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Posted August 8, 2013
I am disappointed in this offering. I loved the East of Peculiar
I am disappointed in this offering. I loved the East of Peculiar, etc books. This was not even a full length book - only 169 pages. The other series were so well done, and could easily stand as individual offerings, although it was a huge pleasure reading the entire series. This new trend of trilogies for its own sake is bizarre. Authors who write intriguing stories with compelling characters don't need these contrived cliffhangers - readers simply demand to read more about the compelling stories, e.g. Agent Pendergast (12 books and counting), Valhalla spring series were 5 books, so on and so forth. So, for those reading reviews, please skip this latest offering from Ms. Ledbetter. Ms. Ledbetter next time please write a compelling, full length story. Until then, you lost a fan.
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Posted January 20, 2015
Always a good author
I missed the 2004 release of this book and companion "A Lady Never Meddles with a Muderer". So glad I found it now. A light-hearted, western romp set in 1890's Denver. The lead female is an independent and feisty (secret) private investigator with interesting friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
strong western historical mystery
In Denver City, Joby Sawyer runs a detective agency, an unheard of occupation for a female in the late nineteenth century. To hide her gender in plain sight, Joby tells her clients that she is just an agent for her father, a former Deputy US Marshall, who is away on an investigation or he is ailing. She insists her father performs all the sleuthing. In reality her indisposed dad is dead. Joby is working on several cases involving a jewel thief, a murder, and finding proof to enable an abused wife to divorce her nasty spouse. Her only help is Chinese immigrant Won Li who thinks Joby is a lunatic especially when she tests new sleuthing ideas. As she works the cases, collecting the fee from a shyster lawyer may prove almost as difficult as solving the cases. A LADY NEVER TRIFLES WITH THIEVES is an interesting dichotomy. The western historical mystery hooks the audience with tension yet often renders readers amused with the antics of the heroine. The story line is loaded with action while providing insight into the role of women especially through the gender nuking antics of Joby. In the final analysis, it is the cast that makes Suzann Ledbetter¿s tale one of the better sub-genre entries as they take the reader through a fun experience. Harriet Klausner
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