Mad Men, Bad Girls: A Scout Davis Investigation 1 by Maggie Groff

Mad Men, Bad Girls: A Scout Davis Investigation 1

By Maggie Groff

  • Release Date: 2013-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 147 Ratings
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Meet Scout Davis.

Investigative journalist. Tea enthusiast. Guerilla knitter.

When an American cult moves to the Gold Coast, Scout's investigative antennae start quivering. She sets out to expose the cult's bizarre practices, but when she learns the identity of a recent recruit, her quest becomes personal. And dangerous.

Meanwhile, her sister Harper, Head of Sport at a posh school, needs a favour regarding a strange case of vandalism.

But Scout has her own secret. In the dead of night she sneaks out with the Guerilla Knitters Institute, an underground group of yarn bombers, to decorate Byron Bay with radical artworks. Scout suspects that the local police sergeant, Rafe Kelly, is hot on her tail. And she doesn't mind that one bit...

Winner of the Davitt Awards' Adult Fiction 2013
Winner of the Davitt Awards' Debut Fiction 2013


  • Mad Men, Bad Girls

    By 'Jen'
    Loved the Aussie humour and references ... Thoroughly enjoyable, thank you Maggie.
  • A must read book!

    By annieimac1
    Great read. Thoroughly enjoyed it and have downloaded her second book!
  • It pulled me in

    By Michael Waldie
    I'm very fussy with what I read and quite critical as well. This book had so much intrigue and the Australian setting gave a familiarity that certainly helped too. While Rafe is not my type (ie I'm a hetero male), the way she feels when around him is so well written it was so easy to picture those scenes.
  • NoComment of Nunawading

    By NoComment.KMW
    What a pleasure it was to stumble across the works of the brilliant, humorous, story-teller, Australia's Maggie Groff, on another intrepid mission, scrolling through the iBooks Store! Sorry to say Maggie, that I'd never heard of you, but that ignorance on my part has been rectified, along with numerous recommendations to family and friends. Set in the beautiful Byron Bay and environs, Maggie, through the exploits of her star Investigative Journalist, Scout Davis, gave us two conundrums to get our teeth into (to those who've read "Mad Men, Bad Girls" I apologise for that poor pun, but just couldn't resist)! Quite a lengthy novel, but IMO, not a wasted word throughout, as Scout explores cults, crime, School-Yard Bullying, vexatious litigation perpetuated by the lawyer-father of one of the protagonists, and some great insight into the many and varied relationships through-out! A quality novel, with something to offer readers of a broad range of genres. Overall, I have no hesitation in recommending this author to anyone who enjoys a little romance mixed in with their Investigative Journalism and crime along the way... the repartee between sisters, Harper and Scout is first class, and so believable I thought I was reading some secret transcript of conversations between myself and my younger sibling! Always a true delight to find a quality Australian writer out there, as so much about the locations and temperaments of the cast of characters is familiar... even when that setting is, although well known for some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, but I'd suggest, equally renowned for the vast array of crazies who call Byron Bay home - no offence Byron Bayites, just adds to the many hilarious "one-liners" and local "colour" spread liberally throughout this book. Anyway, have to go now... I must immediately start on Maggie's next novel, "Good News, Bad News", and that's about the highest recommendation I can give - this wasn't simply a "not-put-downable" novel, but a "when-I-finish-this-I-must-read-more-by-this-brilliant-story-teller" experience. Thank-you, Maggie Groff, I look forward to reading more of Scout's Byron Bay exploits in the near future!
  • Highly entertaining

    By janene63
    Fantastic read.
  • Mad Men Bad Girls

    By ncle
    Only up to page 58 and I'm so sick of the car
  • Mad mean girls

    By Beekay62
    I loved this book, the writing and the characters... Even better it was Australian
  • Mad Men,Bad Girls

    By Sirob12
    Loved it, couldn't put it down in the end!
  • Mad Men, Bad Girls

    By TurtlenR
    Well written and witty. Intriguing story- impressed with the author.
  • Great read!

    By JoReads
    Wonderful book, very well written and funny. Look forward to the next one.