Mystery Set in Ohio Captures America’s Entry into WW2

by M. Ruth Myers

Maximum Moxie, shiny new addition to the mystery series featuring the 1940s detective with great legs, Maggie Sullivan, has just landed in digital bookstores.  This fifth book in the series opens when the private eye takes on a new case days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and provides an unusual portrait of a mainland city left dazed but resolute.

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The Story:

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. Has Gil Tremain been kidnaped, or has he turned traitor — to his employer and maybe his country?

As Maggie pieces together his last movements, she finds there are secrets the man’s ex-wife and his employers don’t want uncovered. Maggie herself is attacked and an innocent witness is murdered. The ruthlessness of her opponent — or opponents — becomes even clearer when there’s an attempt to abduct Tremain’s young daughter. Still more chilling, Maggie’s investigation suddenly attracts the attention of a local crime kingpin.

The attack on Pearl Harbor presses every cop in the city into service protecting manufacturing and research facilities. 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. Schedules and routines shatter. 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.

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.

About mruthmyers

Welcome to the spot for aficionados of the 1940s, strong women protagonists and private eye novels. Shamus Award winning mystery writer M. Ruth Myers, author of the Maggie Sullivan mysteries and other novels, is your host. Share stories of your female relatives on the WW2 homefront. Find new books. Most of all have fun!

Posted on September 23, 2016, in Detective Fiction, History, News and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Just finished your new book! Loved it! This is the best one so far. There is 2 mistakes I noticed. One concerns a sentence where Maggie is sitting on the porch steps waiting for Eve and Mother return from the neighbor’s house. The other one is near the end of the story where Tabby says to Maggie, “Four ruffians down and a missing man rescued. Not a bad night’s work for 2 women, do you think?” Do you think doesn’t make sense, I think you meant to say, “don’t you think?” The word do doesn’t work very well in this sentence, it doesn’t roll of the tongue correctly. If I’m jolted to a stop while reading then I know something is wrong with what I just read. Here’s a helpful hint that I used when I was the editor of an online Star Trek newsletter: If you’re hung up on a word (whether it’s right or not), read the sentence out loud. It’s amazing the difference that will make. Your ears will tell you if it’s right or not. Our brains tend to either gloss over it or replace it without physically replacing the written word. I am so looking forward to reading how Maggie adjusts to WWII in the next book! I will be leaving reviews at Goodreads, Amazon and chatting it up on facebook in the Thrillers, Suspense and Mystery Readers Group!

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  2. Thanks so much, Debbie. I’m glad you enjoyed it. For some reason, my reply to you got lost the first time. Hopefully this one will stick! Thanks for taking the time to write.

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