What's a Girl Gotta Do? (Robin Hudson Series #1)

What's a Girl Gotta Do? (Robin Hudson Series #1)

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by Sparkle Hayter
     
 

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Robin Hudson's life is getting complicated. Her estranged husband's girlfriend is not only younger, prettier, and more successful - she's pregnant. Robin's job - on the trash crew for the prestigious All News Network - is rocky, too. She can't seem to keep from making on-the-air faux pas. Now her loathsome boss wants her to investigate a sperm bank. Her elderly next… See more details below

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Robin Hudson's life is getting complicated. Her estranged husband's girlfriend is not only younger, prettier, and more successful - she's pregnant. Robin's job - on the trash crew for the prestigious All News Network - is rocky, too. She can't seem to keep from making on-the-air faux pas. Now her loathsome boss wants her to investigate a sperm bank. Her elderly next door neighbor vilifies her and assaults her, under the delusion that she is a call girl. A blackmailer tries to shake her down. And her disdainful cat, Louise Bryant, refuses to eat unless Robin stir fries her food. Just a normal day for a single, urban professional female. Then this spunky and appealing but "slightly rumpled, third string reporter in Rita Hayworth's body" finds herself accused of murder. She thinks her apartment may have been burglarized because it seems tidier than when she left it. Robin wants to trust charming supervising producer Eric Slansky but is afraid that the super-handsome, super-amorous Super Prod may be the murderer. This is a fast-paced, funny mystery featuring a sleuth who is a television newswoman.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hayter, a journalist and stand-up comic, mines what she knows in this well-plotted mystery featuring an off-the-wall amateur sleuth. Robin Hudson, a ``third-string correspondent'' for TV's All News Network, saves news clippings on murder victims and grows poison ivy in the New York apartment she had shared with her husband, Burke Avery, until Amy Penny, an ANN magazine show co-host, swiped him. Robin observes Burke and Amy billing and cooing at the network's New Year's Eve party at a Manhattan hotel just before a stranger slips her a page from a PI report on herself and suggests she go to room 13D. No one answers at 13D and Robin suspects a prank until news breaks that a PI was bludgeoned to death in that room and that Robin was the last one seen in the area. She begins investigating on her own, while folks around ANN turn edgy: some shared an acquaintance with the PI that was more intimate than congenial. Someone breaks into Robin's apartment, leaving her to relish the one bright spot in her life--the sudden interest of good-looking producer Eric Slansky. Flat-out funny, audacious and a little weird, this debut stakes out territory all its own. For readers who respond to this brand of humor, Hayter's next book can't be published soon enough. 12,000 first printing. (Jan.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Time runs through this slap-and-tickle first novel in terms of lost jobs and missed deadlines. No sense of impending doom, however, dampens the startling bluntness and acerbic wit of All News Network's inveterate reporter Robin Hudson. Questioned in the murder of a sleazy private eye, she embarks on a quest to find the real murderer. At the same time, she bugs her estranged husband, baits her cohorts, and scoops undercover news stories. A light-hearted, satiric dance set on a New York stage, suitable for all collections.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-Robin Hudson, ``a slightly rumpled, third string reporter...in Rita Hayworth's body,'' has decided not to go to the All News Network's annual costume party at the Marfeles Palace Hotel. After all, her estranged husband and his successful, young, and pregnant girlfriend are going to be there. A call from a private investigator changes her mind, however, because the detective is investigating her! They plan to meet on the night of the party at the hotel. Robin's last minute costume is simple-a ``support your local feminist'' button and a tire iron-as she chooses to go as Ginny Foat, a prominent feminist who had been tried for murder. Unfortunately, Robin never meets the PI, but the next day finds herself facing homicide charges. Journalist and stand-up comic Hayter has come up with a wacky, slightly offbeat character sure to appeal to YAs. The clever combination of two favorite genres-humor and mystery-make this book a surefire hit.-Carol Clark, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140244816
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Series:
Robin Hudson Series, #1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.67(d)

What People are saying about this

Nancy Pickard
A sexy, funny, raunchy romp through network news. I loved it.
Katherine Neville
The most uproariously funny murder mystery ever written. Wonderful, fast-paced, and devilishly witty.

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