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Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute (A Scout Davis Investigation #1)

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When freelance journalist Scout Davis learns that a dangerous American cult has moved to Australia, her investigative antenna start quivering. She sets out to expose the cult's lunatic beliefs, bizarre sexual practices and deadly doomsday preaching, and what she finds is every parent's nightmare. And when Scout learns the identity of a recent recruit her quest becomes pers ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Macmillan Australia (first published 2012)
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Rebecca Kent
Sigh, I really want to like Australian chic-lit but its just so lame. This book was slow to take off, I found it clunky to read and I was annoyed at the attempts the author made to validate the main character starting an affair with her partners best friend. Also the constant referral to her diabetes and its management - felt like i was reading a pamphlet on 'why diabetics are just like normal people, except for the needles'. Please!
Vicki Tyley
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
“I can’t describe what it is that makes Byron special; there’s an intangible quality that’s difficult to define. Apart from the outstanding natural beauty, there’s a soul that seeps into your bones. Byron is an eclectic mix—cultured and feral, chamomile and gin, tattoo and Gucci. With attitude.” -- Mad Men, Bad Girls

Scout Davis, a diabetic, tea-drinking journalist, lives in Byron Bay, her only company while her partner is away working in Afghanistan a rescued cat she calls Chairman Meow. She’s i
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Who can resist a title like Mad Men, Bad Girls and The Guerilla Knitters Institute, it promises a fun, quirky story with a little intrigue and danger which is exactly what it delivers. This fiction debut novel by Australian author Maggie Groff is quite the departure from her non fiction titles dealing with motherhood (Mothers Behaving Badly) and cooking (Hoax Cuisine) though Groff's irreverent sense of humor remains intact. A freelance investigative journalist, Groff's protagonist, Scout Davis, ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was previously released as Mad Men Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute. I received this book free through a loyalty rewards program (yay freebies!) and I strangely decided to read it straight away. This isn't a genre I normally read, and the only way I feel like I can describe the genre is that it's just a fluffy, chick lit, crime/mystery novel.

That said, I was surprised that I enjoyed it a lot. I was instantly drawn in to the story line; Scout Davis, investigative journalis
This book was a lot of fun. A good light read perfect for a lazy summer day.
Scout Davis is a freelance journalist living in Byron Bay. She agrees to look into a cult that has moved from the US to Australia and goes undercover to find out if the cult is phony or not. At the same time she is helping her sister, a teacher at an exclusive private school, solve a puzzle involving slashed underwear in the girls change rooms.3.5★
Its always fun to read a book set in places you know, especially so close to home (this one is set on the Gold Coast and Byron Bay). I enjoyed the story, liked the characters but did have moments when I did wonder if she could wrap it up! She also went on a bit too much about her diabetes!
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff! Love the way Byron Bay became a character.

Finished a few days ago and miss being able to pick the story up and jump back in. Currently staying at Ballina and wondering if I'll bump into Scout or any of her friends (Rafe. Let it be Rafe). ;)
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoy this little gem! It's a quick, light read that addresses some powerful topics while not getting too bogged down.
Highly recommended for light weekend/ summer reading. :)
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
The story itself is quite interesting, the investigation into a cult and the second mystery and investigation at the school is really good. Scout is a great investigative journalist and seeing how she maps out her stories and her plans are a nice insight into the mind of someone in her profession. She is headstrong and good at her job, she is clever and creative and seeing her work is an engaging part of the story. But having said that, I wasn’t a fan of Scout herself at times. Yes, admittedly, ...more
Joanna Forbes
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, audio
It's touch and go whether I'll finish this. The Bolinda audio version is narrated by Georgie Parker, a well-loved Australian actress, whose nasal presentation verges on parody, which I'm finding painful.

The writing is a little painful, too. The main character is supposed to be about my age, but for a supposed journalist she doesn't seem to know about copy and paste on a computer. Description of a consumer affairs web site as flashing "Danger" made either the author or the main character seem ki
Kylie Simpson
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a sneaky comment, I have just finished the sequel, due in March, and it is FANTASTIC, as good as if not better than the first. I love this series. Scout is a great character, and they are calling this series the Australian Evanovich, which is spot on, but if you are a fan of Marian Keyes quirky family tales with the Walsh Sisters, I think you will also love these books. magpie Groff does a great job of weaving three tales into the one book, and veering between them at just the right time to ...more
Kylie Atkinson
Great easy, summer holiday beach read. Nothing too heavy and lots of laughs. The love interest (Rafe) sounds yummy but not sure about the relationship (as he is her long distance boyfriend best friend). Sometimes thought that the sub plots overtook the main plot although they all linked up well. Also thought that some of the basics of life were given a bit too much detail (what she wore, jobs around the house, what she did during the day that didn't relate to the story) and ALOT of focus on her ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun read and a terrific example of the genre, just what I needed for a day in hospital undergoing tests. Much more depth than chick-lit which I generally don't enjoy, but perhaps because this is a very Australian novel, lots of self deprecating humour, and a delicious sleuth/journo who doesn't take herself too seriously. It's not a very strong plot, or an intricate one, but I enjoyed it. Some readers have compared this book to the novels of Janet Evanovich and Sue Grafton and there is ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, this novel is full of vanities, ever-lasting descriptions about grocery shopping, clothes, whereas the reactions to the male OMG-hottie resemble those of a fourteen-year-old.
It takes many pages to reach the climax of the story that is implausible and convenient in his denouement.
All in all, a petty and bland story that gets lost in small details of daily life.
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What fun! This story of an investigative journalist with an interesting life in Australia is propelled by to one, it two mysteries that need solving. One involves a cult, and despite the heavy material, the author does a splendid job of balancing the seriousness of the subject without making it too heavy. Very enjoyable. If we're lucky, this will become a series.
Jowellyn Neville
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, set in Byron Bay/Gold Coast Australia, is all they say about it and more.
It's funny and witty. The plot keeps ploughing ahead with every page. Filled with characters you can't forget, this is a delightful, easy read that you just can't put down.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's ok, very light and fluffy. Quick and easy read that kept my interest .
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Wonderfully written. About an Investigative Journalist investigating a number of intriguing cases. Therapeutic read on a number of different levels :-)
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Abbruch nach 50 Seiten ...

In diesem Buch lernen wir die etwa 35-jährige Scout kennen, die in einem beschaulichen Städtchen an der australischen Ostküste als freie Journalistin arbeitet. Im Moment begleiten wir sie bei ihren Recherchearbeiten zu einer Sekte, die sich „Strahlende Wiederkehr der erleuchteten Sonnen“ nennt. Als Scout mit einer weinenden, völlig verzweifelten Mutter telefoniert, die ihre Tochter an die Sekte verloren hat und hat sie keinen anderen Gedanken, als dass sie gerade akuten
H. L.  Moore
I listened to the audiobook version of this, a copy of which I picked up for $5 at a Dymocks sale. I listened to its entirety in my car, much to my family's distress - they're not big on audio books!

Man Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute is an Australian humour/crime novel written by Maggie Groff. It's... very Australian in its manner, set primarily in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Our protagonist is Scout Davis, a 40-something-year-old investigative journalist who is writing a s
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, australian, ebook
I am a bit of a sucker for a daft title, even though it frequently explodes in my face. Even then, it did come as somewhat of a surprise to be reading a knitting type book (no patterns ... there are limits). The reason I picked up MAD MEN, BAD GIRLS AND THE GUERRILLA KNITTERS INSTITUTE is pretty simple really - a bit of little light relief after a row of heavy, thought provoking books. Exercise distraction therapy... whatever. Regardless of why I picked this book up, have to say, was pleasantly ...more
Nicolette Kernohan
A novel that has a knitting element to the story makes a wonderful change from reading actual knitting books. I’ve intended adding a few reviews of these novels for a while now. Okay, Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute is a bit of a mouthful so I can quite understand why the title was shortened to Mad Men, Bad Girls for the print version of the book.

Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute is an enjoyable book written by Maggie Groff. I listened to the unabridge
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Sie kicherte so albern, dass bei mir der Wunsch aufkam, durch die Leitung zu kriechen, sie gehörig durchzuschütteln und zu brüllen, dass es Dumpfbacken wie ihr zu verdanken sei, dass wir Frauen so einen schlechten Ruf hätten." (Zitat von Seite 134)

Maggie Groff entführt uns in ihrem Roman "Frauen am Rande des Strandes" nach Australien in eine Gegend, in der dem ersten Anschein nach alle Menschen mit einem Dauergrinsen am herrlich weißen Sandstrand unter Palmen liegen oder zufrieden im Schatten e
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Starting this book I was very surprised to read our heroine is a lady in her 40s as I got the impression initially of a much younger person. Scout Davis is a freelance journalist and a guerrilla knitter (someone who in the stealth of the night leaves knitted objects drapped over monuments, street furniture, trees etc to be enjoyed by many but to the annoyance of the few). For an assignment Scout begins an investigation into a cult - The Luminous Renaissance of Illustrious Light.

The book despite
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scout Davis - Journalistin
Scout Davis ist Journalistin. Um Geld zu verdienen schreibt sie auch mal einen Artikel, der etwas nichtssagend ist. Doch ihr Herz hängt an den investigativen Reportagen. Und so kann und will sie nicht nein sagen als sie ein Angebot bekommt, über eine Sekte zu schreiben, die aus Amerika ins beschauliche Australische Byron Bay übergesiedelt ist. Gleichzeitig bittet sie ihre Schwester Harper um Hilfe, an deren Schule wurde Unterwäsche zerschnitten und das sorgt für große U
miss.mesmerized mesmerized
Ein neuer Auftrag für die Journalistin Scout Groff: an der australischen Ostküste hat sich angeblich eine amerikanische Sekte niedergelassen, die hauptsächlich junge Frauen in ihren Bann zieht und sie zu illegalen Handlungen zwingt. Auch ihre Schwester bittet um Hilfe: an der Schule kam es zu wiederholtem Vandalismus, betroffen war immer dieselbe Gruppe von Mädchen, deren Unterwäsche während des Sportunterrichts zerschnitten wurde. Und in ihrem Privatleben geht es auch drunter und drüber. Der Fr ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, funny
First off, I find this book gets recommended to fans of Janet Evanovich and/or Alexander McCall-Smith. Which is fine. But if you, like me, are not a fan of either of those authors, don't let that put you off - there are a lot of reasons to like this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Guerilla Knitters' Institute pulled me in to this book. Scout, the main character, is a member of this deeply covert and slightly illegal group who graffiti parts of Byron Bay using yarn. The scenes with this grou
Antoinette Buchanan
I'm a sucker for a book that includes knitting and, it transpires, this knitter is also an op-shopper. Scout Davies is my kind of character.

Scout (yes, she is named for THAT Scout - her sister is called Harper) is a freelance investigative journalist living in Byron Bay. Scout takes on an investigation of an American cult transplanted to the Gold Coast at the same time solving what appears to be a simple case of vandalism at the private school her sister teaches at. Of course nothing is simple i
Sallyann Van leeuwen
Great fun book. Scout Davis is a journalist living in Byron Bay, who has been given the task to infiltrate a cult that has arrived in Queensland. Not only that, she has a sister and her kids to deal with, her car has been stolen, there's a gorgeous cop that may be interested in her, or her membership with the guerilla knitters institute...loved the voice of the main character and being welcomed in her family. Just read that there is another in the series which I will hunt down! Reminded me of th ...more
Book Bazaar
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely read. Set in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast it follows Scout Davies - a freelance journalist and secret yarn bomber. In this charming Aussie read Scout is investigating a creepy and mysterious cult, while trying not to let the drop dead gorgeous chief of police find out about her midnight adventures coving Byron in bright knitted adornments. Along the way she has a wild fling, recruits her newphew to the yarn bombers group and solves a mysterious bullying case for her teacher sis ...more
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Maggie Groff is a multi-award-winning novelist, columnist and non-fiction writer living and working in Australia. She is the author of two non-fiction books: the best-selling Mothers Behaving Badly (1999) which showcased her hilarious experiences as a mother, and Hoax Cuisine (2001) which garnered a loyal following and led to a regular column in Fairfax weekend newspapers.

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