My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiancé left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got notice that my apartment building was going to be condemned, or even when I was desperate enough to strip to my unmentionables to earn some extra cash. The truth is that I'm pretty much used to disasters following me around on a daily basis, but I could have gone without finding my principal dead in the parking lot of a seedy gentlemen's club.
After the initial shock of finding my first dead body, which included throwing back shots of Jack Daniels like it was water, I decided to take stock of my life. I was in a desperate situation and if the school board ever found out I'd been a stripper, even a bad stripper, I'd be jobless as well as fiancé-less and homeless.
Fortunately, I had a friend who felt sorry enough for me to give me a job doing some surveillance work at her detective agency. Not to mention the fact that I was now able to stick my nose into other people's business for a good cause, find a murderer, and pick up helpful tips from an incredibly attractive detective. Come check out my story and be thankful your life is relatively normal.
©2011 Liliana Hart (P)2012 Liliana Hart
Don't know, didn't read print version.
Hell yes it did!
She was fired from a strip club!!! How could that not be the best scene EVER!!!
SAVAGE!!! Read the freakin book and you'll know why...grrrr I want him LOL
Martin Sensmeier or Derek Hinkey are my idea of Saveage - groans- Sooo yummy!!
In all honesty, this is a very cleverly written crime romance mystery and I truly enjoyed meeting all the characters. I found myself laughing so hard because Addison is by far the most sophisticated nut ever to be created.
I just love her!!
Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!
The book starts off right in the middle of things and then jumps back a bit to catch the reader up on events. It is definitely a great way to hook the audience from the get go.
Addison is a bit like Stephanie Plum, she falls into detective work and lucks into solving things. She is far more inept and scatterbrained to actually be a detective in my mind. She is not as bright as one would hope a history teacher would be, many clues get dropped but she misses them. Still she manages to be charismatic and engaging.
The mystery is all over the place, much like the heroine. There are many red herrings to take things off course. The mind spins at moments, maybe a few too many cases going on at one time. It tends to muddy things up for the main mystery. I had a bead on the culprit but the tricky twist through me off for a second. Definitely keeps you on your toes.
The romance is a nice diversion, Addison and Nick have a great chemistry. Things are more sexual tension than full on bedroom action. Things get into heavy petting and hot kisses but the bedroom stays empty. Sigh, such a tease, but I figure things will spice up in the next book.
This is first person, it is easier to handle in audio than straight reading. Addison has a very interesting POV, she really is flighty. Her quirkiness adds to the fun feel of the read, nothing too heavy. Her ice cream obsession is delightful!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Connie Ventress, she does a wonderful job. As the main character is Southern she has a think accent. The accent is great, reminds me of my youth in the south. It really enhances the story and makes it sing. She has a fantastic pace in the read, it moves along, flowing beautifully. I can not wait to hear more of her in this series and elsewhere.
Overall, this is a fun read that keeps you enthralled from beginning to the end. It isn't perfect but it is always entertaining. I am definitely intrigued by where this series is headed. I am ready to jump straight into the next book!
I read the reviews on this book, and agree with the southern accent it is a little over the top, As for the comment on it being just like another Stephanie Plum novel, I agree and disagree. I read books for the entertainment and if they are funny or silly, I get just as much out of that as I do reading a book from Dan Brown. So I enjoyed this book and it made the day a little bit lighter and would like to see what else Liliana comes up with.
I think you get used to the southern accent and the inflections were funny. The reader did a good job.
I think finding the body and the whole description of the experience in the stripper bar left me laughing.
The matter of factness in the funny situations that happened ever so often just kept me in hysterics.
Not sure.....I think the name is cleaver and apply named.
Can't wait to hear Whiskey Sour.
AKA The Geeky Blogger
Read on January 25, 2013
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
WARNING: I use the word "fun" a lot in this review but seriously it was FUN!
First Thought When Finished: That was totally fun! I needed a light, fun mystery and this filled the spot :)
Story Thoughts: This was just downright a delightful mystery with some pretty good twists and turns! It took me a little bit to get totally caught up in the mystery but once I did, I had fun trying to figure it out. Those are my favorite kinds of mysteries--the ones that you want to figure out. This one, I only got partially right but all the clues were there. The story was plotted out well by Liliana and gave you all the clues to play sleuth along with Addison. Darn it all that I couldn't figure it out before the end :)
Character Thoughts: Holy walking disaster and oh-so fun to read: Addison Holmes is all that and more. I mean how often do you meet a high school teacher who can get themselves into so much trouble? Seriously, right out of the gate this girl is pretty much in one jam or another. She is smart and resourceful but I love that she is full of faults. I kind of would love to be her BFF! She is great leading lady for this story and I hope there are many more mysteries to come!
Narrated by Connie Ventress / Running Time 7 hrs and 10 mins
Connie did a wonderful job with the narration! I thought the pacing, accents, and emotions were delightful. I will probably continue this series on audio if available.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this mystery and think it would appeal to fans of the Stephanie Plum series (no love triangle which makes it even better in my book). FUN FUN FUN!
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while woking in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
If you've ever read a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich, you have read this book.
This book has a young women as the central figure who is accident prone; eats all the junk food she wants, but keeps a desirable body; has a love affair going with a police detective; takes on a new risky job because she is broke.... beginning to sound familiar. The only difference is this young women has a southern accent, which is done poorly by the reader. Either the reader is is not a southerner making an attempt to sound southern, or a southerner who is way overacting.
The same old reused plot of every Stephanie Plum novel became tiresome long ago. A ripoff of it is really tiresome. Spend your money elsewhere.
By the way, I noticed this novel only because there is a very good piece of historical fiction with the same name. I recommend it whole heartedly.
Avid reader for 45 years
The narrator's voice was so irritating to me that I only got half way through this book before giving up. I can't really comment on the plot - it was just too difficult to concentrate.
I prefer a series for traveling; one that is fun, entertaining, and clever to the point of distraction.
I haven't got a clue who would enjoy this book. Someone who isn't looking for a fun book, someone who hasn't read a Janet Evanovich book, and someone who likes sex scenarios in their books. That's not me.
Her voice was too old and too tired for the character. I'm glad it wasn't a computer-generated voice though.
It kept me from going to sleep on the drive home...I just kept listening, hoping it would get better or at least give me a small chuckle. I though the story had potential. It was coherent and organized and it was a fair mystery.
I was expecting an ice-cold fizzy fountain Coke book, but got a flat, warm, diluted, generic cola-book instead. It isn't the worst book I've read, but I am not going to order any more by this author or narrator.
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