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The Quokka Question: A Kylie Kendall Mystery Paperback – Dec 1 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (Dec 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555839150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555839154
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,110,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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
Format: Paperback
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
Format: Paperback
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
Format: Paperback
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
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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 My kind of reading Feb. 3 2016
By The Walden - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I finally started reading the next installment, The Dingo Dilemma. I read the first three back to back and made sure the next book was here before I finished the previous one. The author wisely ended the first book with quite a cliffhanger, which invariably annuls the agency of romantics such as myself, and forces people of my kind to frantically procure resolution for said cliffhanger by means of purchasing the sequel, most likely via 2-day shipping ;-)
One reviewer said these books won't tax your brain. No, they won't. Life taxes your brain, so when I sit with my cup of coffee (and not a cuppa) in the morning I like to read something engaging and light. And well written. And of course, the gayer the better! I like the way McNab describes the superficiality of LA culture and their celebrity obsession. I love it when all of a sudden the entire staff of Kendall & Creeling starts speaking Australian English; that's the only suspension of disbelief moment for me. There are things that come out of the airhead receptionist Melodie that I just can't picture an American girl ever saying. But even these imperfections, deliberate or not, make these books all the more likable to me. We need more of them!