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Mad Men, Bad Girls: A Scout Davis Investigation 1 [Kindle Edition]

Maggie Groff
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Book Description

Meet Scout Davis.


Investigative journalist. Tea enthusiast. Guerilla knitter.


When an American cult moves to the Gold Coast, Scout's investigative antennae start quivering. She sets out to expose the cult's bizarre practices, but when she learns the identity of a recent recruit, her quest becomes personal. And dangerous.


Meanwhile, her sister Harper, Head of Sport at a posh school, needs a favour regarding a strange case of vandalism.


But Scout has her own secret. In the dead of night she sneaks out with the Guerilla Knitters Institute, an underground group of yarn bombers, to decorate Byron Bay with radical artworks. Scout suspects that the local police sergeant, Rafe Kelly, is hot on her tail. And she doesn't mind that one bit...


Winner of the Davitt Awards' Adult Fiction 2013


Winner of the Davitt Awards' Debut Fiction 2013


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00750ODZG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #756,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Aussie mystery 14 Jun. 2013
By VickiT
Format:Kindle Edition
"I can't describe what it is that makes Byron special; there's an intangible quality that's difficult to define. Apart from the outstanding natural beauty, there's a soul that seeps into your bones. Byron is an eclectic mix--cultured and feral, chamomile and gin, tattoo and Gucci. With attitude." - Mad Men, Bad Girls

Scout Davis, a diabetic, tea-drinking journalist, lives in Byron Bay, her only company while her partner is away working in Afghanistan a rescued cat she calls Chairman Meow. She's investigating a rumour that an American cult has established itself somewhere in the Gold Coast hinterland. When she discovers a childhood friend of her daughter's has been caught up with the group, it becomes personal.

For me, it rambled a little at the start, which I realise was all to do with story and character set-up, but it did make me itch to get to the guts of the story. However, once into it, I didn't want to put the book down.

Mad Men, Bad Girls is a light-hearted, entertaining mystery laced with that quintessential irreverent Aussie humour. The characters, none of whom are perfect with maybe the exception of Chairman Meow, are real and relatable. A most enjoyable read.

I look forward to reading Good News, Bad News.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining 3 April 2012
By Shelleyrae - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Who can resist a title like Mad Men, Bad Girls and The Guerilla Knitters Institute, it promises a fun, quirky story with a little intrigue and danger which is exactly what it delivers. This fiction debut novel by Australian author Maggie Groff is quite the departure from her non fiction titles dealing with motherhood (Mothers Behaving Badly) and cooking (Hoax Cuisine) though Groff's irreverent sense of humor remains intact. A freelance investigative journalist, Groff's protagonist, Scout Davis, is asked to look into the establishment of a secretive American cult on the Gold Coast. A cursory study reveals some bizarre practices but when she discovers her daughters childhood friend has deserted her young family and joined them, it becomes personal and Scout is determined to expose their corrupt lifestyle. In amongst investigating the members of The Luminous Renaissance of Illustrious Light, Scout is helping her sister solve a nasty incident at the exclusive private school where she works, wondering who filled her car with weed, knitting frantically and avoiding Detective Rafe Kelly's knowing gaze. Scout flirts with danger, disaster and romance in this entertaining contemporary mystery.

Set against the backdrops of Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, the laugh out loud humour of Mad Men, Bad Girls and The Guerilla Knitters Institute is paired with a more serious exploration of issues such as bullying, corrupt spiritualism and post natal depression. It's a strong combination that makes for an interesting and entertaining plot. Scout's investigation into the cult of Bacchus Rising is the central plot, it leads her to contact first with the family of an American member and then the mother of an Australian victim whom she was once acquaintance with. As with many cults, the messages of peace, love and harmony hides a sexual and financial predator who preys on the weak minded and ruthlessly protects his ego driven empire. Scout finds herself vulnerable when she infiltrates the group as an interested wannabe disciple and her cover is blown.
Groff deepens the plot with smaller mysteries including a runaway child, a suicide attempt and a teacher accused of inappropriate behaviour at an exclusive high school where Scout's sister, Harper, works.
On a lighter note, Scout's yarn bombing group, which includes a doctor and lawyer and in which she involves her nephew, is a fun sub plot as is the steamy relationship between Scout and Rafe. Scout is half heartedly involved with a fellow journalist who spends more time overseas in war zones than in Australia. Rafe is a temptation she finds difficult to ignore and throughout the novel the pair smoulder in each others company.
I really like Scout, she is smart, clever, loyal and fun (and yes her parents were fans of To Kill A Mockingbird). In her early forties, Scout is older than the usual heroine in this genre and its something I appreciate being of a similar age. She is also an insulin dependent diabetic which is something Groff makes a point of mentioning regularly through the story. Scout has to monitor her blood sugars, eat regularly and be prepared for a hypoglycemic emergency. I felt as if it was perhaps mentioned too often, but on the other hand diabetes can be an intrusive disease and Groff raises awareness of that.

With a strong plot, witty dialogue and likeable characters, Mad Men, Bad Girls and The Guerilla Knitters Institute is a wonderfully entertaining read. Apparently Groff has plans for a series featuring Scout Davis and I am looking forward to the second, so make sure you pick this up!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Men, Bad Girl,Not so much GKI 21 Jun. 2012
By Mimi623 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book because of an ad in a stitching magazine that I subscribe to. I was disappointed in that aspect. The title is a clue to the importance of the subjects of the book. That being said, I did enjoy the book. The book was entertaining and I would consider reading other books by this author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Aussie mystery 14 Jun. 2013
By VickiT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"I can't describe what it is that makes Byron special; there's an intangible quality that's difficult to define. Apart from the outstanding natural beauty, there's a soul that seeps into your bones. Byron is an eclectic mix--cultured and feral, chamomile and gin, tattoo and Gucci. With attitude." - Mad Men, Bad Girls

Scout Davis, a diabetic, tea-drinking journalist, lives in Byron Bay, her only company while her partner is away working in Afghanistan a rescued cat she calls Chairman Meow. She's investigating a rumour that an American cult has established itself somewhere in the Gold Coast hinterland. When she discovers a childhood friend of her daughter's has been caught up with the group, it becomes personal.

For me, it rambled a little at the start, which I realise was all to do with story and character set-up, but it did make me itch to get to the guts of the story. However, once into it, I didn't want to put the book down.

Mad Men, Bad Girls is a light-hearted, entertaining mystery laced with that quintessential irreverent Aussie humour. The characters, none of whom are perfect with maybe the exception of Chairman Meow, are real and relatable. A most enjoyable read.

I look forward to reading Good News, Bad News.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun reading 4 April 2012
By AnZak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a wonderful yarn. Keeps you interested throughout and leaves you wanting more of the same. Especially captivating for Gold Coast residents.
2.0 out of 5 stars Good easy read 25 April 2014
By Barbara Gow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a good easy read - nothing too challenging - which is "just what the doctor ordered" at certain times.
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