Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie

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When a down-on-her-luck divorcee meets a determined-to-dominate detective, they find out that falling in love can be murder…
Nell Dysart’s in trouble. Weighed down by an inexplicable divorce and a loss of appetite for everything, Nell is sleepwalking through life until her best friend finagles a job for her with a shabby little detective agency that has lots of potential and a boss who looks easy to manage.

Gabe McKenna isn’t doing too well, either. His detective agency is wasting time on a blackmail case, his partner has decided he hates watching cheating spouses for money, and his ex-wife has just dumped him…again. The only thing that’s going his way is that his new secretary looks efficient, boring, and biddable.
But looks can be deceiving and soon Nell and Gabe are squaring off over embezzlement, business cards, vandalism, dog-napping, blackmail, Chinese food, unprofessional sex, and really ugly office furniture, all of which turn out to be the least of their problems. Because soon, somebody starts killing people. And shortly after that, they start falling in love…

I think I’m starting to understand why Jennifer Crusie calls her books “novels” and not “romances.” A lot of them are rather…unconventional for the romance trope. Three great examples of this are Agnes and the Hitman, Don’t Look Down, and this book.

One thing you don’t see very often in romances is the hero or heroine having sex with anyone else after meeting (unless they are into that kind of thing 😉 ). Fast Women deviates from this with both the hero and the heroine.

It’s different from a typical romance novel…so if you read it you should think about that first.

The mystery was decently written. The author took the time to make enough layers that it wasn’t easy to figure out. Like several of her books, I think it would make an interesting movie.

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