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‘No Substitute For Misinformation’
By Carolyn J. Rose


Cover Image Of 'No Substitute For Misinformation' by Carolyn J. Rose“I was NOT a stripper.”

Muriel Ballantine, my elegant, refined and wealthy neighbor, slammed her fist on my dining room table with enough force to make the salt and pepper shakers jump. “I was a showgirl. I made that perfectly clear to Rick Rivers when he recorded the interview at the radio station. You know I did, Barbara. You were sitting right next to me.”

She was correct. I’d been right beside her. And I’d hated every minute of being in the same room with the slimeball who downsized me from my former position as the producer for his talk show.

“You even explained the difference to him. Twice.”

“And I wrote it down. He can’t say he misunderstood. So why does he insist on calling me a stripper every time he mentions that my interview will run next weekend?”

Half a dozen responses leaped to my lips, chief among them being the fact that Rick Rivers, the self-proclaimed “Voice of Reckless River, Washington,” had no filter. He said whatever he thought might increase his ratings, or whatever was on his mind. That usually wasn’t much, and it wasn’t of fine quality. Rick wasn’t given to deep thought. And his intelligence-impaired brain was small – so miniscule even a fruit fly wouldn’t consider swapping without bargaining for a ripe peach to sweeten the deal.


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    • Hi Sherry,

      Some of the scrapes which Barbara gets herself into simply defy logic and her friends are certainly a very eclectic bunch – but it generally all works itself out in the end and the equilibrium is temporarily restored!

      Hope that you are having a good weekend and enjoying your reading 🙂

    • Hi Anne,

      All the events and characters in this series are definitely larger than life, or at least more so than I have ever personally come across, and it is very much the humour in some of the situations which keeps me turning the pages 🙂

      Happy Reading and thanks for visiting this week 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      “Chaos is, as usual, the default setting for substitute teacher Barbara Reed’s life in Reckless River, Washington.”

      That’s the very first line of the premise and for all the previous books this has just about set the tone for the entire story line, so I see know reason to expect that this chapter in Barbara’s life will be any different!

      Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      I am continually amazed at how many series are written around small towns, where so many murders happen. Carolyn assures me that this isn’t a particularly unnusual scenario, but I just can’t get my head around it!

      I am also left wondering how, given Barbara’s scatty nature, she ever manages to teach a class. I have visions of a room full of students all running riot and doing their own thing!

      Barbara’s long suffering boyfriend is also a police officer and I have no idea how he copes with having this very amateur sleuth muscling in on all his cases and bending the rules he has to work by in such a spectaculr fashion as she sometimes does, especially with her ex-husband in tow!

      Entertainment value is a definite 5 stars 🙂

    • Hi Bev,

      I haven’t read all of the books in this series, but Barbara and her group of friends do tend to get themselves into some rather strange situations, with their friendships and relationships being quite complex and difficult to keep up with, as the rules just keep on bending and changing – pretty much like ‘real’ life I guess, but just a bit more exaggerated 🙂

    • Hi Joann,

      It was great to have you stop by last week. I love meeting new people and enjoy reading and replying to comments 🙂

      Carolyn has a great writing style, which always keeps me turning the pages, whilst at the same time not having to think too deeply about the characters or story line, as they are all just there somehow, reading along with me and setting me straight as I go!

      I look forward to our exchanges happening on a regular basis, Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I haven’t come across Rick Rivers in any of the other books I have read in the series, but I do admit to not being up to date with reading them all!

      I do have to agree that Rick sounds like a complete jerk, but then he definitely isn’t the only one. Barbara’s ex husband, Jake is in a class of his own and I’m not sure how her current boyfriend hasn’t sent him packing by now. In fact I’m not sure why Barbara lets him hang around. I know that he doesn’t take hints about leaving and even if he goes, he keeps coming back! I wonder if it is a case of “can’t live with him, but can’t live without him in her life”

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that things are all good in your world 🙂

  • Hello all – Sorry about chiming in late but I’ve had a terrible cold.

    To answer some questions – Jake sticks around as a bad example – and for the humor value.

    As far as subbing in high school – well, it’s not what I’d call easy. I still sub and occasionally even get a chance to teach or add information to a discussion – but there are also days when I come home just shaking my head. You do NOT want to know what I found boys making out of clay two weeks ago in pottery.

    I’ve had a lot of fun writing this series and just released NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MOMENTUM last week. Who knows if I’ll be able to do it, but I have plans for at least two more books to come next year.

    Thanks for mentioning me!!!!

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I hope that you are feeling better now and although it is probably no consolation whatsoever, just about everyone over here in the UK seems to be sick with either one bug or another and the pesky germs are hanging around forever!

      The ‘Subbing Isn’t For Sissies’ series certainly seems to have been a labour of love for you and I can’t believe that there is an eigth book out already. You really do have an eye for spotting a story when you are observing some of your more wayward students and I wonder if you have modelled Barbara and her assortment of friends on any of your fellow teachers and acquaintances?

      Having checked out ‘No Substitute For Momentum’ and following on from previous conversations we have had on the subject, I am still intrigued about the amount of murder and mayhem which goes on in the often quite small sounding communities about which you write. I am definitely living in the wrong place, my life is very boring in comparison to that of some of your protagonists!

      It was a pleasure to feature ‘No Substitute For Misinformation’ and thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • You’re right about the question of how many murders there can possibly be in a small town. I used to wonder the same when I’d watch Murder She Wrote and think Cabot Cove must be the murder capital of the world. But, in my defense, two of the books involve crimes other than murder and #8 will center on a cold case from 20 years earlier. Since # 7 also isn’t a murder, that trims the rate – although I admit it’s still high.
        I don’t know any teachers who are as off-kilter as the ones in my books, but that’s why I love fiction, because I feel free to take things to extremes.

        • If we are comparing small town murders, one English programme springs to mind immediately. Wiki says that this particular television series was viewed worldwide, so I don’t know if you have ever caught it – ‘Midsomer Murders’

          It was a personal favourite of mine and although Midsomer is not a real place, it is based on a selection of locations not a million miles away from where we lived when we were first married and Dave was based at R.A.F. Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

          I’ll leave you a couple of links just in case you have a few moments to spare and are interested …



          Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

          • I love that show – the public broadcasting system carries it over on this side of the pond and we have our machine set up to record it – we laugh about how many murders there are and how often the shows begin at night with a fox barking in the distance. There are so many secrets in those little towns.

            • The shows quite often begin with the characters preparing for one village fete or another. You have no idea of the petty quarrels and jealousies which really due ensue between organisers of such events, although I’m not sure that many of them ever result in murder in real life!

              The show has now finished for the time being over here, although I have to admit to only watching the early series which starred John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby. When the role of DCI John Barnaby, played by Neil Dudgeon was introduced in the later series, I kind of lost interest a little.

              If I am home alone, I will genrally seek out the TV channels which show re-runs of the old detective series, as I can watch them over and over 🙂

    • Thanks Lauren.

      I can take my thriller / murder stories any way you like – hard and difficult to read, a little more on the traditional whodunit side, or comfortable and cozy – I really don’t mind which.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend 🙂

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