blackmail case, his partner has decided he hates watching cheating spouses for money, and his ex-wife has just dumped him… again. The only thing that’s going his way is that his new secretary looks efficient, boring, and biddable.
But looks can be deceiving and soon Nell and Gabe are squaring off over embezzlement, business cards, vandalism, dog-napping, blackmail, Chinese food, unprofessional sex, and really ugly office furniture, all of which turn out to be the least of their problems. Because soon, somebody starts killing people. And shortly after that, they start falling in love…
Fast Women is an entertaining contemporary mystery romance. It is about a group of people, who in some sense are all connected to each other. These connections are so complicated that I had to write a list of the characters for myself. 🙂
The main characters are Nell and Gabe. Gabe is devilish and tempting, Nell is “gracefully efficient” and go-ahead. Nell enters Gabe’s life, and she rearranges not only his office, but his whole life, future, and helps to solve a long-unsolved case.
I loved this story! Loved Nell and Gabe, Suze and Riley, Chloe, Margie, and Marlene!
I loved it because this book is filled with comic situations, spirited characters, witty and lively dialogues, and so many emotions!
Riley, oh, he is soooo hot… I prefer Riley to Gabe… And there are such colorful secondary characters, Suze, Margie, Jase, Chloe, Lu, Linney, Becca the “Check-Out Girl”, Jack, … oh, too many…
The story is exaggerated and real at the same time.
Exaggerated, because it is packed with main and subplots, a mystery plot, secondary and tertiary characters, divorces, and lots of wives, murders, blackmailing, investigations, power-fights, quarrels, and secrets. The story also features important issues, such as friendship, family, love versus lust, marriage, adultery, faith, reputation.
Real, because it indicates that life is never black or white. You can be insecure, confident, you decide something, then you can change your mind. You may want something, but don’t know how to get it, or don’t dare to get it, or simply don’t know exactly what you want. It also could happen that you just don’t realize that you want it. Sometimes you are just chatting about crazy things, sometimes serious issues. You may keep things in secret, or blurt something important out unintentionally. You make mistakes, you can be hurt, then you forgive. Or take revenge.
Relationships and connections are complicated, even without murders and blackmailing. The mystery plot adds extra excitement to the story, but Fast Women is a very enthralling novel even without it.
The story takes several months, and at the end, not everything is settled, but hopefully heading in positive direction.
My favorite scenes:
- Nell’s interview
- the dachshund-napping
- the Icicles scene,
- When Nell, Gabe, Suze, Riley, Tim (Nell’s ex-husband), and Whitney (Tim’s wife) are having dinner together…
Gabe poured the last of the beers and said, “What shall we drink to?”
Nell looked around and said, “Good grief. Drink to me. I just realized I’ve slept with everybody at this table.” […]
Whitney tried to share a superior eye-roll with Tim, but he was still staring at Nell. She turned back to Nell and leaned across the table to her, looking condescending and amused. “That’s really wild of you. Three men in, what? Fifty years?”
Die, bitch, Suze thought, and said, “And me.” She held up her hand, and all three men turned to her on the instant, leaving Whitney with no audience at all. Suze beamed on the table impartially. “She’s a terrific kisser.”
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More info about “Fast Women” on Jennifer Crusie’s website.
“Jennifer Crusie is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of twenty-one novels, one book of literary criticism, miscellaneous articles, essays, novellas, and short stories, and the editor of three essay anthologies.
Today, Jenny is once again living on the banks of an Ohio river. Her solo novels continue to explore women’s journeys, especially issues dealing with relationships, friendships, community, and creativity, and her collaborations give her the opportunity to explore those same things in real life. She is a very fortunate woman, and she knows it.”