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What the Lady Wants | [Jennifer Crusie]

What the Lady Wants

Mitch Peabody was learning pretty fast that the life of a private detective was nothing like the movies. He’d envisioned a world of tough-talking detectives and smart-mouthed, stunning dames. Instead he saw case after case of cheating husbands, suspicious wives and unsuspecting mistresses…until she walked through the door.
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Audible Editor Reviews

When Mae Sullivan’s uncle dies under suspicious circumstances, she enlists the help of Mitch Peatwick to get to the bottom of it all. The story of a murder, an unlikely romance, and all the craziness that happens along the way, What the Lady Wants is a fun ride from start to finish.

The narration is interesting. While the main characters are all in their early to mid-30s, the narration is done by a woman clearly older than that. Most of the time, her voice is spot-on, particularly with the female characters, flawlessly switching from emotions in a variety of accents. However, the male characters proved to be much more of a challenge, sometimes missing the mark, verging on becoming over the top and cartoonish. Normally, something like this would detract from the story, however, the whole plot is almost madcap, so the less-than-perfect narration fits in with the lighthearted flow of the story.

The story itself is a good combination of murder, action, drama, and spiciness — and you’re dropped into the action from the very first minute. Each character is well-thought out and given a solid background that keeps you guessing throughout the entire novel. Things aren’t always what they seem, giving What the Lady Wants a fresh feeling.

Jennifer Crusie occasionally gets a little repetitive with certain plot points, and drags some conversations out well past their point of being done, but overall, the action is constantly moving forward. There’s a good deal of suspense, as well as enough romance, driving the plot forward, as Crusie has a real talent for both genres, making this book appealing to a wider audience. —Lesley Grossman

Publisher's Summary

If he’s Cary Grant, where’s his Girl Friday?

Mitch Peabody was learning pretty fast that the life of a private detective was nothing like the movies. He’d envisioned a world of tough-talking detectives and smart-mouthed, stunning dames. Instead he saw case after case of cheating husbands, suspicious wives and unsuspecting mistresses…until she walked through the door.

Right down to her stilettos, Mae Sullivan was a knockout with a lethal body—and a lethal family to go with it. There was something not quite on the up-and-up about her, but she came with a case he couldn’t afford to refuse…and left him with a case of lust he hadn’t had since high school. It didn’t take long for him to fall for her, hook, line and sinker. But was Mae interested only in catching the double-crossing crooks who murdered her uncle…or did the lady want to catch him?

©2010 Jennifer Crusie (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Wonderful, fresh, funny, tender, outrageous…Crusie is one of a kind.” (Booklist)

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    LeftyMom North Carolina 04-02-10
    LeftyMom North Carolina 04-02-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Story cute, narrator...so-so"

    The story was really interesting, I liked the characters and there was a lot of humor. The romance between the 2 main characters was good but the "who done it" part kept me wanting to listen. The narrator wasn't the best and at times her voice distracted from the story. She was not able to make difference voices for different characters so sometimes you didn't know who was speaking (they all sounded the same.)

    I really like Jennifer Crusie's writing and the story was great and I would have given it 5 stars but felt I had to drop it back to 4 because of the narrator.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 06-03-13
    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 06-03-13 Member Since 2004

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    What made the experience of listening to What the Lady Wants the most enjoyable?

    Jennifer Cruisie is the best laugh-out-loud writer I have found. I think it is chick lit and I am a guy, not a chick, but I LOVE her stuff. Starting a book and knowing that it will have a lovable and much-loved dog and lots of laugh-out-loud scenes is always a joy.


    What other book might you compare What the Lady Wants to and why?

    Jennifer Cruisie's other books. Light romantic plot with some adventure and a dog tossed in and lots of entertainment.


    Have you listened to any of Lola Holiday’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I recall.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Having said all of that, I actually like a couple of her earlier books better -- just got a copy of Welcome to Temptation to give to my hair stylist (female), who likes chick lit and likes laughing -- my book on tape version of that was shared with so many people that it long ago disappeared. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen United States 07-11-13
    Kathleen United States 07-11-13
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    "Not what the lady wanted"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    During the summer months, I enjoy reading "easy" reads with lots of amusing and uplifting characters combined with a good story line. I have always enjoyed reading Jennifer Crusie books but "What the Lady Wants" did not seem to sync with her usual uplifting, amusing, attention getting novels. In short, the story didn't seem to capture my attention as her other books have done in the past.


    Would you recommend What the Lady Wants to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend "What the Lady Wants." The story was not one that captured a readers attention and the characters were less defined as I would have liked them to be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shari Stacy 06-20-12
    Shari Stacy 06-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    Where does What the Lady Wants rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It is not Crusie's best, but I still enjoyed it overall. I am reading all of her books. Nice escapism with real insight into relationships.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    maureen moore HARRODSBURG, KY, US 05-08-12
    maureen moore HARRODSBURG, KY, US 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "lol"

    Fun / lol at times very entertaining / Typical Jennifer Cruise / narration good as well

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    Linda Blaker 04-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "not quite crusie"

    Am a crusie fan. Was hard to get into this book but once I did enjoyed it Lola Holiday isn't a bad read just need to get use to her

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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 08-07-10
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "JC What has happened to your writing"

    I have every Jenifer Cruisie book Audible offers. She was one of my first favorite writers when I joined. I don't know what has happened but I don't think I will purchase more. Maybe she is writing to a younger audience. The last few offered have not had a "story" in them. Fast Women, Welcome to Temptation, Manhunting, Bet Me, etc. These are Funny, Fun, entertaining and sexy. But they have a story you want to stay with...lately they are just flaky. Sorry JC.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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