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Nice Girls Finish Last: A Robert Hudson Mystery [Paperback]

Sparkle Hayter
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April 27 1998 A Robin Hudson Mystery
Thirty-seven-year-old Robin Hudson, a third-string reporter for the All News Network, is assigned to investigate the murder of her gynecologist, a probe that leads to the S&M sex-club underworld and a string of attacks on the network's male employees. 15,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo. Tour.
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It's not easy being a recently divorced 30-something woman in the Big Apple. But Robin Hudson, the sexy, flippant reporter for a nightly tabloid TV show who was last seen in What's a Girl Gotta Do?, has more reason to complain than most. Someone is undermining her social life by taking pot shots at her dates, who are hard enough to come by in the first place. And, as if that's not worrisome enough, her job's on the line, forcing her- a woman who grows poison ivy in her window boxes-to be unnaturally nice in the office. Her chirpy new persona is quickly put to the test when her gynecologist is found handcuffed in his office with a bullet hole in his head and a matchbook from a well-known S&M club by his side. Robin's sleazy boss wants her to investigate the story, with special emphasis on the S&M angle, even as she tries to avoid her bible-toting Aunt Maureen, who, in town for a church convention, hopes to place her niece on the straight and narrow permanently. Hayter, who has worked for CNN and WABC, has a splendid time spoofing egos on both sides of the camera. While readers will remember her giddy plot for about as long as a sound byte, her wry observations about the news world will resonate a bit longer.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robin Hudson, the renegade, investigative reporter of What's a Girl Gotta Do? (LJ 1/94), has traded some of her flounce for a chance at job security. Her boss at the All News Network (ANN) orders her to investigate the alleged sadomasochistic connections of a gynecologist who was murdered in the ANN building. Instead, Robin concentrates on the murder itself. She rankles at suppressing her true nature, but succeeds in uncovering the perpetrator's treacherousness. Hayter's approach is ambitious, but the identity of the murderer is discovered too slowly. The crazy media characters in her subplots compensate for this weakness. Recommended.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sparkle Hayter watches CNN and the Cartoon Channel, (according to her Amazon.com interview). 'Nice Girls Finish Last' is influenced by both: a thoroughly enjoyable mystery novel which is simultaneously loopy and gritty. Robin Hudson has principles, needs to pay bills, and wants to be a TV reporter - so she's balancing on the edge of yellow journalism, working out of a converted bathroom with a painfully annoying boss, and coping with life's mundane details, like avoiding a least-favorite relative and making a GYN appointment. Murder can complicate an already busy schedule. Robin rushes around New York, often noticing the quirky, ironic, and just plain inexplicable: are we aware of security cameras as we pick our noses, and what is guerilla art anyway? The mystery is clever and the background is serious and silly, commonplace and outrageous, kind of like real life. It's great entertainment for nice girls, and for the rest of us, too
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Some time back, someone recommended Sparkle Hayter to me as an author. She writes in the female amateur detective genre, much like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I was low on recreational reading material, so I picked up Nice Girls Finish Last. I think I've found another favorite author...
The main protagonist in this series is Robin Hudson. She's a reporter for a large news network, and she's part of the "Special Reports" division. That would be the group that does stories on alien abductions and stuff. She's not thrilled with this assignment, but she's stuck with it. A doctor in her work building is found murdered, and it looks like there might be an element of S&M involved. The news editor wants Hudson to package the story as an S&M killing, even though she thinks it might have nothing to do with that. She starts investigating on her own, but unfortunately all the guys in her work and personal life are also getting shot at (she was supposed to have an appointment with the doctor that got killed later that evening). The police see her as the common thread, but she can't figure out why for the life of her. And it might be a short life if she can't get it solved quickly...
The character is single and cynical, loves the big city and her job, but hates her boss. A real modern woman. The dialogue and writing is sharp and witty, and I got into the story and the characters pretty easily. The book is pretty short, so it's not much of a time investment to read. Well worth picking up if you want to indulge your "guilty pleasures"... :-)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs down March 11 2003
By A Customer
The plot of this book was so ridiculous, by the end of it (yes, for some reason I read to the end, don't ask me why), I was finally just skimming over the pages . . . by that point I'd lost all hope that the story was going to go anywhere. Ms. Hayter also employs every last offensive stereotype of Republicans (in her world, they're all homophobic, racist, women hating, bible thumping, book banning, self-important morons), so unless you're to the left of the political divide, be prepared to be insulted on every other page. I'm so glad I took this book out of the library, rather than shelling out good money for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Feb. 27 2003
By Marion
I love Robin Hudson. She's beautiful, quirky and red-headed to boot. She's got an exciting life and has such original ideas...like planting poison ivy in all of her window boxes to make anyone who breaks in easy to identify or using a spray glue gun as a weapon of choice (not to mention the epilady!) Her family members are not unlike my own, particularly Aunt Mo.
I adored the fast-paced, unusual, hilarious S&M plot. Ms. Hayter's talent with wisecracks and word play is priceless. The description of Robin's evil neighbor's robe as 'looking like it was made from teddy bear pelts' had me rolling! What a fabulous description! It's worth buying this book just to get to know the unique characters. Thanks for a super read, Ms. Hayter. Keep 'em coming!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Book Jan. 29 2003
I received this book in a book exchange and it looked like it would be fun to read. It was. I enjoyed Robin Hudson, her friends, even her aunt. This book had me smiling and laughing at times.
This is a very enjoyable book.
I plan to read more of the books in this series.
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I had never heard of Sparkle Hayter or Robin Hudson when I picked this book up at my favorite neighborhood cappuccino bar/book store. I am glad I have.
Preliminary Warning: this book is a mindless read, but hilariously so. In the book's back cover mention is made that Ms. Hayter does stand up. If she brings the same clever, witty and sarcastic approach to life that peppers this book to the mike, I envy her audiences. As an over-the-hill TV reporter hanging on to a career, heroine Robin Hudson is the post-modern, gen X woman. She faces adversity with Positive Mental Attitude and is there ever a need for it. Her gynecologist is murdered in his office. Conveniently, the dead man's office and ANN, the All News Network, share the same building, where Robin works and generally agonizes. During the course of the investigation, a sniper randomly shoots and misses some of the staff members.
The novel, ostensibly a mystery whodunnit involving S&M, is really a parade of the assorted personalities that make up the ANN news team, a couple of local cops and caricatures of the S&M scene. Hayter's breezy and sometimes suprisingly insightful observations about aging, necrotic facitis, dating, mean-spirited bosses, neurotic TV reporter/personalities, the streets of New York and her fundamentalist aunt kept me turning the pages. Sarcastic but seldom mean-spirited the one-liners had me laughing out loud.
The novel between comic asides keeps a running commentary on the clues and the suspects; there are no red-herrings in the traditional sense of the word, and the "mystery" solves itself. Sorry, this is not Hammet or Conan Doyle. This is the serio-comical life of a 37 year old urban woman. However, do not feel cheated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars whodunnit with female attitude that keeps reader laughing
I had never heard of Sparkle Hayter or Robin Hudson when I picked this book up at my favorite neighborhood cappuccino bar/book store. I am glad I have. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2001 by Socrates2
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny female sleuth
If you don't like funny mysteries with female protagonists you won't enjoy this one. I do (like) and did (enjoy). It's set in Manhattan with the narrator working in TV. Read more
Published on July 17 2001 by D. P. Birkett
5.0 out of 5 stars Off the Wall Funny
S&M domintarixes, slaves, bible-thumpers, corporate cutbacks, masochistic stalkers, dead bodies and a bewildered turtle make it hard for Robin Hudson to maintain a... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2001 by "caryninlaca"
5.0 out of 5 stars Hayter Nails It
A surprisingly complex book that uses farce to explore the conflicting desires to be a 'good girl' and make nice, and to fight back. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Mindless Entertainment
Shallow, simplistic; the raunchiness gets desperately extreme in attempt to entertain. Does so partially, but with the reader's reluctance. Read more
Published on July 12 2000 by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed out loud!
This is just a great comic mystery. I loved it
Published on Sept. 1 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Girls Finish Last
Nice Girls Finish LAst is a frresh book about Robin Hudson, A telecast reporter. In this thriller, Robin faces stalkings, threats and her aunt Mo. Read more
Published on July 28 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars sparkle 'n' robin rock!
Sparkle -- you rock. I laffed. I laffed. Robin is a woman that most women can relate to ... you go girl. Your fans in Toronto.
Published on Jan. 10 1998
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