Dutton, Jun 2004, 23.95, 304 pp.
In Lehigh, Pennsylvania, Bubbles Yablonsky balances (some would say haphazardly while others would say that is an optimists' opinion) her profession as a hairdresser with her vocation as a reporter at the News-Times. Of course she also crosses that with being a single mom, going to community college, and an occasional bit of mystery solving (some would say that she is the Murphy in that universal law while others would say that is optimistic).
As labor and management strife rocks Lehigh Steel, former executive wife Carol Weaver, was convicted of illegal downsizing when she murdered her husband, Hal. Carol escapes from the State Correctional Institute in Jakeville to offer the story of a lifetime to Bubbles, if the tyro journalist with questionable sleuthing experience (see EVERYONE LOVES BUBBLES) helps her prove her innocence.
Bubbles' latest adventure is an amusing class warfare that would make both major presidential party candidates hide as the contrast between working class wanting to become wealthy (aside to Mr. Gore) vs. Carol and the elite is very funny. Bubbles as usual makes the tale with her poignant caring and stubborn attitude sort of like The Train That Could driven by a blond parody. Though the assault on the upper crust becomes a bit tedious as the early eagles turn somewhat to bogies, fans of irreverent amateurs sleuth tales starring a delightful “loser” who always insures fans win will chuckle with bodacious Bubbles.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner