(pb; 1994: first book in the Robin Hudson Mystery series)
From the inside flap:
"Nothing is going right for Robin Hudson, a spunky, sexy, 'slightly rumpled, third-string reporter in Rita Hayworth's body.' Her husband has left her for a prettier and much younger woman; she's been demoted to the tabloidesque Special Reports unit at the All News Network after an on-air faux pas at the White House; and a blackmailer knows some of her worst secrets. To top it all off, Robin becomes a suspect in a brutal murder. Gathering her wits, her perfume atomizer spiked with cayenne pepper, and her Epilady, she turns reluctant gumshoe to find the real killer and clear her name -- all this while doing an undercover assignment at a sperm bank with her loathsome boss. But Robin is going to need more than wisecracks and makeshift weapons to solve this murder and not become a corpse herself."
A wacky- and earthy-humored main character (Robin), along with her cat (Louise Bryant), make this a fun, breezy read. Hayter throws enough variant characters and red herrings in the smart, always-entertaining plot mix to make the killer hard to spot, and the ending is laugh-out-loud stunning.
Worth your time, this.
Followed by Nice Girls Finish Last.