"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.
I liked the story, I am glad I kept listening, but I had a really hard time with the narration... not a huge fan of this woman's voice. That was the only drawback, but when you are LISTENING to a story, it is a huge part!! So if you can get past the narration, the plot is good
I like light mysteries but this is just fluff. The plot was ridiculous and the characters annoying. One of the main characters, who was the murder suspect, never took anything series. I also find it far fetched that someone inv loved in a murder case would make all of her friends accessories after the fact and that they would be willing to be a participate. The book just didn't make since. Do not buy this book. It wasn't even funny. After lisstening to half of the book I finally skipped to the end. Even that was a waste of time. Don't bother with one.
Chapter 2! That's how far i got in this book....I couldn't bare listening to the narrator drone on in her monotone voice (used for every character) any longer! Also, the overly descriptive writing was exhausting. There is definitely a limit to the amount of adjectives needed when describing ANYTHING!
This book seems to spend more time constructing some made-up sense of being Southern -- lots of talk of kudzu and fried food. The plot was slow to the point of being almost nonexistent, and the character development -- well, it's just not there. I was able to manage to keep listening while doing other things that half kept my attention. Then, I hit the part that defended the early years of the Ku Klux Klan. I'm done. Spare me the defense of the South.
I couldn't even tell you why this book is supposed to be a mystery. Yes, two men disappeared, but the narrator is so obtuse that I just couldn't care.
I disliked the narrator's Southern accent. It sounded like she used the same accent for all people regardless of their ethnicity or economic status. The story would have been richer if she had nuanced the accents, and less annoying if she had just read it without any accents.
That said, the story was lighthearted and fun. Personally, I enjoyed the over the top Southern stereotypes. It was not a page-turner but neither was it a chore to read. My only serious issue was that I felt the ending was a real stretch and not explained well. I felt that it ended unsatisfactorily.
I purchased this on a sale and will wait for the others in the series to go on sale rather than using a credit to purchase them.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
the story was pretty good once I stopped grating my teeth on that fake southern accent of the narrator. the characters were interesting, as well.
I'd be reluctant!
This was a "light" listen, and worth the sale price, but certainly not worth a whole credit!
Dixie Divas is the first of a "Diva" series
Those Dixie Divas Rock! I want to move to Cherry Hill, Mississippi, just so as I can listen to those accents and join the divas.
Trinket Truevine has moved back to Cherry Hill ,she is the main story teller, she and her cousin, the much divorced, primped and botoxed Bitty are the stars of the show.
Now, back to those Divas, who are they? They are a very exclusive group of Southern ladies who hold regular get togethers in order to have a jolly good time! The wine flows and the entertainment sizzles. What goes on in these meetings stays in these meetings. Trinket is invited along to one by her cousin Bitty, Trinkets' eyes are opened by the secret goings on!
There is, of course, a murder or two with twists and turns to the plot, there is a little romance and lots of sleuthing before the culprit is arrested. For me though, the murder story was secondary to the hilarious narrative, little scenes made me laugh out loud. I hooted at the description of Uncle Freds' funeral (that's Uncle Fred on Mommas side).
In my minds eye I could just see Bittys' acquired dog, Chitlin' in all his ugliness (bless him), and then, oh dear! Bittys' description of the effects of alcohol on Delbert, one of her ex husbands!
The whole story delighted me.
Karen Commins brought these characters to life for me, with a distinct voice for each character, male and female, I was soon able to distinguish who was who. Being British and now living in Australia I could be accused of being unqualified to judge the authenticity of the Southern accents, but I thought Karen did a wonderful job.
This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator, with no expectation of a review.
I enjoyed the book all the way through.
Some very funny things happen to this gal... I even had to chuckle out loud once when she... well, I can't say I guess but it was funny. Quite a lot of funny lines throughout, cute and funny. In fact, I've listened to quite a few mysteries and this one had the best "funny lines/little situations" to date. Maybe others will be better in the future but this one was good!
Very good narration, voice is pleasant and when she changes from one character to another, she is able to sound like she's "the other person" and pretty much all of the other characters as well, very good at it.
The story is NOT fast moving but somehow it held my attention/was not boring, through the whole book and there IS a nice mystery involved throughout.
Just a very enjoyable read. BUY IT!! You won't be sorry I don't believe and I've already downloaded the next book in this series but I tend to vary my authors so will get back to this series very soon.
The book and the characters are fun and truly delightful. Also the characters are much older than the usual age of central characters.
It was such a delightful mystery and very light hearted and simply enjoyable.
She made the character come to life that occasionally made me laugh at the antics.
An enjoyable and simple story that will delight.
Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!
Sugar, Accents, and Plot
The wit of Biddi is an amazing thing I personally want to emulate. Putting someone down without them evening knowing it, or at least watching them catch on and wonder if you really meant what you said...now that is a true southern belle talent. Don't hate me because I want to hone my skill even more after reading about Biddi's talents.
The narrator made the story completely. When I think of all the times I have said "Bless Her Heart" and "Hissy Fit" along with any other strictly southern slang, let's just say that I am an amateur compared to these Belles.
Karen Commin's accents and pace were perfect. If you don't have a southern accent by nature, it is not something that you can usually mimic in a believable manner (ie. take Julia Roberts in a number of her movies). That said, I am a believer and if Karen is not from the south, well we might as well say "Welcome Home Damn Yankee" and we'll grant her citizenship below the Mason Dixon line.
Read/listen to the book. Although you may get lost in the characters from time to time (as there are quite a few) the main characters are easy to distinguish because the narrator keeps their accents clearly differentiated. You will love it right down to its rotten potatoes.
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