No Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan mysteries, #1)

No Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan mysteries, #1)

by M. Ruth Myers

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151670449
Publisher: Tuesday House
Publication date: 02/05/2015
Series: Maggie Sullivan mysteries , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 15,782
File size: 490 KB

About the Author

M. Ruth Myers received a Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America for Don’t Dare a Dame, the third book in her Maggie Sullivan mysteries series.  The series follows a woman P.I. in Dayton, OH, from the end of the Great Depression through the end of WW2.

Other novels by Myers, in various genres, have been translated, optioned for film and condensed for magazine publication.  Some were written under the name Mary Ruth Myers.   She has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri J-School.  Prior to becoming a novelist, she worked on daily papers in Wyoming, Michigan and Ohio.  She also spent five years working as a ventriloquist.

The author and her husband live in Ohio.  When not writing, she plays Irish traditional tunes on the concertina with more enthusiasm than skill.  (Then again, how many people do you know who even play the concertina?)

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No Game for a Dame 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
LKM8 More than 1 year ago
From the opening scene of Ruth Myers' NO GAME FOR A DAME, I felt like I had entered an old fashioned-detective movie - one that starts out with the detective narrating. The language and sentence structure were designed to put you right in the story with Maggie Sullivan, private eye. Since the story is set in first person, Maggie's thoughts are front and center. I enjoyed the details from the time (1938). Ruth's use of the word Negro, although jarring to our modern ear, is appropriate for the time. Maggie and Mick Connelly have an immediate attraction, which I'm looking forward to exploring in future novels. The book is clean with some swearing. Ruth has other novels planned for this series, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about the strongly independent detective, Maggie. If you like a capable, intelligent female who is an ace crime solver, this is one you won't want to miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NO GAME FOR A DAME is a great mystery with wonderful characters. The street-smart inventiveness of feisty heroine Maggie Sullivan makes her the perfect private detective. M. Ruth Myers combines grittiness in the tradition of Marcia Muller with the historic flavor of the Midwest during the Great Depression. I am a lifelong resident of southwestern Ohio, so a delightful bonus for me was the fun of seeing some of my favorite haunts come alive in 1930s Dayton. I've read every novel by M. Ruth Myers, and this is her best yet. Get on board with this first mystery in what promises to be a most delightful series.
PolarStar More than 1 year ago
Just discovered Maggie. As a lover of detective stories I'm hooked & looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading
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Enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book- very clever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brains follow clues and logic gills in the blanks to unravel the mystery and save lives
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this so much I immediately bought the other two in the series.  Can't wait for my husband to read it so we can compare thoughts , especially about the setting & the time period.
Anonymous 6 months ago
What a great story! Entertaining and a pleasure to read. And the history was bright to life in a thoroughly delightful way. Highly recommend!
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Maggie is a likable and believable woman, strong and smart, never whining about being female in a man’s world. Refreshing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though it is an easy read it still keeps you guessing. It’s sort of film noir to read. Looking forward to reading the next one.
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First book I've read by this author and I will be reading more. Kept me guessing right until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced. Well written. Loved the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thirty's-style detective novel with a female private detective as the protagonist. Believable characters and situations and historically accurate restaurants, shops, traveling, and language make this story highly entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest. Would like to read more of the author's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how this book is written. I couldn't put it down. The sarcasm and the characters make the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being from Dayton added the interest of places from my city the old arcade the embassy restraunt mcrorys and other places the story itself was fun because it was like the old private eye movies except a female version good book