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Whole Lotta Trouble    by Stephanie Bond order for
Whole Lotta Trouble
by Stephanie Bond
Order:  USA  Can
Avon, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Rashmi Srinivas

Life gets exciting for Tallie Blankenship, a young editor at Parkbench Publishing, when she is assigned to edit the firm's top mystery writer and then has to deal with his lecherous literary agent Jerry Key. Tallie's best friend, editor Felicia Redmon, is plagued with problems of her own, what with pacifying bickering authors and trying to resolve a blackmail attempt that she suspects has been engineered by her recent ex-lover, famous bad-boy literary agent Jerry Key.

When these two gals get together with another editor, Jané Glass, and discover that she too has been wronged by Jerry Key, they come up with an ingenious plot to humiliate him - and manage to carry it out too. Only, the next morning, Jerry Key is found dead and the dazed trio suddenly realize they're in big trouble. What with cops and guns, messenger boys and cakes, plots, affairs, and a healthy dose of distrust, the matter gets more complicated by the minute.

Stephanie Bond is at the top of her form in this zany crime caper that adroitly combines romance and suspense. The background includes tongue-in-cheek, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the publishing industry as well as the sometimes scary but always interesting life in the Big Apple. Though romance plays a crucial role in the plot, comedy is the dominant factor throughout this fast-paced novel.

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