Review: Confess, Fletch by Gregory McDonald

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

The flight from Rome had been pleasant enough, even if the business he was on wasn’t exactly. His Italian fiancée’s father had been kidnapped and presumably murdered, and Fletch is on the trail of a stolen art collection that is her only patrimony. But when he arrives in his apartment to find a dead body, things start to get complicated. 

Confess, Fletch

nspector Flynn found him a little glib for someone who seemed to be the only likely suspect in a pretty clear case of homicide. He wasn’t exactly uncooperative, but it wasn’t like he was entirely forthcoming either. And Flynn wasn’t entirely convinced that the nineteenth-century Western artist Edgar Arthur Tharp really occupied most of Fletch’s thoughts.

Confess, Fletch

With the police on his tail and a few other things to do beside prove his own innocence, Fletch makes himself at home in Boston, renting a van, painting it black, and breaking into a private art gallery. That is when he’s not “entertaining” his future mother-in-law and visiting with the good Inspector Flynn and his family.



My Thoughts:

Confess, Fletch is a fun read.  I hate to admit that I didn’t previously know it was a book series; my only point of reference to Fletch is the 1980’s Chevy Chase movies.  Reading Confess, Fletch felt a bit more sophisticated and polished than the characterization in the movies.  

The book is well written, and the characters are nicely developed.  The crisp storyline makes the book easy to read.  While the Fletch character felt a little more refined, there was still plenty of witty retorts and laughs in the book.  I truly enjoyed Inspector Flynn who is not only an interesting character but added greatly to the fun dialogue.

I was hooked by the seriousness juxtapose to the dry humor in the opening scene.  From there, it was easy to keep reading about Fletch trying to prove himself innocent of murder while tracking down some stolen art and dealing with a few interesting personal matters.  Confess, Fletch is a very entertaining, lighthearted mystery that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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