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Don't Die Under the Apple Tree (Rosie the Riveter #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  131 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Life is definitely not easy for 32-year old Rosie O’Doyle Keefe, but she can handle working in New York City’s World War II shipyards—until her foreman winds up dead—right after she rebuffed his “requirements” for a promotion...
Never one to sit back and hope for the best, Rosie discovers that everyone who knew the foreman had good reasons to kill him off. She also finds th
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2012)
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Rosie Doyle Keefe has a hard life. Her husband was drafted into the army, her sister and nephew have moved in with her, and she's just started a new job at the shipyards in New York City.

Many of the male shipyard workers are not happy to have female co-workers, and some of them actively make things difficult for the women. Rosie is a "passer": she catches hot rivets in a metal container and fits them into pre-drilled holes before the next workers seal it with a pneumatic hammer.
Rosie's "heater"
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I just gave this book a five star rating, the reason? Because, it deserved an easy ten stars. The research that the Author did shows throughout the book. The study of the language of the times and products in use during the early war years, was to me, an attention to detail that is often lacking in cozy mysteries. Not this book!

Rosie Doyle Keefe (some places it is O'Doyle,) is a war wife, or is she? Well, that is just the first mystery you encounter in this excellent view of life for a woman on
Bah! A good setting, during WWII in NY with the lead character working in a shipbuilding yard. However...way way too much of the lonely woman with a deadbeat (disappeared) husband and the big, strong, good-looking cop--possibly the only honest cop in the city, of course--and Rosie, supposedly smart and independent, doing really really stupid things that get her into trouble. Noooo...I can do without more of this, thanks. The writing itself wasn't bad, just...too much piffle.
Sarah Adamson
This is an excellent mystery book. The main star is Rosie O'Keefe which is the name of the lady used to promote the female factory workforce in the US in World War II.
In this fictional tale, Rosie has only just started working at the ship building factory in New York. She encounters harsh treatment from the men and when she lashes back, she is fired. The boss offers to forgive it in return for a sexual favour so she hits him over the head with a stapler. That night her boss is found dead althou
Good "period" mystery. Ms. Meade did some good research so the time period characters were quite believable. Well written. Will be on board for #2!
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Nancy Narma
“Flying Rivets and Bullets in This Mystery”

Set in 1942, with more and more men being called on to defend our Country, Rose Doyle Keefe, like many other women, secures a job at the Pushey Shipyard. At the time, it was about the best paying job Rose could get, and she sure needs it. Her absent husband Billy had lied to her about enlisting, when, in fact, he had been boozing and womanizing, with hardworking Rose the last one to know. Stepping into a tough (typically a man’s) position on the shipbui
Cathy Cole
First Line: "Rose Doyle Keefe." The petite thirty-two-year-old lifted the lapel of her tan wool coat to display the badge that identified her as an employee of the Pushey Shipyard Corporation, Brooklyn.

When Katie's husband is killed in action, she and her infant son move in with her older sister, Rosie, whose husband enlisted four months previously. In order to pay the bills and have money left over for food, Rosie has gotten a job at the Pushey Shipyard Company. It's hard, demanding work made
I gave this a 4 because I enjoyed the characters, the fast pace and the plot. I was annoyed by the modern speech mannerisms. It started off good, but lost the War Years' speech style as the book went on. Still, it was a fun cozy read that, unusually, involved a detective along with the amateur sleuths.
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
Good mystery plot, with an interesting tie-in to events during the outset of America's involvement with WWII. I liked the interaction between the main character and the detective. The rest of the book left me feeling a bit 'meh'. The sister was just a wee bit too precious - I think a widowed war-bride with a baby would have a bit more steel in her spine and a bit more maturity, but she wasn't unlikeable. In keeping with current trends in cozy mysteries, the mother in this book is in need of an a ...more
Rosie Keefe's worthless husband disappears after claiming to enlist in the Army right after Pearl Harbor, but Rosie's caring for her newly widowed sister and young nephew. A job at the Brooklyn shipyards, with higher wages, sounds just the ticket. But that's before a lecherous foreman riles Rosie enough for her to sock him with a stapler shortly before he's bludgeoned to death. Police detective Jack Riordan is sure she's innocent, but he's under pressure to arrest someone, and soon. So Rosie dec ...more
Susan Parks
Cute start to a new cozy mystery series set in WWII era NYC. Rosie is a riveter, natch, who starts working at the shipyard to help support her widowed sister and her son. There is plenty of resentment amongst the men towards the women, and when the supervisor is murdered after Rosie hits his with a stapler to ward off his amorous advances, she is the main suspect. Interesting story and pretty will researched. Good mystery, and an inkling of possible future romance. I'm looking forward to "Straig ...more
Katherine Decker
Very interesting. Seems accurate to times which is both good and bad. Well written
Rose Mcguire
great research of the life and times of NY city during WWII and how women were needed to help in the war effort. However, a bit too much fem jep for my taste and a bit of Rosie being TSTL action. that is why I only gave it 3 stars. Give Rosie a bit more common sense and take away the unneeded fem jep, and this would have worked for me
Tara Chevrestt
okay. Predictable, but decent read, and great little details about the riveting process. There simply was nothing to distinguish this from any other war factory mystery. Read this story line before and I didn't laugh or cry or feel strongly about anything.
Linda T
A mysetery with mild romance novel overtones.
Interesting World War II background. Entertaining writing. Main characters are sterreotypes, but still pleasant reading.
If you love mysteries and reading about the WW2 era, then this book is for you. Good detail about the time period and a twisting plot made this a great book!
T. E. Avery
A delightful and fast-paced historical 1940's wartime read. I enjoyed the characters and the accurately researched and clever plot. Very good.
I keep looking for books like the Maisie Dobbs series. This tried, but it wasn't nearly as good or interesting.
Some of the historic details were intersting but the mystery itself seemed like kind of an afterthought.
Enjoyed it - WWII era murder mystery with Rosie the Riveter as the main character.
Ming Haugen
not a bad first books in a series .... well worth the read
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Amy Patricia Meade graduated cum laude from New York Institute of Technology with degrees in both English and Business. She currently lives in Vermont, where she enjoys classic films, travel, cooking, and entertaining friends and family. Amy is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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