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Calendar Girl (Saz Martin #1)

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South London sleuths Maggie and Saz come together on the trail of a mystery woman known only as September, who shuttles between London and New York in a whirlwind of drug smuggling, gambling and prostitution. When a murder occurs, Maggie and Saz must find the culprit.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 12th 1991 by Serpent's Tail
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Tfitoby
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: whodunnit
This Mask Noir title from the literary Serpent's Tail imprint has been sat in a pile of books I've intended to read for about half a decade and very nearly got donated to a book sale last week until I realised that it was written by THE Stella Duffy, was in fact a British feminist lesbian mystery novel written in the mid 90s and really sounded like the kind of book I should be reading after all. And yes, it served its purpose by being something to read at those times when the doorstop of the nex ...more
Kin
May 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ambiente lesbico.solite tirate alla scottolone.incasinato.noioso.
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
Ruth
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-modern
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
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

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Klava reads
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jen Silver
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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.
GloriaGloom
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.
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.
Vanessab
Well, this detective is a young, gay woman who has a great deal about her. I enjoyed the tale. It romps along from two different points of view to a satisfying if predictable conclusion.
Megan
Because of the author’s popularity, evidenced by the relatively high numbers of reviews she has received, I was expecting more from this book. It has a creative structure, to be sure, with alternating chapters from the point of view of the detective, Saz Martin, and Maggie Simpson, a comedian who figures heavily in the story. But once the reader sees the way the wind blows—after less than a third of the novel—it becomes obvious that the author is drawing out the story in order for the two parts ...more
Pam
Nov 29, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-mystery
11/29 rec via pbs
Lucy
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
an entertaining way to spend a few hours, but i wish ms duffy would get a better editor to fix the needless grammar errors.
Kerry
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it again 06/02/16.
Gayle
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, quirky read! Will be looking out for more from this writer.
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Stella Duffy grew up in New Zealand and lives and work in London. She has written fifteen novels, over sixty short stories, and devised and/or written fourteen 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 has twice won the CWA Short Story Dagger. HBO have optioned both of her Theodora novels ...more
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