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I enjoyed this PI mystery Loved Faye and her no nonsense style This story took place in the early 1940 s when her boss left her in charge of his investigative business while he hurried off the battle the Japanese after WWII While it was difficult being thrown into the PI business, she finds she has a knack for investigative work While many road blocks were thrown in her path, Faye doesn t stop until she catches her man or her woman The 40s dress and vernacular makes the time period come I enjoyed this PI mystery Loved Faye and her no nonsense style This story took place in the early 1940 s when her boss left her in charge of his investigative business while he hurried off the battle the Japanese after WWII While it was difficult being thrown into the PI business, she finds she has a knack for investigative work While many road blocks were thrown in her path, Faye doesn t stop until she catches her man or her woman The 40s dress and vernacular makes the time period come alive I enjoyed the writing style of Ms Scoppettone As tough guy private eyes go, Faye Quick does an ok job She is holding down the business while the real owner is defending the country overseas during the WWII I liked the novelty of having a woman be the PI and some of the period details, but cannot say this book bowled me over The mystery was solid but seemed to go on for just a bit too long The jargon speak e.g Waddya lookin at gets a bit tiring after a while I think I might, in future, try getting one of this series as a book on tap As tough guy private eyes go, Faye Quick does an ok job She is holding down the business while the real owner is defending the country overseas during the WWII I liked the novelty of having a woman be the PI and some of the period details, but cannot say this book bowled me over The mystery was solid but seemed to go on for just a bit too long The jargon speak e.g Waddya lookin at gets a bit tiring after a while I think I might, in future, try getting one of this series as a book on tape and see what I think At any rate, if you are looking for a light weight PI story and a change of pace, you could do worse This was a fun read I want to immediately point out some things I really liked about it 1 The heroine smokes, but her smoking habits do not take up an entire quarter of the book Well done 2 As usual with a mystery tale, there are LOTS of characters and suspects, but I never got confused I always knew who was who 3 There is only one case One simple case involving numerous interesting people and no stereo typed gangsters.Faye Quick is running A Detective Agency while her boss is in Europ This was a fun read I want to immediately point out some things I really liked about it 1 The heroine smokes, but her smoking habits do not take up an entire quarter of the book Well done 2 As usual with a mystery tale, there are LOTS of characters and suspects, but I never got confused I always knew who was who 3 There is only one case One simple case involving numerous interesting people and no stereo typed gangsters.Faye Quick is running A Detective Agency while her boss is in Europe during world war 2 The parents of a murdered girl hire her to find her killer They seem to hope her killer is an ex boyfriend from a lower class they were not fond of, but upon investigating, Faye may disappoint them She digs up lots of dirt, and not necessarily about the boyfriend but the family itself What follows is a lot of surprising twists and turns and even a bump on the headVery well told and with a likeable heroine Faye is a tough gal but doesn t overdo it She s not running around waving her gun in people s faces, having random sex with strangers or anything you may expect from woman P.I tales The only thing I didn t like about it is the speech With ya being used almost all the time in place of you, the characters, Faye included, come off sounding a bit like hicks Thus, four stars Wasn t sure what to think of this one, but as I like almost anything set in historic NYC decided to give it a chance At first, Faye s snappy patter overwhelmed me, but after a while I grew used to that Secondary characters are quite well done this is where the audio narration makes for a possibly better experience with this series Characters are quite differentiated, with the narrator doing male voices well I didn t guess the killer, but then again I rarely do perhaps I don t want to The Wasn t sure what to think of this one, but as I like almost anything set in historic NYC decided to give it a chance At first, Faye s snappy patter overwhelmed me, but after a while I grew used to that Secondary characters are quite well done this is where the audio narration makes for a possibly better experience with this series Characters are quite differentiated, with the narrator doing male voices well I didn t guess the killer, but then again I rarely do perhaps I don t want to The victim s father Faye s client was a bit over the top Another minor quibble had to do with Faye s hinting at her family background back in Newark, just throw away references without any real resolution for this reader Speaking of Newark, her friend from high school, a rich girl with family money allowing her to live in Manhattan as a psychic, didn t quite work for me in that I don t think Anne would ve attended a public school with Faye Otherwise, I liked the psychic angle Without giving anything away, there s one suspect who s pretty much dropped leaving his situation rather unsettled The romantic angle is handled well, helped by the fact that he s likeable, in a low key way Faye s secretary, Birdie, comes ff as a bit flighty dippy , though holding her own later in confronting Faye about feeling taken for granted Woody, the agency owner, serves as a character in his own right though offscreen fighting overseas She has a couple of What Would Woody Do moments dealing with the case, along with worrying about his fate The Final Solution is referenced, which Faye dismisses as too fantasticly bizzare to possibly be true This at a time when lynchings were commonplace.Sorry there are only two books, but looking forward to visiting with Faye and the recurring characters again Especially recommended for those with an interest in life at home during the war, particularly 1940s New York It s been a long time since I read a true mystery and I enjoyed it There werepeople involved than I like, but it made it fun It is about a girl who took over a PI business in 1943 after her boss was sent to war She made the business a success she is a tough cookie and a real investigator. Secretary, Faye Quick, takes over the job of Private Detective from her boss who has joined the Army during WWII and then literally trips over the body that becomes her first case.The reading group rated this book 5.Everyone enjoyed this book It was a fast summer read The author was very descriptive about New York City during the 1940 s they liked that No one guessed who the murderer was This is always a sign of a good mystery book. Faye Quick takes over her boss private detective agency when he goes off to fight in WWII So it is kind of a throw back to the forties and the noir genre of detective stories.The Chicago Sun Timescalled her a real hoot and she is Everybody is always askin if she has a fella yet And it looks like towards the end of the book maybe she does She s coming back from the movies or something one night and trips over a dead body A couple of months later, the body s parents come to her to se Faye Quick takes over her boss private detective agency when he goes off to fight in WWII So it is kind of a throw back to the forties and the noir genre of detective stories.The Chicago Sun Timescalled her a real hoot and she is Everybody is always askin if she has a fella yet And it looks like towards the end of the book maybe she does She s coming back from the movies or something one night and trips over a dead body A couple of months later, the body s parents come to her to see about investigating their daughter s murder The father s a real charmer He s got all sorts of demands he puts on her like requiring her to report to him every day, whether there is progress or not But he s pretty sure it is her ex boyfriend, Richard Cotten.It was an interesting story But I think if you are paying attenting you can figure out the murderer I did I know this is a first person narrative, but it did get a little irritating after a while with words like askin , going , ya , etc And there is a lot of classism going on Now maybe that was really prevalent in the forties, I don t know But I think the author may go a little overboard on that point All that being said, I would probably read future stories about Faye Quick It wasn t great, but it was entertaining Ugh I couldn t finish this, which was really disappointing as I had randomly recently read another Sandra Scoppettone book which had been pretty fun The language drove me absolutely wild surely no one really talks like this, and if they did they would have done it Damon Runyon style and not in this horrible artificial twang which, even just reading it made the hairs on my arm stand on end I persevered till I was halfway through and then it was like a bulb went off in my head if I really Ugh I couldn t finish this, which was really disappointing as I had randomly recently read another Sandra Scoppettone book which had been pretty fun The language drove me absolutely wild surely no one really talks like this, and if they did they would have done it Damon Runyon style and not in this horrible artificial twang which, even just reading it made the hairs on my arm stand on end I persevered till I was halfway through and then it was like a bulb went off in my head if I really, really wasn t enjoying it, why bother So I put it down 3 minutes ago and now I feel rather happier This was a lot of fun as an audio book I don t think it would have read as well The language went a little overboard in setting us in NYC during WWII, but the narrator was very good She brought out Faye very well She s a plucky broad who even has a gat, although she normally keeps it on the top shelf of her closet Still, she needs it since the owner of the detective agency is overseas fighting the Japs or the Gerries she s proud of all the boys who are serving their country In the meanti This was a lot of fun as an audio book I don t think it would have read as well The language went a little overboard in setting us in NYC during WWII, but the narrator was very good She brought out Faye very well She s a plucky broad who even has a gat, although she normally keeps it on the top shelf of her closet Still, she needs it since the owner of the detective agency is overseas fighting the Japs or the Gerries she s proud of all the boys who are serving their country In the meantime, someone needs to keep the business going she s just the dame to do it.The mystery was pretty good until the ending which was a confess all sort I don t care for those Overall, I was close to giving it 4 stars much of the time, but in the end I could only give it a solid 3 stars I don t know that I ll read another any time soon, but it was a fun ride ^Download Book ☊ This Dame for Hire ↙ Faye Quick , from Greenwich Village, the secretary takes over a Manhattan NY detective agency when boss Woody Mason enlists inShe stumbles over a body, Claudette West NYU student, whose rich Park Avenue father suspects rejected working class boyfriend Richard Cotton But Faye finds secret suitors lit prof lech, apparent con artist, killer