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What's A Girl Gotta Do? (Robin Hudson, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1995
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From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From 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
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Robin's frank outlook on her situation, and rather bad attitude lend humor to some rather unhumorous situations. She attends the Network's New Years Eve party because she recieved a mysterious phone call from a P.I. who has been hired to investigate her and other on-air "talent" that work for her company. After the party, the P.I. turns up dead, and the police have some incriminating evidence, against her.
Plagued by other maladies like a machoistic boss, a report on a Sperm Bank that has been mixing up donor's "fluids", and a transvestite boyfriend, Robin tries to get to the bottom of the murder, and find out why she, of all people was being investigated.
This was a hilarious book. The mix of mystery and humor leaves little to be desired. Ms. Hayter writes very smoothly, and with good humor.
The book is a mystery, but I didn't notice. I was more interested in listening to Robin get herself in trouble with her superiors, insult her detractors and describe the overall state of her disheveled life.
I imagine Hayter can do well in most genres, both fiction and non-fiction.
This is Robin Hudson's mind, her thoughts and inner most feelings all laid out on a cab ride in which she just wants to get to where she wants to go. Also, this quote from "What's a girl gotta do" was one that had me literally cracking up with laughter. She is a witty woman, that Sparkle.
The story is told all in first person by Robin Hudson. She's quick witted, honest and a totally red hot dame. This dame is also a reporter/journalist who has lost credibility in her field due to some antics. Like, belching into the mike(not knowing it would carry so far) at a press conference. She also asked someone what human meat tasted like. This is a girl who has nothing holding her back. Along side is her impending divorce. With these two strikes against her, she goes full throttle into the investigation of the murder of Griff, a private eye who had some personal information on not only Robin but a few other employees of ANN (ALL NEWS NETWORK) Otherwise known as Robin's place of work.
Griff is found murdered at the Marafles Hotel, on New Year's Eve. This is after he meets face to face with Robin on the dance floor at her work party. He tells her to come up to his room to retrieve this "information" Before she can meet him, he is found dead, apparently murdered. Robin becomes a suspect. She spends most of her time trying to prove she is innocent and find out who the real killer is. Keeping up with the frenetic pace, Robin goes about her life as normally as she can. She is working on a sperm bank scandal for the news, and is also trying to solve Griff's murder. Eventually another murder happens..no not our dear Robin. We need her to keep the story going, and she does it so well. A great face paced story that will make you laugh. I think Robin is a character many women will relate to very well. She's got strength, determination, and will not give up. A true woman of the 90's! Even though she does look like Rita Hayworth.
This debut novel of Sparkle Hayter is a murder mystery/comedy/behind the scenes of t.v. news type story. She seems like an extremely intelligent woman yet also close to comedic genius. I like how she writes. She knows how to blend comedy in with a good story, and she knows how to "hook" the reader. When I read both this and "Naked Brunch" I was immersed into a world of Sparkle's world that I didn't want to leave. I instantly fell in love with her writing when I read "Naked Brunch", which I read before this one. It's not empty mindless fun, like I said Sparkle is a smart chick. She has had some experience in the field of journalism and is also a sometime stand up comic. Smart, sassy, and Witty is how I describe her.
This is the first of five Robin Hudson mysteries. I don't usually make it a habit of reading series books, but that habit is about to start.
Robin Hudson is a soon-to-be divorced journalist who has been shunted off to the tabloid story department of the TV network she works for. One day she gets a message from a private investigator revealing a lot of personal/intimate information about her that she thought nobody knew. But before she can meet with the guy to figure out what he wants, he's murdered in such a way that it looks like she could be the killer. The more she picks at the story, the more she finds out, and it looks like a number of the personalities at the station were also investigated and blackmailed. While she's trying to stay alive, stay out of the bed of a co-worker, and deal with her soon-to-be ex and his pregnant fiancee, she also has to do an undercover story at a sperm bank posing as the wife to her slimebag boss.
This is a wacky story with funny, snide, and sexy characters. This book sets a lot of the background color for many of her future Robin Hudson novels that I've already read. This may well be my favorite of all her novels, and it will be interesting to see if her future work can work back up to this level.
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