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What The Lady Wants by Jennifer Crusie
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What The Lady Wants (original 1995; edition 2002)

by Jennifer Crusie

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Title:What The Lady Wants
Authors:Jennifer Crusie
Info:Mira (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:murder, romance, funny, detective

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I ♥ Jennifer Crusie's writing, it makes me laugh, feel good, & holds my interest.

I am taking of 1/2 Star for the over dramatized, over-long sex scene.... It was long & tedious. Usually Crusie's sex scenes are pretty good, but this was over the top & boring.

Mae Belle hires Mitch, whom she mistakenly takes for a dummy to investigate Armand's murder & to find his missing diary. What Mae Belle doesn't tell Mitch is that she overheard a snippet of Armand's phone conversation stating that the diary tells where the money is.

Mae Belle's parents died when she was a child, her three uncles (all crooks) drew straws for her and her Uncle Armand (who didn't like children) won.

When Uncle Armand dies, his will leaves everything with the exception of a stipend for his butler & housekeeper and 1/2 of his stocks to Mae Belle.

But the funeral holds a surprise for everyone; the previous week Armand married a Society Maven who decides that as the widow she is moving into Mae Belle's home. Not only is there a widow to contend with, there is no money, there are no stocks, and valuable antiquities & art have been steadily been disappearing from the house.

When Mitch & Mae Bell visit her two other uncles: Uncle Claud, a silent brooding financial wizard (indicted for financial fraud) and Uncle Gio, a rumored hit-man who is also taking care of his sociopath grandson Carlo (in love w/ Mae Belle) all hell breaks loose... All do their best to get Mae Belle away from Mitch, no matter how she demands that Mitch is who she wants at her side investigating Armand's alleged murder.

Included in the family:
* June, Armand's housekeeper & former mistress, surrogate mother of Mae Bell and wife of Harold
* Harold, Armand's sinister butler and protector of Mae Belle
* Stormy, Armand's mistress, stripper, & good-times girl
* Bob, Mae Belle's mentally challenged dog that keeps hitting his head on the kitchen cupboard

It is a fun & fast moving book with a twist of an ending ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | May 18, 2018 |
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  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
What the Lady Wants Jennifer Crusie
★★★

When Mae Belle Sullivans 76 year old uncle Armand dies of a heart attack his diary goes missing, knowing she needs information in the diary Mae decides to hire an incompetent detective to investigate Armands supposed murder.

Mitch has 1 week left to go as a private detective when Mae walks into his office looking like Brigid from The Eagle has Landed despite knowing she is lying to him Mitch accepts his final case.

What Mae didnt bargain on was how determined and intelligent Mitch was and what Mitch hadnt bargained on was Maes family. Uncle Gio the suspected mobster and his son Carlos the muscle, then there is Uncle Claud the finacial man and off course Armands lover Stormy.

What follows is lots of funny situations some of which made me laugh out loud (watch out for hopeless dog Bob) and as it is a romance despite initial annoyance at each other romance does start to bloom but can it survive the family and what will the missing diary reveal.

A fun light summer read. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
Witty and fun with a bit of mystery thrown in, me likey (lol). Jennifer Crusie's writing continues to entertain and amuse me. It was good to see Tess and Nick again. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Apr 17, 2015 |
Entertaining who-done-it story that at first it seemed like plot overshadowed romance but it was so funny and eventually romance kicked in. Dressed to seduce, Mae walks into detective Mitch's office to hire him to solve a murder.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
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This book is for my parents,
Jack and JoAnn Smith of Wapakoneta, Ohio,
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Nothin' like a dame . . .
Mitch Peabody was learning pretty fast that the life of a private detective was not all it was cracked up to be. Cheating husbands, suspicious wives, unsuspecting mistresss -- case after case left him cynical and disillusioned. This was nothing like the world of tough-talking detectives and smart-mouthed, stunning dames he'd envisioned . . . until she walked through the door.

Right down to her stilettos, Mae Sullivan was a knockout with a lethal body -- and a lethal family to go with it. There was something not quite on the up-and-up about her, but she came with a case he couldn't afford to refuse . . . and left him with a case of lust like he hadn't had since high school. It didn't take long for him to fall for her, hook, line and sinker. But was Mae only interested in catching the double-crossing crooks who murdered her uncle . . . or did the lady want to catch him?
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Nothin' like a dame . . .

Mitch Peabody was learning pretty fast that the life of a private detective was not all it was cracked up to be. Cheating husbands, suspicious wives, unsuspecting mistresss -- case after case left him cynical and disillusioned. This was nothing like the world of tough-talking detectives and smart-mouthed, stunning dames he'd envisioned . . . until she walked through the door.

Right down to her stilettos, Mae Sullivan was a knockout with a lethal body -- and a lethal family to go with it. There was something not quite on the up-and-up about her, but she came with a case he couldn't afford to refuse . . . and left him with a case of lust like he hadn't had since high school. It didn't take long for him to fall for her, hook, line and sinker. But was Mae only interested in catching the double-crossing crooks who murdered her uncle . . . or did the lady want to catch him?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:42 -0400)

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Mitch Peabody was learning pretty fast that the life of a private detective was nothing like the movies. He'd envisioned a world of tough-talking detectives and smart-mouthed, stunning dames. Instead he saw case after case of cheating husbands, suspicious wives and unsuspecting mistresses, until she walked through the door. Right down to her stilettos, Mae Sullivan was a knockout with a lethal body, and a lethal family to go with it. There was something not quite on the up-and-up about her, but she came with a case he couldn't afford to refuse, and left him with a case of lust he hadn't had since high school. It didn't take long for him to fall for her, hook, line and sinker. But was Mae interested only in catching the double-crossing crooks who murdered her uncle, or did the lady want to catch him?… (more)

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