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Editorial 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.

Critic Reviews

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

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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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Entertaining

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. .

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reading for the simple minded

this author writes for elementary level readers. The stories have no depth and if you are reading for just "something to "read" this is for you.

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what is wrong with this narrator

It's a classic, fun Jennifer Cruise...but the narrator gives a frankly bizarre and annoying performance. I would say 80% of the sentences that she read during this book were not pronounced the way that any normal human would pronounce them. I want to offer the people who made this audiobook to read it for free so that they can have a new recording and no one has to listen to this woman ever again

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love crusie

so far I haven't read a book of hers which I haven't liked and the three she coauthors with Bob Meyer are if anything even better. for some reason though she has stopped writing. I keep hoping for a new book though!

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Not the Best Narrator

Any additional comments?

The story was cute and the characters where interesting and funny. I bought the book becuase of the PI aspect, since I loved Fast Women by Jennifer Cruise. And maybe if there was a different narrator, like say Sandra Burr who did Fast Women and Agnus and the Hitman, I would have enjoyed the story more. There was no inflection or emotion and it was hard to hear who was talking because Lola Holiday's voice didn't change to match the character.

I did finish the story because I wanted to know how the relationship between Mae and Mitch would develop through the story, especially since neither seemed even remotely interested in the other at the beginning of their association. And I wanted to know who did it, if in fact someone did do it.

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Happy pill !

I love this book. I first bought it in print then later as an audiobook,I like it that much, it has become a good remedy for winter blues. The characters are likable even the villains. The dialogue is snappy and amusing,the plot interesting.
These early books of Jennifer Crusie put out by Harlequin are timeless and will continue to amuse and entertain for years to come.
I would suggest you also try Getting Rid of Bradley,you won't regret it.

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Entertaining would-be hard-boiled detective

Amusing romance/mystery with a detective who would like to be in a Humphrey Bogart world. Stubborn plucky heroine with crime syndicate family gets him into trouble. But not a thriller, more a cozy romance.

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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.

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Pretty Good

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.