Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyHayter, 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 JournalTime 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 JournalYA-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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