Finalist for the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery
With Charlie convalescing from a gunshot wound, Gigi is temporarily running Swift Investigations when Heather-Anne Pawlusik, the tramp who ran off with Gigi's husband, Les, saunters into the office. Heather-Anne wants to hire the firm to find Les, missing from their love nest in Costa Rica. Gigi tells her to am-scray, but the lure of a paying client is too much, and Les is the father of her children, so she accepts the case, against Charlie's advice.
Attuned to her embezzling ex's habits, Gigi tracks down Les but he quickly loses her. When a body turns up, the cops start measuring Gigi for a prison jumpsuit, so she and Charlie frantically hunt for Les and dig into Heather-Anne's mysterious past because orange isn't Gigi's color. What Gigi discovers, not only about Les, but about herself and her feelings for him, surprises her as much as the killer's identity.
Swift Run, Laura DiSilverio's third novel in this entertaining and original series, is a thrilling and hilarious romp. Readers will enjoy spending time with this engaging crime-fighting duo.
At the start of DiSilverio's humorous if uneven third caper featuring fledging PI Gigi Goldman and business partner Charlotte "Charlie" Swift (after 2011's Swift Edge), the odd-couple Colorado Springs, Colo., detectives take on an unusual client, Heather-Anne Pawlusik, the trainer with whom Gigi's lowlife ex-husband, Les, ran off to Costa Rica. Heather-Anne wants Gigi and Charlie to find the missing Les. When their client turns up dead, the case really gets personal as Gigi, her teenage son, and the elusive Les all shoot to the top of the suspect list. Unfortunately for the increasingly complex investigation, Charlie plays a relatively limited role because of her still-healing gunshot wound. This is also bad news for the reader, since much of the series' appeal lies in the clash of character between straight-arrow Charlie and the eccentric Gigi. And Gigi proves far less amusing without Charlie's wry take on her antics. Fans should wish for a Swift return.