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on April 24, 2012 :
OMG, I love this book! Was so thrilled to find it in eBook format. I read it years ago from the library, and while it's not long on plot, it's terrifically long on comedy. I don't know if it's just because the author has my exact sense of humor or what, but I never forgot that this is the book at which I laughed the most out loud since becoming an adult at approximately age 14. And I promise you, I am a tough room. I read one or two more after this, but they did not reach the comedic heights of this first effort. Maybe it was because of all the wonderfully angry vitriol and disgust the author had stored up for the real people in her life she was undoubtedly skewering in this one. I just read the first chapter to check whether it really was as good as I remembered, and it was. Yay. All the snarky nastiness just makes me giggle. Nastily. Ah. I'm going to have to try her other books again after this. See if she ever recaptured the perfect storm of this first book. (Again, I warn you, don't read this for its mystery factor. Read it for the humor, 'cause it's damned funny stuff.)
PS -- I agree with the previous reviewer about the sad decline of the Stephanie Plum series. Another one that was never long on plot. Those first 6 or 8 books, though, were just great, wacky fun, with the occasional chuckle out loud. Never laughed as hard at those as I did at "What's a Girl Gotta Do," though. Give this a shot -- it's practically free, and Ms. Hayter more than deserves your dollar for the laughs alone.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 26, 2012 :
Reading the last five, six or seven books in the Stephanie Plum series made me sad for the main character. The books didn't make me feel good for the heroine. I wanted more for Stephanie Plum, more than it seems Janet Evanovich wants to give her, and don't think she will ever find it.
After reading Sparkle Hayter's “What's a Girl Gotta Do,” I was reminded again of how stagnant Stephanie Plum has become.
Hayter's book is about a television journalist, Robin Hudson, who for better or worse, cannot get out of her own way. Every time something good happens in her life, it seems as though she does something to sabotage that.
That's not to say she's not an endearing character. The book opens with readers feeling a bit bad for her because we quickly learn her husband has left her for a younger, prettier news anchor at her own station.
Even though she's dealing with these problems, Hudson is still taking steps to rectify many of the issues in her life.
Hudson made me think this is the character I hope Stephanie Plum could grow into. Sure, Robin's career is sort of in a decline, but she continues to work and doesn't just have her sights set at the bottom on her career field. She doesn't accidentally go through life. Hudson is actually good at what she does, but has moments of embarrassment – unlike Plum who has never gotten better as a bonds agent.
In Hayter's first installment of the series – which was written in the early 1990s, but has been re-published in eBook format – the workers of ANN, a 24-hour cable news network, have to figure out who killed a private investigator in the hotel where a company New Year's Eve party was being held. The death sparked a chain of events and the goal is to get to the bottom of the death of this PI, who happened to be blackmailing several people at ANN.
Sparkle Hayter – that is really the author's name – has a good writing style. She sets the books in a first-person format and writes with a somewhat stream on consciousness, as we tend to think.
The first of a series that has five books and I plan on checking out the others in the series. I appreciate Hayter making these books available for a new ebook audience.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 29, 2011 :
It makes good, easy reading. I loved it
(review of free book)