This Girl for Hire

This Girl for Hire

G.G. Fickling / Feb 18, 2020

This Girl for Hire More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

  • Title: This Girl for Hire
  • Author: G.G. Fickling
  • ISBN: 9781585676842
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

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        A pseudonym used by Gloria and Forest Fickling.


    1. Innocence, naivety, ignorance – the PI with the body to moonlight as a bikini model and the face to go along with it conforms to all three. ‘The nerviest, curviest, PI in Los Angeles’ is a blonde bombshell following in her murdered father’s footsteps. H West was once a well known gumshoe, now with Honey West taking over the family business she faces difficulty in re-establishing the brand, having to overcome male perception and era stereotypes. THE GIRL FOR HIRE is a fun, pulpy murder my [...]

    2. This Girl For Hire, published in 1956, was the first of eleven Honey West crime thrillers written by Gloria and Forrest E. Fickling under the name G. G. Fickling. The Honey West character is probably better known these days from the 1960s Honey West TV series starring Anne Francis in the title role.The back cover blurb memorably describes Honey West as the nerviest curviest private eye in LA, with the sleuthmanship of Mike Hammer and the measurements of Marilyn Monroe. That gives a pretty accura [...]

    3. What can I say? The first female Private Eye, written in first person by a wife/husband team. Great, campy fun.

    4. There are some similarities between this book and the short-lived television show (a single season with 30 episodes) in that they both have a private eye named Honey West and she is female. Very female. In This Girl for Hire, first book in the series, Honey gets involved with the crazy world of television, first hired to protect an actor (who is murdered), then to find out who tried to poison producer Sam Aces. Between the beginning and the end, we have nine deaths, a narcotics ring, and a reall [...]

    5. This Girl for Hire by G.G. FicklingReviewed by Andrew MacRaeThe recent passing of actress Anne Francis caused me to pick up a copy of the second Honey West novel, written in 1957 by G.G. Fickling. (Pen name of husband and wife writing team Forest and Gloria Fickling.) This is a 2005 release by Overlook TP with an attractive cover suggestive of pulp novels of the fifties but not so lurid you can’t read it at your favorite coffee house without a paper bag over it or being subject to sidelong gla [...]

    6. Never knew that this was a great series of novels, thought it was just a horrid TV show."Honey West is the nerviest, curviest P.I. in Los Angeles - or anywhere else for that matter. She's a cross between James Bond and The Avengers' Emma Peel - a girl detective with the sleuthmanship of Mike Hammer and the measurements of Marilyn Monroe, and This Girl for Hire is the first in a series of darkly funny and innuendo-laden crime novels originally published in the 1950s and 1960s. In this one, Honey [...]

    7. I watched Honey West recently on DVD and was curious how the books were. Pretty awful is what I found out. Incompetently written to the point where you just want it to end. Odd tangents throughout In one section, Honey wants to find out if three young thugs are heroin users, and of course the best way to find this out is to challenge them to a game of strip poker (track marks under their long sleeves, get it?). Despite winning several hands, in which they remove their pants before their shirts, [...]

    8. "Kiss for a Killer" is one of the better Honey West novels, albeit that ain't sayin' much. Fans of the 1960s TV series that was based on the Honey West novels will be pleased that Honey's telephone-equipped convertible plays a prominent part in this novel. (She didn't have it in the first novel in the series, "This Girl for Hire.") As does the decadence of mid-twentieth century southern California. The grim murder of a football star--whom Honey had dated--(he was run over by a steamroller) leads [...]

    9. I always wanted to read a Honey West novel and I have recently been watching the old Honey West TV show on dvd that I enjoyed as a kid. I still like it and Anne Francis just nailed that role. This story begins when one of Honey's clients, a once great but now has been actor, is found bludgeoned to death by his own Oscar statuette. The story quickly proceeds to a pleasure yacht owned by a Hollywood producer (complete with a bar pool) and 7 more murders before Honey solves the case. It is a fun, d [...]

    10. This was silly fun. This Girl For Hire is the first of the Honey West novels, about a female private eye who seems to have great difficulty keeping her clothes on as she unravels the mystery.There's no outright sex, but a fair bit of nudity as she looks into who is trying to destroy a Hollywood production.It was enjoyable, very light reading. I'll probably get to the rest of the series eventually.

    11. When I stumbled across the Honey West series I was intrigued. Never heard of it before but it was even a TV series. I've watched a couple episodes on Youtube and they were ok. But now that I've read the first book, I would say Aaron Spelling really messed Honey up.This is an above average mystery taking place during the production of a weekly TV show where suspects keep showing up dead. Plenty twists and turns, certainly did not expect the ending. Plan to read others.

    12. I've read my share of pulp fiction so I thought that I would enjoy this more than I did. The dialogue and one-liners were mildly amusing, but the plot twists were confusing. I gave up 3/4 of the way through the book before finding out who the culprit was. I am still interested in checking out the TV show that was based on it, though.

    13. Honey is a very interesting character and the story definitely captures both Hollywood and the time period in which it is set. However I could only give it four stars due to the large amount of copy editing errors in the Kindle edition.

    14. I read this series when I was a youth. Since the book was written in the 50s, it was funny to see what was modern then and how things have changed.Also, if you take into the time period when this book was written, it's very good. All in all, a fun book to read.

    15. One of our first finds at Mainely Murder this year. I thoroughly enjoyed this pulp story about the "nerviest, curviest private detective in LA!" despite the numerous contrived scenarios for Honey to lose her clothing in course of her investigations. Looking forward to reading more!

    16. Was a typical 50s detective story which is good given it was written then. I enjoyed it and look forward to the rest of the series and then comparing it with the tv series.

    17. Decent pulp detective story, but lacking any extra spark. Also, I am not sure I've ever seen a book with this many typos.

    18. fairly good read a kinda pg-13 mystery/thriller. had a big plot twist but easy to figure out once you get half way into the book.

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