No Game For a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mystery #1)

No Game For a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mystery #1)No Game For a Dame by M. Ruth Myers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was offered for free by Amazon so I downloaded it. I had read a couple of reviews beforehand that made it sound like I might enjoy it. The author was unknown to me. It is unlikely I would have purchased this otherwise.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book. This is one of those old-time detective stories . . . dark allies, hit men, and smoking. I got into the story.

Maggie Sullivan is the rough female detective in this Depression-era novel. She’s smart, witty, and full of sass. That is what kept my attention. M. Ruth Myers describes scenes and characters quite well. This is an easy and fun book to enjoy.

The story lagged briefly about two-thirds of the way through and then again nearing the end. I didn’t find the mystery particularly compelling. It seemed like it was wrapped up quickly. I am used to a more elaborate twist of things in the stories that I love; this was straightforward and not difficult to follow. It was also predictable and didn’t take a Robert Goren master-of-all to chain together. That was welcomed.

There were four, as I recall, instances that I recall with typographical errors. As a new Kindle reader, I find these interesting.

Having enjoyed this, I will keep an eye out for the second Maggie Sullivan novel. Apparently Tough Cookie will be out sometime this year. I would read that provided I felt like the price was a bargain.

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