"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.
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Clever, engaging, lighthearted
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.
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.
The narration was not up to snuff. I couldn't even listen to the entire first part.
I enjoy cozy mysteries but this one didn't do it for me.
The accents were bad and it was difficult to understand just who was speaking.
I didn't listen to enough to say.
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.
Bitty. She is so funny, and so self-centered. Yet you can't help being amused by her.
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.
Trinket. She is interesting.
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.
This series is quite funny and maybe a little unbelievable, but great fun to listen to as you drive along.
I've tried at least half a dozen times over th epast 6 months. Sometimes started from the beginning again, sometimes keeping going from where I last stopped. Can't seem to get into the story. Generally I like the "cozy" type of mysteries, but this one seems somehow disjointed, doesn't flow well, jumps around, and I just can't get into it. yet.
This book was enjoyable once you get past the narrator's voice, it just didn't seem like a good fit at first. However, after getting the know the main character, the narrators voice becomes a perfect fit.
The main character is my favorite but she takes some warming up to.
The story line is good - but the narrator is depressing and horrible. I would pass on it.
I was prepared to sit down and enjoy a somewhat fluffy mystery but not prepared to endure every cliche and stereotype about the South imaginable. What was probably intended to be humorous was instead only tiring. Enough, already!
Almost nothing happens for the first two-thirds of the book, at which point the action starts to pick up. Still, it's pretty slow until the last hour or so of listening.
I will say that by the end I started to develop a fondness for the characters in spite of myself. I draw the line at the awful Pug, though.
As luck would have it, I bought this and the second two novels in this series on an audible sale so, one down, two to go. They will be walking companions for a while.
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