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No Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M. Ruth Myers
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Book Description

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.

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About the Author

M. Ruth Myers is a former reporter and feature writer for daily papers including The Journal Herald in Dayton. Most of her nine previous novels have been published in foreign translations as well as in English. Ruth's time at the typewriter allows her husband to climb on the roof with untied shoelaces and the cat to sprawl on the kitchen table without reprimand.

Product Details

  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467957976
  • Publisher: Tuesday House (October 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061063ZE
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dame at the Top of Her Game October 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Maggie Sullivan has plenty of moxie - and she needs every bit of it. She's a private detective in pre-World War II Dayton, Ohio, and, as she's been warned, that "ain't no game for a dame." Her latest case involves a local businessman who's been worried about his nephew's recent odd behavior. But there's someone else in town - a very powerful someone else - who doesn't like Maggie asking questions. As she follows her hunches into Dayton's Irish bars, with her cronies down at the Daily News, or among the working girls she boards with, the threats increase in danger, and Maggie begins to realize her life may be on the line.

No Game For A Dame is a delightful, satisfying read for many reasons. One is the craft with which author M. Ruth Myers pulls you subtly and surely into the place and time. The novel has the ambiance of a classic 1930s mystery film, with every detail in place. Even a key point in the plot turns on a piece of technology that would have been brand new in 1937. Maggie's razor-sharp wit and mastery of the the sarcastic riposte make for laugh out loud funny lines. Veteran mystery fans as well as new ones will appreciate the tight, fast-paced plot that will keep them guessing, with just a hint of romance to tease them. It's my bet that we have not heard the last of Maggie Sullivan, and I'm looking forward to her next case.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars no game for a dame detective novel review March 12, 2012
By gpangel
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No Game for a Dame by M. Ruth Myers is a hardboiled detectivie novel set in the 1930's . The big twist is, if you haven't guessed from the title, is our detective is a woman. Maggie Sullivan is just as wise cracking has her male counterparts from days past. The story is fast moving, and sets the scene of the era so one can visualize it . Maggie is hired initially to check out a guy whose uncle is concerned about him after he notices him flashing around some cash and wearing clothes he couldn't afford on his salary. Of course this leads to a robbery ring, underworld thugs, murder, and kidnapping. Miss Sullivan's father having been on the police force before his passing, gives her some friends on the force if she needs them, but there's a new guy that doesn't take to her so well in the beginning. There's all the jargon associated with the hardboiled detective novels we all love, but with a female lead, she has to be inventive in ways the gents didn't have to. "Crooks and killers set so much more by brawn they overlook gals." This was something our herione used to her advantage on number of occasions. When asked if she was some kinda cop, Miss Sullivan replied, "Nope. Private."
" A dame?"
"Yeah. We can vote, too."
That says it all.
The book does have a very moderate amount of language, some violence, not over done. Overall, a very enjoyable read.
Note: This is only my second review for Amzazon books. I hope you will find it helpful. If you chose to leave a comment, please be kind.I am not a professional book reviewer, author or journalist. Just passionate about books and wish to share my experience with you.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eureka! A Smart, Inventive Female Private Eye! October 30, 2011
By J Hague
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NO GAME FOR A DAME is a great mystery with wonderful characters.

The street-smart inventiveness of feisty heroine Maggie Sullivan makes her the perfect private detective. M. Ruth Myers combines grittiness in the tradition of Marcia Muller with the historic flavor of the Midwest during the Great Depression.

I am a lifelong resident of southwestern Ohio, so a delightful bonus for me was the fun of seeing some of my favorite haunts come alive in 1930s Dayton.

I've read every novel by M. Ruth Myers, and this is her best yet.

Get on board with this first mystery in what promises to be a most delightful series.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Love Maggie November 6, 2011
By lkm8
Format:Kindle Edition
From the opening scene of Ruth Myers' NO GAME FOR A DAME, I felt like I had entered an old fashioned-detective movie - one that starts out with the detective narrating. The language and sentence structure were designed to put you right in the story with Maggie Sullivan, private eye. Since the story is set in first person, Maggie's thoughts are front and center. I enjoyed the details from the time (1938). Ruth's use of the word Negro, although jarring to our modern ear, is appropriate for the time. Maggie and Mick Connelly have an immediate attraction, which I'm looking forward to exploring in future novels. The book is clean with some swearing. Ruth has other novels planned for this series, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about the strongly independent detective, Maggie. If you like a capable, intelligent female who is an ace crime solver, this is one you won't want to miss.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wishing for More Maggie Sullivans October 31, 2011
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I could use a dozen more mysteries with detective Maggie Sullivan on my reading table. She's tough, gritty - and totally engaging. I read the whole book in one sitting, then re-read it just to catch anything I'd missed! I especially liked the feel of the 1930s, and the believable characters and dialogue, and the background of World War II.

Knowing Dayton, I especially enjoyed "traveling" with Maggie and her cohorts along streets in the 1930s.

Sandra Love
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty interesting March 31, 2012
By Gab
Format:Kindle Edition
This book could have been silly, and it could have been patronizing. But overall, the portrayal of a female PI in the 30s was pretty interesting and pretty believable. I'd read a second in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun ride!
Maggie is one tough gal! I liked the story and the descriptive writing of the area and time period. Interesting from start to finish.
Published 21 days ago by Sandy D.
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I kind of remember this; most of it anyway. I can't remember how it ended but it seems like it was pretty good. Read more
Published 25 days ago by ST
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the time period.
Published 29 days ago by karen reittinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 1 month ago by JOHN R WORNS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
well written.
Published 1 month ago by max crum
4.0 out of 5 stars Other of her books have been better but this one did move along and I...
Other of her books have been better but this one did move along and I stayed interested in the story.
Published 1 month ago by C. G. Vaden
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read
I enjoyed reading a piece of fiction heralding the 20's. The author did a great job of describing the times and those who lived them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William F. Lair
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent ystery
a page turner
Published 2 months ago by Lloyd G. Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars No Game for a Dame... Review
I enjoyed the style of this book! Old fashioned, good, common sense problem-solving... interesting concept! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss g
4.0 out of 5 stars Good light read
It started a bit slowly, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The "dame" in question was a strong main character, the story was interesting and the conclusion... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MarySZ
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More About the Author

M. Ruth Myers is a Shamus Award winning mystery writer. Her Maggie Sullivan series features a gin sipping, gam flashing, gun toting female private eye in 1930s-40s Dayton, Ohio.

Novels by the author under the name Mary Ruth Myers have been translated, used in college classes on popular fiction, optioned for film and condensed in Good Housekeeping.

A native of Missouri, Myers spent ten of her growing-up years in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University of Missouri J-School she worked as a reporter and feature writer on daily papers in Saginaw, Michigan, and Dayton, Ohio.

When not writing, Myers enjoys reading (mostly mystery-suspense) or playing Irish traditional music on the Anglo concertina. She and her husband live in Ohio. They have one grown daughter.

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