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Bubbles in Trouble [Paperback]

Sarah Strohmeyer
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7 April 2003

Bubbles Yablonsky is in trouble. Her expose of corruption in Lehigh’s social heights has infuriated the local paper’s editor, so she’s still a full-time hairdresser and only an occasional reporter. Her freeloading ex is back on her sofa after his socialite wife threw him out, her daughter’s in love, and her mother thinks she’s Jackie O. Plus Bubbles’s chastity vow is not yet broken, which means sexy photographer Steve Stiletto’s heart has remained just out of reach.

Then her pool-table-top rendition of Free Bird at a drunken hen party gives the bride-to-be second thoughts. Bubbles is blamed when Janice never arrives in church, and goes to investigate. She finds Janice’s home empty – apart from the murdered body of her uncle Elwood. Bubbles suspects this could make a great story, and she wants her friend back. But tracking Janice down won’t be easy. Following her to Whoopee, Pennsylvania, Bubbles must go undercover as an Amish woman, with no hairdryer, no make-up and no lycra – her idea of hell. But if the murderer finds out who Bubbles really is, being caught au naturel will be the least of her worries...



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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (7 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747267766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747267768
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 11.2 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In her second novel featuring high-energy beautician/rookie reporter, Bubbles Yablonsky, Strohmeyer successfully navigates the fine line between humorous stereotype and sympathetic amateur investigator...Bubbles goes undercover frantically (and hilariously) shifting between her role as a sexy reporter and her cover as an Amish widow...delightful' Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)

A highly entertaining read. Strohmeyer's literary main squeeze is Bubbles Yablonsky, Pennsylvania hairdresser and occasional crime reporter, a gal with a talent for indescructible beehive coiffures and getting into trouble (Midweek)

Bubbles has a life of her own. Strohmeyer...reaches down into the core of the character and the community (Booknews)

'A highly entertaining read. Strohmeyer's literary main squeeze is Bubbles Yablonsky, Pennsylvania hairdresser and occasional crime reporter, a gal with a talent for indestructible beehive coiffures and getting into trouble' Midweek (Midweek)

'Bubbles has a life of her own. Strohmeyer...reaches down into the core of the character and the community' Booknews (Booknews)

In her second novel featuring high-energy beautician/rookie reporter, Bubbles Yablonsky, Strohmeyer successfully navigates the fine line between humorous stereotype and sympathetic amateur investigator...Bubbles goes undercover frantically (and hilariously) shifting between her role as a sexy reporter and her cover as an Amish widow...delightful (Publishers Weekly)

'Instead of tickling gently, Bubbles smacks you with humor as broad as a whoopee pie in the kisser' Kirkus Reviews (Kirkus Reviews)

Instead of tickling gently, Bubbles smacks you with humor as broad as a whoopee pie in the kisser (Kirkus Reviews)

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From the author of BUBBLES UNBOUND, winner of the 2002 Agatha Award for Best First Mystery Novel: 'This is a wonderfully energising and skilful page-turner of a book. Strohmeyer will go far' Fay Weldon

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun second Bubbles adventure 5 May 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the second novel starring the irrepressible Bubbles Yablonksy - hairdresser & aspiring journalist.
Bubbles’ friend Janice disappears on her wedding day leaving behind the body of her Uncle Elwood. Anxious to prove that Janice is not a murderer, Bubbles follows her to Amish country to get to the truth, at the same time hoping to get a good story for her editor.
Undercover as an Amish girl, Bubbles must manage without her beloved make-up and hot pants to find a murderer before her painted toe-nails and dark roots give her away!
Bubbles is a good character and this novel is as much fun as the first, although not very original. The world of Bubbles Yablonsky is startlingly like that of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.
Both heroines are funny, feisty and share a love of big hair-dos, lycra and make-up. Both have a gorgeous guy in hot pursuit, a host of kooky relatives and both are trying out new careers which don’t exactly come naturally…with hilarious results.
Evanovich does it better, but Bubbles in Trouble is a fun read whilst you’re waiting for the next Stephanie Plum instalment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Evanovich! 15 Dec 2005
By SJ
Format:Paperback
Good fun, a comedy thriller with a cracking pace. Barbie-style hairdresser Bubbles is a great heroine, the only down side is that her recurring love interest is supposed to look like Mel Gibson. Eeyuk - the author needs to update her cultural reference points! Johnny Depp, anyone?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bubbles... A Tribute to Mystery Novels 20 Oct 2003
By David
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am sure that you have hear the saying, "never judge a book by its cover". Well that saying fits perfectly with this book. Sarah Strohmeyer has included all the elements that build up to create the perfect suspensful murder mystery book. She makes the reader believe that they know the ending and that it will be like any other book where the main character ends up 'happily ever after' on one page. But on the next she will make them believe,'well maybe it won't end up happily'. She has filled the book with humour such as the cosmetic college that Bubbles graduated from, Two Guys University. This book kept me up well past my bedtime, it captivates the reader with its intricate plot in the first couple pages. I could not suggest a better book to a murder mystery fans, I guarantee anybody that this book will provide the perfect entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Insomniac's Friend 16 Dec 2008
By Neutral VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
At last a cure for insomnia!! Sarah Strohmeyer's underwhelming sense of character and plot (there was a plot?) was like reading the script of Duck Soup written by Karl Marx. As a potboiler it barely simmered, as a story it was the Brothers Grimm without the Brothers.

Making Whoopee with Intercourse and Paradise (don't ask, it's too painful to explain)the book's main claim to accuracy was the word "crime" on the cover. To call it a novel is criminal in itself.

I purchased the book second hand in pristine condition (someone at least had the sense to ditch it unopened). I asked for my money back but the Charity Shop where I bought it said they needed the 50p more than I did!!
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