M. Ruth Myers

1 No Game for a Dame

Author : M. Ruth Myers
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Historical 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2015-02-05
Description :  A .38, a nip of gin and sensational legs get Depression-era private investigator Maggie Sullivan out of most scrapes – until a stranger threatens to bust her nose, she’s hauled in on suspicion of his murder and she finds herself in the cross-hairs of a sadistic crime boss.<br /><br />Matching wits against dangerous men, with bits of information from a dime store waitress, a ragged newsboy and the girls at her rooming house, Maggie follows a path that leaves her drugged, in her DeSoto in a ditch.<br /><br />A gunman puts a bullet through Maggie’s hat. Her shutterbug pal on the evening paper warns her off. A new cop whose presence unsettles her thinks she’s crooked. Before she finds all the answers she needs, she faces a half-crazed man with a gun, and a far more lethal point-blank killer.<br /><br />If you like Robert B. Parker's hard boiled Spencer series and strong women sleuths, don't miss this one-of-a-kind Ohio detective from a time in United States history when dames wore hats -- but seldom a Smith &amp; Wesson.

2 Don't Dare a Dame

Author : M. Ruth Myers
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2015-01-30
Description :  <b>** 2014 SHAMUS AWARD winner **</b><br /><br />NOTE: THIS IS THE CORRECT BOOK FOR THIS COVER AND TITLE<br /><br />Tea with two spinsters thrusts 1930s private investigator Maggie Sullivan into an explosive mix of murder, political rivalries and family secrets. &#xa0;Pursuing their case means risking not only her life, but her detective license.<br /><br />The Vanhorn sisters want her to learn the fate of their father, who vanished more than a quarter century earlier in Dayton, Ohio’s, catastrophic 1913 flood. &#xa0;They believe he was murdered. &#xa0;They think they know the killer. &#xa0;But before Maggie can question the suspect, he winds up dead.<br /><br />With a nip of gin to cheer her and a Smith &amp; Wesson for company, Maggie follows a trail all but obliterated by time. &#xa0;It leads her to a local politician with bigger ambitions — and possibly secrets to hide. &#xa0;It takes her into dime stores, cheap hotels, and a violent ambush by men wearing brass knuckles.<br /><br />A determined cop wages a wily campaign to win her affections. &#xa0;A rag-tag newsboy pushes to be her assistant. &#xa0;As crimes of the past explode in the present, Maggie fights foes who must destroy her to destroy each other.<br /><br />Slide into the passenger seat of Maggie’s DeSoto for an action-packed ride through a story filled with the atmosphere of early 20th century America and well-drawn characters. &#xa0;See why fans of this historical mystery series have dubbed the one-of-a-kind detective at its center “Sam Spade in a Skirt”.

3 Tough Cookie

Author : M. Ruth Myers
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2015-03-31
Description :  When Depression-era private eye Maggie Sullivan is invited to dine with a millionaire, she doesn’t expect the first course to be a gun in her face. &#xa0;It draws her into a gold-plated web of theft, revenge, double crosses and murder.<br /><br />A big-time swindle has made fools of some of the city’s wealthiest businessmen. &#xa0;The man&#xa0;<br /> behind it has vanished. &#xa0;When Maggie begins asking questions, he reappears – dead in the river. But she’s already learned too much. &#xa0;Someone’s out to silence her too.<br /><br />Armed with her .38 and a nip of gin, Maggie closes in on a killer as a mobster offers a hint, a cop unsettles her with his chemistry, and a woman with deadly potential plays a game by her own rules.

4 Shamus in a Skirt

Author : M. Ruth Myers
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2015-09-23
Description :  When a man offers 1940s private investigator Maggie Sullivan twice her usual fee to look into a "possible" jewelry theft from his hotel safe, she’s skeptical — until a maid’s body tumbles out of a trash can and a jeweler known for high quality fakes is murdered.<br /><br />Does a hotel guest who vanished without a trace hold a piece of the puzzle? &#xa0;Or does it have to do with the Polish count and his family fleeing the start of WW2 in Europe? &#xa0;Could the cops be right that it’s all a trick devised by her client?<br /><br />More at ease in Dayton, Ohio’s, streets and alleyways than in the posh Hotel Canterbury, and chafing under the need to hide her true occupation, Maggie threads her way through an unfamiliar array of suspects: Celluloid luminaries in town for a hush-hush project; an international Lothario whose shady local past she unearths; the count’s embittered valet.<br /><br />Meanwhile, preparations for a visit by FDR preoccupy the city’s police. &#xa0;The Irish cop who long has wooed Maggie suddenly departs for Chicago. &#xa0;Alone and bruised, Maggie faces adversaries whose motives stun her... and a killer who will stop at nothing.<br /><br /><i>A dash of humor leavens this historical mystery series with its early 20th century hard-boiled atmosphere and a flinty detective who wields her Smith &amp; Wesson as skillfully as her emery board. &#xa0;Previous Maggie Sullivan mysteries are <b>No Game for a Dame</b>, <b>Tough Cookie</b>, <b>Don’t Dare a Dame</b>, and two short stories.</i>

5 Maximum Moxie

Author : M. Ruth Myers
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  British Detectives  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2016-09-22
Description :  Days before the Pearl Harbor attack plunges the U.S. into World War II, private eye Maggie Sullivan is hired to find a missing engineer in Dayton, Ohio. &#xa0;Has Gil Tremain been kidnaped, or has he turned traitor — to his employer and maybe his country?<br /><br />As Maggie pieces together his last movements, she finds there are secrets the man’s ex-wife and his employers don’t want uncovered. &#xa0; Maggie herself is attacked and an innocent witness is murdered. &#xa0; &#xa0;The ruthlessness of her opponent — or opponents — becomes even clearer when there’s an attempt to abduct Tremain’s young daughter. &#xa0; &#xa0;Still more chilling, Maggie’s investigation suddenly attracts the attention of a local crime kingpin.<br /><br />The attack on Pearl Harbor presses every cop in the city into service protecting manufacturing and research facilities. &#xa0; Stunned by the knowledge their nation will soon be at war, even fearful the mainland itself will be bombed, people cling to family and friends. &#xa0;Schedules and routines shatter. &#xa0;Amid the disruption, alone and aware she can’t count on help from the police, Maggie races to save a man who has now become a liability to his captors.<br /><br /><i>Maximum Moxie, fifth book in the author’s popular Maggie Sullivan mysteries series, gives readers fast-paced twists and turns along with a rare and vividly painted closeup view of a watershed event in 20th century American history.</i>

6 Dames Fight Harder

Author : M. Ruth Myers
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths  British Detectives 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2017-11-14
Description :  <b>2018 SHAMUS AWARD FINALIST</b><br /><br /><b>Murderer or independent woman?</b><br /><br />Murder at a construction site draws Ohio private investigator Maggie Sullivan into a case that makes cops mistrust her and friends doubt her. The suspect, Rachel Minsky, is Maggie's closest friend – and all signs point to Rachel's guilt.<br />&#xa0;<br />Rachel ignores the rules society imposes on women. &#xa0;That independence, in 1942, as well as her success in business, has made her enemies. &#xa0;Yet the dead man also had an unsavory secret or two, starting with his missing mistress. &#xa0;Who was the murderer's real target? &#xa0;And what is Rachel hiding from the only person who can save her?<br />&#xa0;<br />The city Maggie scours for clues to the real killer has been altered by America's recent entry into World War II. &#xa0;Shortages of men and material have created new motives for murder. &#xa0;Unsupervised children roam the streets at night while their mothers work in defense plants. Strangers outnumber familiar faces at Maggie's favorite pub.<br />&#xa0;<br />As the case and Maggie's relationship with policeman Mick Connelly heat up, Maggie finds herself caught in currents that threaten to drown her.

7 The Whiskey Tide

Author : M. Ruth Myers
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2015-03-09
Description :  At the height of Prohibition three sisters in a genteel Massachusetts family turn rum-runners to save their family. &#xa0;Desperate to provide for their newly widowed mother and little brother, they use the family’s pleasure schooner to smuggle whiskey from Canada.<br /><br />Kate, the bookworm, hatches the plan, sacrificing her last year at Wellesley to make every grueling and dangerous trip. &#xa0;Rosalie risks her engagement to a clergyman to help on the home front – and tends Kate’s gunshot wound from rum-pirates. &#xa0;Aggie, a dazzling flapper hungry for adventure, uses the undertaking to become involved with a man she doesn’t realize is a vicious killer.<br /><br />Kate’s courage in the face of storms, crooks on both sides of the law, and the treacherous tides of the Bay of Fundy change her view of the world. &#xa0;It also changes the lives of those around her. &#xa0;The Portuguese-Irish fisherman she hires to captain Pa’s Folly earns money enough to provide previously unimagined options for his poor but close-knit family – but bears the secret burden of falling in love with Kate. &#xa0;A wealthy old woman dying of loneliness in her cliff top mansion finds reasons to live. &#xa0;Even Kate’s cousin, shattered in body and spirit by his service in The Great War, is caught in the ripples.<br /><br />THE WHISKEY TIDE is a sweeping saga of family ties that bind and chafe and sometimes fray, and of new horizons glimpsed in the dark of the moon.

8 A Touch of Magic

Author : M. Ruth Myers
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2015-02-16
Description :  A dazzling sleight-of-hand artist is recruited by the State Department to pit her skills – and wits – against a master terrorist.&#xa0; He’s about to receive a piece of stolen film used to make US passports, film that could open the door to terrorists around the world.<br /><br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; Although Channing Stuart is the fourth generation in a family of acclaimed magicians, she’s the first of them not to turn pro.&#xa0; Eye-to-eye with a killer, will she have the nerve and nimbleness to pull off a switch that finally proves her worthy of her bloodline?<br /><br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; Special agent Bill Ellery is irritated to find himself suddenly teamed with this amateur whose passion to succeed is as great as his own, and whose penchant for the unpredictable unsettles him as much as the woman herself.<br /><br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; In an upscale resort where every enticement hides a trap, they play cat and mouse with enemies known and unknown as a time bomb ticks.&#xa0; Hundreds of lives depend on the deftness of one woman’s fingers and ... A TOUCH OF MAGIC.<br /><br />First ebook edition of a mass market thriller by an author known for strong women and swiftly-moving plots.

9 The Barefoot Stiff

Author : M. Ruth Myers
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2014-08-19
Description :  This mystery **short story** features characters from the author’s novels featuring depression-era private investigator Maggie Sullivan.<br /><br />A blonde in an expensive hat approaches Maggie at a dime store lunch counter, offering a staggering amount of money if the detective will meet a man who wants to hire her. Suspecting something amiss, Maggie refuses. But her empty bank account, plus curiosity, prompt her to turn up at the time and place appointed — only to encounter a body that’s still warm.<br /><br />Irked when the detectives questioning her only snicker at the leads she suggests, and even more so by their insinuation that she solves cases by batting her eyes instead of using her brains, Maggie baits a trap for the killer.<br /><br />He shows up at Maggie’s office ready to use a knife to get information he wants. But the gritty little private eye handles a .38 as competently as she does an emery board. The killer isn’t the only one involved in a lucrative crime... and Maggie wants the satisfaction of handing the police all the answers.<br /><br />Enjoy the historical atmosphere of a time before cell phones, and the company of a one-of-a-kind female sleuth.

10 The Crime Cafe Nine Book Set

Author : Austin Camacho, Donna Fletcher Crow, W.D. Gagliani, Dale T. Phillips, M. Ruth Myers, Benjamin Sobieck, Jim Winter, Kenneth Wishnia & Frank Zafiro
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Hard-Boiled  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2016-10-25
Description :  <b>Featuring Nine Stories by Crime Writers Featured on the Crime Cafe podcast!</b><br /><br /><b><i>Bonus interviews with the authors included!</i></b><br /><br />This boxed set includes the following crime fiction books by guest authors on the Crime Cafe podcast:<br /><br />RUSSIAN ROULETTE by Austin Camacho<br />AN ALL-CONSUMING FIRE by Donna Fletcher Crow<br />SAVAGE NIGHTS by W.D. Gagliani<br />A MEMORY OF GRIEF by Dale T. Phillips<br />NO GAME FOR A DAME by M. Ruth Myers<br />GLASS EYE by Benjamin Sobieck<br />GYPSY'S KISS by Jim Winter<br />23 SHADES OF BLACK by Kenneth Wishnia<br />WAIST DEEP by Frank Zafiro

11 Medieval to Modern: An Anthology of Historical Mystery Stories

Author : Sarah Woodbury, M. Ruth Myers, M. Louisa Locke, Anna Castle & Libi Astaire
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Women Sleuths  Historical 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2018-06-19
Description :  Join amateur sleuths, private detectives, and feisty female protagonists in a journey through time with this anthology of historical mysteries spanning nearly a thousand years, from Medieval Wales to 1940s Ohio. This collection of eight novellas and short stories is the perfect introduction to five award-winning series in settings ranging from the back streets of Elizabethan and Regency London to the steep slopes of Victorian San Francisco.<br /><br />-- Libi Astaire, the <i>Jewish Regency </i>mystery series.<br /><br />-- Anna Castle, the<i> Francis Bacon </i>mystery series and the <i>Professor &amp; Mrs. Moriarty</i> mystery series.<br /><br />-- M. Louisa Locke, the <i>Victorian San Francisco </i>mystery series.<br /><br />-- M. Ruth Myers, the <i>Maggie Sullivan </i>mystery series set in Depression-era Ohio.<br /><br />-- Sarah Woodbury, the <i>Gareth &amp; Gwen Medieval Mysteries.</i>

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