Terry and Kerry McAfee

Created by Jennifer Colt

Imagine if the gals from The Parent Trap grew up to be P.I.s

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:

"Terry the Terror, Terry the Terrible, Terry the Pterodactyl from Hell.

I've always been the pleaser, the good girl. Polite and self-contained. Like I said-opposites.

I was class president. She was class hellraiser. I like boys. She likes girls. I won't cross the street without a crosswalk; she won't cross the street unless there's something in it for her. I avoid confrontation; she'd rather be in your face than anywhere else on earth.

We live in Los Angeles, the land of the New Age. The kind of place where you're likely to hear that we choose who we're going to be when we come to earth. That before we incarnate, we choose our bodies, our life paths, our families...

NOT.

I did not choose the Devil as a sister. If it was up to me, I would have chosen someone like Jan Brady. Middle of the road, average girl. No trouble. Decent grades. Inclined to marry the boy next door. Then I could be bad once in a while, instead of feeling like Siegfried or Roy, armed with a chair and a whip and a ton of hairspray, trying to keep my wildcat sibling in line.

She's my sister, of course. And I love her. But I sometimes wonderif I weren't around, would she have turned out the same way? Did she develop into the person she is so the world wouldn't be saddled with two identical bores? And if she hadn't come along, might I have turned out a little more adventurous, a little more devil-may-care?

I guess I'll never know.

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.

UNDER OATH

  • "I was laughing so hard, I thought I was going to have to invest in new undergarments... (it) will have you laughing so hard, you will be crying... I will again have to stock up on Depends because I will again be laughing so hard at the antics of these wonderful red-headed twins"

-- Sue Hartigan, on The Butcher of Beverly Hills

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RELATED LINKS

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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