Donna Moore is the author of Go to Helena Handbasket (PointBlank Press, US), her spoof PI debut which won the Lefty Award in 2007 for the most humorous crime fiction novel. She has also had short stories published in various anthologies, including Damn Near Dead, Hell Of A Woman (both Busted Flush Press), and online at Pulp Pusher, and has been anthologised in the annual Best British Mysteries(Constable). Donna runs the blog Big Beat From Badsville which focuses on Scottish crime fiction.
“Helena Handbasket elbowed her way into my fantasy life, replacing several Hollywood starlets at one stroke” – John Baker, author of White Skin Man
“Bridget Jones meets Raymond Chandler meets Jeffrey Dahmer in …Go To Helena Handbasket, Donna Moore’s brilliant absurd romp of a detective novel” – Jason Starr, author of Twisted City
Books by Donna Moore
La Contessa Letitzia di Ponzo and her sister Signora Teodora Grisiola are not who they might seem. Now in their seventies, they’re actually Letty and Dora, a pair of ex-hookers turned con-artists who’ve decided to steal a pair of gold, jewel-encrusted Tibetan Shih Tzu dog statuettes from a Glasgow museum. Unfortunately, it seems everyone wants to get their hands on the expensive pooches. There’s the dodgy chauffeur; a pair of delinquents who work in a crematorium; an out-of-work insomniac bent on revenge; and an innocent young islander who’s obsessed with returning the dogs to Tibet.
The heist is only the start of the mayhem. The dogs disappear, only to return, as if by magic. And then, just as magically, disappear again. Not unlike the dead body that keeps cropping up in different locations. Or the museum’s curator who’s kidnapped repeatedly, and by different people each time. Much to the bemusement and increasing disbelief of the local constabulary.
And yet the elderly con-artists might just manage to execute their plan and live the rest of their lives in the lap of luxury. That’s if they can avoid the Australian hitman with his sights on a very different future for them…
UK&Commowealth: John Blake
Pub date: April 2010
US rights: Busted Flush Press
Go To Helena Handbasket
On her latest case, wisecracking Private Investigator, Helena Handbasket, is faced with a lot of tough questions. Did Robin Banks have a hand in the theft of Evan Stubezzi’s jewels? And if so, was the hand one of those packed in ice in the freezer box that was delivered to his brother, Owen? Is there a serial killer on the loose? Or are all those handless corpses with scarlet fish sewn into their chest cavities purely coincidental? What shoes should you wear for a meeting with a killer? Why does her next-door neighbour smell of cheese? Which of her true loves is her real true love? And, more importantly, is there anything in the fridge for dinner?
Can our man-loving, cocktail-loving, food-loving, not-so-very-intrepid heroine answer these questions—any of them—without leaving a cliché unturned? Helena Handbasket, the debut novel by Donna Moore, is the Airplane of mystery novels.
World English Language Rights: PointBlank Press
Donna Moore is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Allan –firstname.lastname@example.org