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The Deadly Redheads: Maggie Sullivan mysteries

The Deadly Redheads: Maggie Sullivan mysteries

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The Deadly Redheads: Maggie Sullivan mysteries

Length:
28 pages
21 minutes
Publisher:
Released:
May 21, 2020
ISBN:
9781393514756
Format:
Book

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With World War II rationing making new tires unavailable, 1940s private investigator Maggie Sullivan needs a retread tire to keep her DeSoto rolling through city streets, not a confrontation with two killers. Unfortunately for  the scrappy Ohio detective, one leads to the other.
                                
It starts with a tall man in need of her help but quickly leads to a redhead claiming to be a clergyman's daughter, puzzling hanky panky with a window in a second story service garage, and skeptical cops. Maybe, just possibly, someone's after loot worth enough to risk spilling blood.

 

Tracking  down thugs and facing them alone, in the dark, is all in a day's work for Maggie. The dry-humored female protagonist would rather be using her emery board, but as those on the wrong side of the law discover, she doesn't mind using her Smith & Wesson.

 

This SHORT STORY features characters from the full length novels in the author's traditional mystery series set in 1940s America. It follows Maggie through cases in  the years 1938-1946 and the city of Dayton, Ohio, from the end of the Great Depression into and through World War II. Readers who enjoy a 20th century historical mystery won't go wrong here.

Publisher:
Released:
May 21, 2020
ISBN:
9781393514756
Format:
Book

About the author

M. Ruth Myers received a Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America for Don’t Dare a Dame, the third book in her Maggie Sullivan mysteries series.  The series follows a woman P.I. in Dayton, OH, from the end of the Great Depression through the end of WW2. Other novels by Myers, in various genres, have been translated, optioned for film and condensed for magazine publication.  Some were written under the name Mary Ruth Myers.   She has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri J-School.  Prior to becoming a novelist, she worked on daily papers in Wyoming, Michigan and Ohio.  She also spent five years working as a ventriloquist. The author and her husband live in Ohio.  When not writing, she plays Irish traditional tunes on the concertina with more enthusiasm than skill.  (Then again, how many people do you know who even play the concertina?)


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The Deadly Redheads - M. Ruth Myers

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AN EX-CON I’d helped send away spent his first day of freedom slashing one of my tires beyond patching, which is why the following morning found me in the waiting area of Stomps Chevrolet.

I was anchoring my hair behind my ear with a tortoise shell comb and wondering darkly how many days I’d have to wait for a retread tire, when the tallest man I’d ever seen outside a circus approached me.

Miss Sullivan? I’m Hank Stomps. A callused paw engulfed my own. Your mechanic called me first thing this morning to say you’re a private detective and can’t work without your car. I’ll bump your job ahead as much as I can without ruffling any feathers.

A ray of sun pierced my gloom. When America joined the war against Hitler, new tires had become unavailable. If a tire became worn or, like mine, damaged beyond what a patch could fix, the only recourse was a retread. In a city whose population was well past two hundred thousand, the only machine for making them was at Stomps Chevrolet.

And maybe since you’re already here, you’d do us a little favor in return? the man who, judging by his name, was one of the owners continued. If you could just take a look at something?

Ah-hah.

Hank Stomps was in his middle forties and probably had to duck his head to get under street lamps. Despite my initial cynicism, though, I began to think he’d never meant to put me over a barrel with his request. He was just a fellow who helped folks out when he could, and assumed other people were like-minded.

Sure, I said. I’ll have a look.

It’s probably nothing, but it’s never happened before.

The big brick-fronted Stomps building was split into two halves. The side with display windows housed new car

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