Terry and Kerry McAfee
Created by Jennifer Colt
TERRY and KERRY McAFEE are twenty-something identical female twins and fledgling Beverly Hills private eyes in this surprisingly effective series of "screwball mysteries."
Of course, the gals share that mythical bond of all twins -- the ability to "read each other's minds (and a tendency to kick each other in the shins!)" but don't let that dissuade you from checking out this often witty series. The girls are an amusing comic duo, merrily cracking wise all the way through their improbable but entertaining cases, getting themselves into all sorts of peculiar predicaments and meeting all sorts of weird and wacky characters: hijackers, wonky relatives, kooky socialites, Russian gangsters, drug dealers, mean-spirited janitors and an alarming number of "precocious" dogs.
Of course, the girls may be physically identical, sharing all that long, flowing red hair and a penchant for their beloved shocking pink Dyna Wide Glide Harley Davidsons, but that doesn't mean the girls are identical personality-wise. In fact, they're almost "polar opposites," as Kerry quips in the prologue to their second big adventure, The Mangler Of Malibu Canyon (2003). In fact, she continues, "One of us may even be bipolar, if you know who I mean."
It turns out, of course, that she means Terry. Terry the "bad" one. As in:
As Terry tells, it they "kind of fell into the detective thing. I had to work off Terry's legal fees when she got busted for cocaine possession after the untimely deaths of our parents. Her lawyer, Eli Weintraub, Esq., became my mentor and surrogate daddy, the one who sent me down this path to perdition. I did legwork for him on matrimonial cases and such, and after three years I qualified for a PI license. When Terry got out of prison, I hired her."
Jennifer Colt, who lives in Santa Monica, California, has worked as a screenwriter of horror films and soft-core porn flicks, but her "heart belongs to comedy." According to Jennifer, "I discovered Janet Evanovich in late 2001, and after I'd ripped through all of her Stephanie Plum novels (in about one month!) I crashed emotionally, realizing there was nothing left to read... So I started my own comic mystery novel."
The result was The Butcher of Beverly Hills which was a finalist in the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Best First Private Eye Novel Contest, 2002.
-- Sue Hartigan, on The Butcher of Beverly Hills
The author's official web site.
A short list of other Twin P.I.s
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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