Sofie Metropolis by Tori Carrington

I seem to be a bit behind in posting about the books I've read. Since the last book post, which I think was The Bowen Bride by Nicole Burnham, I've read The Charm School by Susan Wiggs, Laird MacKenzie's Curse by Sapphire Williams, All She Ever Wanted by Barbara Freethy, Sofie Metropolis by Tori Carrington, and You've Got Murder by Donna Andrews. I actually enjoyed all of them. So here's the first little review of one of them.

Book Description:
On her wedding day, right before the ceremony, right there in the Greek Orthodox church, Sofie Metropolis discovered her groom and her maid of honor in each other's arms. Sofie took this as a sign, and since then, she's been doing her best to confound her own, and her family's, expectations.
First, she is no longer waiting tables at either her father's or her grandfather's dueling Greek restaurants in Astoria, Queens. Second, she kept the engagement ring (the garbage disposal choked on it) and all the wedding presents, including the small apartment building that was a gift from her parents. It's not easy to collect rent from an eccentric group of tenants that includes a trio of lackadaisical business school students and a nice little old Jewish lady who plies Sofie with ethnic delicacies, but at least Sofie has a roof over her head. And her ex-fiance's recliner in the living room.
Sofie also has a new career, thanks to uncle Spyros's detective agency. Okay, so far, the cases haven't been all that exciting-mostly, Sofie's been tracking down lost pets and cheating spouses-but at least she's in control of her life. And even Sam Spade had to start somewhere.
Then Sofie's mother's best friend, Mrs. Kapoor, who seems to dose everything, even tea, with curry, reports that her dog has been stolen. Sofie must drop everything to search for the meanest mutt on the face of the earth . . . .
The agency's usually unflappable office manager comes to Sofie in terror because the neighborhood "vampire" has disappeared, replaced by his even creepier nephew . . . .
Tailing a wayward wife, Sofie is caught in a shoot-out and is rescued by Australian man-of-mystery Jake Porter, who might be a bounty hunter and who definitely gets Sofie's engine started . . . .
And what is Jake Porter doing in the middle of Sofie's adultery case anyway, and why is the cheating wife now on the run?

This was quite the fun book. I think some might compare it to the Stephanie Plum books, but since I couldn't get into the first one of those, I seem to have liked this one better. *g* I'll still be trying to finish those Evanovich books though.

I got this one at the library and even though I do like it alot, it's in hardback and I'm not sure it's quite hardback material. The blurb pretty much gets the plot, but I really liked how although things went by slowly, I still enjoyed reading it. It has some great characters in it. It is obviously the first in a series, and there isn't any hint of a HEA at the end, but I think there may be some romance in the books to come. There's some action in the beginning that sort of starts what you might think the whole book is about, but it doesn't get resolved until the end and there's lots of other stuff going on in the middle. Somehow despite that, I still liked it. No idea why. I guess this is one of those books where I have a lot of trouble figuring out why I like it, but I just do. Maybe it's the writing and the characters. It's definitely all about Sofie and luckily I rather like her.

So...I liked it, but I wouldn't buy it in hardback. Definitely either check it out from the library or get it when it comes out in paperback. Good story, just not meaty enough to spend the cash on hardback. I do look forward to the next story. And more of Jake Porter (he pops up occasionally to annoy and intrigue poor Sofie, usually after something bad has happened). Yum.

1 comment:

CW said...

Nice overview, Nicole!

Oliver Sack's other books are good, too. :)