Fiona vs. the Foot Tickler

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
134 Pages
Reviewed on 10/16/2011
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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

Fiona vs The Foot Tickler by Theresa Cramer is a novel that I think of as dark humor. Fiona is single and likes to have a few too many drinks and play around as she meanders through life. As the only reporter for the local newspaper, The Oakland Tribune, it seems that when things happen she just cannot get a good report from the police department. When, after a 20-year hiatus, the foot tickler has re-emerged, Fiona is now on a quest to find out who it is and why now, after all this time. Seems like 20 years ago the whole town thought it was Irv Pizzotta, but the police would not mess with him for the simple fact he tried to sue anyone and everybody, including the police department. But isn’t he a little old now to be climbing in windows, especially second stories? When suddenly this fetish behavior turns to murder, Fiona depends on others to help her solve this crime.

This is a humorous suspense novel that has quite a cast of characters that seem to grow on you. From the foot tickler breaking into a house only to be accosted but getting away, to a teenage romance getting out of hand and illicit affairs, the reader is in for a fun ride. The book has coarse language throughout and many sexual innuendos from adults to teenagers. It was hard for me to rate this book as I like the humorous suspense plot but could have done without some much of the other aspects.


LOVED this book. The previous reviewer (over)simplified the book down to plot. However, it's not just the plot that makes this a unique and entertaining read. The wit, style of writing and intelligent, amusing character development make it something more. It made me laugh out loud at its smart humor, and kept me turning the page with its suspense.