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Foul Play I have a like hate relationship with this series There were parts I liked and parts that drove me absolutely nuts like throw book against wall, fire breathing, obscenity screaming nuts not that I did any of this two of them would have been rude to other library patrons and one is unfortunately not possible for me I caught myself wondering why I keep reading these books It s not always the books themselves but sometimes just the similarities to another popular series which I read first, I have a like hate relationship with this series There were parts I liked and parts that drove me absolutely nuts like throw book against wall, fire breathing, obscenity screaming nuts not that I did any of this two of them would have been rude to other library patrons and one is unfortunately not possible for me I caught myself wondering why I keep reading these books It s not always the books themselves but sometimes just the similarities to another popular series which I read first, and mostly enjoyed Excuse me while I rant view spoiler Sofie is the main reason for the like hate, sometimes I like her and see real potential in her then she does something stupid, maddening and or completely nonsensical and I hate her again For example, why would you confront your ex whose pressing assault charges against your grandpa with absolutely nothing no strong argument, bribe, threat, etc Why would you use the name of a co worker as your undercover name Accuse someone of something they may or may not have done without any evidence and jump the gun in judgment However my Main Issue was with Sofie and her romantic relationships this is the fire breathing, throw book against a wall, scream obscenities thing why would you treat a decent guy like he has the plague when he confesses to liking you brings your torte two separate instances , sleep with him and then treat him like he has the plague again All because of some mystery, secret keeping Aussie bounty hunter, whose hot and who Sofie knows virtually nothing about except he s hot and Sofie desperately want to sleep with him Did I mention he s hot Ugh give me a break so what if he s hot In the world of Hot Secret Keeping Mysterious or Hot Decent and into you one of these is rare Okay that s it I have noto say, except Sofie is a numbskull when it comes to men and occasionally her job life Lastly 1000 dollar bills I was under the impression they were not circulated any , and haven t been for a while Please correct me if I m wrong hide spoiler Characters Some I liked, the main character was a like hate situation Put it this way my favorite characters were the dogs, and Efi and Dino and they got maybe a dozen pages between them Sofie has improved some on the P.I front, everything else nada Plot Mystery I figured out the main mystery on page 60 I kid you not And the dogs solved the mystery involving the pet disappearances Sofie delegated other assignments to various other employees Rosie figured out the ear in the soup case But Sofie did manage to get the charges dismissed against Grandpa Kosmos I suppose that s something Overall Meh 2.5 stars because there were some parts I liked and found amusing, but there wasthat irritated me Sophie s wonderful Greek family is as warm and welcoming and pushy as ever Sophie hasn t seen sexy Jake Porter in a month, so when a handsome Greek banker her mother has chosen for her younger sister shows up on Sophie s doorstep, she cannot resist temptation And there is also her ex fiance making a nuisance of himself by suing her grandfather Sophie Metropolis has been compared to Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich , and while I love both this is my favorite It has the same quirks a Sophie s wonderful Greek family is as warm and welcoming and pushy as ever Sophie hasn t seen sexy Jake Porter in a month, so when a handsome Greek banker her mother has chosen for her younger sister shows up on Sophie s doorstep, she cannot resist temptation And there is also her ex fiance making a nuisance of himself by suing her grandfather Sophie Metropolis has been compared to Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich , and while I love both this is my favorite It has the same quirks and colorful characters, but tells the story withheart I care about Sophie and though she is a zany mess now I have hope that one day she ll pull herself together and get everything she wants.there son my blog Foul Play is the third Sofie Metropolis mystery after Dirty Laundry and Sofie Metropolis Tori Carrington the husband and wife team of Lori and Tony Karayianni made their mark on the publishing world writing Harlequin romance For the Metropolis books they ve combined the romance formula with that of the mystery genre and come up with something, if not quite original, then at least sure to appeal to readers of mysteries and romances alike References to what has gone before are made in Fou Foul Play is the third Sofie Metropolis mystery after Dirty Laundry and Sofie Metropolis Tori Carrington the husband and wife team of Lori and Tony Karayianni made their mark on the publishing world writing Harlequin romance For the Metropolis books they ve combined the romance formula with that of the mystery genre and come up with something, if not quite original, then at least sure to appeal to readers of mysteries and romances alike References to what has gone before are made in Foul Play, but in such a way that it is not necessary to have read the first two novels.The romance comes in the form of Dino, a young Greek owner of a chocolate shop, whom Sofie s parents endeavor to match to her younger sister, Efi But it s Sofie on whom Dino has his eye Although Sofie describes Dino as delicious as one of his shop s confections with his suggestive grin, single dimple, great body and dark eyes is it merely the romance genre in which women are allowed the freedom to be as visual as men, or are women in general dishonest when they purport that looks aren t important , her heart is taken by Jake Porter Porter, who, the text alludes, played a much larger role in one of the previous books in the series, makes an all too brief appearance in Foul Play, but his showing does little to further the story or his past or future relationship with Sofie.The mystery comes in the form of Reni Venezuela, the Mets newest pitching sensation whose strange behavior inspires his wife to hire Sofie, herself a Mets fan, to uncover the truth behind her husband s uncharacteristic behavior as of late As the Mets post season hopes rest on Venezuela s arm, what Sofie at first thinks a simple case of marital infidelity is anything but as she notes the normally ambidextrous Reni has pitched the last four games left handed As an aside, several major leaguers have delivered the baseball with both arms however, the only major league pitcher in the modern era to pitch from both sides of the slab was Greg Harris A natural right hander, by 1986 Harris threw well enough with his left hand that he felt capable of pitching with either hand in a game, although he wasn t allowed to throw left handed in a regular season game until September 28, 1995, the next to last game of his career, when he was pitching for the Montreal Expos In addition to the Venezuela case are a couple of other minor cases, one involving a series of missing pets from the Astoria neighborhood in which Sofie lives as well as a couple suing the owner of a neighborhood diner for serving soup that purportedly contained a portion of a human ear.Where James Garner as Jim Rockford typically got his ass kicked for snooping around where he didn t belong, he used well honed PI skills as well as his connections with nefarious ne er do wells such as Angel to solve his cases, Sofie, a self proclaimed novice in her grandfather s business, often trusts her gut and, in her own words, luck in putting together pieces of the proverbial puzzle.The narrative is deftly written in Sofie s own first person, a tip of the creative cap perhaps to those who blazed the trail Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane and Rex Stout and while the uninitiated may find appealing her snappy repartee and self depracating humor, it pales somewhat beside the brilliance of the aforementioned masters consider Chandler s prose from The Big Sleep The gentle eyed, horse faced maid let me into the long gray and white upstairs sitting room with the ivory drapes tumbled extravagantly on the floor and the white carpet from wall to wall A screen star s boudoir, a place of charm and seduction, artificial as a wooden leg Still, readers of this genre will find Sofie a likeable protagonist and the narrative fast paced, a fun summer read.Although the d nouement is a trifle over the top, it sets the stage nicely for Working Stiff, scheduled for release in September 2008.J Conrad Guest for The Smoking Poet It is easy to compare Sofie with Stephanie, however as I continue to read this series, which so far has 5 books with a sixth due out this fall This series becomeslikable with each new installment, maybe because with all the comparisons to Plum, Metro is really her own girl, and believe it or not, bumbling though she is at times, she s actually grown as a character with each passing book.What set this book apart from the other 2 is the absence of Jake the Australian bounty hunter He only It is easy to compare Sofie with Stephanie, however as I continue to read this series, which so far has 5 books with a sixth due out this fall This series becomeslikable with each new installment, maybe because with all the comparisons to Plum, Metro is really her own girl, and believe it or not, bumbling though she is at times, she s actually grown as a character with each passing book.What set this book apart from the other 2 is the absence of Jake the Australian bounty hunter He only made a small cameo in this story, other than his appearance in Sofie s thoughts That absence gave Sofie the chance to hook up with Dino, who originally was meant for her sister And speaking of characters that weren t in this book as much as the others, Pimply Pino wasn t around much either Again, I can t stress enough how much I like Sofie I also like that though the story has one major plot, involving the baseball player, there are other things going on that make the book feel like a snapshot of Sofie s life.One of the funny parts of the book is Sofie s decision to get a tattoo Or rather not to get a tattoo but to say that to annoy her mother She goes as far as getting a temporary lizard on her leg The main plot of the story, about Reni Venezuela is a bit haphazard It is hard to believe that the mystery of what was going on with him ever got solved That part of the book was tied up a little to neatly for me, considering all the other things going on They worked together to point to the end result, but still it felt like it wrapped up a little to easily I can t wait to pick up the next two books in this series Another in the Sophie Metropolis P.I series Light reading What disappoints me the most is that it is so close to the Evanovich novels in characters and style Evanovich s main character is a Jersey girl from and Italian Hungarian family with enough quirks to fill a room, Sophie is from a Greek family with enough quirks to fill a room Bounty hunter private investigator, Ranger Jake, Morelli Dino, Grandma Mazur Grandpa Kosmos, Bob the Dog Muffy the Dog and it goes on The most origin Another in the Sophie Metropolis P.I series Light reading What disappoints me the most is that it is so close to the Evanovich novels in characters and style Evanovich s main character is a Jersey girl from and Italian Hungarian family with enough quirks to fill a room, Sophie is from a Greek family with enough quirks to fill a room Bounty hunter private investigator, Ranger Jake, Morelli Dino, Grandma Mazur Grandpa Kosmos, Bob the Dog Muffy the Dog and it goes on The most original thing are that they give you some of the Greek recipes that appear in the book That was a nice touch Excellent book I enjoyed this one a lotthan the last Sofie Metropolis novel I readI think the pace was faster and justexciting in general This time around, Sofie has been hired by a pro ball player s wife to find out why he is acting so unusual On top of that,a hot Greek guy is very interested in dating Sofie, which she refuses to let her family in on, and the number of people coming into the P.I office looking for missing pets is baffling Her ex fiance is taking her Grandpa Excellent book I enjoyed this one a lotthan the last Sofie Metropolis novel I readI think the pace was faster and justexciting in general This time around, Sofie has been hired by a pro ball player s wife to find out why he is acting so unusual On top of that,a hot Greek guy is very interested in dating Sofie, which she refuses to let her family in on, and the number of people coming into the P.I office looking for missing pets is baffling Her ex fiance is taking her Grandpa to court, but after that stunt he pulled switching her Grandmother s diamond engagement ring with a cubic zirconia, he deserved to be punched in the nose by the old man Sofie definitely has her hands full with all the crazy people around her Like Janet Evanovich or Jennifer Crusie, Tori Carrington mixes humor with danger and stealth with sex The intrepid Sofie, a good Greek girl from working class Astoria, Queens, is finding her feet as a budding private investigator and as a single gal in the big cityIn Foul Play, Sofie s searching for a couple of hot prospects, one in her personal life and one professionally The New York Mets might just be on their way to the World Series, but their newly signed pitching phenom has disappeared with the playoffs fast approachingAs for her personal life, Sofie s hooking up with a gorgeous Greek who is every bit as hunky as her long time crush, Australian mystery man Jake Porter and a lot available ❮Reading❯ ➸ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space Author Muriel Dimen – Kleankitchen.co.uk Tori Carrington mixes humor with danger and stealth with sex The intrepid Sofie [Download] ➽ Insight and Interpretation ➺ Roy Schafer – Kleankitchen.co.uk a good Greek girl from working class Astoria [EPUB] ✵ Good People in an Evil Time Author Svetlana Broz – Kleankitchen.co.uk Queens [Read] ➵ On a Day Like This ➼ Peter Stamm – Kleankitchen.co.uk is finding her feet as a budding private investigator and as a single gal in the big cityIn Foul Play ⚦ [PDF] ✎ Heart to Start By Derek Handley ✶ – Kleankitchen.co.uk Sofie s searching for a couple of hot prospects [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb – Kleankitchen.co.uk one in her personal life and one professionally The New York Mets might just be on their way to the World Series [Epub] ❧ Secrecy ➛ Rupert Thomson – Kleankitchen.co.uk but their newly signed pitching phenom has disappeared with the playoffs fast approachingAs for her personal life [BOOKS] ✸ The Silence and the Roar ⚦ Nihad Sirees – Kleankitchen.co.uk Sofie s hooking up with a gorgeous Greek who is every bit as hunky as her long time crush ❃ Hard Country kindle Epub ❧ Author Robin Robilliard – Kleankitchen.co.uk Australian mystery man Jake Porter and a lot available This series is feelingandlike Janet Evanovich s Stephanie Plum Series With Foul Play, we find the main character starting to ponder the Two men in her life Isn t that straight from Plum This book also has some elements of from food based mysteries from Joanne Fluke and Susan Wittig Albert I m still liking the Metropolis series, but find myself wondering if they are playing around with it to see what kind of running themes fit the character. I realized after listening to this book, read by Rebecca Rogers, I especially liked the first two books because they were ready by the late Anna Fields There are few voice actors nearly as gifted as she was at the craft.Rebecca just didn t have it for me.I listened to the whole book completely unimpressed So I don t know if the story was that great or not as I was so disappointed by the reader. Really enjoyed this light hearted cozy and recipes at the end to boot Sofie Metropolis is a character somewhat reminiscent of Stephanie Plum Easy read with clever way of introducing the solution of the mystery.If you enjoy cozies, interesting characters, relaxing reads, I think you ll enjoy this one I started it and finished it yesterday.


About the Author: Tori Carrington

Author Tori Carrington is the penname of husband and wife writing team Lori and Tony Karayianni.Hands down, penning a bio is always the most difficult writing challenge we take on What do we say What do we keep a secret Considering we ve been writing together for over twenty two yearswell, that revealsabout us than anything you ll likely read here We re fiction writers simply because we enjoy escaping into an exciting, colorful, fictional world of our own making Take great, shameless pleasure in delving into the lives of others Revel in living vicariously through our characters, trying on career hats we d never otherwise put on, stretching muscles we d probably be better off excercising in reality We won t even discuss how our writing allows us to voice opinions on society, romance and human sexuality that aren t subject to public ridicule but rather presented as entertainment To go there, well, we d be revealing a little too much, now, wouldn t we So we ll stick to just the facts, ma am or sir, depending on your preference, which may or may not have anything to do with your sex Should you desireinformation, feel free to e mail us and we ll provide you with our phone number, or our preference arrange to meet with you one on one where we can learn as much, or perhaps , about you as you will about us Depending on our mood, we may spill everything we d prefer to keep a secret, like which traits we would change about the other if given half a chance Likewise, we may wisecrack our way through the interview, sprinkle our responses with what we find exciting about our latest book, and blissfully skate over personal details that might bare a little too much.Trust us, this is not an attempt to create an aura of mystery We re not quite that saavy No, we re just very protective of our evolving selves and consider ourselves open minded, known to change an opinion the moment we voice it or are presented with further information, so we re hesitant to commit any to writing Guess we re very Socrates like as opposed to Socratic in that way, which isn t altogether a bad thing..So rather than dictate to you here, we ll lay out the basic facts, then provide a number of links to others who have interviewed us.I m Lori Schlachter Karayianni a Holy Toledo, Ohio, native, having attended Central Catholic but ultimately graduating from Macomber Whitney with certification in computer science After working in the computer industry for a number of years and after Tony and I endeavored to write our first novel I switched to temp work which ultimately led to a four year stint as a secretary sales clerk in the engineering and international sales departments of Owens Illinois, the international container company that put the glass into The Glass City I put the brakes on before I reached the five year mark, however, the point of no return for most dreamers who get caught in the corporate trapvacation time Better benefits Probably I should stay until retirement.Tony s background couldn t bedifferent from mine, but thankfully it led him to me Born in Smila, a small hillside village in the area of Ancient Olympia outside Pyrgos, Greece, where his family has deep roots and an older brother still maintains the family olive groves he was raised in Athens during a time of political and cultural upheaval, although neither stopped him from becoming a drummer in a successful pop band that often played with Greek singer Teris Chrysos He immigrated to the U.S in late 1976 and with the help of the Greek community achieved the American Dream Only the hunger for something , the restless searching that originally compelled him to turn his back on his successful music career and brought him here, remained It wasn t until after we d become a couple, and he turned to me and suggested that we try our hand at writing, that both of us discovered the true meaning of th