Maggie Sullivan Short Stories – M. Ruth Myers

Maggie Sullivan Short Stories

A Concrete Garter Belt

A Concrete Garter Belt

The woman with work-roughened hands begs 1940s private investigator Maggie Sullivan to find her kid sister, the sister she's raised since the girl was a toddler. But two days later Maggie's client is dead. Everyone, cops included, brushes it off as suicide born of despair. Everyone except Maggie.

With her Smith & Wesson and a nip of gin, the flinty detective sets out to uncover the fate of the missing girl. Her hunt leads her to a secretarial agency whose owner likes to paw his employees, and to a rich man's mansion where she encounters depravity beyond her darkest imaginings.

This SHORT STORY, with traces of both hard-boiled and cozy, features characters from the author's full-length Maggie Sullivan mysteries.

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The Barefoot Stiff

The Barefoot Stiff

This mystery short story features characters from the author’s novels featuring depression-era private investigator Maggie Sullivan.
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.

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.

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.

Enjoy the historical atmosphere of a time before cell phones, and the company of a one-of-a-kind female sleuth.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Fedora

Fifty Shades of Grey Fedora

Heat has always sizzled between private investigators and the femme fatales who walk through their doors. But in this startling, original anthology, these 17 authors—many of them winners of the prestigious Shamus Award—from sizzle to steamy, illustrating that sex and crime not only go hand in hand, but reaches far deeper into the stirrings of the heart From classic detective tales by Max Allan Collins and Parnell Hall, to tales of infidelity and suspicion from Terrill Lee Lankford and David Housewright, to surprising stories of female detectives by M. Ruth Myers to Sara Paretsky, here is a sexy, bawdy spin on the art of detection and the law of attraction. Other clever and seductive tales are presented by Carolina Garcia-Aquilera, Justin Scott, Gary Phillips, Jerry Kennealy, Michael Bracken, Christine Matthews, Robert J. Randisi, Warren Murphy, Ted Fitzgerald, Dick Lochte, and John Lutz.

In all, these sexy damsels in distress and their all-too-willing investigators give new meaning to the term private…uh, you know. Fifty Shades of Grey Fedora will steam up even the most mundane stakeout.

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