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The Wombat Strategy: A Kylie Kendall Mystery Paperback – May 1, 2004

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"An Aussie outback dyke taking on Hollywood? As Kylie Kendall would say, Stone the crows! Don't miss this intro to the most unconventional, laugh-out-loud private eye in lesbian crime fiction. Claire McNab's always been one of our best, and she's outdone herself with this one."--Katherine V. Forrest, author of the Kate Delafied mysteries -- Review

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Crikey! Kiley Kendall is in a whole mess of trouble...

Running a pub in the outback town of Wollegudgerie doesn't offer much fun or future for knockabout Aussie dyke Kylie Kendall, so when the father she never knew dies and leaves her 51% of his Los Angeles-based private-eye agency, it's bright lights, big city for America-bound Kylie. Not so happy about her arrival is her father's former business partner, the beautiful, enigmatic Ariana Creeling, who wants to buy Kylie out and gives her a decidedly chilly reception.

But the two women soon have other matters to attend to. Dr. Dave Deer, shrink to the stars whose "slap, slap, get on with it" approach has made him a celebrity, hires them to investigate the theft of records and subsequent suicide of a successful but reviled film director. Concerned for his professional reputation, Dr. Deer would much prefer that the death of his former client be revealed to be a murder. Best-selling mystery novelist Claire McNab launches her newest series with a giant bang as the sparks between Arianna and Kylie--and the folks who would like to see them dead--fly in the City of Angels.

Transplanted Australian Claire McNab has written 18 best-selling mystery novels, 14 featuring the highly popular Detective-Inspector Carol Ashton and 4 starring undercover agent Denise Cleever. She has served as the president of Sisters in Crime and is a member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555838367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555838362
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a delight. It also represents a change of pace from McNab's series of police and investigator novels. Though set in Los Angeles, the hero is a true Aussie, and that is a big chunk of the charm of the book!
Kylie Kendall is a new immigrant to Los Angeles, and a new Private-Investigator-In-Training. She is charming, and determined, and plucky, and funny. Her accent, her naivite, and her grit all establish her as a wonderful heroine from whom I hope to hear much more. The book details her breaking-in as an investigator. It features her coming to terms with American driving and living. It also pokes some judicious fun at Hollywood!
Thank you for a most worthy read, Ms. McNab!
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By Desja on August 22, 2004
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This is a very enjoyable book. The main character, Kylie, is charming, cute and funny and being that she just moved to the U.S. from Australia, she has a lot to learn about how things work, which leads to moments of hilarity. I especially enjoyed Julia Roberts, the cat. She is Kylie's companion in the book and is just as much of a character as everyone else. The people that surround Kylie are entertaining in their own way and well developed. The love story just begins to develop near the end of the novel and I can only imagine it's going to steam up in the rest of the series. I am anxiously awaiting to read the rest of them and absolutely recommend this one. I immediately liked the main character, I laughed a lot and I like Claire McNab's writing style.
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Claire finally got it in this one. As one of her frequent readers I really enjoyed the latest of her novels. Here she combined action with character and love interest. The love interest should be still more developed since it came too late in this novel (last page), but at least Claire McNab has touched that topic in her latest novel and did not leave it out like in all the Carol Ashton or Denise Cleever novels. Way to go Claire, that looks like a good mix. Continue!
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