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Our main character, Gino, is a grumpy man of thirty who has both diabetes and mild agoraphobia. I found a line that sums up his attitude throughout the book –“Don’t take it personally,” Gino said. “I generally detest everyone. Separately but equally, of course.”
Naturally the murder victim is someone he has loudly opposed. Gino ends up being taken to jail for pot possession while they search his house for murder weapons, panics then crashes from a medical condition, gets released, then they try to arrest him again – this time he flees in a neighbor’s car. Then things get worse…
At this point, it’s worth noting the title of this book; ‘Gino’s Law’ for every action there is an overreaction.
There’s a lot of natural humor in the story. One of the main character’s best friends is gay, raises award-winning guinea pigs and does horoscopes better than my mother ever could. This leads to a funny scene later on as Gino’s main ‘love interest’ believes Gino to be gay as well – much to his dismay. In addition, there are plot threads having to do with attempted extortion from Mexican Coyotes, a drifty artistic tenant who rents out a room but locks herself out constantly, add in the murder weapon being a reindeer antler and you’ve got a lot of reasons to chuckle.
That being said, those looking for a fantasy or science fiction may not find the story attractive. Anyone looking for straight modern fiction would probably get a kick out of ‘Gino’s Law’. I felt confusingly intrigued by the vernacular but stayed for the murder mystery and watching one thing after another go wrong.
Overall I enjoyed the book.
Lurching from one crisis to the next, Gino provides some moments of genuine, natural humour that leaven the darker moments.
I thoroughtly enjoyed Gino's Law, even though some of the situations had a Keystone Cops air about them, and had two late nights as a result. I'd recommend Gino's Law to anyone who enjoys a quirky, well-thought out who-dunnit. :)
I live near the real-life quirky neighborhood depicted in this book, and that made me enjoy it all the more. Great characters and laugh out loud funny moments as Gino and his friends try to keep him out of jail.
Loves murder mysteries.
Gino's Law should be a satisfying read for a typical mystery reader, especially those who don't mind a story that's a bit offbeat. It should also appeal to readers who prefer their stories to focus on the characters as much as the plot, which is not typical of the mystery genre.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **