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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mysterious Pr (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446404594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446404594
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Cody ( Backhand ) introduces Londoner Eva Wylie, a professional wrestler, junkyard security guard and genuinely off-the-wall heroine. Told with all the confidence and style of Cody's successful Anna Lee series, this story is more an adventure than a mystery; many of the crimes are committed by Eva herself, who is not above swiping the odd wallet or automobile. Occasionally Eva runs errands for Mr. Cheng, whose official business she doesn't ask about. While collecting a protection payment from a nightclub, she is offered some "crowd control" work for that evening. When a police raid halts the band's set, Eva whisks a totally stoned backup singer off to the safety of her trailer home. "Goldie," as Eva dubs the singer, charms her protector and even gets the junkyard dogs to eat out of her hand. But Goldie brings problems with her, and Eva has enough of her own, especially when Mr. Cheng sends her on another, very different errand. To make things worse, an annoying PI named Anna Lee keeps nosing around, looking for someone named Eleanor Crombie. If, as Cody hints, Anna and Eva team up, they could make some beautiful mysteries together--assuming Eva stays out of traction and out of jail.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Lively British author Cody introduces rough-and-tumble Eva Wylie, a "professional" wrestler and security guard who gets caught in a London protection war.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

I'm the author of the Anna Lee and Eva Wylie series of mysteries as well as the stand-alone novels Miss Terry, Ballad of a Dead Nobody, Gimme More and Rift. Many of my short stories are collected in Lucky Dip and other stories. My website is www.LizaCody.com. You can also follow LizaCody on Twitter.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Falzoi on October 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Big, ugly and awfully streetwise, Eva Wylie turns over all characteristics commonly attributed to the female sex. From the very beginning the reader submits to her way of seeing and laughs about the flatness of all other characters around her. My favorite example: When Goldie is making up her eyes Eva's comment brought tears to my eyes so hard I had to laugh. Two thumbs up for the first STRONG literary heroine!!! Men around her become awfully ridiculous and short-sighted and women robots of female socialisation. Anna Lee was already an astounding character but Eva is really on top!The (female) world has been desperately waiting for Eva Wylie...Thank you so much, Liza Cody!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Untouchable on December 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Eva Wylie is a wrestler with ambitions of becoming a World Champion. She lives in a trailer as a security guard in a spare parts yard with two vicious guard dogs. She has very definite ideas about all aspects of life and if you don't agree with them, well, you can just sod off.
This was an extremely interesting book for a couple of reasons. The first is that the protagonist is not your usual likable character who wins us over despite a couple of flaws. She actually challenges us, time and again over decisions she's made and thoughts she's had. She's abrasive, rude and continually "narked", and for all of that you still feel yourself cheering for her. The second is her job, or jobs actually, a wrestler, a part-time security guard, a part-time courier for a shady character and a part-time bouncer. There's never a dull moment when Eva's around.
Bucket Nut is the first of only three books in the Eva Wylie series, a bittersweet fact. Only 3 books in the series will have me wishing there were more, but I'm pleased to have the other 2 books ahead of me. This is definitely one of those books that leave you wanting to read more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a fabulous, wonderful book. A completely different protagonist and a first-person story which is hilarious and tragic in turns - the more moving because Eva Wylie doesn't ask for sympathy and isn't even aware she might inspire it. It's not often I bother to read crime novels twice, but there's so much in this I know I'll be reading it a third, and a fourth ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2001
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Liza Cody has created an unforgettable character in Eva Wylie. She's as tough as the junk-yard dogs she lives with in her trailer. She's funny too, and vunlnerable and her life is a glimpse into a world most of us would not care to inhabit. But, another visit to her world would be looked foreward to with anticipation. Come back, Bucket Nut! We love you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1998
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Although this book didn't feel at all like a mystery, I was pleasantly surprised to see a mystery writer create a unique character with so much depth. I often times felt very sorry for Eva's lot in life, but then I would recall that Eva certainly didn't feel sorry for herself, and she would probably tell me off for being so sappy. I thoroughly enjoyed Eva's perspective of life and her way with words. It's been a while since I met such a colorful character.
As I stated, I have a problem with the "mystery" categorization. I was reminded more of "The Book of Ruth" and "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man" than any mystery I've ever read. I was more caught up in Eva's affording to fix her teeth and winning her wrestling match than her fairly passive quest for her sister and her attempt to get herself out of her latest fix. I look forward to reading the next installment. I applaud Eva Cody's rich character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1998
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I got hooked as soon as I picked up the book and was pleasantly surprised. It was very good and kept me reading, not wanting to put it down. It was nice for a change to not read about "beautiful" people who do everything right and have nothing but good things fall into their laps. Eva's story was more in line with the real world. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
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