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

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  29 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 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 09, 2012 Spuddie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 01, 2012 Marlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
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
Jul 10, 2016 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great WWII era cozy mystery! Rosie Keefe is working hard to make a living on a riviting crew after her two timing husband has abandoned her and her newly widowed sister has moved in. To make matters worse, Rosie has to fend off advances from her boss, Mr. Finch. Unfortunately, after Rosie's final falling out with Finch, he's found murdered and she quickly becomes the prime suspect. Luckily for Rosie, NYPD Lieutenant Riordan believes she's innocent and together they work to clear her name, ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Melodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
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!
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
Jul 16, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2017 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the women in history behind this idea - This is the first in a series that I hope I will find more of (have not checked prior to review)
Working a shipyard was mens work, until the war and then women stepped in and up to take on the toles of life support. This story made into a coazy mystery takes on one journy of such a woman, husband gone to war turned shipworker Rosie, finds herself in a hot spot in more ways than on. The work is hard and hot working on the ships to get the rivits in. Ro
Roseann Moss
Good book. I will be checking to see what other books this author has written.
Sarah Adamson
May 11, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
❂ Jennifer
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
Mandy Burkhart
Jul 24, 2016 Mandy Burkhart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having just recently finished watching Agent Carter (the tv series), this was a pleasant return to that time period. I loved the references to things my grandmother used to tell me about having experienced when she was a girl, like drawing lines on the backs of the legs to simulate pantyhose... This is the best type of cozy mystery, where the characters are compelling and believable, the storyline is not too farfetched, events move along in a satisfying pace, and there's a tidy ending. Loved thi ...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
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
Aug 21, 2014 Grey853 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
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Aug 28, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
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.
Jul 31, 2014 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.
Linda T
Mar 22, 2013 Linda T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mysetery with mild romance novel overtones.
Interesting World War II background. Entertaining writing. Main characters are sterreotypes, but still pleasant reading.
Jun 15, 2013 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jun 09, 2012 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some of the historic details were intersting but the mystery itself seemed like kind of an afterthought.
Aug 02, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I keep looking for books like the Maisie Dobbs series. This tried, but it wasn't nearly as good or interesting.
T. E. Avery
Oct 19, 2013 T. E. Avery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful and fast-paced historical 1940's wartime read. I enjoyed the characters and the accurately researched and clever plot. Very good.
I liked this one. It is a shame my library does not seem to have others in the series.
Jun 21, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it - WWII era murder mystery with Rosie the Riveter as the main character.
Nov 01, 2016 Di rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first "historical" cozy mystery. I enjoyed meeting the characters and I believed the plot.
Gail rated it liked it
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Twila rated it it was ok
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Author of the critically acclaimed Marjorie McClelland Mysteries, the Rosie the Riveter historical mysteries, and the recent Vermont series, Amy Patricia Meade is a native of Long Island, NY, where she cut her teeth on classic films and books featuring Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown.

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