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This Dame for Hire (Faye Quick #1)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  248 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
"I didn’t start out to be a private eye. I thought I was gonna be a secretary–get my boss his java in the morning, take letters, and so on. Hell, I didn’t get my degree in steno to put my life on the line. It was true I wanted an interesting job, but that I’d end up a PI myself . . . it never entered my mind."

New York, 1943. Almost anything in pants has gone to serve Uncle
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Cathy DuPont
I love our library and sometimes I just browse around looking for something that just jumps out into my hands.

This was it, jumping into my hands earlier this week and I'm glad it did because it was a fun read.

With the guys away mostly in Europe but all over the world during WWII, Faye Quick who worked for A Detective Agency now held down the fort at home for Woody Mason, the agency's owner. Woody trained Faye everything including how to "stake out," how to shoot a gun and before he left, she h
This was a lot of fun as an audio book. I don't think it would have read as well. The language went a little overboard in setting us in NYC during WWII, but the narrator was very good. She brought out Faye very well. She's a plucky broad who even has a gat, although she normally keeps it on the top shelf of her closet. Still, she needs it since the owner of the detective agency is overseas fighting the Japs or the Gerries & she's proud of all the boys who are serving their country. In the me ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Apr 01, 2010 Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Susan, Nancy, Tracy
This was a fun read. I want to immediately point out some things I really liked about it. 1. The heroine smokes, but her smoking habits do not take up an entire quarter of the book. Well done! 2. As usual with a mystery tale, there are LOTS of characters and suspects, but I never got confused. I always knew who was who. 3. There is only one case. One simple case involving numerous interesting people and no stereo typed gangsters.

Faye Quick is running A Detective Agency while her boss is in Europ
Sep 22, 2008 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As tough guy private eyes go, Faye Quick does an ok job. She is holding down the business while the real owner is defending the country overseas during the WWII. I liked the novelty of having a woman be the PI and some of the period details, but cannot say this book bowled me over. The mystery was solid but seemed to go on for just a bit too long. The jargon speak (e.g. Waddya lookin at?) gets a bit tiring after a while. I think I might, in future, try getting one of this series as a book-on-tap ...more
Lansing Public Library

Secretary, Faye Quick, takes over the job of Private Detective from her boss who has joined the Army during WWII and then literally trips over the body that becomes her first case.

The reading group rated this book 5.

Everyone enjoyed this book. It was a fast summer read. The author was very descriptive about New York City during the 1940’s; they liked that!No one guessed who the murderer was. This is always a sign of a good mystery book.
Jan C
Apr 25, 2009 Jan C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, wwii, ny
Faye Quick takes over her boss' private detective agency when he goes off to fight in WWII. So it is kind of a throw back to the 'forties and the "noir" genre of detective stories.

The Chicago Sun-Times called her "a real hoot" and she is.

Everybody is always "askin if she has a fella yet". And it looks like towards the end of the book maybe she does.

She's coming back from the movies or something one night and trips over a dead body. A couple of months later, the body's parents come to her to se
Feb 18, 2016 Mei rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Ugh. I couldn't finish this, which was really disappointing as I had randomly recently read another Sandra Scoppettone book which had been pretty fun. The language drove me absolutely wild - surely no one really talks like this, and if they did they would have done it Damon Runyon style and not in this horrible artificial twang - which, even just reading it made the hairs on my arm stand on end. I persevered till I was halfway through and then it was like a bulb went off in my head - if I really ...more
Jennifer Morefield
I enjoyed this PI mystery. Loved Faye and her no nonsense style. This story took place in the early 1940's when her boss left her in charge of his investigative business while he hurried off the battle the Japanese after WWII. While it was difficult being thrown into the PI business, she finds she has a knack for investigative work.. While many road blocks were thrown in her path, Faye doesn't stop until she catches her man (or her woman). The '40s dress and vernacular makes the time period come ...more
Apr 26, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
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I liked the sense of time and place created in both this book and in the second of the series "Too Darn Hot." I also like the protagonist, Faye Quick, a female PI working on her own in the 1940s. In this book, I didn't find the killer's identity entirely surprising, but the motive and the discussion of some issues that I would have assumed were not talked about in the 1940s in the US added some spice.
Dennis Fischman
Sep 28, 2013 Dennis Fischman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
A mock-noir set in 1943 Manhattan. I've always enjoyed Sandra Scoppetone's writing--I read all her Lauren Laurano books with the terrible puns for titles--and this lived up to my expectations. The only thing I would say is that the period jargon went over the top at times, but the characters and the mystery were thoroughly enjoyable.
Katina French
Dec 14, 2012 Katina French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable hard-boiled 40s detective noir story, with a twist. Faye Quick runs Manhattan's "A Detective Agency" in her boss Woody's absence, while he's away fighting in WWII (as most able-bodied men are at the time). Fun period piece with a likable lead. I figured out who the killer was pretty early, but still enjoyed the writing enough to stick with the book till the end.
#1 in the Faye Quick series.

Faye Quick, secretary to PI Woody Mason, takes over his Greenwich Village based detective agency when he is drafted in 1943. She literally stumbles over the body of a young woman during a snowstorm and then is hired to find the murderer when the cops have made no progress after 3 months. Good period atmosphere but rather obvious solution.
Sep 06, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun, complex murder mystery - even if I saw it coming a solid hundred pages before our heroine. A little heavy-handed on the period slang sometimes (where "ya" means "you" unless you're upper class), but still a really good read.
Sep 18, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Angela by: goodreads site
Shelves: cozy-myst-hist
I liked this mystery because of the language and time period in which it was set. The characters were the usual suspects but since I listened to it on audiobook, the voices were great to hear. I look forward to reading or listening to the next one in the series.
Sep 10, 2007 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent novel. It's a mixture of the familiar hard broiled crime novel and the realities of the war period. I do like the combination that the author manages to achieve in her own POV of the landscape as well as the other stories that came before.
Scoppettone is one of my favorite authors! Step back in time to New York City in 1943. Meet reluctant detective Faye Quick. Compare Dorothy Gilman’s Mrs. Pollifax with a similar conversational style and a discovery of latent talent for detection.
Jun 10, 2008 Kiesha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was set in the 40's during world war II where a secretary finds herself filling in the shoes of her private eye boss who is serving for Uncle Sam. The dialogue is fun and the storyline moves right along so there's no boring moments. Enjoyed the book.
Oct 03, 2009 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute quick read. A murder mystery set in the early 40's. The main character is a female private detective, who is sassy and smart. The author did well researching the lingo and setting of NYC in that era.
Jun 18, 2015 Kjcacka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I just couldn't get passed all of the 'lingo' used. It seemed like every single sentence was dripping with slang. I was unable to finish since I just could not get passed that.
Oct 18, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it
This book is a fun mystery set in NY during WWII, but way too heavy on the slang. It grew on my as I read, but if the word "gams" showed up one more time I was going to go nuts!
May 27, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this one was good. It was straight noir, so black and white I expected cigarette smoke to start wafting from the open pages as I read. I LOVED this book. Very, very highly recommended.
Jane Rutherford
Had a hard time with the strong NYC accent and 1940-era language at first, but once I got used to them, I liked the story and the narration.
Charlotte Clark
Kinda fun mystery - think the most fun aspect was all the jargon of the 1940's. If you are not 70 years of age (give or take), I don't think the book would have the same appeal.
Mar 20, 2017 Kelly rated it did not like it
Literally no detective work took place. A psychic solved the crime and as funny as Faye was, she was a very 2-d character. The crime was wrapped up on the last 2 pages and before that it was just a lot of incorrect speculation.
Adan Ramie
Sep 19, 2014 Adan Ramie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1943 New York, almost all the young, able-bodied men have gone overseas to fight the good fight. This leaves jobs open for women, showcasing their ability to survive, thrive, and blossom under pressure. Faye Quick, a 26-year-old steno-turned-detective, gets her first murder case, and it's a doozy. The skirt whose murder she was hired to solve has woven a tangled web of boyfriends, secrets, and lies.

This Dame for Hire is a great read that leaves you turning pages to find out whodunit and what
A fun read. 3 1/2 stars.
Snappy and enjoyable, set in early forties with slang. Fun.
Lynn D'onofrio
May 31, 2013 Lynn D'onofrio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. Like reading books that take place at that time. I was surprised who did it tho.
Sep 01, 2008 Iliana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A secretary who ends up as a P.I. when her boss is sent off to war. She has moxie and smarts.
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Sandra Scoppettone first emerged as one of the best hard-boiled mystery writers using the name Jack Early for her first three novels that included A Creative Kind of Killer (1984) that won the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America for best first novel. She had started writing seriously since the age of 18 when she moved to New York from South Orange, New Jer
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