There's more to Bubbles Yablonsky than blonde curls and bright outfits. She's becoming as skilled at writing the news as perming hair, but she still needs to add new highlights to her image as a hot reporter. Right now, though, she's planning a romantic break with gorgeous photojournalist Steve Stiletto. But he's already hours late when she's ...Read MoreThere's more to Bubbles Yablonsky than blonde curls and bright outfits. She's becoming as skilled at writing the news as perming hair, but she still needs to add new highlights to her image as a hot reporter. Right now, though, she's planning a romantic break with gorgeous photojournalist Steve Stiletto. But he's already hours late when she's summoned to cover a press conference at an old coal mine. Bubbles arrives to find it strangely deserted, except for an injured Stiletto, dumped in a coal car - and the body of a man shot once in the head. It's Bud Price, a businessman whose plan to build a casino in small-town Pennsylvania has divided the old-fashioned community. And instead of relaxing at the Passion Peak Hotel, Bubbles is suddenly dodging explosions and investigating a murder. With her loony mother and precocious teenage daughter throwing themselves into the fray, Bubbles is in a race against time to beat Stiletto to the scoop, discover who wanted Price dead - and keep her own pretty little head out of the line of fire...Read Less
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This book is a great installment to the bubbles series. Sarah Strohmeyer continues to delight readers with the hilarious exploits of super sleuth Bubbles Yablonsky. In this hillarious third installment Bubbles mus go undercover at an amish cummunity to get the scoop and free her friend. Funny and hillarious readers will love this book and be left asking for more.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-05-26 Agatha winner Strohmeyer provides lots of madcap fun in her third book (after 2002's Bubbles in Trouble) to feature budding reporter/detective/hairdresser Bubbles Yablonsky. Lured into an unused Pennsylvania coal mine, Bubbles and her "Mel Gibson dead ringer" photographer boyfriend, Steve Stiletto, narrowly escape harm in a cave-in right after they stumble on car-sales magnate Bud Price with "a six-inch bloody hole blown into the middle of his chest." They also find the abandoned car of Bubbles's cousin-in-law, Carl "Stinky" Koolball, the cartographer for McMullen Coal, the company that owns the mine. And now Stinky's missing. The plot thickens like a vat of kapusta as more and more ingredients are added-perhaps too many. On top of her crime-solving, Bubbles must deal with her rebellious teenage daughter, her biker-chick mother's vendetta over some stolen Polish recipes, and a clean-cut stud named Zeke who keeps following her. Some lines are laugh-out-loud funny. Asked if she knows who John Gotti was, Bubbles is "almost positive [he] ran a pizza parlor in Allentown." The dumb-blonde schtick works well with the whole loony business, and Strohmeyer's sharp eye for styles and regional details (Tastykakes, scrapple) adds to the realism and the charm. Agent, Heather Schroder at ICM. (June 30) Forecast: Dressed in blonde wig and stiletto heels like her heroine, Strohmeyer draws increasing crowds on her author tours. Her publisher is betting that Bubbles will be the next Stephanie Plum, her obvious prototype, but Strohmeyer's writing needs to be more disciplined, less scattershot before Janet Evanovich fans come over in big numbers. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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