New P.I. Sofie Metropolis discovers that life on the "mean" streets of New York's Astoria, Queens, neighborhood is weird but never dull. Although Sofie's mother is not thrilled with her daughter's career, she still sends her cases, like the case of the missing dry cleaner. What happened to Uncle Tolly? As Sofie starts to dig, she's trailed by mob goons and attacked by a malevolent dry-cleaning bag.

The one positive development is that Jake Porter, her mysterious, hunky Aussie, has returned, and maybe this time they will connect with more than just a kiss. But Sofie's persistence and knack for trouble might just earn her a pair of traditional cement overshoes.

Never underestimate the resilience of a modern Greek woman. Despite perpetual family issues, missing ferrets and a cranky dog, Sofie faces the world undaunted. The flair and cultural humor this dynamic writing duo (Lori and Tony Karayianni) bring to their Sofie books is energizing and giggle-producing. Snappy dialogue and offbeat characters ensure a great time! (May, 320 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith