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Dixie Divas: Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1 | [Virginia Brown]

Dixie Divas: Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1

Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.
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Publisher's Summary

"You found my philandering ex-husband?" Bitty asked. "Where? Mexico? Paris? In Tupelo with a cocktail waitress?"

"In your closet," I answered. "Dead."

Break out the hoop skirts and the zinfandel. The Divas are on the case.

Wine. Chocolate. Transvestite strippers. Just another good-time get-together for the Dixie Divas of historic Holly Springs, Mississippi, where moonlight and magnolias mingle with delicious small-town scandal. But Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

Virginia Brown is the nationally acclaimed, award-winning author of 50 novels.

©2009 Virginia Brown (P)2012 BelleBooks, Inc.

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    Amanda Austin Texas 05-19-14
    Amanda Austin Texas 05-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Descriptive"
    What would have made Dixie Divas better?

    more store and less descriptions I found we were up to chapter 9 and I knew very little about the mystery and TONS of little details about stuff that were not part of the story. It was like listening to a friend tell a story that would never end.


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    Kammy sarnia, Ontario, Canada 04-25-14
    Kammy sarnia, Ontario, Canada 04-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good light Book"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    bitty and chien ling. I just got a kick how she fell in love with her.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the book and then read a few negative reviews. I figured this might not be one I liked. Happy to say I did enjoy the book. The characters were funny and likable. the narrator did a fine job. Her accent was not hard to listen to. It was a typical "cozy mystery" a little light on the plot and heavier on the characters.

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    Krista 03-17-14
    Krista 03-17-14
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    "Narrator awful!"
    What would have made Dixie Divas better?

    Different narrator! The voice and accent make listening , horrible. I like the story line, but can't get any farther than 2 hours into


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator, or lose the FAKE southern accent!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment due to narration


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of a credit! Now have to buy Kindle version to finish the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 09-04-13
    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.

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    "Sassy and Fun"

    I loved this book from the first minute. The narration for me leaves a little to be desired in the beginning but I loved the entire series!

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    Amazon Customer Kent, WA United States 08-06-13
    Amazon Customer Kent, WA United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining Fluff, Atrocious Narration"
    Would you try another book from Virginia Brown and/or Karen Commins?

    Virgina Brown -- maybe, she did make me laugh out loud a couple of times. Karen Commins -- no


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Silly complicated plot. -- fun fluff, fell in love with Chitlin' --


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Commins’s performances?

    Nope


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, would depend on the cast


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    Phyllis 07-04-13
    Phyllis 07-04-13
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    "Dixie Fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dixie Divas to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but just barely, I may not be able to read better, but I can imagine better. Still, I prefer listening so I can do other things at the same time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Biddy. She is just so care free and she lives well and means well yet she makes mistakes and gets in trouble.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was to much like she was just reading. I may be spoiled by other actors that really perform well.


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    Shandra 06-10-13
    Shandra 06-10-13
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    "Good story, poor narration"
    If you could sum up Dixie Divas in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, engaging, lighthearted


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice just didn't fit what I thought the characters should sound like; some more than others. Sometimes it made it hard to keep listening or to buy into the scene because the voice just didn't fit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate M. Berkeley Springs, WV, United States 05-25-13
    Kate M. Berkeley Springs, WV, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I'll be returning this"

    It took forever for the story to get started and for me it never really took off. Now that it's over and I know who done it, I can't remember the why and I only finished it yesterday. Even though I figured out ahead of time who the villain was (and I was fooled into thinking I was wrong) it was based on who had the means and opportunity rather than seeing a motive. This is much more a story of Dixie Belles and I don't know any so I can't say how accurate the portraiture here is, but they were mostly very annoying women. The men were only a little better. I might have been tempted to go ahead with the second book if the narrator had changed but I can’t take any more of her. She doesn’t change emphasis between a scene where the main character is delivering food as a bribe and one where the second character is in fear for her life. It’s not that it’s monotonous, more like she’s so busy working on the accents that she can’t pay attention to the content. I might pick up the next book from the library so I can a) find out what happens next in the romances (I’m a sucker for a romance) and b) find out whether I enjoy the books more when I’m not listening to Karen Commins narration. Whichever turns out to be the case, don’t like the stories or just don’t like the narration, I’ll be returning this one.

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    Teresa 05-23-13
    Teresa 05-23-13
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    "Boring!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was not up to snuff. I couldn't even listen to the entire first part.


    Has Dixie Divas turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I enjoy cozy mysteries but this one didn't do it for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The accents were bad and it was difficult to understand just who was speaking.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dixie Divas?

    I didn't listen to enough to say.


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    Michael Childs Mississippi USA 05-19-13
    Michael Childs Mississippi USA 05-19-13 Member Since 2013

    Mike C.

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    "Mrs. Brown: A Good Story Teller, Needs Research"
    What did you love best about Dixie Divas?

    The humor was delightful, and the some of the characters are a hoot, and realistic to boot. I know people just like them, and I have lived in Mississippi all of my 59 years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bitty. She is so funny, and so self-centered. Yet you can't help being amused by her.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Drop the fake southern accent, and just read the book. The reader does not have a clue how to do a southern accent. Hers is pathetic. If she would just read, she would do fine. The parts she just read were not bad, but that accent was like fingers scrapping a chalk blackboard to this southern boy.


    If you could take any character from Dixie Divas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Trinket. She is interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Mrs. Brown is a good story teller, but doesn't know much about the deep south. I note she was an army brat who lived all over. That is great, but a little more research would have helped. First, cherry trees are not common in the deep south. Second, how can you write about Holly Springs and ignore Rust College? Do a little research, Mrs. Brown. It is obvious that you know the southern characters well from living in Memphis. But you do more than just get a map of Mississippi before you start writing.

    Still, I enjoyed it, and recommend it.

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