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When Depression-era private eye Maggie Sullivan is invited to dine with a millionaire, she doesn't expect the first course to be a gun in her face. It draws her into a gold-plated web of theft, revenge, double crosses, and murder. A big-time swindle has made fools of some of the city's wealthiest businessmen.

The man behind it has vanished. When Maggie begins asking questions, he reappears - dead in the river. But she's already learned too much. Someone's out to silence her too. Armed with her .38 and a nip of gin, Maggie closes in on a killer as a mobster offers a hint, a cop unsettles her with his chemistry, and a woman with deadly potential plays a game by her own rules.

©2012 Mary Ruth Myers (P)2017 M Ruth Myers

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This is a great book; this is a great book written by M. Ruth Myers and narrated by Mary Ann Jacobs. When Depression-era private eye Maggie Sullivan is invited to dine with a millionaire, she doesn't expect the first course to be a gun in her face. It draws her into a gold-plated web of theft, revenge, double crosses, and murder. A big-time swindle has made fools of some of the city's wealthiest businessmen. The man behind it has vanished. When Maggie begins asking questions, he reappears - dead in the river. But she's already learned too much. Someone's out to silence her too. Armed with her .38 and a nip of gin, Maggie closes in on a killer as a mobster offers a hint, a cop unsettles her with his chemistry, and a woman with deadly potential plays a game by her own rules.This is a great set with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises.The narrator Mary Ann Jacobs did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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Maggie is one tough cookie!

I really like the main character, Maggie! She is very likable and I definitely plan to read more from this author. Tough Cookie is fun and entertaining, and I recommend those who enjoy Cozy Mysteries add it to their library.

I have listened to this narrator before, and she does a great job! Her voice, inflection, volume, & pace are right on! I hope to hear much more of her in the future!

Thank you!

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  • rgh
  • DeSoto, KS USA
  • 03-15-17

Every bit as good as the 1st Maggie Sullivan book!

I love the era and setting of these books, and the little details the author adds to bring it to life are fun and colorful without screaming "look at all the research I did!" I adore Maggie Sullivan and the other characters swirling around her. The narrator does an excellent job finding just the right amount of sassmouth for Maggie. I'm looking forward to the audio versions of the rest of the books in this series!

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A Great Depression-Era Mystery

In this book set in 1939, Maggie Sullivan, private investigator, gets invited to dinner at the home of Wildman, a very rich man in their city of Dayton, where he seeks to hire her services to locate Harold Draper, a man who swindled $18,000 out of him, an enormous sum for that era. When Draper turns up dead a couple days later, Maggie assumes her employment has come to an end. However, Wildman wants to get to the bottom of the whole situation and asks her to investigate Draper's death and try to locate his hidden partner about whose existence appear only the slightest rumors. This leads Maggie into a wild adventure, with men tailing her and even trying to kill her. But in the end, Maggie succeeds and gets her criminal.

I really enjoyed this book. It particularity brought to life the days of the Depression, with its own unique flavors of life. I also liked seeing Maggie do her detective work on foot instead of just sitting in front of a computer, as people do now.

My one complaint about the book is that there are so many different characters, and many have no real distinct elements to them to help me keep them straight, so I sometimes got lost.

The narrator, Mary Ann Jacobs, was well suited to reading a book that takes place during the Depression. She made that era really come to life.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this audio book by the author with no expectation of a review, and this in no way affected my analysis or rating of the book.

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  • Jennet of Thores-Cross
  • 02-20-17

Loving this series!

I'm loving this series - in Maggie Sullivan, author M Ruth Myers has created a strong, capable, sassy, quick witted & sharp tongued female PI, and brings to life 1940's depression-era US, with impeccable attention to detail: language, attitudes, fashions etc. Mary Ann Jacobs' narration is perfect, enveloping the listener with Maggie Sullivan's world, and I'm already looking forward to book 3. Brava, ladies!