Publication Date: March 7, 2013
With Tutti Frutti (Dev Haskell – Private Investigator, Book 5) by Mike Faricy, Dev Haskell is back in a new mystery! Dev is asked to investigate the owners of a nightclub and falls for Candi Slaughter, one of the waitresses at the joint. Before things kind of happen around Dev, he finds himself mixed up with the mob and questioned by the police. Is someone out to frame Dev?
Tutti Frutti is the fifth Dev Haskell mystery by author Mike Faricy.
I previously reviewed the third Dev Haskell novel, Bite me. I called Dev a cross between Stephanie Plum and Jim Rockford (or an exceptionally self-absorbed person who gets beat up a lot). I also mentioned Faircy’s tendency to write women as either model thin or extra-large, coffin-fat. In Tutti Frutti, Dev drops the Stephanie Plum aspect of his description. He’s more humanly accessible. He still gets beaten up and put upon; the story drives Dev rather than he drives the story.
The result of this is more human and less douche bag. Dev is my favorite outing by Faricy so far. The writing style is tighter, the plotting more focused on story and less on Dev. Tutti Frutti is a fabulous cozy mystery that will stand with some of my favorite mystery authors. This is quality writing and plotting, folks.
Back to torture, Dev is his adversary in the police department, Detective Norris Manning. The not always so innocent Dev is usually the victim of Manning’s harassment and in Tutti Frutti Dev is pulled in for every bump and bruise sustained by all members of the literary cast and questioned thoroughly by Manning, who seems to have nothing better to do than grill Dev like a fresh fish. When Dev gets mixed up with the aptly named former porn star, Swindle and her former agent suffers certain injustices, Dev seems a natural candidate for guilt. The classic misdirection from Faricy is beautifully done and once again we’re presented with a novel that’s about the journey and not the destination.
Louie Laufan also returns as Dev’s office-mate and lawyer (who narrowly escaped disbarment). Louie is very busy with his gangster clients in Tutti Frutti. The Tutti Frutti is an S&M club owned by one of Louie’s clients and is a great step into a world outside of Dev’s own. I think I’d react as he did to the environment.
The end result is that the reader feels they’ve read something fun and worthwhile. Faricy himself sees it a novel of “no great social value.” I disagree. I read it beginning to end and loved every moment. If you like Virgil Flowers, you will love Dev Haskell. Read our review of Mike Faricy’s Bite me, the third book in the series.
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