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.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
The Dominion Post, September 2017
What people are saying about Hot Flush:
“With twists galore, this debut by Rosy Fenwicke is a fast-paced cross-genre narrative (fantasy and psychological thriller) that is both original and well-written.
This story was different to anything else I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it. It was both funny and thrilling, and a real page-turner. Reminded me a bit of The Avengers. I would love to see more stories with Euphemia as the protagonist and feel there could be a whole series of books for her. I certainly hope so.”
– Netgalley Review, 10 May 2018
“Finally, something I can hope for, the superpowers of menopause! Wow, that sounds really stupid, but this book is anything but. I loved the originality and countless twists and turns in this hilarious, yet suspenseful novel. Highly recommended for my friends “of a certain age” and the youngsters who still have a long way to go.”
– NetGalley Review, May 2018
“This follows the story of a fairly ordinary woman who along with her hot flushes gets superpowers!! Made my friends giggle when I told them what I was reading! Really lightens the mood of any hot flush! Fantastic first book. What a great idea and written so well. Well envisioned characters, some emotional depth and a great adventure story.”
– NetGalley Review, 18 January 2018
“I absolutely loved this book. Who of us, that is, women of a certain age, would not love to develop super powers with menopause, other than being able to start sweating at the drop of a hat. The characters were engaging, the story captivating, and it kept me reading to find out what was going to happen next. I am looking forward to the next book.”
“Funny in places, touching in others, full of gripping twist and turns! Believe me, some things you would never even expect to happen…DO!!! Just a super fun story I had to read from, start to finish, a real page turner!!!
What a great new author I have found, I am a new fan!!!”
– Aisha, NetGalley
“Chick or Chook lit. (or even cockerel) you’ll love this book – a rollicking ride through Wellington City on the muggy slipstream of our latest heroine; Euphemia Sage.
By imbuing her main characters with interesting and engaging back stories Rosy Fenwicke has crafted humorous and clever dialogue throughout this entertaining read. For those interested in medical facts there are plenty artfully planted throughout this story, making it easy to suspend your disbelief and immerse yourself in Effie’s world (sorry I meant Euphemia)”
– Chrissie Hill, Facebook Review
“At 53, most women have left their midlife crisis behind and don’t expect to excel in anything in particular anymore. Euphemia is different. She has known for years (but not really believed) that she would get superpowers as soon as her first hot flush hit her. … an easy and fun read.”
“…I don’t usually read super-heroine books (a.k.a fantasy), but Euphemia Sage was immediately likable and I could relate to her, so I found it hard to put the book down. The description and dialogue were just right and the “what will happen next” tension just perfect. Rosy has created a new genre of crime-thriller-midlife-super-heroine. I can’t wait for the next installment!”
“…This was a fun, comical, fast-paced read. I truly enjoyed the main character’s journey to discovering her superpowers. This is one of those stories that leaves you wondering if the superhero should even bother rescuing her friend, but then when her dog is kidnapped, the situation becomes more urgent. The little dog was a real charmer in this story.”
– Rina Banerjee, Educator
“This was such a cute novel. Uplifting and funny. Recommend to anyone wanting a light read.”
– Melinda, 4 Stars
“I love the idea of menopause bringing about something positive, or at least something more than hot flashes.! Hot Flush by Rosy Fenwicke explores the idea that Euphemia has inherited a biological switch that turns on at menopause and leads to superpowers. Euphemia was left with her aunt when she was only 6 years old. The aunt has since passed away and left Euphemia a locked trunk and letters mailed on her birthdays. Euphemia has had a good, if dull, life, but all that changes with “the change”. This was a fun book that I read in exchange for a review. I would definitely look for more from Rosy Fenwicke.”
“A great book one, you become immersed in highly recommended!”
“…it hooked me in right from the beginning up until the end. It’s full of great characters, excellent plotting and a story I couldn’t put down. I can’t wait to find out what Euphemia will discover next about her powers and what the villain’s next step will be.”
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