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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda L. Richards Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781423349730
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As the lawlessness of Prohibition pushes against the desperation of the Depression, there are two ways to make a living in Los Angeles: join the criminals or collar them. Kitty Pangborn has chosen the crime-fighters, becoming secretary to Dexter J. Theroux, one of the hard-drinking, tough-talking PIs who pepper the city’s stew. But after Dex takes an assignment from Rita Heppelwaite, the mistress of Harrison Dempsey, one of L.A.’s shadiest—and richest—businessmen, Kitty isn’t so sure what side of the law she’s on.

Rita suspects Dempsey has been stepping out and asks Dex to tail him. It’s an easy enough task, but Dex’s morning stroll with Johnnie Walker would make it tough for him to trail his own shadow. Kitty insists she go along for the ride, keeping her boss—and hopefully her salary—safe. However, she’s about to realize that there’s something far more unpleasant than a three-timing husband at the end of this trail, and that there’s more at risk than her paycheck.

Richly satisfying and stylishly gritty, Death Was the Other Woman gives a brand-new twist to the hard-boiled style, revealing that while veteran PIs like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe spent their time slugging scotch and wooing women, it may well have been the Girl Fridays of the world who really cracked the cases.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/3/2014

    " Very enjoyable. I loved the 1930s noir-ish feeling and Kitty and Dex are easy characters to like. While I wouldn't pay full price for these books, they're definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/1/2014

    " Might appeal to janet evanovich fans w/ an urge for something a little more literary -- & an atmosphere of noir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 11/15/2013

    " Should have read this one first. A LOT of background on the characters in Richards' delightful (yes, delightful!) noir-ish detective series :-) Some of this would have been nice to know before I read Death Was in the Picture: A Mystery, but no harm. You can see Richards was still experimenting with style and tone here; there are a few moments where Kitty gets a bit too editorial-y. A bit darker, but still fun. I probably would have enjoyed this better if I hadn't read Death Was in the Picture first. (Oops!) Nevertheless, I'm SO looking forward to Richards' next installment of this series :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregg | 10/20/2013

    " Good, old fashioned hard boiled detective story with a twist. It's told from the dame's point of view. The more competent secretary to the P.I. narrates the story and while she is not an experienced detective, she has a different viewpoint than her scotch swilling boss. I wasn't sure about the premise at first, but it works and works well. I went in not expecting to get much enjoyment out of the story, but I was wrong.I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading "Death Was In The Picture", Linda L. Richard's follow up mystery to this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 10/18/2013

    " While the P.I. is up in San Francisco chasing down leads, his secretary is down in Los Angeles solving the crime. Great depression-era dectective novel. I'm not sure what the author has planned, but I'd love to see more Kitty Pangborn in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 10/9/2013

    " This novel is a fun little take on the hard-boiled detective stories from Los Angeles in the 30s. I'm looking forward to reading the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/25/2013

    " Intersting voice, it trys to be 1930's or so...once you get past that, it is an ok mystery story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/8/2013

    " This was a very good read. I enjoyed taking the trip back in time and the emotion and detail was wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 7/20/2013

    " Easy-going, interesting story of woman in 1929-30 who has suddenly left on her own and joins a detective agency. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 7/20/2013

    " Really wonderful atmosphere in this one, like watching a favorite old movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 4/29/2013

    " Enjoyable characters, but an underdeveloped plot. The ending, especially. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sylvie Fox | 1/10/2013

    " It was a routine plot layered with overblown 1930's gangster language. I wanted the characters to turn the gun on me and pull the trigger to get this book over with. And the main character isn't interesting enough to follow for a series. If you like this kind of book, read Mickey Spillane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 12/1/2012

    " Great for people who like film noir. Set in the 1930's. Main protagonist is a female...does a great job with descriptions and slang, making you feel like you are actually in that time and place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/15/2011

    " Fun, easy read with '30's slang. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison | 8/12/2011

    " I wanted to like this one. The author simultaneously tried too hard and didn't try hard enough. In this book, slang became more important than the fresh, clever wording that makes authentic noire what it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SueAnn | 7/4/2011

    " Lind Richards' Death Was the Other Woman: A Novel was really fun to listen to as it was set in vintage Los Angeles. Lots of details on the crime solving profession during that time, and lots of interesting LA facts and lingo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 4/8/2011

    " A cross between Dragnet and LA confidential. Some interesting info on the depression on the West Coast. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica Gadsden | 2/5/2011

    " It was a routine plot layered with overblown 1930's gangster language. I wanted the characters to turn the gun on me and pull the trigger to get this book over with. And the main character isn't interesting enough to follow for a series. If you like this kind of book, read Mickey Spillane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Plaid | 10/27/2010

    " Great read for fans of classic noir fiction. The twist barely takes away from the classic feel of the novel at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 7/23/2010

    " This was a fun send-up of a Raymond Chandler novel, with the girl Friday Kitty as the real private dick. I plan to read some more of these on vacations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 6/26/2010

    " Really wonderful atmosphere in this one, like watching a favorite old movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/12/2010

    " This was a fun send-up of a Raymond Chandler novel, with the girl Friday Kitty as the real private dick. I plan to read some more of these on vacations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/26/2010

    " Might appeal to janet evanovich fans w/ an urge for something a little more literary -- & an atmosphere of noir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/31/2010

    " A cross between Dragnet and LA confidential. Some interesting info on the depression on the West Coast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 8/19/2009

    " This novel is a fun little take on the hard-boiled detective stories from Los Angeles in the 30s. I'm looking forward to reading the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SueAnn | 7/28/2009

    " Lind Richards' Death Was the Other Woman: A Novel was really fun to listen to as it was set in vintage Los Angeles. Lots of details on the crime solving profession during that time, and lots of interesting LA facts and lingo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/25/2009

    " This was a very good read. I enjoyed taking the trip back in time and the emotion and detail was wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/20/2008

    " Great read for fans of classic noir fiction. The twist barely takes away from the classic feel of the novel at all.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 9/27/2008

    " Great for people who like film noir. Set in the 1930's. Main protagonist is a female...does a great job with descriptions and slang, making you feel like you are actually in that time and place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 8/7/2008

    " Intersting voice, it trys to be 1930's or so...once you get past that, it is an ok mystery story. "

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About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.