©2006 Blaize Clement; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Dixie is a complex, well-conceived character and the plot fast-moving and believable." (Kirkus Reviews)
This is a cozy mystery set in Florida with younger people, no mansions, and pets.
Dixie has suffered through a major tragedy and is just starting to come alive again. The details about Florida life were interesting. As a dog lover the pet angle was fun too. My only problem with the book is the way it ended. It wasn't a bad ending but it needed a couple more paragraphs. I will be reading more of these.
This book was ok, for a first in a series. I must admit, I agree with the previous poster who remarked that he felt “preached at”. I did too! The author comments, remarks, rants, and rather berates anyone that doesn’t agree with her opinions on many topics (from hand-washing to conservative talk-show hosts, to the American treatment of gays). This was a bit over-the-top!
However, the lecturing aside, the plot and mystery was rather a good one. I suspected the culprit, but didn’t know for sure. I didn’t find myself liking the main character. She held too much rage and was way too opinionated for me to be able to identify with her. Jumping and physically beating someone just for saying something she didn’t agree with.. just isn’t someone I’d care to know.
The narrator was good. I never had a problem distinguishing the speaker of the moment.
No, I wouldn’t recommend this book to any of my friends. Nor will I be buying another in the series. I just don’t care to pay to be bullied.
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I actually found Dixie Hemingway and her friends likable characters and the plot basis for this little "put the brain in neutral" book was decent if not perfectly done. Mystery was solved, but leaves room for characters to grow with an ongoing story. I got a little tired of her showers, eating and making dumb choices while knowing it was a dumb choice. Despite two murders, a beating, an attempted suicide and sexual extortion it's remarkably upbeat. There is very little swearing and I'd probably purchase the next in the series except for the frequent stupid similes with sexual innuendos... like... her pickle being the size of a man's penis.
I enjoyed her voice and she did an excellent job of portraying the heroine. I have listened to each of the books multiple times.
i liked this book because the story kept me interested and the characters were believable. well done, light entertainment. i'll be looking for more by this author
The author kept weaving in a political agenda that was neither seemless nor essential to the narrative. It was awkward and distracting. I finally gave up on this one.
Not only did I get a great mystery in this book - it also gave me a few tricks that my cat my cat enjoyed.
The characters in this book were fun, the story line interested me to the end and though I saw some parts of the ending coming - many I didn't.
What a fun read!!!
too many periodicals
cute concept mystery
The way that just trying to look after her charges kept getting her further into the mess.
Not sure -- she really had some crazy pauses, sometimes so long I thought the chapter was over, and she was still midsentence! Some of it must be the editing standards of the production company, but some of it is the narrator.
well, her reflection on understanding a friend because of the senselessness of sudden loss...
I found the narration distracting on this one, both in general style (inflection choices, etc.) and especially in terms of the odd pacing/editing. But the book was a fun diversion.
I wasent sure about this book, not my normal cozy mystery. But it's a really nice change. I thought I was into the series more then book one, because she wasent talking about her past. But it is. That was nice too though, normally a lot of time is wasted on the story of there past and how they got to where they our now. I like it!
The narrator is very good to, that can be very important in an audio book.
It is a good listen save for the horrific editing. Unbelievably poor and distracting.
Although she handles the material quite well, if she had any say in the audio production she should at least listen to the finished production and voice object to poor qualitiy.
If you can forgive too long pauses and run-on chapter sequences the material is worth it. Maybe, if it is possible, ebook form may be less annoying.
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