Author: Maggie Groff
From the author of the national bestseller Mothers Behaving Badly (1999) and Hoax Cuisine (2001) – Maggie Groff turns her hand to fiction. Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute is frequently hilarious, always surprising and delivered with a strong cast of charmingly eccentric characters.
When a secretive American cult moves to the Gold Coast, freelance journalist Scout Davis’s investigative antennae start quivering. She sets out to expose the cult’s lunatic beliefs and bizarre practices, but when she learns the identity of a recent recruit, her quest becomes personal. And dangerous. The cult isn’t the only case on Scout’s agenda. Someone is cutting up girls’ underwear at an exclusive school and Scout agrees to look into it. And the sinister secret behind the vandalism is not nice. Not at all.
But Scout has her secrets too. In the dead of night she sneaks out with an underground group of yarn bombers to decorate the locality with artworks. The next mission ticks all the right boxes – it’s risky, difficult and extremely silly. However, not everyone is amused, and Scout has a sneaking suspicion that the local police sergeant, Rafe Kelly, is hot on her tail.
Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters is not your conventional crime novel. It is a work of humorous fiction which also engages with serious contemporary moral and social issues, such as the ethics of investigative journalism, cults, bullying, family and community dynamics, graffiti, the value of friendships and the responsibilities attached to relationships. Narrator and freelance investigative journalist Scout Davis is an intelligent and intuitive heroine who is
addicted to solving mysteries; fiercely protective of family and friends; and perhaps in love with two men. It’s a mystery, full of romance and hilarious comedy.