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This is a quick and enjoyable read.
The story is set during the Depression era, but Miss Maggie investigates a cold case--a man's disappearance during the 1913 flood that ravaged Dayton, Ohio. Many unrelated story threads converge when the mystery of the two spinsters' missing father is finally solved. A thoroughly enjoyable read by a well crafted story by a writer who knows her way around the business end of a vintage typewriter. If you like brusque 1930s style hard-boiled potboilers, you'll enjoy this book.
OK, so the story might be more believable if it was dude gumshoe vs. a dame, the dialogue and action is pretty predictable, but it's still an engaging read. Don't Dare a Dame is the third story in the Maggie Sullivan series. I'll be keeping an eye out for more of M. Ruth Myers' books. I also highly recommend her full length book, Whiskey Tide. Three point five stars, if I could award it. But I'm feeling generous after reading a spate of ho-hum ebooks.
One of the sisters had just gotten possession of the family house following their mother’s death, raising a dispute between her and at least one of her brothers and stepbrothers and her stepfather. Maggie sets out to learn more about what had happened twenty five years previously in an area that looked totally different and from people who had died, moved, or couldn’t remember. She immediately realized some people were lying to her and knew more than they would admit. “But even lies yield grains of something useful if you sift them carefully enough.”
Within a few days, there is another death (Suicide? Murder?), one of the sisters is kidnapped, and Maggie is assaulted.
The book is a fast-read with a good story line. M. Ruth Myers’s descriptions make it easy to actually visualize the scenes and understand the times (“The shiny pink of her lips had come from a tube, but she didn’t look cheap, just up-to-date and fresh and eager.”
It includes the typical sassy wit found in the previous books in the series “Listen, you dope, you need to come back later,” the woman who yanked the door open said in a rush.” “Gee, people usually get to know me before they call me a dope.”
My main criticism is the repetition of information as Maggie reviews what she knows.
I’ve read all the books in the series and enjoyed them.