The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress

The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress

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Stella Crater, the judge's wife, is the picture of propriety. Ritzi, a leggy showgirl with Broadway aspirations, thinks moonlighting in the judge's bed is the quickest way off the chorus line. Maria Simon, the dutiful maid, has the judge to thank for her husband's recent promotion to detective in the NYPD. On a sultry summer night, as rumors circulate about the judge's involvement in wide-scale political corruption, the Honorable Joseph Crater steps into a cab and disappears without a trace. Or does he? After 39 years of necessary duplicity, Stella Crater is finally ready to reveal what she knows....
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385537629
Branch Call Number: FICTION Law
Description: 307 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Wife, the maid, & the mistress


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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 15, 2017

Judge Crater disappears one hot summer night. His wife knows something. So does his mistress. And his maid.

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May 27, 2017

A good fictional story built around a true event ...compelling and interesting.The author did a good job weaving together the individual stories of the 3 woman in the book. I would recommend this.

Nov 02, 2016

Easy read, period fiction. Writing is ok, pacing slides smoothly but I was disappointed that the character voices did not seem to stay true til the end.

cmlibrary_jfrazier May 19, 2016

Reading this fast-paced, atmospheric story will transport you to the Broadway lights and speakeasies of 1920s New York (including guest appearances by Cole Porter and Billie Holliday) and will keep you turning the page to find out what happens to three very-different, but equally compelling women.

Feb 24, 2015

Very interesting story based on a true event. Author describes New York in the 1920-30 era well. Would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys period fiction.

athompson10 Dec 22, 2014

Interesting "what if" about the real-life disappearance of a NY judge in the 1930s. The jumping back and forth between periods of time can get a little confusing.

Aug 29, 2014

Great book. Love how the author took a real life mystery and built a story around it. The 1930s setting in New York, complete with mobsters, corrupt politicians, and broadway show girls made for an entertaining read.

amliny May 28, 2014

Good read, page turner.


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