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Dangerous Lady (Maura Ryan #1)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  3,273 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
DANGEROUS LADY is the iconic first novel by Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole which catapulted her to fame and made her the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian). This special **25th anniversary hardback edition** is a must for fans old and new, and readers of Patricia Cornwell and Karin Slaughter. *Contains exclusive bonus interview content and an exclusi ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 23rd 2017 by Headline (first published 1992)
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W.H. Johnson
Jul 15, 2012 W.H. Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll tell what I was going to say when I finished this book, my first Martina Cole gangland novel. I had it in mind to muse on the fact that she is a best-selling author, that she certainly knows the world of crime and criminals and that she is without any doubt a compelling story teller. Dangerous Lady absolutely zips along and the reader is drawn into a gripping crime story, a crime saga, dealing as it does with the Ryans, an East End criminal family, over a period of thirty years. It’s a tale ...more
Jana
If I were 17 I think this book would have been perfect. Blow my mind in pieces and I would probably go to London and find myself an Irish boyfriend. Hohoho! Just yeah, not entirely 17 anymore and although this books smells like teen spirit, it smells as well like once upon a time gorgeous mister Harold Robbins and once upon a time irresistible mister Sidney Sheldon.

Well Martina Cole would have smelled even better if I were still 17. I think I will never forget Jennifer Parker from Sheldon's 'Ra
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Joanne Nock
Jun 09, 2013 Joanne Nock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I've read in ages, genuinely gutted to not be able to rate it higher than 5*. One of Ms Cole's earliest, and in all honesty, probably a love story with a criminal twist rather than full on gangland-fest.
Here we meet the Ryan family for the first time, with the enigmatic Michael as the oldest, only girl Maura is the youngest and 7 boys of varying aptitudes in between.
My usual criticisms of Martina Cole in that she goes on a bit too long in racking up the violence and cou
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Barbra
Feb 18, 2010 Barbra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this author's books - very gutsy and powerful.

Back Cover Blurb:
No one thinks a seventeen year old girl can take on the hard men of London's gangland, but its a mistake to underestimate Maura Ryan: she's tough, clever and beautiful - and she's determined that nothing will stand in her way.
Together, she and her brother Michael are unbeatable: the Queen and King of organised crime. But notoriety has its price. The police are determined to put away Maura once and for all - and not everyone in
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Andrea
Feb 17, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing read by an author who always provides vibrant characters and twisty plots. This is the first book about Maura Ryan, the youngest child in an impoverished Irish family whose fortunes improve when the eldest, Michael, becomes London's king of the underworld. This is as much about sibling loyalty and rivalry as it is about crime, and it's all very well done.
Moira
Dec 16, 2008 Moira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Britsh saga about a criminal firm run by the Ryan family.
Sarah
Jul 24, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
if you like a book that keeps you hooked but has those moments where your not sure you want to keep reading this is the one for you
Nicole
Jun 15, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book started my long obsession with Martina Cole...great gritty stuff. Mobs, drugs, crime, sex, power...it's got it all! Love Martina Cole and this book was amazing!! Couldn't put it down!
Joy Lawson
It was okay. A little dull and drawn out for me.
Martina Štětinová
Četla jsem už asi podruhý....
David Roberts
Nov 27, 2013 David Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the thriller novel Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole which is a very good book which I bought from a local supermarket. This novel was Martina's first published novel in 1992 and has recently been reissued to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Martina writes gritty thrillers centred in and around London and indeed she lived on a tough housing estate in Grays near London that inspires many of her novels. In terms of domestic sales she is one of Britain's top authors. Anyway this book is ...more
Nigel
May 01, 2016 Nigel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dangerous Lady is a good old fashioned gangster story, following the fortunes of one fictional London gang – the Ryan family and in particular the only girl in the family Maura. It was an enjoyable read although with the story spanning 30 odd years from mid 1950s to late 1980s there was a tendency for it to feel a bit disjointed as the story would suddenly leap forward a few years. This resulted in a lack of tension / anticipation as there wasn’t a single conclusion that the author was leading ...more
Jamie Rose
Dec 05, 2013 Jamie Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this a lot - Martina Cole tells great stories - my only bug with some of her books is that the dialogue sounds a bit too posh for the London that she writes about...Geezers talking like they attended Eton just seems wrong, however in this earlier book, the dialogue seems more natural and as a result I enjoyed this a little bit more than some of her later books.

There are some very disturbing moments in the book, the violence is brutal but not horribly graphic and is in context - East End
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comfort
3.5 stars - if only Goodreads would give us this option.

This is the third Martina Cole book I have read, and whilst I find the storylines very engaging, I feel that once again the writing style is quite repetitive, I am not sure how many times I read "Mickey was attractive to both men and women" I got it the first time.

Story about a gutsy teenaged girl who takes on the family "business" with her brothers- most of whom are not as astute as she turns out to be.

We learn about the Ryan family right
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John Marsh
Jan 09, 2015 John Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alison
Jun 26, 2015 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very easy read, which stopped me from abandoning the book before finishing. I was curious about why Martina Cole books are so successful, and wanted to read a full novel. The story had no twists, and was very repetitive. The advance signposting of events took away any suspense - it felt like a soap opera rather than a thriller. There were gruesome bits, but nothing thrilling, and in some cases it was repetitive. Sometimes events that could have been a whole book in themselves (e.g. the ice cre ...more
Lynette
This book started off really well, the first 3rd of it was superb, but around half way through I started to feel it was getting overly drawn out and lost its way.

The book overall was padded out with a bit too much repetition on character descriptions, I got the point the first time that Michael was big / good looking / dangerous, same goes for Maura, the repeated reminders of her appearance frustrated me. Also there was a lot of wasted time on pointless conversations between accessory character
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Ruth
May 31, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, series
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Redfox5
Jun 15, 2012 Redfox5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction, england
I judged this by it's boring cover and thought this would be your normal run of the mill crime novel. But I was wrong. I ended up being really engaged in the story. I had a love hate relationship with the Ryans. They were likable but all nasty bastards. I didn't want them to have a happy ending, which is why I haven't given them full marks. This book has made me more inclined to pick up other Martina Cole books whereas I wouldn't have though about doing that before. I think this would make a rea ...more
Louise Jennings
Apr 30, 2013 Louise Jennings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I read of martina cole and is a totally different style to what I normally read but I really enjoyed the book. It is based of a family brought up by a drunk dad and taught to rob and commit crimes sending them into a criminal life. With four of the brother being killed Maura takes over the business and ends up nearly gettin her and her other brothers killed due to police finding evidence presented by the mother only a long lost love saves her. It kind of shows how a lot of ...more
Liane
May 18, 2013 Liane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I have read a Martina Cole novel and it was fantastic!! It is not the normal sort of thing I go for -gangland crime and murder but I was surprise and every pleased to learn that I could not put it down! It was so easy to read, even though there are many characters, it switches from one to another with ease and every chapter leaves you desperate to know what happens in he next!

I am looking forward to reading the sequel and I have also downloaded four other Cole novels which
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Amanda
Oct 30, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes I've been reading a Martina Cole again. Another fantastic read. Its taken me a bit longer than usual again because I've been having some trouble staying away of an evening. A great read, a little stomach churning in places and the language is strong but again, not as strong language that I read in my first ever book. It's a strong story and yes there is a follow-up which I've read, and I think that's Maura's Game and yes I recommend that too. If you like Martina Cole, yes you will love this, ...more
Becca
Jun 27, 2015 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am and always have been a massive fan of Martina Cole, the same as my mam and I would love it when my mam would bring home a new Martina Cole book.
when I moved out a year and half ago I decided to buy all her books for myself and have only just got around to them in my to read pile and I have to say I still love her.
Ok soo I'm not a big fan of the Ryan family if I'm completely honest but I love the gutsy way these characters live and I get totally absorbed in their lives.
I would say to anyon
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Richard
Nov 08, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, crime, fiction
This is my first Martina Cole book. My partner has been glowing about her books for a while and this one has been on my kindle for a while, so I gave it a go. The story gripped me right from the start and never let up. The portrayal of gangster family in London between the 1950s-1980s was brilliantly described. If you like reading about the Krays or the Richardsons, this fictitious family the Ryans, supercedes even them. Fiction it may be, but close to the truth, probably. Never a wasted word th ...more
Raymond
Jun 22, 2015 Raymond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel – the first I have read by this author. A story line that held my interest. Revolving around the Ryan family, a horde of racketeers and their control of the illegitimate business in London. Limit violence but not gratuitous. The only negative attribute is that the description of the main characters was repeated over and over!
We have a number of Martina Cole books on the shelf, I decided to try her first novel – Initial impressions count – I was sufficiently entertained to w
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Tracy
Dec 11, 2014 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not one I would have naturally chosen, but having fallen into my lap I read this on holiday. Although not the most sophisticated read....what a belter of a story! I was hooked right to the end, the characters are brilliant, I really bonded with them and was keen to know how things would evolve for the relationships within the family. You could be a literary snob about this book, but what's the point when it provides great entertainment and does make you think about right and wrong a ...more
Grace
Mar 01, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-read
4.5 stars

This was another brilliant book from Martina Cole which had everything from a love story to sadness with rags to riches thrown in. I love reading her books because I just don't want to put them down and you never know what to expect. She writes with a gritty realism that gets you completely hooked.

This was the story of a girl operating in a mans world and doing this successfully. The characters were believable and the plot line kept up a steady pace.
Ann York
Mar 20, 2011 Ann York rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy reading martina cole books this one was very good read it's about a seventeen year old girl called maura and she gets into the crime of the underworld with the gangland but she is tough and claver and beautiful and she is very dertermined that nothing will stand in her way and this is what makes her a very dangerous lady and with her brother in tow they are unbeatable they are the queen and king of crime.
Joanne
Oct 30, 2013 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in a couple of days, I couldn't put it down. I love the way the book starts from the very beginning of Maura's life and explains how a major event in her life leads her to go down the criminal path that she chooses. The book is exciting & fast paced. Loved the ending. Definitely recommend.
Court
Jul 21, 2015 Court rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel - the twists and turns, the loyalty yet the backstabbing, the lies! Everything! It helped that the characters were extremely likeable too!! Much preferred this to The Lady Killer as it did not upset me the way that novel did. The ending was fantastic as far as im concerned!!
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Martina Cole was born and brought up in Essex. She is the bestselling author of fourteen novels set in London's gangland, and her most recent three paperbacks have gone straight to No. 1 in the Sunday Times on first publication. Total sales of Martina's novels stand at over eight million copies.


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