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Pretty Boy [Paperback]

Lauren Henderson
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30 Aug 2001
It's New Year's Eve in the quiet village of Lesser Swinfold. Sam Jones - sculptor and involuntary sleuth - and her boyfriend, Hugo, have come to celebrate with her best friend, Tom, who has taken a job there as a primary-school teacher in the hope of meeting plenty of available and sex-hungry single mothers. Unfortunately, Hugo loathes the countryside, Tom has fallen in love with a single mother who is less interested in him than she would be in a frontal lobotomy, and Sam is flirting with a twenty-two-year-old with the face of a fallen angel. So the discovery of a dead body tied to the village Christmas tree, stabbed forty times with a Swiss Army knife, is an unwelcome complication, especially when Tom becomes the principal suspect. Distracted by the appalling state of her love-life, Sam's not in the best shape for tracking down the murderer before the local police haul Tom off to jail. And will Hugo ever talk to her again?

Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; 1st Edition edition (30 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091793726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091793722
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,479,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Latest in the brilliant crime series...packed with laughs, thrills and surprises" -"Cosmopolitan
"An opinionated, sexy, courageous and delightful heroine." -"The Times

About the Author

This is Lauren Henderson's seventh book featuring her anti-heroine, Sam Jones. The BBC have optioned the books for a series, and they have been translated into several languages. With Stella Duffy, Sparkle Hayter and Katy Munger, she runs a website,, devoted to Tart Noir, their brand of girls-behaving-badly crime novels.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Sam Jones goes on yet another adventure with her friends and this time it's poor Tom who's in trouble. Sam is as funny and crude as ever and still hasn't gotten over her problem with fidelity. Brilliantly complicated plot and full of well placed surprises. If you're a fan you'll love it. If you're conservative you won't
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic stuff yet again 14 Nov 2001
By A Customer
disagree with the reader who thought it was a slow start - it was yet another great and funny Sam (and Hugo) sex scene! Henderson doesn't always have the murder on the first page and that's one of the things I really like about her books - she's building atmosphere and character so when the murder hits you're already really into the book, caring about the characters, and oh yeah, laughing your head off. I loved Pretty Boy and was gripped till the fabulously Gone With The Wind ending. Sam is really going from strength to strength and the pretty boy of the title certainly lives up to his description!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start... but kept me guessing 23 Sep 2001
By A Customer
I couldn't wait to get my hands on the latest Lauren Henderson, expecting to be gripped by the misadventures of Sam Jones. However, this latest offering did not meet up to the standard of her previous novels. Pretty Boy started off too slowly and did not have me page turning from the outset, but things hotted up from Chapter 5, from that point on I was truly hooked and kept guessing. It has the fantastic combination of quirky characters (some new, some old), passion and mystery.
I would urge others to read this novel and not to give up in the first 50 pages, after that the Lauren magic is very much in evidence.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUR SEX-POT SCLUPTRESS STRIKES AGAIN! 7 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Sam Jones, for me she ranks with Steph Plum as a female sleuth - and this outing is as thrilling as ever. Quite a lot of flirting this time (which I won't disapprove of!). A raunchy read, really, only matched this year by the steamy affair between lawyer David Kilkenny and super-sleuth DI Ellen Ross in Dexter Dias's brilliant POWER OF ATTORNEY.
For steamy thrills and a bit of mystery thrown in I strongly recommned both POWER OF ATTORNEY and PRETTY BOY. Emma.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Jones on the village green 4 Oct 2002
By Frank J. Konopka - Published on
Holiday time finds our intrepid heroine Sam Jones and her long-suffering boyfriend Hugo out in the English countryside visiting an old friend of hers. Needless to say, violence and death follow Sam like flies do a garbage truck, and sure enough, there's soon a murder mystery to be solved. It is important to Sam, for her best friend is accused of the murder, and Sam must help him. To complicate the entire situation, Sam becomes infatuated by the "pretty boy" of the title, and that certainly doesn't help her rather odd relationship with Hugo. I found the story line quite easy to follow, and even though the ending was a shocker, I did not find it incredible, given the clues scattered haphazardly along the way. Sam's amorous actions, and her reactions, were a bit more difficult to reconcile, but she is a woman with her own mind, and what she wants to have, she usually gets, even if, in the long run, it's not good for her. This is an engaging series, and I enjoy it very much.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, sexy, and good plot twists 24 May 2003
By Rosemary Bailey Brown - Published on
This (so far) final book in the series really shows her growth as a sleuth, but also as an adult. Should she kiss the pretty boy (and he is) or should she move to the next level in a real relationship? Now, I'm panting for the next book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to her old stuff!! 20 Feb 2003
By C. A Scovel - Published on
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Laura has written a book that goes back to Black Rubber Dress with its style and mystery. It took me till the last 4 pages, where she tells you who did it, to figure it out. Once I knew who did it, the whole story feel into place. But, the story kept me on my toes the whole time.
Sam has yet again stumbled into a murder. This time her best friend Tom has been accused. She spends her time in a small town outside of London debating her relationship with Hugo and trying to figure out who done it. This story is a fast mind-tickling read. I would recommend it to any mystery reader.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Boy : A Novel 10 Jun 2005
By E. Fine - Published on
You have to read these books! It doesn't matter if you start with the latest or the first; the Sam Jones series is so fun you wish you could move to London and have party with these folks!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A witty book about choices 15 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Lauren Henderson takes an old trick, a switcheroo, and gives it new life and contemporary meaning. This book is a very enjoyable look at the choices women make about careers, marriage, children, and friendship.
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