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No Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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NO GAME FOR A DAMN by M. Ruth Myers, the first in the Maggie Sullivan Mysteries, is in that category.
Maggie, the daughter of an Irish cop, is a private investigator in the 1930s. It was a time when few women worked outside the home, and especially in the exclusive male domain of criminal investigation. It is an interesting concept, though the writer would have to strike a delicate balance between keeping the story plausible for that time and also reflecting the realities and mindset of the modern woman. I had my doubts, but was willing to give it a go.
The opening of the book sounded suspiciously tongue-in-cheek:
"The guy with the bad toupee strolled into my office without bothering to knock. His mustard colored suit set off a barstool gut and a smirk that told his opinion of private eyes who wore skirts.
I kept filing my nails. 'Who’s asking?'
'You’re bothering a friend of mine.'
My legs were crossed on my desk. I have great gams. Sometimes I don’t mind displaying the merchandise, but Mr. Hair wasn’t my cup of tea so I sat up…"
It was entertaining, however, so I kept reading. I am glad I did. The further I got into the story the more I liked it. Myers worked in enough of the period to make it plausible, but more importantly developed Maggie into a believable character consistent with the times. She carried a .38 in her purse but also lived in a girls-only rooming house.
The writing also became stronger as the story nears its conclusion, Myers wrote:
"Indifferent to my questions the city around me kept its routine. From the Third Street Bridge the Art Institute glowed white and temple-like on its hill. Near the downtown end of the bridge, men with no other place to go were lining up at a shelter. What looked like a family with plenty of kids curled together under blankets by the steps of Sacred Heart. Time was running out…"
I may have started out as a skeptic, but became a fan.
Fortunately, there are quite a few more books in the series. I look forward to reading them, as well, to see if they are as enjoyable as this first in the series.
I highly recommend this book and this author.
Well written, fun and compelling the author keeps the pages turning and the reader guessing all the way up to the end. I loved the character of Maggie and will go back for more whenever possible. I hope to meet Maggie again soon.
Karen Bryant Doering
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