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Pardon My Body (Harlequin Romance #147)

2.69 of 5 stars 2.69  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  9 reviews
From the moment Dale's headlights hit the nyloned legs of lovely Julia Casson on that old Connecticut highway, trouble moved right in on him--and stayed there.Gunmen, straight coppers and crooked coppers, luscious bedtime lovelies and the fabulous mystery of the Task Force dagger deaths...Bogard cracks his way through it all to the most breathless showdown ever.
Paperback, Harlequin Romance #147, 186 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Harlequin (first published 1951)
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I shouldn't have read the Goodreads readers' reviews first, because most people did not like this book very much. It seemed like a fun 1950's noir mystery to me. I will agree that the main character, Dale, who is now an unemployed ex-newspaper man, is way too tough for that career. The other big criticism is that because the author is English he doesn't get the 1950s American crime scene and dialogue correct, which I disagree with. People are being killed and Dale gets involved, trying to figure...more
Jan 21, 2010 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime, 2009
Believe me, journalists aren't very tough. They drink a lot, they smell funny, and they dress badly. But I've never met a reporter I would describe as tough. The protagonist of Pardon My Body is an ex-newspaperman who butts heads with crooked cops, murderous gold diggers, and nasty musclemen. Pure fantasy! Another odd little book from the vaults of Harlequin.

Seems like a British author tried to knock off an American hard boiled mystery without any real idea of how to make one work. While the starting premise is interesting, it goes off the rails all too soon.
A great little hard-boiled detective book. Now I am going to have to read all of the Harlequin Vintage collection. It is a tight, neat short story with a great ending that I never saw coming.
Fairly lousy mystery by British writer trying to write in an American style, and mostly failing. This one could have stayed out of print.
Shin Machine
do not bother reading this novel. There is not a single character anyone would like and the mystery is not very exciting.
This is not a faithful reprint of the original novel but a bowdlerization. You should boycott this book.
John Price
Gool old Hard Case Crime.
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