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Dirty Harriet (Dirty Harriet #1)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews


Leaving the glamorous Boca Raton lifestyle behind wasn't easy for Boca-born Harriet Horowitz. But when she'd asked her physically abusive husband to make her day--he'd agreed (in front of 500 people)--and Harriet became single (a widow).

Though it had been a clear-cut case of self-defense, she lost everything...yet

Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Harlequin Books (first published March 21st 2006)
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I just finished the audio version of Dirty Harriet: Volume 1 (Dirty Harriet Mystery Series) by Miriam Auerbach and narrated by Karen Commins. I couldn't stop listening to it! It's very entertaining and definitely a good piece of "brain candy" (think chocolate for the brain).

The story starts with Harriet telling us about how she killed her abusive and drug addicted husband at a wedding with a .44 gun. Before doing so, she remarked in front of 500 wedding guests, Clint Eastwood style, "Go ahead. M
Tara Chevrestt
May 22, 2013 Tara Chevrestt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is proof you don't need a romance in a book to be wholly entertained and love every minute.

I was hooked from the get-go. The story opens with Dirty Harriet telling us about how she killed her husband at a wedding with a .44 and confesses she said, "Go ahead. Make my day."

I knew from that moment this was my kind of heroine.

What follows is a mystery involving illegal immigrants in tomato fields, mysterious female problems, car and motorcycle accidents, rick women, and more. To reveal too much
Nov 07, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Former Boca babe Harriet Horowitz has traded in her expensive habits for a home in the swamp, an alligator who listens to her ramblings, and a roaring motorcycle. A tough chick private eye, she takes on a case involving a murdered Mayan housekeeper. Suspects arise from the woman’s employers to her immigrant labor origins to a local fertility clinic. Is there only one victim involved, or are there bigger issues at stake? Harriet isn’t afraid to face anything head-on and guns blazing. Funny, ...more
Bonnie Kalter
Thoroughly engaging! Could not put it down!

It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what I liked the most about this book - the endearing character of Harriet, the appealing setting of SE Florida (my home as well)or the intriguing plot line which kept me turning page after page. All of these combined to make me a committed Dirty Harriet fan and I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
Susan Espourteille
Jan 01, 2014 Susan Espourteille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Great fun! A wildly improbable new series reminiscent of Carl Hiiasen's South Florida misadventures, for some reason these books are classified as romance, which the cover art certainly suggests. Don't be fooled! Harriet is an ex-Boca Babe who has offed her abusive husband and become an Everglades-dwelling P.I. whose new best friend is an alligator she calls Lana. Harriet's borderline vigilanteism also brings to mind the Sophie Littlefield series featuring Stella Hardesty as a similarly ...more
Jennifer Murphy
Jun 15, 2013 Jennifer Murphy rated it it was amazing
Talk about taking a shift in your life.

After taking years of abuse from her husband, Harriet took matters into her own hands and killed her husband ... all within the first chapter. So I wondered where the story was going to lead us.

Harriet leaves behind everything that her husband's life represented (a mansion, servants, money), gets a Harley and a shack in the swamp. She opens her own PI business to help those who are scammed. What she doesn't expect is the adventure that follows when someone
Apr 17, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Dirty Harriet didn't work for me. The transition from "Boca Babe" in Boca Raton's wealthiest society to Harley-riding-detective with all of the language that might seem appropriate for a Harley-riding-detective did not ring true for me. Harriet was educated at one of the "prissy" women's colleges on the East Coast (one reason the transition to H-r-d didn't work for me), her husband was a Yale grad, big-time lawyer with a coke habit.

Until, that is, Harriet blew him away. She moves from high soci
Bob Olson
Nov 29, 2015 Bob Olson rated it it was amazing
I have a new favorite heroine. Her name is Harriett. Author Auerbach grabbed me in the prologue with her right-on-target description of "Boca Babes." Then I met "Dirty Harriett" and was completely blown away of her description of Harriett on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

"You know that sound -- the one you only get from a Harley. But maybe you don't know the feel. Let me put it this way: it's a 500-pund vibrator between your legs. And people wonder why a woman would ride a bike."

Harriett has le
Harriet ‘Dirty Harriet’ Horowitz went from mingling with the elite to clad in leather motorcycle babe. When her abusive ex laid one hand to many on her, she went ahead and made his day. Now Harriet is a private investigator, uncovering scams and living in the swamps with a gator named Lana. When Contessa von Phul wants Harriet’s help finding a murderer, she knows she is stepping in murky waters, but always up for a challenge Harriet begins to ferret out sending her back to the Boca Babes she ...more
Janice Kean
Apr 15, 2015 Janice Kean rated it really liked it
The book was the escapism I was in the mood for. "Dirty Harriet" took after her namesake Dirty Harry, by telling her abusive husband to "make my day" just before shooting him at a high society wedding after he hit her one too may times. She also blew away her wealthy Boca Babe lifestyle at the same time she killed her husband. So she retreated on her newly acquired Harley to a cabin in the Everglades near her new BFF, an alligator called Lana. Determined to be leave her old life behind, she ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Kristi rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was a quick, light read with a good story line and some pretty funny parts. I actually laughed out loud several times. The main character Harriet kind of reminded me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. She's a tough, bike riding, bad ass. I already started the second one and I hope there's more of Harriet's adventures to come.
Cristina Isabel
Once a boca babe, now a private eye. Dirty Harriet is everything you'd want to read and more! She's a no nonsense type of woman. In this fast, yet action packed story you come to understand Harriet and her ways. It is a fun and exhilarating ride from start to finish! Just whatever you do, don't get in her way.
Cherie Reeves
Dec 31, 2013 Cherie Reeves rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-books
One of my freebies. Woman lives the highlife, but her husband is abusive. She gets tired of it and kills him. Reevaluates her life, opens a detective agency. Is very much a loner. Takes a murder case (which is out of her normal arena). Pretty good book.
Jan 02, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it
A great new hero for women who need to start over. Her life changes drastically but she copes. Go Harriett
Dec 19, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
Lots of fun. She's sharp and clever with just enough mistakes to still be able to identify with her.
Susan Obryan
Dec 16, 2015 Susan Obryan rated it it was ok
I was not impressed by the plot, writing style or characters. I had hoped for more from this seasoned author.

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Miriam was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The first of many changes in her life occurred at age six, when she witnessed tanks rolling past her family’s home during the Soviet occupation of the country. Shortly thereafter, her family fled to the United States, taking her with them. She grew up in Denver, where she spent her high school and early college years studying diligently to become a ...more
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