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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 sadistic crime boss.

Matching wits against dangerous men, with bits of information from a dime store waitress, a ragged newsboy and the girls at her rooming house, Maggie follows a path that leaves her drugged, in her DeSoto in a ditch.

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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    Cool. Kinda catchy.

    It was interesting but at some point the storyline became too long and winding and lost me. It was a happy ending nonetheless. I recommend it for a patient reader. Its certainly not fast paced.

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    Great

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well written, with lots of surprises. Not the usual type of mystery where you know almost from the onset what's gonna happen. I liked many of the characters and thought they added that little 'something' that gave this book an edge. I look forward to reading more from this author. This book did not disappoint.

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    No Game for a Dame

    Really good for its genre. There were not a lot of female PI in the 40's so that in itself makes this story unique but very good. It's very intriguing and keeps you reading because the plot is so compelling that it keeps you hooked until the whole puzzle is solved. While it has the feel of a dime novel from the area it's much more complex and well worth the effort in reading. Definitely a series worth reading.

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    Loved it

    Clever, entertaining, well-written! Grabbed me from the first page and I couldn't put it down. Loved the lead character!

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    A great read!

    Maggie is a smart, sassy PI back in the days when working women worked in secretarial pools waiting for their princes to come along. The author wrote a clever who-done-it, and captures the era wonderfully. I loved it!

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