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The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress
by Ariel Lawhon

Published: 2014-10-07
Paperback : 320 pages
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One summer night in 1930, Judge Joseph Crater steps into a New York City cab and is never heard from again. Behind this great man are three women, each with her own tale to tell: Stella, his fashionable wife, the picture of propriety; Maria, their steadfast maid, indebted to the judge; ...
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One summer night in 1930, Judge Joseph Crater steps into a New York City cab and is never heard from again. Behind this great man are three women, each with her own tale to tell: Stella, his fashionable wife, the picture of propriety; Maria, their steadfast maid, indebted to the judge; and Ritzi, his showgirl mistress, willing to seize any chance to break out of the chorus line.

As the twisted truth emerges, Ariel Lawhon’s wickedly entertaining debut mystery transports us into the smoky jazz clubs, the seedy backstage dressing rooms, and the shadowy streets beneath the Art Deco skyline.

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by MOONZOT (see profile) 04/08/19

 
  "Great story"by Kydogs2 (see profile) 07/27/17

This was such a good book club choice. It's interesting that this is based on a true unsolved story. This is written from 3 different women's perspectives and a little bit of the story is told, then... (read more)

 
  "The Wife, The Maid and the Mistress"by Pauline7 (see profile) 03/02/17

Based on fact, well written, very enjoyable...

 
by KarenUK (see profile) 10/27/16

 
by maddief (see profile) 06/30/16

 
  "A lot can happen in a matter of days"by Donna2015 (see profile) 03/17/16

3 women, from very different walks of life, come together in the 1930's. Life was different then, so what they pull off, was pretty amazing. Good descriptions of life in the 30's but just a little hard... (read more)

 
  "Three for One"by witchy1 (see profile) 10/16/15

Interesting take on the true story of the disappearance of Judge Crater back in the '30s.

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