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"Pure ozone to those tired of ordinary oxygen." —The New Yorker

"One of the greatest mysteries ever written." —The Philadelphia Daily News

"Our most famous burlesque queen may raise the temperature with a strip tease, but she chills the blood when she goes into her detective routine." —The Boston Post

About the Author

Gypsy Rose Lee (1911–1970) was born Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington, and became the most famous burlesque actor and striptease artist of her day, renowned as much for her witty repartee on stage as for removing her clothes. First performing with her sister on the vaudeville circuit and later in striptease routines, Rose soon landed star billing in a top New York burlesque theater, and following her wild success there, became a popular fixture in Broadway theaters. In 1937 she moved to Hollywood. She went on to appear in twelve films and have her own television show. Rose's writing career included contributing regularly to The New Yorker, reporting on the New York social scene, and publishing two novels. She also wrote her memoir Gypsy (1957), which later became the inspiration for the hugely popular Broadway musical, Gypsy: A Musical Fable and the 1962 film version of the play.

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Product Details

  • Series: Femmes Fatales
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY; Reprint edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558618015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558618015
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on August 23, 2012
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The worst thing about this mystery novel is the title. The cover photo, however, will cancel out the boring title. For anyone who has read the recent excellent biography about Gypsy Rose Lee, "American Rose" by Karen Abbott, this story mirrors Gypsy's own nomadic life growing up in Vaudeville with a half crazy stage mother, playing second fiddle behind a much prettier sister and moving from one theater to another filthy burlesque house with a traveling zoo of pets. In that biography Gypsy's mother apparently murdered at least two people. (Please enjoy my review of that book if you want further information about Gypsy's life and times.)

This story and it's various settings perfectly match the period of American history in which Gypsy grew up. It provides the reader with a really good portrait of that historic era and why it afforded Gypsy Rose Lee a chance to become world famous by slowly taking off her clothes while teasing the audience with really corny monologues and questions and answers with members of her audiences..

Without giving away too much of the plot in this, the second novel by Gypsy, it's a fascinating story that places the reader into a long gone historical period in America. The earlier novel "The G-String Murders" was actually better, but this one isn't bad either. Her later autobiography, "Gypsy" was even better and was made into the famous movie.

This novel is a page turner, but it ends almost too soon.
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not as good as I expected but not impossible
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I had never heard of this one but bought it. It is a find and in great condition. I am a happy camper.
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I have not yet read Gypsy, but thoroughly enjoyed The G-String Murders. This particular printing of Mother Finds a Body unfortunately had a typo on the first half page ("The Bible came from and all-night mission . . ." instead of " . . . an all-night mission." Spell checkers cannot tell the use of a wrong word. The book is a fun read so far.
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I picked up the book in a bookstore. It was on a cheap shelf and sounded entertaining. And I have curiosity about circus performers, so I thought I'd give it a try. But I didn't like it very much.

This book was written in 1942. It's about a bunch of murders that are occurring amidst a group of circus performers. They're living in trailers, and it's really dirty, messy, cheap, and a lot of murders take place. Then the blame gets moved around to decipher "who done it", first they think it's the outsider, then the mother, then a neighborhood doctor, then one of the other performers, and all in all the question go around and around about who is the murderer.

I didn't like this book. There were many characters (which I am not so good at following in novels), and not a lot of stuff happening, just a lot of pointing fingers and coming up with reasons WHY or WHY NOT someone would kill someone, as the bodies pile up and up. i also don't think it was written very well. It was a slow read, kind of boring in my opinion. The only thing that seemed OK is the description of the traveling circus performers, the "old timers", the old broken down bar atmosphere with old clients in an old quiet town. That was a bit entertaining. But the actual story was boring. I wouldn't read it again.
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