I love these books. I own (still own), have read & enjoyed the entire series of paperbacks several years ago. Hadn't read them in a long time so I purchased all the audio editions that were available (there are one or two missing).
I found I loved the audio editions even more because Ruth Ann Phimister brings life to these southern ladies in a way that makes me want to listen to her over and over again. I don't know how she does all those voices but she does a wonderful job at it. They are entertainment not documentaries so yes, they are light but so what! I still love them. Almost makes me want to move to Alabama even though I love my Pacific Northwest so very much.
When I listen to these books I feel like I'm there, miles away from my physical body.
I highly recommend them if you want to sink into a book and feel like you're there in a nice cozy place with great people. I couldn't possibly say enough great things about the books and the narrator. I was very please.
I liked all the great things in between the action i.e. murder(s). The home life, family interactions (the sometimes impossible sister relationship) and even the pets provide humor, realism and believability to the characters. This goes for all the books in the series. I do like some better than others but there isn't one that I don't like.
Having read the books and now years later listening to Ruth Ann Phimister I'd have to say she brought the characters more to life for me. I especially love her voice for Patricia Anne, soft, gentle, very southern but also formidable when she needs to be. I'd be curious to know if she's really southern because of her great accents in these books or if she just does a great southern accent.
A 'feel good' murder mystery.
I read some very bad reviews about these books and I don't know what the people were expecting. Maybe because I read them before listening to them (albeit years apart) I already knew what I was getting into. I think the books are exactly what they are billed as and if it's not someone's particular 'cup of tea' I don't think that's a reflection on the book but on the taste of the person writing the review.
I enjoyed every minute of listening to these books.
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