Take one ditzy blonde, one drop-dead gorgeous photojournalist, and one two-carat diamond ring, and poof!—instant mayhem.
Now that Bubbles Yablonsky (Bubbles a Broad, 2004, etc.) has hung up her curling iron for good, the ex-hairdresser takes her new career seriously. The Lehigh News-Times reporter is willing to risk a contempt-of-court charge rather than surrender the notes from her interview with accused murderer Julia “Crazy Popeye” Simon. Popeye’s poisoning in her jail cell makes the police think maybe she didn’t kill high school principal Rudolph Schmidt, even though podiatrist Cerise May found the bag lady in her waiting room with her hands down the administrator’s throat. And they think Bubbles’s notebook may help them find out who did kill Schmidt, and whether the killing is connected to May’s ex-boyfriend, Polish mafioso Karol Smolak. Of course, keeping her mother Lulu out of trouble and helping daughter Jane fill out her application to Princeton take up most of Bubbles’s spare time, so it isn’t until the judge fines her $1,000 per minute until her notes resurface that she decides she’d better find out who killed Schmidt. But Bubbles doesn’t reckon with the biggest distraction of all: AP photographer Steve Stiletto, who plunks a diamond on her finger and asks her to pretend to be his fiancée so he doesn’t get sent to London.
Fans will be thrilled at the latest twists in Bubbles’s career and love life, with a nifty puzzle as a bonus.