A Lady Never Trifles with Thieves by Suzann Ledbetter

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Suzann Ledbetter brings her unparalleled storytelling talents to a new mystery series in which one engaging heroine sets out to tame the Wild West with a woman's touch...
"The simple truth is, I was born clever...." So says spirited young Denver City detective Joby (Josephine Beckworth) Sawyer -- and she isn't bragging. With a whip-sharp mind, self-taught expertise in biology, herbology, chemistry, criminality, and legal action, Joby can pretty much get her man. But there's one still hanging on the line: her devoted policeman beau, Jack O'Shaughnessy. In Joby's line of work, murder and mayhem come before matrimony. And with two new cases to crack, her wedding gown can wait.
For now Joby has to get the goods on a no-good abusive husband so a wealthy wife can get out with her fortune and her features intact. Then, a high-class jewel thief goes from larceny to murder as a woman is found strangled with her pearl necklace. Against Jack's wishes, Joby takes a crack at the case with the help of her mentor, Won Li. Determined to prove she's as good an investigator as any man, Joby must use both her brains and her beauty to catch a thief -- before he kills again.
 

About Suzann Ledbetter

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Suzann Ledbetter, the author of twelve previous books in the western and contemporary mystery genres, is a columnist for the Springfield News-Leader and a contributing editor to Family Circle. She has been a guest on the Today Show and currently lectures for the Greater Talent Network. She lives in Nixa, Missouri. Visit her Web site at www.suzannledbetter.com.
 
Published April 23, 2003 by Pocket Books. 226 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The first book in Ledbetter's (West of Bliss, etc.) new historical mystery series, set in 1870s Denver, explodes into action when young detective/self-proclaimed "scientist" Josephine Beckworth Sawyer blows up her tool shed with homemade nitroglycerine.

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In 1870s Denver City, it isn't ladylike, or even accepted, for a person of the female gender to be a private investigator.

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