"lighthearted amateur sleuth"
At the Pocono's Passion Peak Resort, Bubbles Yablonsky
anxiously waits for Associated Press Photographer Steve
Stiletto to arrive so they can begin their romantic
weekend. While she impatiently anticipates his appearance,
her boss at the Lehigh News-Times sends a fax ordering her
to go over to Slagville to cover the story of a businessman
shot to death. When she arrives at the Number Nine Mine
she sees her cousin's car there and thinks she was set up
for a practical joke.
She is proven wrong when Stiletto arrives saying his boss
emailed him asking him to take pictures at the homicide
scene. Someone pushes them into the mine where they find
the body of Bud Wilcox, the man determined to bring
gambling to Slagville. Somebody causes a rockslide
trapping the duo inside the mine but they find a way out
and investigate the story that they are a part of. Bubbles
realizes that someone is orchestrating events behind the
scenes, but how her missing in action cousin and a fortune
in coal just waiting to be excavated once certain people
vanish fits in is something she struggles to figure out.
Anyone looking for a lighthearted amateur sleuth novel
starring a street savvy heroine, who is no longer an
amateur since she is paid to investigate and report, will
want to read BUBBLES ABLAZE. Bubbles is always
underestimated because of her looks and the spandex
clothing she wears so it is easy for her to get people to
talk to her for a story. Sarah Strohmeyer has created a
fine mystery novel to bring to the beach, as the upbeat
tale is pure fun to read.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 2, 2003