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No Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The slow pace of the story let me enjoy dipping my feet into a slower, less affluent past.
Our heroine lived in a boarding house, not her own flat, people did not all have cars, they used trolleys to get to and from work.
Our heroine did have her own car, however, and she had a bit of modern tales' bravery or risk taking behaviour, as it were, but all went well.
As a European, I wondered at the use of money. Our heroine went out for breakfast and other meals, could buy alcohol, paid for others to do her laundry, but would have had trouble paying for a new coat. Nit picking; I enjoyed the premise and bought the next book.
In this, #1 of the series, Sullivan is on the trail of the nephew of her client, a local businessman who seems to want this nephew to take over the business even though he has a daughter who's much more interested in it than the nephew. With that mindset, I'm surprised he hired a female PI, but he puts her faith in Sullivan awhile. Turns out, the nephew isn't skimming from the business, but he's not all that bright and has been bamboozled by some thugs behind robberies around town. Quite an intricate plot, considering it all centers around this one case.
Myers' style fits this time period well. She has the lingo, the Irish population, the "technology" of the time, etc down-pat.
I particularly enjoyed her tongue-in-cheek descriptions:
"My chicken and noodles came with rolls and a side of peas. I decided the peas might slow my recovery so I set them aside and buttered a roll." (loc 1258)
"Freeze had started to frown, reluctant to buy my tale but still nursing bunions from the last time we'd waltzed." (loc 1769...out of context, here, but there was no waltz; she's talking about their last tete-a-tete).
"He paused to survey the skeleton of my long dead philodendron which, like several before it, had succumbed to lack of water. Why waste money on a replacement doomed to suffer the same fate?" (loc 2273)