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A Lady Never Trifles with Thieves [Mass Market Paperback]

Suzann Ledbetter

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Western Mystery 16 Feb 2005
By Book Maven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading so many mediocre mysteries, this one was a great find! The main character Joby is spirited with out being annoying, the supporting characters are believable and likable, and the plot is well thought-out. I find it follows in the great tradition of Agatha Christie novels: suspision is cast upon many people, clues weave in and out of each other, and of course, several wrong turns and red herrings. The twist at the end makes me want to pick up the next book in this series. Good show!
5.0 out of 5 stars if you like a little humor, read Suzanne Ledbetter 7 Mar 2012
By BorderGranny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first was introduced to Suzanne Ledbetter by her North of xxx, South of xxx, East, West, and Halfway series and appreciated her brand of gentle humor right from the start. And I wasn't disappointed when I tried some of her other stories. Even the mystery du jour has enough humor in it that you don't get bogged down in serial killers or blood and guts. Very relaxing reads.
4.0 out of 5 stars USA, Post Civil War 14 July 2009
By Lyn Reese - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This light hearted story effectively recreates the sights and smells of Denver becoming rich from the profits of the western mines. In the deadening heat of summer, feisty young Josephine Beckworth (Joby) attempts to set herself up as an independent detective. Gender distinctions being what they are, she must pretend she is temporarily standing in for her father, who actually died on the trip West. Luckily, Joby is a real pro at dissembling and talking her way into getting the information she needs. Desperate for funds, she takes a crack at trying to uncover precious jewels from two robberies, and on her own finding way to get a cowed wife out of an abusive marriage. Oh yes, there also is a murder to be solved.

The story introduces two other interesting characters. One is her servant and mentor the educated Chinese man Wo Li; the other, a charming policeman called Jack O'Shaughnessy. The witty give and take and sexual tension between Joby and Jack makes for toe tingling reading. The author has employed the language of the time, and done a fine job providing insights into the gender roles of the time. For example, Joby has to drag around in her dark, jersey wool dress and black cloche, and ride side saddle in town in order to appear respectable. And divorce for a woman is darn hard to achieve. One does wonder at a few things. Would pineapple be available to people in Denver then, and would Jody have a cashmere sweater?

The author give us no real date for the story nor separate historical information. This is the first of the Joby Beckword series.
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