Emotionally numb from herdivorce 18 months earlier,Nell Dysartis about to waken with a vengeance. When she takesa job as office managerfor McKenna Investigations, she's determined to reorganize, redecorate, and revamp the stuck-in-the-'50s surroundings, but she runs smack-dab into senior partner Gabe McKenna, the immovable object toher irresistible force. Gabe likes the dated ambiance just fine and doesn't wanta thing changed, but he soon learns that nothing in his life is going to stay the same nowthat Nellhas arrived.Roughand gruff, but witha heart of gold,Gabe is just what Nell needs tojump-start her hormones. Nell's formerly dull life is suddenly wildly active, for notonly is she lusting afterGabe (and vice versa), but there's also a case of embezzlement to uncover, a dog to steal, and bribery to investigate. And, oh yes, thereare those very cold, very dead bodies in the freezer.Fast Women has well-rounded characters, an interesting mystery to resolve,and author Jennifer Crusie's trademark humor. In addition, Crusie gives readers a little something extra in her explorationof the emotional stagesof divorce, the viability of marriage, and the value of self-honesty--all of which add up to an excellent fictional tale layered with a thought-provoking look at contemporary culture. --Lois Faye Dyer
Shelfari edited the description of Fast Women Friday, July 31, 2009.