The Dagger Before Me

The Dagger Before Me The Dagger Before Me is the first in the Persephone Cole vintage Mystery Series formally called Persephone Cole and the Halloween Curse What would Sam Spade be like if he was a woman Halloween finds

  • Title: The Dagger Before Me
  • Author: Heather Haven
  • ISBN: 9780988408654
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Dagger Before Me is the first in the Persephone Cole vintage Mystery Series, formally called Persephone Cole and the Halloween Curse What would Sam Spade be like if he was a woman Halloween finds Percy Cole backstage, during the previews of the latest Broadway production of Shakespeare s Macbeth, where there s double, double, toil and trouble.

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    • Eva says:

      I really despise this archetype of a strong middle-class intelligent woman. Persephone, this uncommonly tall Jewish redhead is described as excellent at her job even if she has just started her first case. So how can she be so sure about her skills and ability to solve this theatrical mystery? Above all, although she is gluttonous and fat (I'm tempted to say obese), men are pretty much fond of her; another pathetic cliché about an unusual (and/or inner) beauty. Heather Haven is probably writing [...]

    • Michelle says:

      Good bookYou people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA

    • Philip says:

      Good, fun read! More later.

    • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews says:

      Originally posted at: longandshortreviews/boPercy and her family just might be as nutty as the pistachios she craves!Percy is certainly not the stereotypical mother of the 1940s. She’s a tough woman with an attitude big enough to match her 5’11” frame. She possesses a sharp mind and an even sharper tongue. I love the way she handles people, men in particular, who doubt her abilities as a detective. Though she can be brash at times, Percy also knows how to turn on the charm when she needs t [...]

    • Alastair Rosie says:

      Set in New York, 1942, The Dagger Before Me is book one in the Persephone Cole Mysteries in the great tradition of Mike Hammer. Persephone (Percy) is a hard boiled lady detective who has taken over her father's business. PI work back then was traditionally a man's world and Percy is trying hard to break the stereotype image of women as being homemakers. She has a son but no partner thus she has even more to fight against than your average woman all things considered. When an actor falls to his d [...]

    • Patricia Reding says:

      I downloaded a free copy of The Dagger Before Me from . In exchange, I offer this, my fair and honest review.The Dagger Before Me is one of stories in The Persephone Cole Vintage Mystery Series. (Note the terrific covers. I mean really, who doesn’t love a great fedora!) In it, Heather Haven introduces us to Persephone Cole, known as Percy. Percy is trying to find her way the “man’s world” of the 1940s. Living with her parents and son, she seeks to take over the family investigation busin [...]

    • Leslie says:

      The first Persephone Cole mystery (also published under the title "The Dagger Before Me"). I liked the character of Percy (as her friends and family call her) and the 1940s New York City setting. Unfortunately, I found the mystery itself somewhat predictable -- I figured out 'whodunit' pretty early (although perhaps (view spoiler)[I was helped by the fact I recently finished an Evelyn Waugh book! (hide spoiler)]) which normally I am not good at doing. I was assisted in that by the format (which [...]

    • Cheryl says:

      I'll begin by saying I know this author from some online groups and have enjoyed another series she writes.This one is a vintage mystery, set in the early forties, with a six foot heroine named Persephone; Percy for short.She's a single mother when single mothers aren't generally the norm. She's also a private detective when female private detectives certainly aren't the norm. She's had to fight for her career.When a theater producer hires her to find out who murdered his lead in Macbeth, she ju [...]

    • Norma Huss says:

      Persephone Cole (Percy for short) is a female detective in early 1940s New York during World War II. There's great historic atmosphere (sweaty because it's non-air-conditioned summer) dealing with strange accidents in the theater district. She detects undercover as a manager who doesn't really know that much about managing, but she's right up there with detecting, including gun-handling. The nicely convoluted plot kept me guessing, and the ending was wholly satisfying. Definitely recommended for [...]

    • J.Q. Rose says:

      The Dagger Before Me is filled with the culture of the fabulous '40's era. What a time. Heather Haven is just the storyteller to tackle a story about a strong heroine P.I. who is determined to bring in a murderer and cash for her family. Her family is well drawn and well, let me say, goofy. Really fun reading about them and Persephone's method of tracking down the bad guy. Immerse yourself into the 40's with this entertaining read.

    • Joyce says:

      Percy, one of the first female detectives in the 40's is quite the character. She just doesn't seem to fit in anywhere let alone as a detective. She is working hard to prove to her father that she can do this. There are lots of funny moments in the book and although I tried to figure out who was behind all the murders and mayhem I didn't until near the end of the book. This wasn't my usual type of book, I did still enjoy it and would read more by Ms. Haven in the future.

    • Marva says:

      Persephone Cole is growing on me each book I read. If you like your mysteries light-hearted with fascinating settings described well by the author, then you won't go wrong with any of the Percey Cole mysteries. I've read two now and wouldn't mind reading more.

    • Gail says:

      This is a good cozy mystery. There was enough action to keep me interested. I think this was one of Heather Haven's earlier books. I don't think it is as well written as her later onew. However, this story kept me interested enough to want to read more books in this series.

    • Lisa Shafer says:

      The characterization is good, and the plot works. This is a fun little historical cozy mystery.The Kindle edition needs some good editing, though. There are strange paragraph breaks all over and a fair number of misused homophones and stray apostrophes.

    • Glenda says:

      About a female private eye years before it was accepted for a lady to be a PI. Good read. Author is a good story-teller and it is profanity free. I appreciate that. Hope she writes more in the series.

    • Gloria Johnson says:

      I read this one because the crime takes place during a stage production of Macbeth, and that idea appealed to me. Everyone was beginning to believe the curse of "the Scottish play." The mystery was not all that exciting, and the characters were only mildly appealing.

    • Elizabeth Bailey says:

      I liked this a lot. An unusual heroine PI, working at a period when women were not known in the trade. She was slick, clever and a change from the norm. Will read more of this series.

    • Linda T says:

      Good World War 2 setting. Interesting back stage theater mystery. Loved the female protagonist.

    • Johnnie says:

      This was a great vintage mystery. And to have a woman as the detective was so delightful. Move over Sam Spade, here comes Ms. Percy Cole!!

    • Timeforme says:

      The plot dragged a bit and the characters didn't really draw me into the story.

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