Read Murderers Prefer Blondes by Amanda Matetsky Online


A feisty young widow with Brenda Starr bravado and a fixation with following in Agatha Christie's footsteps, Paige wants to pen a memorable mystery. But first she must solve the murder of a 24-year-old beauty queen....

Title : Murderers Prefer Blondes
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780425191057
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Murderers Prefer Blondes Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-12 14:27

    The Good: Paige and her neighbor Abby are fun characters to read. There's some decent humor mixed in with a great 1950's setting. The author does a great job setting the mood and tone of the time for working women. A light, easy read.The Bad: The mystery was sort of obvious once readers were introduced to the possible suspects. While I enjoyed the humorous tone, I actually found myself wishing things in the book were viewed a little more seriously. There was a flippant feeling that took away from the urgency of the mystery.

  • Vickie
    2019-05-07 18:31

    This was a eyebrow-raiser. It is amateur sleuth, but not cozy. It is more suspense and it's good suspense. Set in 1954, a time when women were fighting to get into the workplace and be of equal standing and pay. It's full of beatniks, thugs, Mafia, working girls and those that would try to take advantage of them. Paige likes to think she's tough, full of moxie, and she does keep going even when there's someone leaving threatening notes and dead bodies in her path. Told in first-person, Paige describes herself fairly honestly, panic and crying jags and all. She will do what it takes to get her story and see it through. I loved the most that it wasn't only the who, but the why.Again, it's amateur sleuth, but not a cozy. There's violence and heavy duty cussing. Definitely recommend.

  • Thezoo232
    2019-05-22 19:35

    This book is fun & quirky. My 2nd time reading it actually. I came across the 'Paige Turner' series again while just searching book titles and thought I'd start with the first one again since its been 10 years & I already had it. I'll definitely try more. The author writes a clever strong woman character 'detective' type during the 1950s - when women had "their place" in society - someone you root for; makes easy fun reads. Very entertaining!

  • Linda
    2019-05-15 19:23

    This Paige Turner mystery is a real page turner! (sorry I couldn't resist) This book moved along at a good pace and we got a good introduction to the characters. I love how real Paige seems. At times there did seem to be a lot of other characters to try and keep track of but this was very well done.

  • Maureen O'Connor
    2019-05-10 17:35

    This is more like a 2 1/2 star review.A friend found this book at a thrift shop and left it for me knowing that since the author lives in my county and I once lived in the Greenwich Village I must find the setting and style of interest. It is a quick read but the characters are cookie cutter, the plot simplistic and the mystery obvious. The tone of much of the book is flippant and details that I assume are supposed to be atmospheric are more like an information dump.. As a "cozy mystery" it does the job but merely adequately.

  • Remona Fennell
    2019-04-27 20:09

    I love this series and cried long and hard when it ended. I highly recommend.

  • Shelley
    2019-05-16 13:35

    I came across this author in a second hand bookshop I visited a couple of months ago. I bought two of the books in the series. I wish I had bought more. I really enjoyed the mystery and the story. It takes place in the 1950's, when women weren't treated as equals, and were subjected to becoming wife, nurse, secretary or school teacher. This is why I liked Paige so much. She is a strong woman, who wanted to live outside the "norm" and be a writer for the magazine she worked at, but was stuck being the secretary/coffee maker/editor because life really sucked bad back then for women! So when Babs Comstock is killed, she takes it upon herself to solve who done it. I was cheering her on every step of the way! The author did an excellent job at setting the tone for the 1950's. She obviously did a lot of research, because it showed in her descriptions.Though the story was an easy read and I enjoyed it very much, the time period and how terrible women were treated as second class people drove me mad. I'm not sure I would had been able to hold my tongue in being talked down, called "doll", and every other degrading way woman were subjected too back then. On the hunt for more of the books.

  • Abby
    2019-04-28 14:21

    A secretary/coffe maker/proofreader/friend Paige Turner gets the ride of her life in this book. Did i mention she is a wanna-be mystery writer? Add that to the / line up there, cause she is. Trying to find out her murdered a beautiful blonde, Paige gets the help of her best friend Abby to help her solve the case. She see's many handsome man, but can she trust them. One of them may be the killer. Avoiding handsome homicide detective Dan Street who warned her about putting her nose into business, Paige must make sure that a strangler is off the street before the strangler kills her dreams on being a writer, permanatly.

  • Dennis Fischman
    2019-05-17 17:35

    This must be a really simple mystery, because I don't usually know whodunit and today I figured this one out even with a cold in my head. The detective and her neighbor are good characters, though, and the author talks about some fairly serious social history with a sprightly manner that carried me along.

  • Emily
    2019-05-03 14:13

    Closer to 3.5 stars but not enough to bump it up to 4. At times I was wholly invested in the '50s drama and the character of Paige. But then something would happen and it would take me out of it. The prologue and epilogue were nice enough, but felt somewhat 'info dump-y' for my liking. I do look forward to the relationship between Dan and Paige and how that's handled.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-25 15:36

    This book is set in 1954 and written in first person. Paige Turner wants to write a mystery novel but she is too busy working at Daring Detective magazine. She finds the case of a 24 year woman who was killed and goes looking for a story to write amd a case to solve that will make her career or put her life in danger. It is written like the person is taking to you.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-07 18:19

    I really, really wanted to like this book. I liked the idea of the 50s setting. However, I spent the whole book annoyed by Paige. I kept reading hoping I would begin to like her, but I never did. It is hard to recommend a book without a winning lead character. I felt like the book never fulfilled its potential.

  • Christina
    2019-05-27 14:26

    It took a while to get into this book and you can't immediately guess who the murder is. That's only because the suspects are introduced pretty late. There are lots of silly 50's references. For $2, not a bad buy!

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-02 20:34

    Used it for research for my WIP. Loved the premise and time period.

  • Celinaresendez
    2019-05-14 14:24

    This is a new author for me and I enjoyed reading the first in her series. Definitely better than Diane Mott Davidson. I would put her in the same class as the flower shop and book shop mysteries.

  • Jess
    2019-05-06 19:26

    Meh, it was fine.

  • Joy
    2019-05-18 18:32

    Looks like it might be fun...

  • Susan
    2019-04-28 20:19

    Another sequel to the Paige Turner books. I love this new series I am reading.

  • Christie
    2019-05-21 17:17

    cute, easy read.

  • Candace Davidson
    2019-04-28 16:36


  • Lisa
    2019-05-05 16:27

    I enjoyed the glimpse at the fifties woman. I will probably read sequels, if I find them at the local used bookstore, but won't actively seek them out. I did laugh outloud once ot twice.

  • Ali
    2019-05-06 20:11

    feels kind of long... but mostly entertaining... sometimes the 50s references are really well done and other times they're super heavy-handed

  • Kristen
    2019-05-24 19:20

    This was introduced to me by another group read from the same group. It has a nice feel to it, since it go back in time to the 1940s. I hope to read more of this series in the future.

  • Spotsalots
    2019-05-08 16:11

    Amusing light reading from the book exchange. Set in the 50s with a young war-widow sleuth working at a wretchedly testosterone-heavy true-crime magazine. It's a bit silly but not bad in its way.

  • sara
    2019-05-01 14:12

    Not the most intriguing plot and the characters were flat.

  • Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
    2019-04-27 21:10

    Very cute cozy mystery set in the mid 1950s. I love Paige and her best friend Abby. A must read for cozy mystery lovers.

  • Perky Texan
    2019-05-13 16:33

    Fun book. Good mystery with great character development. An enjoyable read.