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Revenge of the Cootie Girls (Viking Mystery Suspense) [Hardcover]

Sparkle Hayter
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24 April 1997 Viking Mystery Suspense
Now executive producer of Special Reports, Robin Hudson is feeling (relatively) settled. Okay, she's bored. In an effort to feel useful, she has taken under her wing a new intern, wide-eyed small-town girl Kathy Loblaws, and invited her along on a Girls' Night Out.It's Halloween, and Kathy doesn't show -- but telephones from a strange man's closet. Aided by her pals, Robin must track down her errant charge through one long night of murder and mayhem, costumes and concealed weapons, men who are not what they seem (are they ever?), and unsettling deja vu. For Robin slowly comes to realize that the search for her missing intern is really a deadly trip into the past, fueled by an old curse.Sparkle Hayter's rapidly growing cult of fans will relish the return of Robin Hudson, her smart mouth, her wild hair, and her motley collection of insane girlfriends. Hayter, who has defined the screwball mystery genre, has one of the freshest voices in mystery writing today.
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking/Allen Lane (24 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670869406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670869404
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,076,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sparkle Hayter is a 40-something Canadian stand-up comedian and an Afghan War TV reporter. Her novels include Naked Brunch and five novels featuring Robin Hudson: What's A Girl Gotta Do, Nice Girls Finish Last, Revenge of the Cootie Girls, The Last Manly Man and The Chelsea Girl Murders. All are available from No Exit.

Critical Acclaim for Sparkle Hayter

"...Sparkle Hayter is a wonderful writer..." - Marian Keyes,

"...The funniest thing to come out of Canada since the moose..." - Red

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Sparkle Hayter considers herself a mystery writer, and while there is a mystery at the heart of Revenge of the Cootie Girls (a reference to the unpopular kids in junior school), it's often fun to ignore that fact. Taking place over a long Halloween night, Hayter's third book delves deeper into the life, loves, friends and career choices of Robin Hudson--a TV reporter-turned-producer with an unhealthy interest in murders, a great love for practical jokes, and a modern woman's struggle to grow up without turning into too much of an adult. Returning from a conference, Hudson is looking forward to a short night out with the girls and a romantic weekend. That wouldn't make for much of a mystery, so Hayter starts mucking about: first Hudson's intern fails to show up, though it looks like she might have found something more interesting to keep her occupied. Then what looks to be an elaborate PR stunt, centred around Hudson, starts to get a little too personal; a strangely familiar dead body shows up and Halloween shapes up into a night for more than a little trick-or-treating. Quickly paced, Hudson's--er, Hayter's- -romp through New York City is a witty, enjoyable slice of modern life, as heavy with pop-culture references as it is with some surprisingly straightforward insights into the nature of romance, friendship and maturity. Though the mystery turns out to be more convoluted--and ultimately, less satisfying--than it might've been, Hayter's pacing and characters are enough fun that it's of little bother. --Randy Silver --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 16 Nov 2000
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
To me, the murder aspects are almost incidental to the wonderfully flawed character of Robin Hudson. I love her scrap book of bizarre deaths and the complexities of her ridiculous job. I like the fact that she swings perilously between vamp and hysterical paranoiac. She is a wonderful character. If I was a man I'd go out with her!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hudson is aging disgracefully 18 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A well written and fast paced book, has Robin as her own boss. So it seems resonable that this time it is her intern that is in trouble. Robin has almost left behind her arsenal of weapons and poison ivy, but please keep them coming they always please. More kitch than crime and more a comedy than a thriller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not as good as earlier ones 5 Sep 2000
By Barbara O'Neill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Books like this are hard to rate. While it wasn't bad, it wasn't as good as Ms. Hayter's first Robin Hudson mystery, "What's a Girl Gotta Do?" Yes, there were moments of humor, some really good, but all too often I found myself wondering just what in the world was going on. The first part of the story moved right along and was on par with Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie Plum" series. But then I found myself distracted by lengthy narrations into the history of the Cootie Girls and I lost the train of the plot.
Although the story line was one of revenge, I wasn't quite sure against whom. Was Robin the target, or just a pawn in a bigger plot? And, why? By the time I reached the end, my head was spinning and I was worn out from the convolutions the story took to try and figure it all out. I didn't feel the secondary characters added enough substance to the story, none of them evoked much sympathy from me, and seemed to be included just so Robin would have someone to talk to.
While "Revenge of the Cootie Girls" didn't entertain me as did "What's a Girl Gotta Do?" it wasn't a bad book and did provide a couple night's worth of nice reading. I just hope that Ms.Hayter's other Robin Hudson stories will provide me with greater reading delights.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous 20 Sep 1998
By puffinswan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very funny, very unusual, very entertaining! The mystery is secondary to the plot but I did not mind one bit. Refreshing wit and lively characters make this a book you should pick up and read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as the first two books, but funny nonetheless! 21 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Crazy hijinks galore. Sparkle really knows how to create some wacky characters. This book wasn't as light as the first two and seemed somewhat dark as you began to see that what had happened with her good friend in the past had a totally different meaning when viewed now. You get to see how she developed her strong personality and have a better understanding of who she is and why. I look forward to the next Robin Hudson mystery.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking read 16 Oct 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found Sparkle's third novel less entertaining than her first two, but "Cootie Girls" certainly generated much more thought provoking introspection. Being of the same generation as Ms. Hayter, I often found myself going back along with Robin Hudson to those earlier days that so strongly forge our adulthood. I particularly enjoyed the word tour of New York on Robin's Halloween excursion, a city the author clearly loves, and the vivid background color she adds through-out. Dust off those Yma Sumac records!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All-Out Romp For Any Woman Who Was Once a Cootie-Girl 7 Aug 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was one of the best I've read. The main character, Robin Hudson, is suddenly thrust from her normal routine when an intern turns up missing. Following the trail to find her intern, Robin is forced to recall her past, and one of her oldest girlfriends, who shared her life as a "cootie girl." During her quest she comes across women in green wigs, policeman, strippers, and even gangsters!

However, as she remarks, "hindsight isn't 20/20," and she is forced to re-examine her life as a cootie girl, and how her alienation as a child has made her into the strong woman she is today.

Sparkle Hayter creates fabulously funny and alive characters. She has also created a book that I couldn't put down. I would recommend it to everyone, especially if you want to have a good laugh, and a good thrill all in one book.
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