Revenge of the Cootie Girls [NOOK Book]

Overview

On Halloween, TV news producer Robin Hudson takes a deadly stroll down memory lane in award-winning author Sparkle Hayter’s profoundly funny mystery, which Janet Evanovich hailed as “sexy, irreverent, and wacky”

Things are looking up for Robin Hudson. She’s been promoted, her nonmonogamous love life is cruising along, and her cat is making decent money as an advertising spokesfeline. It’s time for a girls’ night out. And what better night than...
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Revenge of the Cootie Girls

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Overview

On Halloween, TV news producer Robin Hudson takes a deadly stroll down memory lane in award-winning author Sparkle Hayter’s profoundly funny mystery, which Janet Evanovich hailed as “sexy, irreverent, and wacky”

Things are looking up for Robin Hudson. She’s been promoted, her nonmonogamous love life is cruising along, and her cat is making decent money as an advertising spokesfeline. It’s time for a girls’ night out. And what better night than Halloween? Bad decision. Robin plans to meet up with her gal pals and her new intern, Kathy, in a Times Square bar. But Kathy doesn’t show. According to a phone message, she’s trapped in a married man’s closet.

Turns out Kathy was chasing a story for Robin. As Robin and her posse track Kathy’s last movements, they find strategically placed notes that refer to Robin’s teenage past, when she and her best friend, Julie, were class outcasts, also known as the cootie girls. Now an evening of trick or treat turns into an encounter with real and present danger as Robin is plunged into a morass of money-laundering mobsters, mayhem, and murder that could get a nice girl killed.

The Robin Hudson Mystery series is a winner of the Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's Halloween, a fitting night for this latest tale featuring genial, mildly lunatic Robin Hudson, executive producer of the Special Reports unit of the All News Network (last seen in Nice Girls Finish Last). Robin has asked her intern, Kathy, to join her and some friends for a special Girls' Night Out. But Kathy doesn't show up and then clues-resembling those written by Robin's childhood friend Julie long ago-crop up, ostensibly related to a murder mystery game to benefit a charity. Robin enlists her friends Tamayo, Claire and Sally to follow the clues and search for Kathy on a trail that leads Robin down memory lane. Everywhere the clues send them is a place that Robin and Julie went in 1979, when they were small-town Minnesota girls in New York for the first time in 1979, with two men they picked up. And many of the clues refer to their shared past as cootie girls-high-school social outcasts. As the night wears on, Robin learns that the man named George wasn't just a rich guy out on the town, but a gangster who was being pursued by the man she and Julie thought was his friend. She also finds a body and learns that Julie did not drop her acquaintance with George. As Robin and her friends respond to the clues, they realize that Kathy, Julie and George's family are all involved in a dangerous plot. Tripping down memory lane, the adult Robin discovers in this bittersweet but lively romp, can be as lethal as being a social pariah was in her teens. Author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Despite protestations to the contrary, Manhattan news-network producer Robin Hudson (last seen in Nice Girls Finish Last, LJ 1/96) crams more living into one day than any of her friends ever could. When Karen, her young co-worker, fails to show for a Halloween girls' night out, Robin begins a kind of costumed scavenger hunt that leads from one personalized clue to the next. The clues-part of an elaborate charade staged by her one-time childhood best friend and fellow "cootie girl"-ultimately lead her to the scene of a murder. Anyone who knows Robin knows her investigations are unique, marked by wicked humor, endless spontaneity, crazy plot, nonstop gabfest, vivid action, and her unruly hair. A wonderful diversion.
Kirkus Reviews
The knockabout title, a throwback to Sharyn McCrumb's salad days, is the best thing about All News Network producer Robin Hudson's third adventure, a Girls' Night Out gone mad. Back in the Big Apple for Halloween, Robin heads out for an evening of barhopping, dress-up, backchat, and female bonding with her old buddies Tamayo, the clown producer; Claire, the got-it-all anchor; Sally, the bald witch; and Kathy, Robin's dewy-eyed new intern. When Kathy doesn't show up at their rendezvous but instead phones on the cellular to say that she's hiding in some guy's closet, Robin smells a rat—but she can't imagine how her pinball odyssey among Manhattan's nightspots will send her back to memories of (1) her high-school days in Ferrous, Minnesota, when she and Julie Goomey, dubbed the cootie girls by class style-setters Mary MacCosham and Sis Fanning, fought back to semipopularity; and (2) her first weeks in New York, when she fell in love with the city while unwittingly getting involved in a mob hit gone wrong. The zany cast provides scattered laughs, but trying to follow the plot is about as worthwhile as watching the heavens for Skylab detritus.

Not even Hayter (Nice Girls Finish Last, 1996, etc.) can pull off this mishmash of Bergson, Proust, and Leona Helmsley's New York. It's like listening to somebody else's dreams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497678330
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 11/18/2014
  • Series: Robin Hudson Mysteries , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 683,718
  • File size: 572 KB

Meet the Author

Sparkle Hayter has been a journalist for CNN and other news organizations, a stringer in Afghanistan, a producer in Bollywood, a stand-up comic in New York, a caretaker for an elderly parent in Canada, and a novelist of seven books. And some other things that are kind of a blur now. The first novel in her Robin Hudson Mystery series, What’s a Girl Gotta Do?, is the recipient of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for best first mystery novel, and the series is a winner of the Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective. Hayter’s articles have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Nation, and New Woman. She currently lives in Canada with her rescued Nepali street dog, Alice, and is working on a new book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Word wise

    If you like chase scene's or what N.Y. used to look like,
    you' ll probably like this book. The plot is weird. The writing style doesn't appeal to me.
    This book makes you take a look at your own past an
    re-evaluate how things happened, and what type of person you are. Always a good thing. Also there are some words of wisdom scattered about in this tomb.
    Over-all I give rhis a 2 star 'cause . . . I think that's all it deserves.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    Interesting Concept

    This book was entertaining, although a little hard to follow at times. I enjoyed it.

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