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THIS DAME FOR HIRE
SANDRA SCOPPETTONE

Faye Quick had no idea she would end up in the job of Private Investigator.  She would have been happy being a secretary for Woody Mason, P.I.  This was in 1940.  Woody did hire her but what she did not know at the time is that Woody would be in the Army in 1941 when the war started.  He asked Faye to "keep the home fires burning" while he was away.  Faye knew deep down inside she was almost as knowledgeable as Woody but it was a "scary idea" for her to be on her own.

It didn't take long for clients by the name of West to come to her.  Their daughter was murdered and the killer was never caught.  They felt Faye was the person to solve the crime since she was the one who discovered the body.  You see Faye tripped over something on the sidewalk.  She thought it was a pile of rags but soon realized it was a body.  The person's head was bashed in but by the length of the hair she knew it was a woman. 

The first person on Faye's list to interview was the victim's boyfriend, Richard Cotton.  He was not well liked by Faye's parents.  Richard stated they did not like him because he was not in their class. 

Will Faye be able to solve this murder?

Sandra Scoppettone has created a smart new "accidental" private eye in the character of Faye Quick.  Faye is clever and has the knack of solving crimes.  What really makes this novel interesting is the background setting of New York City and the historical period of World War II.   There is plenty of suspense as Faye goes about her business in solving crimes.  This novel will also give you some laughs along the way.  We look forward to the next Faye Quick mystery.  Add this one to your reading list - you will not be sorry.  This one is highly recommended.


REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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