Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever (http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com) is the website of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction. Handbag lover. Avid Jazzerciser. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.

Hattie Cooks Mysteries

Coming Soon: Temporarily out of Luck

Fabulous news! The Wild Rose Press is publishing Temporarily out of Luck. I know you are thrilled to find there's a new book as much as I am. This one took a long time to write. Here's a bit about it:

Great job. What man? And murder. Hattie Cooks takes a new job at the bridal salon, Wedding Wonderland, and is learning the industry from a woman she greatly admires. But when her former brother-in-law is found dead in his luxury SUV parked at Super Saver Grocery’s lot, all fingers point to Hattie’s sister, Tracey, who is in the middle of planning her own “I do’s.”

Detective Allan Wellborn is caught between a rock and a hard place—Hattie’s family and investigating the murder of a well-connected Sommerville resident, the same loser who was once married to Hattie’s sister. Determining who’s the bad guy—or gal—is not going to be easy and sure to piss someone off.

Can Hattie beat the clock to find out who murdered her sister’s ex before she is charged with the crime and her wedding is ruined?

New job. New romance. And murder.
Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced.
Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation.  Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?
Find Temporarily Employed at:  Amazon ebook   Amazon PB  ARE ebook   B&N 
Vicki Batman never fails to entertain. This novel is a perfect showcase for her humor and spunk. I've eagerly awaited its debut. --Kathleen Baldwin, award-winning, Amazon bestselling author
Vicki Batman has a knack for revealing life's upside down moments, making us laugh while seeing ourselves revealed in her prose. Who hasn't twisted an ankle while trying to walk like a princess, or tried to be witty and come off flat? In Vicki's hands, these moments are golden -- and unforgettable. --Kayelle Allen, award-winning author, founder of Marketing for Romance Writers
Nobody blends humor and great characters like Ms. Batman.--Harlie's Books
I always get excited at seeing another Vicki Batman novel hit the bookshelves. It’s a fun and sexy ride where the writing is so real, the reader literally experiences the excitement unfold from the driver's seat view of the character.--Karen Cote’, Best Selling Romantic Suspense Author
Vicki Batman is a master of short and sassy romance. I’m in awe of anybody who writes shorts, a whole story with believable characters in the same number of pages some writers use for a chapter or two! --Coffee Time Romance
TEMPORARILY EMPLOYED is Jennifer Cruise on steroids.  I only stopped reading to laugh. Readers will love Hattie Cooks and Officer Whatshisname! -- Donnell Ann Bell, Bestselling author of The Past Came Hunting, Deadly Recall and Betrayed
Temporarily Employed is one of those books that will keep you turning the pages while you’re giggling. I’ve read just about everything this author has written, and she never fails to disappoint with her witty dialogue and fast-paced narrative.--Liz Lipperman, National Best Seller of the Clueless Cook Mystery Series
Temporarily Employed is another fun story by Vicki Batman that will leave you giggling and flipping pages to find out what happens next. --Karilyn Bentley, author of The Draconia Tales series
Vicki Batman's stories are always fun and laugh out loud funny. She has a great voice and a real knack for storytelling! You don't want to miss TEMPORARILY EMPLOYED. --Michelle Miles, award-winning author
Vicki Batman’s characters will take you on a ride that will keep you laughing out loud. Temporarily Employed is the perfect feel good read that will leave you smiling. Grab your copy and come along for the adventure.  --Sylvia McDaniel, Amazon bestselling author
Temporarily Employed is an absolute gem. Batman's quick wit and eye for great story telling come through on every page. --Barb Han, Harlequin Intrigue author
Buckle up for a rollicking, fun ride with a loveable, slightly wacky, heroine, a hot hero, and a cast of inept, shady characters. Temporarily Employed by Vicki Batman is a witty, amusing, exciting tale that will take you on a wild journey and leave you breathless and laugher.   --Award-Winning Author, Cara Marsi
I never miss an opportunity to read Vicki Batman. Her stories are funny and entertaining. Always a great way to spend an evening. --Marian Lanouette, author Jake Carrington series.
5 stars. Have you ever had a really, really, really bad day… and then had it turn worse? We’ve all been there and that’s why I fell in love with Hatti Cooks, the heroine of Vicki Batman’s Romantic-Suspense novel, Temporarily Employed.  I’ve hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale, but Hattie’s story is funnier and scarier and one heck of a lot more entertaining than my own. But be warned, while the story starts out light and funny, Batman’s skilled writing turns it into a dramatic tale of love. The story opens with a hot cop catching Hattie at her worst moment and handing her a ticket. Her internal dialogue is a hoot. Self-deprecating, laugh-out-loud comments slid through her head into mine, from the very first page to the last. Out of a job, with no love life and stuck in a town where everyone knows her business, Hattie takes a temp-job and tries to make sense of it all. Meanwhile her bad luck keeps getting “badder.” A murder mystery swirls around her, her best friends want all the dirty details about her love life and a hometown that she once felt comfortable in is hiding a murderer.
Vicki Batman has a wicked sense of humor, but beneath the fun she hits strong chords about love and relationships. The story is more than a collection of the usual Romantic-Comedy, bunching-panty-hose and running mascara  lines. It becomes a deep down, gut wrenching question of self-awareness and the trust required to make love work. My favorite lines: “Nice day?” I gritted my teeth. “I’d kill for a really nice day.”
4  stars. Hattie Cooks is just like most of us. Bad luck follows her around, she has embarrassing moments in front of the opposite sex, and of course her dream job is out of reach. Allan Wellborn is the geek turned Prince Charming...with a few hiccups of his own. His Detective skills are a little off when it comes to the Girl of his dreams. He will need a little bit of luck to rescue his damsel and show her that life isn’t always turning out wrong. This book is filled with laughter, tears, suspense, and romance. You get a little of everything to enjoy yourself.
5 stars. Funny, quirky and sassy blended into a mystery. Great fun! Looking for a great book to while away the day? Any book by Vicki Batman is guaranteed to be funny, quirky and sassy fun and Temporarily Employed is no exception! This is a charming and fun romp from beginning to end and while Ms. Batman usually writes shorter stories, I'm thrilled to see a full length book by this wonderful author. Grab up your copy today, you will not be disappointed.
5 stars. A fun book worthy of the authors' talents. This is a fun read. If you enjoy her short stories, you will enjoy her novel too! I've worked for those temp agencies before and I can identify with the heroine. This is one book worth your time. Enjoy, I did!
4 paws. Storeybook Reviews: This is a combination of a pretty clean romance story (just 1 almost sex scene) and a smidge of a mystery.
1. What is your favorite kind of mystery? I like a variety of mysteries, cutting on my teeth on Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. In middle school, I discovered Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. As a young adult, I segued to more romantic mysteries. Then I discovered different English mystery authors thanks to the PBS Mystery series. 
2. Do you like humor in mysteries? I do! Mysteries tend to be dark. I relished those funny and snarky comments.
3. Who are your favorite mystery authors? I am particularly fond of Dick Francis and once told Handsome I wished I could write like him. I also like romance with suspense like those by Mary Stewart and M. M. Kaye. Julia Spencer Fleming is very good as is Elizabeth George and Sue Grafton.
4. Do you like series in mysteries? I do! Familiar characters are brought back to delve into new mysteries. And if there are romantic heroes, we all wonder "when?"
5. Why write humorous romantic mysteries? I believe this genre is an extension of my voice and I put that on the page. 
6. Have you had "interesting" jobs? I have. And I've had to take jobs just to make ends meet. But I believe everything happens for a reason and maybe bits and pieces have ended up in my books.


Bad job. Wrong love. And murder. 
Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available...in the Big Apple, far away from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at NLB Accountants where two auditors turn up dead. 
Detective Allan Wellborn dumped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who coincidentally is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. But when Allan interviews Hattie, he must figure out why all signs point to her as a possible suspect.  
Can Hattie find out who is murdering auditors before she’s arrested?
Trixie had some nerve.
“Stop it, Hattie!” 
Her reprimand, the one which had shot a stabbing pain to my right eye, sounded terribly out of character, like she had little patience for me. Ordinarily, she was the nicest person I knew, didn’t have a mean bone in her body. The kind who rescued animals, picked up trash at Sommerville Park, and prepared food for the elderly.      
Not today. I narrowed my eyes and crossed my arms across my chest in a school girl flaunt.
Trixie tilted forward in her desk chair, her bosom almost resting on her desk. “This nonsense has to end. Your moan sounded like an obscure breed of a bizarre...untamed...wounded animal.” She returned to an upright and seated position and in tiny increments, rotated her chair from side-to-side, waiting for me to say something not stupid.
In truth, Trixie had pounded the nail on the head. I had nothing to add. My whole life had turned into an obscure, bizarre, bad reflection of itself, thus wounding me to my core. I sighed and pouted an if only. 
Don’t go there.
My funsister friend owned the employment agency Jobs Inc., and on occasion, she’d happily assisted me in finding temporary work since my dream job had been flushed down the proverbial toilet a few months back, thus soiling my picture perfect life. For this newest assignment she’d located, I’d be employed as an administrative assistant for the managing partner at Northside, Lancaster, and Brookside, Certified Public Accountants, headquartered in my hometown of Sommerville.   
At first, she’d sounded oh-so pleasant when we began our yak about the opportunity. “Think accounting,” she’d teased, followed by a small chuckle.
Her laugh had spoken volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica proportions.
Find Temporarily Insane e-book at: The Wild Rose Press Amazon  Nook
Find Temporarily Insane paperback at: The Wild Rose Press Amazon
Anyone who follows this blog knows I’m a longtime fan of Ms. Batman. I loved the first Hattie Cooks Mystery, Temporarily Employed, and the second book, Temporarily Insane, does not disappoint.
I have to say, though, I would not want to share a temp assignment with Hattie. She’s had two so far, and people got killed at both. I’m beginning to think maybe she’s a jinx. First, she worked at a car insurance com...pany, and people got killed. Now they’re dropping like flies at the accounting firm where she works. Nope, I think maybe Hattie should become a writer. It’s a nice, solitary job.
But that wouldn’t be any fun for those of us who love to read about her escapades—and those of her fun-sisters, her family, and of course, her favorite detective (when he’s not dating Blonde Bimbo) Allan Wellborn.
Wow—two choking hazards in a row. You’d think I’d have lost weight. Fortunately, with my twin addictions to reading and eating, I’ve gotten good at Hiemliching my self. This is another book you have to buy! Just don’t eat or drink while you read it, unless you’re good at rescuing yourself when you laugh so hard you choke.-Rose & Thorn
Funny, drama, entertaining will keep you from the first page as favorite characters invite us back in their world of utter crazy. I really liked this book because it was a great funny story that kept me entertained from the beginning till the end. This book will have you falling out your seat laughing hard at Hattie and the trouble that seems to follow her. The writing was good and consistent. I never felt loss and I loved that this story kept up with the main characters so we knew are not lose or trying to figure out where they are going. Allen and Hattie are in another book that will take you back on the rollercoaster that has been going on for a while.
This series is definitely worth reading the characters are fresh and enduring and they hold this book together perfectly. The writing, the plot, the characters all draw this book together and leave you wanting more. When this story ended I wanted more, wanted it to be longer, wanted Allen and Hattie together do many wants not enough book. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this series because whatever it is it will be great.  United Indie Book Blog 
“Temporarily Insane,” Vicki Batman’s follow up to “Temporarily Employed,” is an unpredictable combination of humor, romance, and mystery. Hattie Cooks is smart and sharp-witted. The author takes the reader right into Hattie’s head from the very first page and readers are with her every step of the way.
Hattie makes her living as a temporary employee or “temp” accepting short-term job assignments. Her latest is as an Administrative Assistant for a CPA firm. The title of this book must stem from Hattie’s job interview because that entire scene was the zaniest of job interviews from start to finish. Nevertheless, despite her misgivings, Hattie needs the job and accepts the position, taking readers on a wacky ride.
Detective Allan Wellborn is “hot.” He and Hattie had known each other from childhood. Hattie muses over circumstances from the previous novel that brought them together again, but not as close as Hattie would have liked. “Temporary Insane” finds Hattie and Allan still as “friends,” with Allan involved with another woman.
When two auditors at the CPA firm turn up dead, Allan and Hattie find themselves in the mix – both professionally and personally.
The humor is dry-witted, the mystery theme almost like something out of a Hallmark Channel movie, the identity of the killer freaked-out this reader, and the romance? Let’s just say Hattie is a true heroine.
From Jane Reads: I just read a really good book, y'all — Temporarily Insane by Vicki Batman. Let me tell you a little about it.Temporarily Insane is a romantic comedy mystery, Book Two in the Hattie Cooks Mystery Series. Book One in the series is Temporarily Employed. Temporarily Insane is a fun, quick read that I had a hard time putting down. In Sommerville, Author Vicki Batman has created a setting that feels genuine, peopled with real and likable characters. I especially enjoyed the lead character Harriette (Hattie) Cooks, with her snarky wit and sass. The action is told by Hattie, in first person.
Hattie eventually realizes that, if she is going to continue to dress sooo well, she's going to have to suck it up and accept this dreaded accounting firm job, so she can pay for her couture habit. Since this is a murder mystery, you can correctly surmise that things don't go well for Hattie. To find out everything that happens regarding this temp job, and regarding Allan, you'll just have to READ THE BOOK!
I recommend Temporarily Insane to all fans of romantic comedy mysteries. I think it will particularly appeal to fans of Vicki Batman's other books. I really enjoyed Temporarily Insane by Vicki Batman, and award it Four Kitties!
Let me just start by saying, author Vicki Batman is a master at creating quirky characters. Ten minutes inside her heroine’s head is like a private trip to a padded room. Hattie is a delight. To cohabitate inside Hattie’s weirdly wired mind is strange at first but then, as you get to know her, you find yourself anticipating the next off-beat thought.
Mix all of her quirkiness with an assortment of equally unusual characters and a hot hunk of a hero and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a good book. Add in a murder mystery and the story elevates to great.
If you enjoy your mysteries with a side of humor, Temporarily Insane is the perfect book for you. I have to admit, in the beginning, I was wondering why our hero, Detective Alan Wellborn, would dump someone as obviously off-kilter brilliant as Hattie in the first place. But then I figured it out … he couldn’t keep up! - Nancy Fraser
Vicki Batman has done it again! Her quirky and endearing character Hattie Cooks has once again taken us on a wild ride full of romance, humor, and mystery.
When Hattie finally agrees to take a temporary job in an accounting firm to pay for her basic needs, like shopping and chocolate, she is once again in the middle of a dangerous situation with coworkers and a possible rekindling of romance with Alan Wellborn.
There is just the right amount of fun loving humor to offset the suspense and danger surrounding Hattie throughout her adventure.
As the reader I found myself routing for Hattie to overcome her bias about accountants, solve the mystery of suspicious deaths around her, and find out maybe Alan isn't the jerk he appears to be. Temporarily Insane is a thoroughly enjoyable story with believable characters. I recommend you get to know Hattie Cookes in her most recent adventure! Hopefully there will be a third Hattie Cookes fiasco coming out soon! reader, Laura Watson
Fact or Fiction? I've had a wide variety of jobs and have worked with some "interesting" folks. So yes, it is possible some of them would show up in my work in some way. Maybe their physical description. Maybe something they said that has stuck with me all these years. Several years ago, I worked out at a local gym. The members received notification that someone had stolen parts off cars parked in the parking garage. That got me to thinking. And yes, I had a Jeep baby stolen--twice. The first time the bad dudes drove it down nearby railroad tracks. It should have been totaled, but wasn't. Not long after that incident, it was stolen again. This time found behind a local restaurant, running. However, it wouldn't go in reverse. That was very funny. Every year, the insurance industry publishes information about the top stolen vehicles. When mine was taken, Jeeps were at the top for that year. Jeep Cherokees were just about it in the SUV-type of vehicles. After that, other car manufacturers developed their version. I just wasn't a mini-van momma. When Handsome bought a very large motorcycle, I was VERY angry. I'd always wanted a Jeep Wrangler. That came out in our argument and two days later, I had one. Handsome says that was the most expensive motorcycle purchase ever. LOL. I'm always asked why I'm such a big Jeep fan. They are no-nonsense cars. Turn on a dime. Look awesome without all the silly stuff. I am not embarrassed to drive it. Easy to unload a baby from the car seat. Hauls stuff. I've had other brands of autos and two will remain my favs. But when I had the choice to buy a new one recently, I had to have a Jeep Patriot.

Book Club Questions:
1. Have you held temporary jobs? Love them or hate them? 
2. Some families are extremely tight, like Hattie's. Is this a detriment?
3. We've all done stupid stuff. Does yours haunt you today?
4. Does romance combine well with mysteries?
5. How do you handle difficult people?
6. Would you be someone who would put themselves in danger?


Dee Hendershot Gatrell said...

I like the cover of the book and liked what I read so far.


vicki batman said...

Thank you, Dee! I can't wait to have this baby published. Eight long years.

Search This Blog

Blog Archive