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Journalist Sarah Strohmeyer's delightfully wacky, full-figured, blue-collar sleuth, Bubbles Yablonsky, is back for a fourth unorthodox investigation in Bubbles a Broad, a stylish sequel to Bubbles Unbound (which won an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery), Bubbles Ablaze, and Bubbles in Trouble. She might be a little rough around the edges, but Bubbles is a true diamond. Growing up in a steel town and living over a pierogi restaurant might dull many an ambition, but not for our girl.
After spending eight years at Two Guys Community College earning her degree in journalism, the former hairdresser wangles a week to prove herself at the local paper. That task proves a tad harder than Bubbles expected. The night before her first assignment, Carol Weaver (a local woman convicted of killing her husband with her cyanide-tipped acrylic nails) escapes from prison and parks herself in Bubbles's astoundingly messy living room, demanding a journalistic investigation to clear her name. Before Bubbles can sort out that sticky situation, someone peppers her bed with BB pellets, interrupting her much-needed beauty sleep. Then, when she finally gets to her long-awaited first assignment for the paper (covering the Local Historical Society's breakfast) her big break is interrupted by a cat fight that some might ungenerously say she caused. On top of all that, her hunky photo-journalist boyfriend, Steve Stiletto, has chosen this truly crappy time to complicate her personal life by announcing that he's done with his chaste phase and wants her to run off to England with him.
But, as Bubbles (high heels, leopard-print mini, big hair, and all) dishes the gossip and files her stories (she no longer does nails), she surpasses all expectations by piecing together the true story behind Carol's protestation of innocence, teasing out the details of a corporate cover-up that someone is willing to kill to protect. Sue Stone