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Hissy Fit | [Mary Kay Andrews]

Hissy Fit

Keeley Murdock's wedding to A.J. Jernigan should have been the social event of the season. But when she catches her fiance doing the deed with her maid of honor at the country club rehearsal dinner, all bets are off. And so is the wedding. Keeley pitches the hissy fit of the century, earning herself instant notoriety in the small town of Madison, Georgia.
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Publisher's Summary

Keeley Murdock's wedding to A.J. Jernigan should have been the social event of the season. But when she catches her fiance doing the deed with her maid of honor at the country club rehearsal dinner, all bets are off. And so is the wedding. Keeley pitches the hissy fit of the century, earning herself instant notoriety in the small town of Madison, Georgia.

Even worse is the financial pressure A.J.'s banking family brings to bear on Keeley's interior design business. But riding to the rescue, in a vintage yellow Cadillac, is the redheaded stranger who's bought a failing local bra plant. Will Mahoney hires Keeley to redo the derelict antebellum mansion he's bought. Her assignment: decorate it for the woman of his dreams, a woman he's never met.

Only a designing woman like Keeley Murdock can find a way to clear her name and give her cheating varmint of an ex-fiance the comeuppance he so richly deserves. And only Mary Kay Andrews can deliver such delicious social satire. With Hissy Fit, she's created a story as outrageous, dishy, and true as Savannah Blues and Little Bitty Lies.

©2004 Mary Kay Andrews; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Fiction (abridged), 2005

"Mixed in with the mystery and romance is a liberal helping of comedy, thanks to Isabel Keating's delightful, down-to-earth, and completely Southern vocal characterizations." (AudioFile)
"This is the third Andrews title...and it's obvious she's on a roll....Andrews' descriptions of antique furniture and heart-pine flooring are so lush and appealing that they will seduce even the decorating-challenged. Throw in the idyllic southern setting and the humorous, often-scintillating banter, and you've got yourself another winning read." (Booklist)
"Darker than the book's fluffy title suggests, this black comedy is riven with shocking secrets. And Keeley's vast knowledge of all things antique offers a fascinating peek into the luscious world of designer home furnishing, sure to make readers drool with envy over sideboards and sofas." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Taunya Colorado Springs, CO, USA 05-20-05
    Taunya Colorado Springs, CO, USA 05-20-05
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    "Good story, but a Southern narrator is better"

    I listened to this book from the library and from Audible. I liked the library version read by Moira Driscoll a lot better than Audible's reader.

    Aside from the narrator, this book was a nice, light, summer read with smart women at the center of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Montgomery, AL, United States 07-28-12
    Dave Montgomery, AL, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great MKA story - Hissy Fit for me Yes!"

    Again, this is another great story by Mary Kay Andrews, but this audiobook was a disappointment. First, I would recommend the audiobook if you want an abridged version to a MKA story - you will not be disappointed.

    However, if you are like me and enjoy the back story to the typical MKA book then you are going to want to throw a hissy fit on this one. I REALLY wished that you were offered to buy the abridged or unabridged version of these books. If that is not feasible then MKA books really need to be unabridged. The back story provides so much information.

    Isabel Keating who narrates a majority of the MKA books usually is great in bringing the story to life. However, this reading left me exhausted because it seemed to be read rapidly and over emotional.

    My review seems to be negative, and that is not what I am trying to be, but I am now buying the book version and having to read it to answer a lot of my questions about the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Rabine 09-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pleasant surprise"

    It was a bit short for the price but a pleasant surprise nonetheless. There was so much more to the story than I expected at first glance, and I look forward to reading more by this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha Younts 08-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining !!"

    I enjoy Mary Kay's light hearted stories and especially pleased with Isabel's narrating! Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 05-29-15
    Kathy 05-29-15
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    "I thought it was amazing"

    I absolutely loved this book. Many surprises and loved the narrator
    Would recommend it to any one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 04-14-15
    Jan 04-14-15 Member Since 2014

    I like dark and playful, I like stolen kisses from forbidden stories

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    "Such a fun Charater"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Title is what drew me in, I loved the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was the title.


    What does Isabel Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes, I loved that I could see her characters, the women were funny, strong and vocal.


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

    it would be Keely


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meg Barry 03-29-15
    Meg Barry 03-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Chick-Lit ever!"

    This was the best chick-lit book I have eve4 read! Discovery identity and pursuing one's own dreams were the back drop of this lovely written series of chaotic events. Yet, I was surprised that Wade and Serena were married as I thought for sure Keely and Will would hook up. As a result, I was pleasantly amused that the culmination of the plot's' celebration was at Mulberry Hill were the characters' development was fully played out. I highly recommend this selection because heavy topics were beautifully intertwined. Plus, the pacing kept my interest, and I finished this book within a week. I was actually a bit sadened to let it go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Fellers 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This should not have been and abridged book!"

    In the actual book it's a great story line with lots of detail.. But when you take out all that detail and condense it down to only five nearly 6 hours… you're left with a story that isn't too interesting to listen to. I wish there was an unabridged version so that it could be heard/read like it was meant to be. Mary Kay Andrews is an awesome author and I love all of her books. But when it's abridged it just doesn't work out too well. Very disappointed :-(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ella Quent Canada 02-16-15
    Ella Quent Canada 02-16-15 Member Since 2007

    Costume Witch

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    "If only they had..."

    I must admit to being a Mary Kay fan and have may of her books in my library. This one is a lot of fun and left me with only one wish - Please, Audible, Please get an unabridged version with the same narrator who is great! I read the paperback long after I had listened to the audio version and can't for the life of me figure out why they would abridge it in the first place. All the bits that were chopped out just make a good story better. Still is a great listen if a bit short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 06-04-12
    Sarah 06-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy listening...."
    What did you like best about Hissy Fit? What did you like least?

    Hissy Fit was totally in keeping with Mary Kay Andews other works, witty, enjoyable, quick read(listen). There was the intrigue of mystery in this novel that her previous books haven't included, which was a nice change, but, as a first attempt at including a "mystery" aspect, was lacking in the full development of plot, character and suspense.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    My biggest peeve while listening to this book was the reader's consistent mispronunciation of "Escalade". As a car fanatic, I found it very hard to overlook. :)


    What three words best describe Isabel Keating’s voice?

    Southern, Southern, Southern!!!


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

    Probably not


    Any additional comments?

    Mary Kay Andrews novels are wonderful for a light-hearted read to pick you up when down in the dumps or keep you occupied while waiting at the dentist or lounging by the pool. As a Southerner myself, I thoroughly enjoy her screamingly Southern phrases and references, though some may be offended by Northerner comments. I highly recommend all of her books but do not expect some deep and meaningful narrative, they are exactly as stated, light-hearted and fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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