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What's a Girl Gotta Do? [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for best first mystery novel: Called “flat-out funny” and “audacious” by Publishers Weekly, this is the first novel in Sparkle Hayter’s comic mystery series featuring sexy, irreverent TV reporter and amateur sleuth Robin Hudson

Meet Robin Hudson. Dumped by her husband, she’s been demoted to third-string reporter at New York’s All News Network. Her downstairs neighbor thinks she’s ...
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Overview

Winner of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for best first mystery novel: Called “flat-out funny” and “audacious” by Publishers Weekly, this is the first novel in Sparkle Hayter’s comic mystery series featuring sexy, irreverent TV reporter and amateur sleuth Robin Hudson

Meet Robin Hudson. Dumped by her husband, she’s been demoted to third-string reporter at New York’s All News Network. Her downstairs neighbor thinks she’s a hooker. Louise Bryant, her finicky cat, refuses to chow down on anything but stir-fry. Now Robin’s being blackmailed by a late-night caller who knows her childhood nickname and other personal stuff, like whom she gave her virginity to. What could be worse?

Being the prime suspect in the bludgeoning death of her mystery caller—that’s what. In life, he was a PI who had the skinny on everyone. Now, while Robin is undercover investigating a suspicious sperm bank, she must also find the killer and clear her name. In her downtime, she’s amusing herself with her hot new boy toy, who may not be Mr. Right but could be Mr. Close Enough. When someone else is murdered, Robin races to break the story before she makes headlines again—as the next victim.

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

Poor Robin Hudson. Her husband has left her, she's been demoted at work and a blackmailer knows some of her worst childhood secrets. Just when things can't possibly get worse--they do. She becomes a suspect in a brutal murder and must turn reluctant gumshoe to find the real killer and clear her name.

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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
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
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
Emily Melton
While it's tempting to dismiss this book as shallow, callow, and simplistic (all of which it is), it's hard not to like the sheer spunkiness, blatant outrageousness, and unadulterated enthusiasm of the title's refreshing if sometimes unsophisticated author. The story is about TV reporter Robin Hudson, whose life is falling apart--her husband has left her for a younger woman, her network has demoted her because she belched into a "live" microphone at a White House press conference, and someone who knows some disturbing secrets about her past is ready to blackmail her. When the blackmailer turns up dead, Robin is the prime suspect. Of course, she's convinced she can find the real killer if she just uses a combination of her excellent investigative reporting skills, her Epilady, her file on violent murders of the past--and maybe some karate. This is not the most literate mystery (heck, it's not even close), but it's cute and funny and gutsy and entertaining. And, yes, the author's name really is Sparkle--after Sparkle Plenty in "Dick Tracy".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497678316
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 11/18/2014
  • Series: Robin Hudson Mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 65,063
  • File size: 629 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 February 8, 2012

    Ollie

    I had a hard time getting through the first part of this book because I did not understand why it was necessary to include so many characters and had to ask "Where is this author going with this story"? I almost stopped reading but had time invested in this book and nothing better to do so I continued reading.....and I AM SO GLAD I DID.......the last half of this book was GREAT. Robin is such a hoot, I laughed out loud and when the plot started comming together I understood why the author included so many characters during the first part of the book. Can not wait to see what antics Robin gets into next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Good read

    Kept me reading was a hard start but picked up speed and got better after first chapter plus its a freebie so worth it!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Scattered

    Strange and scattered

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    A Fun Read!

    Want a murder mystery, a smart gal reporter with a wry sense of humor, and some sex (nothing explicit) and romance on the side? This is the book for you- "What's a girl gotta Do?" Indeed!

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    A nice read,compeling.

    A nice read,compeling.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Tarte Noir "What fun! Robin Hudson's a great character - w

    Tarte Noir

    "What fun! Robin Hudson's a great character - witty, tough, a bit of a mess, smart and just a tad cynical. Who wouldn't like her? Plus, she does have rather a knack for getting herself into messes. The writing is crisp and precise, the humor undeniable. Somewhere I heard the term "tarte noir". Excellent. Thoroughly enjoyable!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Scared

    I was so scared when a man wanted to meet her

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    This book had me laughing out loud in more than one place. I rea

    This book had me laughing out loud in more than one place. I really can't wait to read more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Too many typos

    Very distracting from the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Great

    I reccomend this book.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    Terrific Book!

    Never a dull moment in this fast moving adventure! Great Author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    A fun, light read

    Sparkle Hayter's debut tale of investigative reporter Robin Hudson is a fun, light read. The comic element, which will have readers laughing out loud, comes from the biting portrayal of the self-important media types that pepper Robin's landscape.

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