Books by Sparkle Hayter

Released: July 27, 2004

"Light and frothy but undeniably sweet: a pleasant excursion to nowhere, done up in high style at a brisk pace."
Thelma and Louise do Europe in Hayter's (the Robin Hudson female detective series) witty account of two American girls who go wild on vacation and end up in big trouble. Read full book review >
NAKED BRUNCH by Sparkle Hayter
Released: May 1, 2003

"Madcap nights of love among the lycanthropes."
Hayter sets aside her Robin Hudson female detective series (The Chelsea Girls Murders, 2000) to profile one Annie Engel: a mousy secretary by day, a werewolf by night. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2000

All News Network exec Robin Hudson's bad luck with men (The Last Manly Man, 1998, etc.) continues—accelerates, really—when a fire drives her from her New York apartment to the legendary Chelsea Hotel, and this really cute guy she's just met drops dead at her feet. There follows a knockabout search for a Baby Jesus statue whose reputation rivals the Lost Ark's, a terrorist/killer brought down by a bunch of handcuffed nuns, and a round of love with what might just be the proper Frenchman. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1997

The knockabout title, a throwback to Sharyn McCrumb's salad days, is the best thing about All News Network producer Robin Hudson's third adventure, a Girls' Night Out gone mad. Back in the Big Apple for Halloween, Robin heads out for an evening of barhopping, dress-up, backchat, and female bonding with her old buddies Tamayo, the clown producer; Claire, the got-it-all anchor; Sally, the bald witch; and Kathy, Robin's dewy-eyed new intern. When Kathy doesn't show up at their rendezvous but instead phones on the cellular to say that she's hiding in some guy's closet, Robin smells a rat—but she can't imagine how her pinball odyssey among Manhattan's nightspots will send her back to memories of (1) her high-school days in Ferrous, Minnesota, when she and Julie Goomey, dubbed the cootie girls by class style-setters Mary MacCosham and Sis Fanning, fought back to semipopularity; and (2) her first weeks in New York, when she fell in love with the city while unwittingly getting involved in a mob hit gone wrong. The zany cast provides scattered laughs, but trying to follow the plot is about as worthwhile as watching the heavens for Skylab detritus. Not even Hayter (Nice Girls Finish Last, 1996, etc.) can pull off this mishmash of Bergson, Proust, and Leona Helmsley's New York. It's like listening to somebody else's dreams. (Author tour) Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1996

It's not exactly encouraging for All News Network reporter Robin Hudson (What's a Girl Gotta Do?, 1994) when the only man to have seen her naked in months, gynecologist Herman Kanengiser, is shot dead in his office, on the 27th floor of ANN's own building. But things rapidly get much worse. Soon after a matchbook found in Dr. Kanengiser's office takes Robin to the dungeon of Mistress Anya, head of the Marquis de Sade Society, several other ANN stalwarts manage to get themselves shot at shortly after spending quality time with Robin, and the police start to look at her as an S/M Calamity Jane. Worse still, her dreaded aunt Maureen, asteam with moral righteousness, is on her trail. Caught between the likes of Mistress Anya and Aunt Mo, Robin, who describes herself as ``Jerry Lewis's nutty professor . . . in the body of Rita Hayworth,'' doesn't so much investigate as stumble over the untidy solution to the mystery. But if the killer is negligible, the tableau of Robin and Aunt Mo fleeing in bondage gear from a man glued to a sofa is one of the most memorable climaxes you'll ever be glad you're not a part of. Sassy and bright, with real laughs at the end of the funny lines. (Author tour) Read full book review >
WHAT'S A GIRL GOTTA DO? by Sparkle Hayter
Released: Jan. 14, 1994

As if third-string reporter Robin Hudson, of New York's All News Network, didn't have enough problems already—her estranged husband's taken up with an on-air twinkie, her sex life is a distant memory, she's seen en route to a staff masquerade party waving a tire iron at her abusive old downstairs neighbor—and now the mysterious caller who insisted she meet him at the party stands her up because he's been killed by a blunt instrument, like maybe a tire iron. Though the police don't take Robin seriously as a suspect, all the ANN higher-ups who aren't busy hitting on her are ready to give her up to protect super-reporter Joanne Armoire when it turns out that the dead guy, a shamus with a file on anybody who's worked with ANN's premier anchor Greg Browner, was interested in Armoire—and in Browner's former producer Susan Brave too. What's the connection, and does it have to involve Robin's perilously young new romantic prospect, Browner producer Eric Slansky? The dialogue reads like a string of Percodan lunches, but Robin's seen-it-all naivetÇ makes this an appealing debut. Read full book review >