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The Devil Met a Lady (Toby Peters #17)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Protecting a starlet from kidnappers gets Toby Peters kidnapped himselfFor Hollywood private eye Toby Peters, hell is Bette Davis. After two days locked in a hotel room with the Oscar-winning diva, her ice-queen persona and witty repartee are driving him mad. He’s there on behalf of her husband Albert Farnsworth, an aeronautics engineer with a head full of government secre ...more
ebook, 202 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Road (first published 1993)
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Joe Santoro
I've not read many Toby Peters' mysteries, but this one fit the form... Toby gets the crap kicked out of him and seems generally incompetent until about 2/3 of the way through, then brilliantly puts everything together, sets a trap to catch the bad guys, and manages to not get arrested.

This one centers around Bette Davis and her 2nd (I think) husband Arthur Farnsworth, who gets to be a military researcher to add a Nazi spy element to the mix. I have no idea if that was a legitimate thing back in
Rob Kitchin
Aug 11, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on extensive research of Bette Davis’ career, The Devil Met a Lady blends facts concerning her life with the fictional world of Toby Peters to produce a screwball comedy that Davis’ would have excelled at playing. Kaminsky captures Davis’ character perfectly, Peters is an engaging, nourish PI who stumbles from one crisis to the next, and there are a host of assorted, odd but well drawn characters including a massive former wrestler, a dwarf, a cranky landlady, and host of failed, hammy act ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quite please with this The Devil Met a Lady. I really liked the main character, Toby Peters. He is funny, but not goofy or silly. He is no Fletch, but he holds his grounds and you will really fall for this guy. Another thing that I liked was all of the reference to…things. Like Pepsi. Or talking about the car…the Graham. (I’ve never heard of one). Or just about any of the other reference to consumer goods, advertising material, or just…things.

If you want a hero that always does the right
Michael Mallory
Nov 08, 2012 Michael Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart M. Kaminsky's Toby Peters novels, set in Hollywood in the 1940s, are always entertaining, and what makes the series particularly good is that Kaminsky never fell into a format. This entry into the adventures of possibly the most beat-up PI in Los Angeles features Bette Davis as the guest client, and it has a much more noirish tone than earlier Peters books, which leaned more toward the light-hearted. In addition to being a prolific mystery writer, Kaminsky was a film professor who knew hi ...more
this was the first toby peters novel i read and i was both pleasantly surprised and quietly horrified. it was filled with typos and printing errors. ideally this cannot be attributed to the author who has created a fun homage to the hardboiled private eyes of days gone by and added a nice touch by including celebrities of the period as characters in need of our heroes assistance. however toby peters is no sam spade or phillip marlowe and certainly no mike hammer. having said that, if you want a ...more
I really enjoyed reading this Toby Peters mystery.
It was really interesting to learn a little more abour Bette Davis. She's an actress I don't know a lot about and I would like to find a biography or some other books about her.
Apr 17, 2011 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunnit
Bette Davis is on the case! (Funny enough this is one of 3 books with the great actress helping solve a murder)
Nov 24, 2012 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Set in WWII Hollywood & written in film noir style. Bette Davis has been kidnapped 3 different times! What does she have to do with the Third Reich and the plans for an American superbomber?
Joe O'c
Very Good; Continuing character: Toby Peters; Bette Davis is the star in trouble this time, as her husband is being blackmailed
Not very interesting. Same old, same old.
Feb 19, 2012 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of the series. I had a little trouble getting into it. I am also not a huge Bette Davis (Toby Peters' client in this novel).
Jun 03, 2009 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toby Peters w/ Bette Davis
Fran Prisco
Apr 19, 2015 Fran Prisco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series, a little history and a lot of suspence
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2007.

Stuart M. Kaminsky is author of 50 published novels, 5 biographies, 4 textbooks and 35 short stories. He also has screenwriting credits on four produced films including ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, ENEMY TERRITORY, A WOMAN IN THE WIND and HIDDEN FEARS. He is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America and has been nomi
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