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Windy City Blues (V.I. Warshawski)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,589 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
It's strictly Friends & Family as V.I. Warshawski, "the detective mystery fans have been waiting for" (Time), makes return appearances in a collection of stories that bring new meaning to "ties that bind."Decked out in her silk shirts and no-nonsense Attitude, V.I. is out to make a living--by the skin of her teeth.

In "Grace Notes," V.I. has barely finished her morning
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 2nd 1996 by Dell (first published 1995)
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Larry Bassett
The V.I. Warshawski series has reached its sixteenth book in 2013 and I have read all but this most recent book in the running series. It has not been out long enough to be on the ninety-nine cent list yet so I am waiting! And, while I wait, catching up on this 1995 book of short stories seems like one way to while away the time.

The Paretsky books have gotten progressively longer as the series has developed. This, in my opinion, has not lead to an improvement in the stories or the writing. It ju
Sep 02, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery

This collection of short stories of V.I Warshawski adventures was published in 1995 and written over the previous decade. A number of the stories appear to be sketches for later novels. My favorite was the first, ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’. in which V.I takes the reader on a tour of South Chicago. This story provides a lot of background and color to the background of the Warshawski stories.
Kelly Hager
Nov 11, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
Generally not a huge fan of short stories, but VI Warshawski stories? Yes please.
Short stories involving V.I. Warshawski. The first one (the longest) was pretty good, but the shorter ones were unsatisfying overall. (Why, yes, I DO like big books, and I cannot lie... about it. Why do you ask?)
Jan 20, 2012 Johnny rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Very few books of short stories make it to my list because I don’t read a lot of anthologies. I picked up Windy City Blues because I had enjoyed other books by Sara Paretsky and thought her female private eye and erstwhile attorney, V. I. Warshawski, made for good reading. These stories didn’t disappoint. At times, they felt too short and, at times, I could sense exactly why they made better stories than novels. I suppose the collection has the added advantage that I already know the protagonist ...more
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Lets just say as a fan of the character V. I. Warshawski it would be ok to not pick up this set of short stories about her. This book does not add anything to her storyline. These mysteries are a nice way to pass the time if you simply want a small quick read between doing things. However, they do not showcase Warshawski's customary wit, although she quickly solves nine crimes pissing off everyone as usual, including cranky clients, along with the friends we have become familiar with through Par ...more
Sep 19, 2010 Harley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of V.I. Warshawski
I am a Sara Paretsky fan so I picked up this book both with excitement and concern. Excitement because I love the character of V.I. Warshawski. Concerned because it was a collection of short stories. I like my Warshawski in large doses. It is fun to be inside her mind and watch her as she solves the crime. What the crime is usually doesn't matter. It is the character and her opinions that I enjoy.

And I must say that most of these stories succeed. The least successful for me was The Pietro Androm
Tay Hook
Jan 12, 2016 Tay Hook rated it really liked it
#2 Loved it and V.I.Warshawski...a tough as guts lawyer/private investigator...a female lead character written like a real person with no evil, Svengali male protagonist lurking in the wings! What a treat. Well written, you can almost smell the steel mills of Chicago and hear the industrial clatter...very vivid. Thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of the contemporary American writers work.
May 21, 2013 Rita rated it liked it
1995. Good stories, Enjoyable to read. Seemed like most were plots that could potentially have been fleshed out to become full-size mysteries. But why not just keep them short, sure!
The best part was the introduction, "A Walk on the Wild Side"
telling about far-south and southeast Chicago where the [former] steel mills are, city dump and landfills and so on. Part of the landfills are on top of a [former] marsh, very little of which is still visible. Apparently the whole place is an armpit, terrib
Margaret McCamant
Jan 08, 2013 Margaret McCamant rated it it was amazing
Lovely to read a book of short stories about V.I. Warshawski. I've read all but the three most recent V.I. books (and two of them are Christmas gifts, waiting to be read), so it's fun to read these stories that were written at various points during the series. In the foreword, Sara Paretsky talks about why she writes short stories: "when I am trying to understand a question that doesn't seem to merit a whole novel." I'm intrigued by the idea that her writing a novel is a way of figuring somethin ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Dave rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was another audiobook that I enjoyed while doing a bit of driving. Jean Smart has a wonderful voice for this character. This is a collection of three longish short stories (not quite novellas) that were interesting but not drastically unpredictable. Fun and diverting.

Aug 17, 2009 Rhonda rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009
This 10th V.I. Warshawski book is a collection of short stories. Some of the other characters and friends take more of a role in these stories.

In "Grace Notes", V.I. meets an Italian cousin that may want to meet family and may want something else. In "Pietro Andromache", Dr. Lotte Hershold, VI's old friend is accused of murder over an old, sentimental artifact. "At the Swimming Hole" has VI helping an old friend at a swim meet, where she witnesses a murder. In "The Takamoku Joseki" VI had to re
Wanda Sabin
Feb 28, 2015 Wanda Sabin rated it really liked it
love v.i. nice read not alot of meat and potatoes but entertaining. can read it as a standalone doesnt add to her v.i. series which is very entertaining.
Mar 02, 2014 Alan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These short stories can only be characterized as mildly entertaining to embarrassing. Plus there are several minor mistakes that a proof reader should have caught.
Sep 23, 2008 Debi rated it really liked it
This is part of a series on a female detective in Chicago named V.I. Warshawski. This was different than the other books in that it was a collection of short stories rather than one story. I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but these were pretty good. The series is told from V.I.'s perspective in the first person. All but one of the short stories were told this way. I found it interesting that one of the short stories was told in the third person. It was neat to get a different perspective on ...more
Phyllis Faber
Apr 06, 2016 Phyllis Faber rated it liked it
I like to read about Chicago's south side, which I know very little. Plus the author is quite funny!
Arwen Fowler-jonsson
Wow that was an hour and a half of horrible short stories and I will never get that time back..lolol
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This set of short stories focuses on private investigator V.I. Warshawski's friends and family. While I'm just starting this series, I felt like this was a great introduction to the recurring characters who definitely seem like they'll be fun to get to know as I read more. Several of the stories in this collection blended the past and present into the cases that V.I. was working on, and also had an art angle, which I enjoyed. If I had to pick my favorites, I'd go with "The Maltese
I enjoyed this collection of Sara Paretsky short mysteries from the first 12 years of her detective's career. If you've never read any V.I. Warshawski books, this is a good introduction to the tough private eye from the South Side of Chicago. I still enjoy Paretsky's books but some of her more recent novels are so political that it detracts from the story. In the earlier days, V.I. was smart and never pulled a punch, and these stories made me want to reread some of the earlier novels. Recommende ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Kary rated it really liked it
quite enjoyable because you never get bored of story since they are short stories;
Agnes Ross
Dec 02, 2015 Agnes Ross rated it really liked it
This was great! V.I. Warshawski in quick gulps, short stories instead of the novels.
Bill Donhiser
Apr 11, 2015 Bill Donhiser rated it liked it
A collection of V.I. Warshawski stories. Entertaining and fun good time passer.
Jun 03, 2015 J rated it did not like it
Absolutely ridiculous plot in first story. Couldn't bare to continue.
Patricia Ludwiczak
Feb 01, 2016 Patricia Ludwiczak rated it really liked it
Interesting stories - i enjoyed the format of this book.
A couple of the stories were exceptional! The reader was terrific also.
Kevin Bachovchin
Feb 16, 2014 Kevin Bachovchin rated it liked it
Short story collection.
Jul 18, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I found this to be a really fun collection of Paretsky's works.
Perfect for a summers day. Quick, easy, well written.
Brenda Smith
Jan 15, 2016 Brenda Smith rated it liked it
Not my fave in this series.
Sue Shipley
Dec 19, 2015 Sue Shipley rated it liked it
A number of short stories highlighting some of the backup characters, like Lottie, Sal and McGonnigal.
Rog Harrison
This is the second time I have read this. This is a collection of nine short stories written between 1982 and 1995. I confess that I am not a fan of short stories featuring detectives (even Conan Doyle produced many unsatisfying short stories about Sherlock Holmes) but I do like VI. In this collection I enjoyed two of the stories but found the rest routine. Having said that, it is still worth a read and the final story "Grace notes" tells us more about VI's background.
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Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction. Paretsky was raised in Kansas, and graduated from the state university with a degree in political science. She did community service work on the south side of Chicago in 1966 and returned in 1968 to work there. She ultimately completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago, entitled The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New E ...more
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V.I. Warshawski (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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