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Publisher's Summary

Sarah Strohmeyer has captured the hearts and funnybones of millions of fans with her spunky Bubbles Yablonsky mysteries. A curvaceous hairdresser with an outrageous wardrobe, Bubbles also freelances as a journalist. But when she links a murder to a wealthy socialite, she becomes the target of powerful people who will do anything to cover up the crime.
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©2001 Sarah Strohmeyer (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best First Mystery, 2001

"Entertaining....Bubbles is behind the wheel, and a wild ride awaits." (Publishers Weekly)

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A Surprise

I have to admit that I was surprised by this book. I'd read about the similarities to Stephanie Plum, etc. It is similar, but I still enjoyed it for what it is. I call these kinds of books Cheetos for the brain. There isn't a lot of substance but you still enjoy them. It's light entertainment that if it's good for nothing else, it makes vacuuming, cooking & other chores go by faster while listening.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I laughed out loud

After listening to many, many murder mysteries I was looking for something a little different. This was it. I really enjoyed the book a great deal and laughed out loud often. I liked Bubbles! She is funny and different. She is smart, capable, and just plain fun!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • St. Louis Park, MN, USA
  • 02-05-06

Made me laugh

These books are a lot of fun. The situations are silly but with enough real life to make them hilarious. The narrator did a great job with different accents and onomatopoeia. I plan on listening to all the "Bubbles" books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Fun

The Bubbles series is fun with lots of crazy characters. The narrator is easy to listen to.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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very cute

This was the first in this series.It is easy to identify with if you've been a struggling single mom with a difficult family. It's light reading & funny,and I have bought more of her books and enjoyed them all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Bubbling over

She is fun!! When you need a break from hard boiled detectives, grim coroners and overly cozy, cozies...Bubbles is your gal. The hairdresser with attitude and 3 inch spikes is a fun ride and makes the work commute a breeze, unfortunately...I keep sneaking her in the house to listen to before bed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • 09-09-04

A new heroine

What a great character and series. This was a laugh from start to finish. Let's hope that Audible gets the whole series for us to listen to.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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My new favorite author.

A really good listen thought provoking, no blood and guts no "just. Throw it in" , humorous and people,places and things that are understandable.

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  • Edythe
  • Pinellas Park, FL, USA
  • 05-24-14


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?


What could Sarah Strohmeyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I know its fiction but worried about losing custody of a 17 yr. old whose leaving for collage really!

What do you think the narrator could have done better?


What character would you cut from Bubbles Unbound?


Any additional comments?

I have given up on Stephanie plum and bubbles I'm tired of the love triangles going on and on

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  • W
  • Marina, CA, United States
  • 12-31-04

Not that Funny

I purchased the unabridged audio version of Bubble's Unbound with the understanding that this novel was supposed to be humorous. Boy, was I disappointed. Bubbles is just another sad Steph Plum knockoff, but worse, Bubbles is even more inept than Plum. If such a thing can be believed.

Worse, this novel isn't particularly funny. Bubbles Unbound was like a bad episode of Lucy... But with a silly ex, and a teenage daughter instead of Rickie. I found the humor in this novel cringe inducing. (The scene with the 'jumper,' the long and sad back-story about the main character's lack of education and compulsive community college course-taking).The characters names (Stilleto, Bubbles), were off-putting and too 'cute' for my taste.

Overall, I found Bubbles Unbound to be a waste of time. It didn't even produce a chuckle.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful