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Mr Swirlee (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Faricy
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Book Description

Mr Swirlee is the SECOND off-beat mystery in the Dev Haskell mystery series.


"Laugh a minute story line in another of Faricy's deliciously engaging worlds..." -The Irish Gazette

Skirt-chasing, wise-cracking, dysfunctional Private Investigator Dev Haskell leaves his usual stool at the Spot Bar to take on what looks like a cakewalk job: keep ice cream mogul Mr. Swirlee alive. Turns out Mr. Swirlee is anything but a cakewalk... He's a ruthless "entrepreneur" with a flash temper, a mean streak a mile wide, and a laundry list of people who want to do him in---including his sex-crazed girlfriend Lola. Things go from bad to worse when Dev discovers his client is running a gambling ring in his ice cream trucks. When Dev's revelation is detected, a dead body ends up in the trunk of his car. Once again, our hero is in over his head. Thank God for Dev's sometime friend, felon Tony "Dog" Colli, who agrees to help out.

Murder, mayhem, romance, double cross, and bodies pile up as Dog and Dev follow their difficult client through the streets of St. Paul in the steamy summertime, spinning a colorful yard with a healthy serving of the bizarre. A fast paced tale of bottom feeders and the criminal class, Mr. Swirlee will leave you at turns gasping and laughing your way through Dev Haskell's screwy world.

"You'll be chuckling at midnight and trying to remember when the dives close in your neighborhood..." -Crimeways Magazine

Editorial Reviews


"Faricy is America's hottest new mystery writer..."
-The Dirty Lowdown

"You'll be chuckling at midnight and trying to remember when the dives close in your neighborhood..."
- Crimeways Magazine

"Laugh a minute story line in another of Faricy's deliciously engaging worlds..."

-The Irish Gazette

Please Note this book was entitled Mr Softee and is now entitled Mr Swirlee - "Mr. Softee is a bit like a nice carton of Neopolitan... There's something in there for everyone."
-Elizabeth White

From the Author

Mr. Swirlee is my second book in the Dev Haskell  - Private Investigator Series. 
As per always, Dev is in over his head, but don't confuse him with the facts. Mr. Swirlee is the story of people making really bad personal decisions, but then bad decisions make for interesting tales. 
Thanks for taking the time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2903 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Faricy (June 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056396DS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than the sum of its parts April 2, 2012
By I bite
Format:Kindle Edition
My second Faricy book and I detect a pattern forming. Mike's really big on sleaze. He does it with accomplished authority. His style is tongue-in-cheek black humour and his characterisation so good that you feel like washing your hands every time certain characters ooze into the story.
I'm a distant relative of Raymond Chandler and accordingly have read all the master's books. It was Chandler who set the mould for the down-at-heel private eye which set the standard for everyone to follow. Mike's hapless PI, Devlin Haskell, gives Marlow a run for his money.
The story is centred around ice cream (hence the title) where Haskell is engaged by obnoxious ice cream boss, Mr. Softee, (great part for Danny de Vito) to discover who was trying to kill him. The plot weaves this way and that faster than a cone would melt on the equator. It's a terrific page-turner of a yarn that has a very satisfying ending.
I do have one or two technical gripes. Devlin is a wow with the women who all want to jump into bed with him at the drop of a thong but we never get a clear description. My old English professor always made a point of making a point that you should describe your MC early on to fix him in the reader's eye. There are some spelling errors; it took me a while to figure out why Dev was mopping around before realising he should have been moping. I shouldn't carp too much as spelling and punctuation errors were few and far between. The only other thing that struck me was that Mike did rather telegraph the main perp early on which took some of the surprise out of the mystery.
All in all though, a great read if you like your heroes with feet of clay, your femme fatales fatal and your good guys out on top. Nice one, Mike. I think I'm hooked.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, Suspense and Humor August 7, 2013
By Gina M.
Format:Kindle Edition
Devlin "Dev" Haskell, is a local Private Investigator, although not a very busy one!
He likes to sleep late, drink his Leinenkugel beer, visit seedy establishments, has some questionable friends, been married 3 times and likes any woman that will pay him a little attention.

Dev is hired by Weldon "Mr. Softee" Sofmann, to find out who tried to kill him. Mr. Softee is the local ice cream mogul that is hated by everyone who knows him, so there is a town full of suspects.

As Dev looks deeper into Mr Softee's claim, he finds himself in over his head. He stumbles upon a gambling ring Mr. Softee and his "niece" have set up using the ice cream trucks. To try and silence him, a dead body is placed in the trunk of his car, on a hot summer day, that he rides around with...ALL DAY! I cannot believe he didn't realize that smell was coming from HIS trunk!

I found myself shaking my head...a lot!... How could one person get into so much trouble and have that much bad luck? Instead of telling the police and laying low he enlists the help of an old friend, Tony "Dog" Colli. Dog is a felon who has some unorthodox ways of getting the answers they need to prove Dev's innocence.

This was a fast-paced, quick read with mystery and suspense with a good amount of humor thrown in!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close But Missed the Bar December 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the first book in this series so I will chalk this up to the sophomore slump. We all know the lead character well and a few of the supporting players reappear, some for no reason other than to insinuate a sexual liaison for our hero, but the new characters are poorly developed compared to the first book in the series. There is no backstory explaining any of the motivation of their evil actions. There are fringe crimes committed here that seem to serve no purpose other than to introduce a new sexual partner for Dev. I expected more. The story also comes to a very quick and simple end that could have happened 20 chapters sooner. This won't stop me from moving on to book three in the series but it has me worried moving forward that book one was the pinnacle and it's all downhill from here.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The title is your first clue August 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I gave up one third of the way through this book. The detective is drunk, broke, a bit slow, but the women all throw themselves at him. Wearing bikinis. And they are all young and beautiful. It gets worse from there.
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51 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars profanity July 17, 2014
By ev
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There was enough profanity in the first one percent of this book to tell me I didn't need to go any further. Deleted from my kindle.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Mr. Softee is filled with mystery, menace,satire and comic-book kink as skirt chasing, wise cracking, dysfunctional PI Dev Haskell gets himself in over his head.

Hired by local ice cream mogul, Weldon Sofmann aka Mr. Softee, to find out who tried to kill him by ramming his Mercedes. The job should be as simple as a scoop of vanilla but what starts out as a hit and run, quickly turns into double dip of satirically bizarre events and criminal mayhem. His client is a ruthless 'entrepreneur' suspected of running a gambling operation from his fleet of trucks. He has nasty temper, a couple of man eating Dobermans, a taste for revenge served cold, and a roster of people he has harmed that wouldn't mind seeing him dead, if for nothing more than the annoying song coming from the speakers of his fleet of ice cream trucks. Top off this treat with a crew of thugs you wouldn't want serving an ice cream sandwich to your kid. Unless said kid was trying to get a bet down.

As Dev eliminates suspects, those suspects start to have bad things happen to them. Then his client sets him up for murder for trying to invoice him. Things go from bad to worse until Dev enlists the help of dangerous friend and felon, Tony "Dog" Colli. Mr. Softee is a bit darker and more dangerous than usual and Dev finds himself in over his head and on the wrong side of the law and wanted for a brutal murder. It's a fast paced tale of bottom feeders, criminals, short skirts, and Dev stumbling into the deep end.
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More About the Author

The Dirty Lowdown called Mike Faricy America's hottest new mystery writer. Robert Carraher referred to him as Minnesota's Master of the Bizarre. Crime Scene referred to him as the next Carl Hiaasen. Crime Capers said; "Open at your own risk, you won't put him down." Under Cover wrote; "This guy is nuts and one hell of a lot of fun." The Irish Gazette referred to "The laugh a minute story lines of Faricy's deliciously engaging worlds."
All his books are stand alone, they can be read in any order. Faricy's novels are filled with the sort of oddballs we're all curious about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. His characters serve not so much as an example as they do a warning to us all. None of them will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies or coups to take over the government. Rather, Faricy's characters inhabit a world just below the surface of polite society. The circumstances they find themselves in are usually due to their own bad decisions, but then bad decisions make for interesting stories.
Reminiscent of the late Robert B. Parker, Faricy's tightly woven Dev Haskell series is penned with a delightful sense of humor and even some romance. Entertainment is the name of the game as back slapping, corner cutting, babe magnet Dev Haskell interacts with such quirky characters as ice cream mogul Mr. Swirlee, The D'Angelo brothers, local crime lord Tubby Gustafson, 'Fat Freddie' Zimmerman, former NFL tight end Luscious Dixon, exotic dancer Swindle Lawless, and gorgeous Heidi Bauer. The Dev Haskell novels can be read in any order.
Faricy's debut stand alone novel was Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick. He has also written five additional stand alone titles; Baby Grand, Chow for Now, End of the Line, Finders Keepers and Merlot.
Faricy also wrote the popular novella Irish Dukes under the pen name Jack Tunney in the wildly successful Fight Card series.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Faricy still spends part of his time in the saintly city as well as in Dublin, Ireland. Contact information for Mike Faricy is listed just after this shameless list of titles. Thanks for taking the time and be sure to tell 2-300 of your closest friends.
Dev Haskell - Private Investigator series: (Read in any order)
Russian Roulette: Case 1
Mr. Swirlee: Case 2
Bite Me: Case 3
Bombshell: Case 4
Tutti Frutti: Case 5
Last Shot: Case 6
Ting-A-Ling: Case 7
Crickett: Case 8
Bulldog: Case 9
Double Trouble: Case 10
Yellow Ribbon: Case 11
Twinkle Toes (a FREE short story)

Stand alone reading order:
Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick
Baby Grand
Chow for Now
End of the Line
Finders Keepers

Novella: Irish Dukes (In the Fight Card series under the pseudonym Jack Tunney)

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