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Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knit­ters In­sti­tute Mag­gie Groff, Macmil­lan, $24.99 The au­thor of Moth­ers Be­hav­ing Badly turns her hand to fic­tion in the comely shape of in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter Scout Davis. The By­ron Bay lo­cal is not your run-of-the-mill chick-lit heroine, though. For a start, she’s the mother of adult twin daugh­ters. Not that that holds her back as she in­dulges in a dal­liance with po­lice­man Rafe while prob­ing a cult on the Gold Coast, an off-shoot of the de­light­fully named – but dan­ger­ous – Lu­mi­nous Re­nais­sance of Il­lus­tri­ous Light. She’s also try­ing to un­cover a knicker-snip­per at her sis­ter’s school and dream­ing up some yarn-bomb­ing ex­ploits. If at times the word­play seems a lit­tle forced, Groff scores highly (so to speak) on the lus­cious lust chart. Shel­ley Or­chard

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