A .38, a nip of gin, and sensational legs get Depression-era private investigator Maggie Sullivan out of most scrapes - until a stranger threatens to bust her nose, she's hauled in on suspicion of his murder and she finds herself in the cross-hairs of a crime boss with connections at City Hall.
Moving through streets where people line up at soup kitchens, Maggie draws information from sources others overlook: the waitress at the dime store lunch counter where she has breakfast; a ragged newsboy; the other career girls at her rooming house.
Her digging gets her chloroformed and left in a ditch behind the wheel of her DeSoto. She makes her way to an upscale bordello and gets tea - and information - from the madam herself.
A gunman puts a bullet through Maggie's hat. Her shutterbug pal on the evening paper warns her off. A new cop whose presence unsettles her thinks she's crooked. Before she finds all the answers she needs, she faces a half-crazed man with a gun, and a far more lethal point-blank killer.
If you like Robert B. Parker's hard boiled Spencer series and strong women sleuths, don't miss this one-of-a-kind Ohio detective from a time in United States history when dames wore hats - but seldom a Smith & Wesson.
©2011 M. Ruth Myers (P)2015 M. Ruth Myers
"A Perfect LISTEN: Pithy Mystery + Spot-On Voice"
NO GAME FOR A DAME is both a good mystery and a good audio book, not an easy accomplishment. Successful audible tales must have fast-paced and vivid scenes and clearly-conveyed characters. The narrative voice must be smooth with a bit of inflection and dramatic variation, but not too much. In all these ways, NO GAME FOR A DAME excels.
Moreover, the novel's protagonist, aggressive and resourceful private investigator Maggie Sullivan, takes us on a romp through 1930s Dayton, Ohio. Maggie views the world and its residents with a steady, honest gaze; her perspective brings to life even peripheral characters. Stereotypes do not exist in Maggie's world.
What fun it is to immerse myself in a Maggie Sullivan mystery. I trust that many more will follow.
Very retro feel, old time detective story. Nothing special, but a nice listen. If there were more in the series I'd listen to the next.
This was a really fun book. I enjoyed the characters, the story, the mystery and the narration was very good. Mary Ann Jacobs did a great job of changing her voice so that different characters were easily distinguishable. Plus she read the book with dramatic flair. I would recommend this book.
"Well written, well read"
I love the Maggie Sullivan mysteries, and was thrilled when I learned they were available as audiobooks. The narrator does an excellent job as Maggie's voice.
"A DEPRESSION ERA SLEUTH"
Probably not. It was a cute story but predictable.
It put me in mind of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone stories which are stuck in the 50's or 60's.
I thought the scene where she was in her office consoling a distraught woman and opens her bottom drawer and pulls out a bottom of gin was funny - trying to be like the tough guys. It was so Mickey Spillane!
No it was a nice sweet story.
This is a great book; this is the first book in The Maggie Sullivan Mystery series and was written by M. Ruth Meyers and narrated by Mary Ann Jacobs. Maggie Sullivan is a private detective in the Depression-era and lives in Dayton, Ohio. A stranger threatens to bust her nose, the next thing she is hauled in on suspicion of his murder and cross-hairs of a local crime boss with connections at City Hall. She needs to find the killer and find out what really happened.
The narrator Mary Ann Jacobs, did a wonderful job, and was very easy to listen too. This is the first book that I have listened to by this narrator, and I am looking forward to listening to more books by her. She did a great job with the different characters and their voices.
This book has a great story; if you are looking for a great mystery with plenty of laugh out loud moments, then you need to get this book. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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