Summary

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 crime boss with connections at City Hall.
Moving through streets where people line up at soup kitchens, Maggie draws information from sources others overlook: the waitress at the dime store lunch counter where she has breakfast; a ragged newsboy; the other career girls at her rooming house.
Her digging gets her chloroformed and left in a ditch behind the wheel of her DeSoto. She makes her way to an upscale bordello and gets tea - and information - from the madam herself.
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.
©2011 M. Ruth Myers (P)2015 M. Ruth Myers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Moz Allen on 24-02-17

A good read

I really enjoyed this book! if you like detective fiction and a sassy female protagonist then def give this book a chance!

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5 out of 5 stars
By JHague on 16-07-15

A Perfect LISTEN: Pithy Mystery + Spot-On Voice

NO GAME FOR A DAME is both a good mystery and a good audio book, not an easy accomplishment. Successful audible tales must have fast-paced and vivid scenes and clearly-conveyed characters. The narrative voice must be smooth with a bit of inflection and dramatic variation, but not too much. In all these ways, NO GAME FOR A DAME excels.

Moreover, the novel's protagonist, aggressive and resourceful private investigator Maggie Sullivan, takes us on a romp through 1930s Dayton, Ohio. Maggie views the world and its residents with a steady, honest gaze; her perspective brings to life even peripheral characters. Stereotypes do not exist in Maggie's world.

What fun it is to immerse myself in a Maggie Sullivan mystery. I trust that many more will follow.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Farrell on 19-06-16

Retro

Very retro feel, old time detective story. Nothing special, but a nice listen. If there were more in the series I'd listen to the next.

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