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The Quokka Question: A Kylie Kendall Mystery [Paperback]

Claire McNab

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Dec 1 2005 Kylie Kendall Mysteries

Praise for The Wombat Strategy :

“We can’t help loving sleuth Kylie Kendall . . . [she] is such a charmer, we’ll follow her wherever her brunette ambitions take her.”— Girlfriends

“The first of what I hope will be lots and lots of mysteries featuring the oh-so-cute Aussie dyke, Kylie Kendall.”— She

“Saucy, witty, and blessed with a healthy dose of Aussie tenacity, Kendall is everything a girl could want in a lead character.”— LesbiaNation.com

Kylie Kendall is hired for a routine security detail to prevent an academic rival from disrupting Dr. Oscar Braithwaite’s keynote address at UCLA’s Global Marsupial Symposium. Sounds easy enough to be downright dull, but then Dr. Braithwaite is murdered, and his sister, the sexually voracious and irresistibly attractive Dr. Penelope Braithwaite, hires Kylie to investigate his death. Can Kylie keep from mixing business with oh-so-much pleasure? Can she remain true to her barely requited love for her ice-queen business partner, Arianna Creeling? Oh yes, and can she figure out who killed Oscar? All of these questions and more are answered in this latest installment of Claire McNab’s Kylie Kendall mystery series.

Transplanted Australian Claire McNab is the author of two other Kylie Kendall mysteries, The Wombat Strategy and The Kookaburra Gambit . She has also written 18 best-selling mystery novels, 14 featuring the popular Detective Inspector Carol Ashton and four featuring undercover agent Denise Cleever. She has served as the president of Sisters in Crime and is a member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Transplanted Aussie Claire McNab moved to Los Angeles more than a decade ago. As a stranger, she found living in America at times startling and puzzling, but often delightful. She has taken these experiences and woven them into her Kylie Kendall comedic m

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Enjoy!" April 21 2006
By Mister E - Published on Amazon.com
Claire McNab once again treats the reader to a microcosm of Los Angeles through the eyes of intrepid P.I. trainee Kylie Kendall, who's still feeling her way 'round SoCal, bumping into unexpected situations, characters and traffic jams with a style all her own.

Placing much of the action at UCLA, "The Quokka Question" illuminates the chalkboard jungle politics of higher academia, with professors and their staff doing their intellectual best to outwit and outmaneuver each other. Whether its chalk outlining a lesson on the board, or chalk outlining a victim's body on the ground, it all makes for great intrigue and a rapid-fire read.

The office crew of Kendall & Creeling is back with just as much individual quirky humor as ever. (Sitcom writers take note: This is an office with marvelously-drawn individuals who would be a delight to visit every week!) There's more of freeze-dried Fran (per McNab, "the pocketsize warrior queen,") the receptionist hotline starring the ever-toothy Melodie, as well as all the others, too numerous to name. And of course, the snooty cat so convinced of her own star power that she pulls off the moniker of "Julia Roberts" with a poise that just might make the original Ms. Roberts a bit envious. Continuing to befuddle and bewitch Kylie is the enigmatic, beautiful Ariana who can concurrently tie Kylie's tongue and tug at her heartstrings without so much as lifting one gorgeous finger.

Between skewering university life, call-in sex radio shows and equity waiver theatrical wannabes, this latest in the Kylie Kendall series is sheer delight from cover to cover. As the waiter/actor in any upscale L.A. eatery would say upon delivering an artfully-arranged platter of lunch, "Enjoy!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another bonzer book for McNab! Jan. 17 2006
By Bunny Man! - Published on Amazon.com
Claire McNab has written another brilliant, and brilliantly funny, Kylie Kendall mystery. They're getting better and better! The plot is good, the characters well delineated, the situations delightful, and, in short, this is her best yet!

Particularly good is all the office byplay. There is a wealth of character and detail here, and it is delicious.

McNab has come into her own. Always a fine writer, her books are improving steadily.

Of course, a major question is "What is the Quokka Question?"

Read the book and you MAY find out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read just for fun Feb. 24 2011
By karistim - Published on Amazon.com
This book won't tax your brain too much and makes for a quick read. However, it's not something I wouldn't be able to live without. It's most interesting for it's portrayals of Australians and Australian culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent quick read Feb. 17 2006
By Soujourner Truth - Published on Amazon.com
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The story with the superb sub-inter office story kept me wanting to read more and more. When I was done the only thing on my mind was when is the next Kylie Kendall mystery due out.......I hope soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars love it Dec 22 2012
By RB Pattison - Published on Amazon.com
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I am simply a Kylie Kendall junkie. Claire McNab cannot write enough in this series as far as I am concerned. I love a lead character that isn't perfect, that amuses me and still tells a great story.

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