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.
"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)
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.
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.
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!
I like dark and playful, I like stolen kisses from forbidden stories
The Title is what drew me in, I loved the characters.
It was the title.
Yes, I loved that I could see her characters, the women were funny, strong and vocal.
it would be Keely
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.
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 :-(
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.
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.
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. :)
Southern, Southern, Southern!!!
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.
Sorry to say I found all but the main female character fairly flat. The so called romantic interest came across as being quite shallow and unmanly. Not what you'd be looking for in a romantic lead.
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