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Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite
In One Fine Mess by Mark Petersen, a woman plans and kills her abusive husband, together with her lover. While Jules Nichols is excited that she can now leave stripping behind and settle down with the man she loves, Wesley can’t stop panicking. Because of his gambling problem, Wesley gets himself entangled with Cadillac Frank Cannizaro, a deadly, unforgiving character no one wants to mess with. But trying to handle Cadillac Frank only leads to more dead bodies, and this eventually gets the attention of a mobster. Things escalate when Wesley and their baby are kidnapped. Can Jules handle the mess that started with one single murder while a relentless cop still works to uncover Eddie’s killer?
It is a fast-paced, humorous, and fun read, a most suitable story for fans of comedy and crime. One Fine Mess is well-plotted and with characters that are colorful and sophisticated. The fun starts on the first page, with Jules feeling ecstatic about finally putting her life with Eddie behind her and confident that everything has been well-planned. But Wesley is fidgety and the reader gets the bizarre feeling that he might give them away at any moment. The descriptions are gorgeous and the author weaves interesting details into the story. Character development is impeccable and the humor doesn’t ebb as the story moves from one engrossing page to the next. Mark Petersen is not just a great storyteller but a wonderful entertainer. I loved the strong writing and clever handling of the plot.