She never backs down from a challenge.

She’s never backed down from a challenge. But nothing could have prepared her for her superpowered change of life. Euphemia Sage has her first superhuman hot flush in the nick of time. When her old school friend comes begging for her protection, she’s eager to take her menopause-triggered abilities for a test drive. But her first failed attempt at crimefighting sends her pal and beloved pooch into the clutches of blackmailing loan sharks. And she discovers the true price of being a superhero may be more than she can bear… With two lives hanging in the balance, she has no choice but to play along with the kidnappers’ demands until the time is ripe for a rescue. But as the clock ticks down, she realizes the only way to save the day is to unleash the strange new powers she doesn’t fully understand. Can Euphemia wrangle her abilities and rescue the hostages before villainous crooks pull the cape out from under her? Hot Flush is the first novel in the spectacular Euphemia Sage cozy mystery series. If you like fast-paced action, one-of-a-kind characters, and smart superheroines, then you’ll love Rosy Fenwicke’s crimefighting page-turner.

"The Reader's Blog. Book Sellers New Zealand. Along with death and taxes, menopause is a guarantee in life if you are female. Although many women would also agree that men go through a menopause, but that is an entirely different subject all together. So really this is a book that has the potential to be a compulsory read for every woman. And so it should be!!! Not because of the big M and the many negatives that word and state of being evoke, but because it is a delightful, funny, slightly silly, uplifting, and very absorbing novel. The cover: who can resist a pug and a designer handbag? The pug, going by the adorable name of Petal, belongs to Euphemia Sage, a 53 year old woman, happily married to Kenneth with whom she owns and manages a business consultancy – Sage Consulting. Both born and brought up in Wellington, they live close to the CBD, have two adult daughters and life is pretty peachy. Euphemia however knows that she has a predetermined destiny – she is genetically programmed, as the oldest daughter of an oldest daughter and so on back through time, that she will develop superhuman powers all in the name of doing good in the world. She has no idea what form all this will take but is very excited about the prospect of amazing things happening to her. And suddenly they do! An old school friend, Jane, is in some serious trouble, and it appears that Sage Consulting’s frumpy, grumpy, bedraggled receptionist Alison is somehow involved. Kenneth isn’t much help as he has disappeared with Jane’s husband and a few others to a weekend long golf tournament, leaving Euphemia, Jane and Petal to face up to the baddies. You could quite easily see how this could descend into farce, complete silliness, stereotyped characters, and general mayhem. Well, let me tell you, it does not. This is as much a story of menopausal empowerment as it is a story of friendship, family, and simply getting on with it. Euphemia is such a great character – down to earth, hard working, determined, ever curious. She has her intolerances with people she knows as we all do, her husband is not perfect as most husbands aren’t, but she still loves him as most of us do too. This all makes her so relatable that her superpowers when they do show themselves, are exciting and amazing, and not weird or creepy as one may think. She knows how to kick butt, and she does. The other characters – Jane, Alison, Malcolm, Grant, daughters Kezia and Nicky, are all very real people. There is some cliche attached to each, but they are also very human in their goodness/badness, the reader glimpsing into their makeup and motivations. I loved this, just loved it, reading it one Friday night when I had the house to myself, a glass of wine in hand, well, more than one actually, music playing and the cat stretched out on my legs. Totally perfect. I cannot wait to read the sequel to this No Sweat. Reviewed by Felicity Murray "
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