Robin is a local author, well known for her many true crime books, but The Curse of the Golden Yo-Yo is her first crime non-fiction book - flagged as "A Cornelia Finnigan Mystery".  And it's really nice to see a dedication thanking the local Sisters in Crime chapter - they really are an impressive bunch of people that chapter.

"'Fifty thousand dollars!'  A long skinny arm, liberally sprinkled with freckles, shot up like an exclamation mark at the back of the auction room.  The face beneath the bid was flushed behind square set emerald-framed glasses and lots more freckles.  Slowly, the other bidders' heads turned, as if on a joint axis, to study the tall young woman in an emerald silk mini-shift, whose carroty curls blazed above almost every other head in the crowd.  She'd just topped the previous bid by five thousand dollars.  'Sold - to the young lady in the back row!' yelled the auctioneer, a whack of his gavel endorsing the decision."

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Meet Cornelia Finnigan, the loudest, loveliest and luckiest PI around.

With a swagger, a smile and a slash of lipstick she takes on the mystery of a torched Ferrari, investigates the case of the poisoned Pekinese puppies and stumbles into the world of missing persons, drug deals gone wrong, laundered money and murder.

And then there's Elvis, the tennis pro and a solid gold yo-yo to die for... 

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Submitted by Karen on Sun, 18/05/2008 - 07:16 pm