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Noblesse Oblige (Emma Rhodes #1)

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With her impeccable manners, a wardrobe to die for, and the perfect combination of beauty and brains, no one can confuse Emma Rhodes with a run-of-the-mill investigator. She prefers to think of herself as a “private resolver,” a person the rich and famous can turn to when a problem needs to be resolved quickly and quietly. All it takes is $20,000 and two weeks’ time for Em ...more
Published November 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published 1996)
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Smith, Cynthia

Heroine Emma Rhodes is smart, anti-feminist and less than humble. A private detective for the rich, Rhodes is not above flashing a little cleavage to get the job done and can't understand why her "fictional" counterparts "dress in schmattes, dwell in squalor, and wallow in poverty." In Belgium on holiday, Rhodes takes on a Middle Eastern terrorist group to save a kidnapped member of the royal family. Along the way, she beds the country's top cop, outwits the M
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
No need to repeat the publisher's description it is accurate. The writing is engaging and fast-paced...what I like in a mystery-thriller. Emma Rhodes is a nice change from the standard P.I., which she refuses to label herself. If you enjoyed the movie, To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, you will see a lot of similarities of style.

This is the first book of a series (and the only one I have read)
Emma Rhodes is a problem solver. She gets paid $20,000 to solve the problems of the rich and famous; she does it, discreetly, in two weeks or she doesn't get paid. Emma stops a kidnapping while in Brussels and lands neck deep in a mystery. Follow her as she deals with Islamic and Jewish secret organizations, fielding the amorous attentions of a local cop and multimillionaire.
Looking for #2 even as we speak.
Linda Smatzny
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Casebook of Emma Rhodes series. Emma is a private resolver who solves problems in two weeks for $20,000. This story is about a man in hiding from Middle Eastern zealots. Emma is hired to find killers so the hidden man can come out of hiding. Along the way Emma is almost killed twice and discovers two bodies. It is like a puzzle - putting all the pieces together. The book was a quick easy read.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, mcpl-book
I know I read this (some time ago) and that I thought it pretty good--but this description does not sound at all like a book I've read....
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Emma Rhodes: International Woman of Mystery
Mar 13, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
03/12/08 bought at MOTB for author signing on 03/13/08
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a light, fun read.
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Cynthia S. Smith was the author of best-selling non-fiction books until she turned to crime. She lives in Florida.
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