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BOOK REVIEW: TOO DARN HOT: A NOVEL
BY SANDRA SCOPPETTONE

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This is a sequel to the book "This Dame for Hire". This book, once again, features Faye Quick who is working as a secretary for a Private Investigator. When her boss is sent off to fight in the war, Faye offers to help him by taking his place as a Private Investigator.

Faye has been able to do a fairly decent job in keeping the office running for her boss. In July of 1943 Faye's secretary informs her that a client was in the office and wanted to see her. The woman, Clara Turner, was a salesgirl. Clara wanted Faye to help her find her boyfriend who was in the Army and was now missing for a few days. Clara told Faye that her boyfriend was supposed to pick her up at her apartment but did not show up. She tried calling his hotel but he was not there.

Faye did not have a whole lot to go on but she decided to start with the hotel where Private Charlie Ladd was registered. When Faye got to the hotel, she asked the manager to ring Charlie's room. Charlie did not answer the phone so they figured he was probably out. Faye kept insisting that she wanted to look in his room but the manager stated this could not be done due to privacy reasons. Faye finally told the manager that she would have to get a warrant. Faye knew she really could not do this but the manager did not know any better so he let her into the room.

When the manager opened up the wardrobe, a naked man fell out. It turned out that the body was not Charlie. Who was he? Where is Charlie? Did Charlie have something to do with this man's death?

Is Faye successful in helping to find what really happened in this case?

You just have to love the character of Faye Quick. She is a woman PI who is tough talking. The author does a great job of using the New York "slang" and this all really comes through in the story. Faye also has some great supporting characters working with her that help to make this an interesting read. Once I started to read this book I felt it hard to stop because Faye Quick really grows on you. The author also does an excellent job of incorporating what it was like to live in New York City during WWII. Faye just makes this a really fun and interesting read. This book is highly recommended.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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