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Les effeuilleuses (Saz Martin #1)

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  117 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Maggie, la comique tapageuse, se consume pour " La fille taillée comme Isabella Rossellini ", une femme étrange et insaisissable. A la même époque, un homme fait appel à la détective Saz Martin pour retrouver Septembre, une jeune femme mystérieusement envolée avec beaucoup d'argent. Un meurtre précipite Saz et Maggie dans leurs énigmes respectives. Tout à la fois histoire ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published February 20th 2001 by J'ai lu (first published December 12th 1991)
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Wayne Spiceland
Intriguing mystery and format. Two parallel stories unfold, but, as parallel lines meet in infinity, here, they draw closer much faster. London detective Saz Martin is hired to find mystery woman "September" by a man with whom she (the mystery woman)has dinner every other Friday, but whose name he doesn't even know. Meanwhile, comedienne Maggie has an on again/off again relationship with "the girl with the Kelly McGillis body," who has some major secrets as well. The two stories become more and ...more
c1994. FWFTB: comic, mysterious, prostitution, drugs, PI. This was a recommendation from a reference book regarding crime fiction. I had high hopes especially as The Times felt that it is "Fast, witty and clever..with cracking dialogue and exuberant characters.". Not for the first time, I wonder at the reviewers at The Times. I can't agree with any of the hyperbole. The pace is fast with 2 differing POVs but really..who could not guess what was going to happen? The San Francisco Examiner even go ...more
Jen Silver
I first read this almost twenty years ago. It was the author's first novel. I guess I must have liked it back then because I've kept it. Anyway second time around I enjoyed it again. It introduces a young lesbian private eye, Saz Martin and the case she gets involved in has her travelling between London and New York. She manages the two different voices very well. Saz's chapters are in the third person, whereas the other main character is in first person.

It's an unusual style but very readable a
Carol Jean
Interesting reading, though I didn't think the shifting point of view approach worked. Some of the techniques her sleuth Saz uses to solve the case are a bit iffy and there's too much coincidence, really.
Kirsty Darbyshire

I'm back at the beginning of the Saz Martin series finding out where Saz started (avoiding her Enterprise Allowance officer mainly). If my memory serves me correctly the storytelling here is similar to that in Beneath the Blonde which I read years back. Saz's story is interspersed with another story told in the first person that relates to what Saz is investigating but we only discover how exactly it relates as the book unfolds. The dual viewpoint means that the reader is ahead of Saz in the inv

This was a fun, quirky read! Will be looking out for more from this writer.
Hollygolightly (in transito)
La trama è in sé e per sé abbastanza banale: a pagina 72 avevo già capito esattamente come si sarebbe sviluppata la vincenda e anche la rivelazione del vero nome di Settembre all'ultima pagina non mi pare una trovata particolarmente brillante.
Però narrato con etrema grazia e con delle espressioni di una potenza narrativa notevole (mi è rimasta impressa la descrizione del dolore come une bolla di grasso che esplode quando si affonda il coltello nell'arrosto). Il tutto accompagnato da un erotismo
Amy Scissors
I liked this novel well enough, and will look for Duffy's other novels. I wish the characters were developed a bit further, however. "September," the main character of intrigue, felt very flat, even when the mystery was solved-her character still felt uneven and two-dimensional. Although, I have complained about the flat feeling characters of all the books I have read recently so perhaps it's just me. I enjoyed the intertwining narrative and the mystery wraps up pretty neatly at the end.
Stella Duffy è una talentuosa scrittrice britannica dotata di verve, leggerezza e ironia; eppure scrive noir. . .Saz Martin, la protagonista del suo libro è una sgangherata p.i. lesbica che si muove in un altrettanto gaia ambientazione dove sono lesbiche persino le poliziotte di scotland yard, io sono un lettore maschio e stupidamente eterosessuale. Questi tre elementi danno vita a un noir di deliziosa fattura.
an entertaining way to spend a few hours, but i wish ms duffy would get a better editor to fix the needless grammar errors.
Nov 29, 2007 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Stella Duffy grew up in New Zealand and lives and work in London. She has written thirteen novels, fifty short stories, and ten plays. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both longlisted for the Orange Prize, and she has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year. She won the 2002 CWA Short Story Dagger for Martha Grace. She is currently adapting her novel State of Happiness for featur ...more
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