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Dead As a Doornail Audiobook

Dead As a Doornail: When The Fat Ladies Sing, Book 3

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With her wedding to Hudson just months away, all Lovita's plans seem to be going awry. A crooked politician is running for mayor, his girlfriend is opening a new beauty shop in town, and the contractor building Sue Jan and Monroe's dream home is found dead, with Monroe the prime suspect. To top it all off, the money from the high school band's fundraiser has disappeared. Now the kids won't be able to go to New York City to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Before Lovita walks down the aisle, all the girls have to do is nail the real killer, find the missing money, save their beauty shop, and rescue the little town of Wachita. Can two big, bodaciously beautiful women do it? Piece of cake.

©2012 Linda Kozar (P)2015 Linda Kozar

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-11-16
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-11-16 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A fun who did it."

    Disclaimer: I received this book from narrator Michelle Babb for an unbiased review.

    This is a new genre for me; also a new author and narrator. The book is a fast easy read that makes it a good choice between my non-fiction reading.

    This is book three in the Fat Ladies Sing Cozy Murder Series. I have not read the other books in the series but had no difficulties following the story. This book could be easily read as a stand-alone book. The story takes place in Wachita, Texas. Our protagonist is Lovita, who co-owns a beauty shop with her best friend, Sue Jan. Lovita is busy planning her wedding to Hudson. Sue Jan is having a new home built. On a visit to the building site, Lovita and Sue Jan find the contractor dead. Lovita and friends are off to solve the murder. Oh, did I mention the women say they are big bodaciously beautiful.

    The book is well written. The pace is fast. The dialogue is full of humor and sassy attitude. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep the reader’s attention. The character development is good. Over all it is a fun book to read for an escape.

    Michelle Babb did an excellent job narrating the book. If Babb is not a native Texan, she sure did a great job with the Texas twang.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-07-15
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-07-15 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "REALLY A FUN SERIES!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead As a Doornail to be better than the print version?

    I think it always is...but I only listened!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Girls...Lovita and SueJan!


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

    She was really good....Michelle is an excellent narrator!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure, it was super cute!


    Any additional comments?

    ** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

    Michelle contacted me on goodreads and asked me if I wanted to listen and review this book, since I had listened to book 1, and I was happy too! I love the 2 fat ladies and this book does not disappoint...Lovita and Suejan are the owners of a beauty salon/boutique, and amateur sleuths! When a large amount of cash for the high school goes missing and a murder happens in there sleepy little town they start to secretly investigate...

    This was so cute, other than the mystery the girls now have great guys and Lovita gets married at the end....I really enjoyed it!!

    Great little cozy mystery, and really good narration. I recommend!

    Thanks Michelle!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Delores Gurganus 09-27-15
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    "Fat Ladies are GREAT"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead As a Doornail the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. The Southern accent of the narrator just set the stage. She kept your attention with all the different character voice each with its own Southern effect.


    What other book might you compare Dead As a Doornail to and why?

    Having read several mysteries series lately, I would put this one up against any of them. The charm of the beauty parlor/boutique is cuter than some of the other series I read that have knitting shops, snow globe shops, or bakeries.


    What about Michelle Babb’s performance did you like?

    There were many things about Michelle performance that I liked. Her Southern accent was excellent. Her changing her voice for the various characters. Her input of the other noises such as the phone rinning.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I could have I would have. I read it while I drove so my stopping point was when I got home or wherever I was going. It was most difficult to hit the stop button.


    Any additional comments?

    The primary story line of the mystery was great. I enjoy trying to figure out "who done it". Although it was easy to figure who could have done it, who actually did it came across well. The sub-story of love, friendship, and family just added to the book. The humor was excellent and sometimes very subtle. Loved the book & will definitely be reading more of this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Reviews USA 09-19-15
    Yvonne Reviews USA 09-19-15

    Mystery Lover

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    "Fun series!"

    Lovita is preparing for her wedding to Hudson, but things aren’t that easy. First, her best friend Sue Jan’s husband, Monroe, is accused of murder right in the middle of his campaign to be Wachita’s mayor. His competition is running a nasty campaign which includes having the candidate’s girlfriend open an upscale beauty shop to compete with Lovita and Sue Jan’s own shop. Then, the money that was raised for the high school band to march in the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City is stolen. It’s up to Lovita and Sue Jan to save the day. They do have their work cut out for them, especially since they need to do everything before Lovita and Hudson's big day.

    This is the third book in the “When the Fat Ladies Sing” series. It’s the first book I read (listened to) in this series and I didn’t feel lost at all. I was able to jump right in and be excited for Lovita’s wedding even though I wasn’t really familiar with the characters. As always when I jump into the middle of a series (I really hate when I do that, I’d rather start at the beginning.), I want to go back to see how the characters’ relationships all grew through the years. It’s no different with this one. I want to hear how it all began. However, I have no problem if I don’t get a chance and just listen to the next books.

    The narrator, Michelle Babb, is a natural and does the voices for all the characters. Her voice is pleasant to listen to and she performs each character to perfection.

    Dead As A Doornail is funny, fast-paced, and filled with quirky characters. The relationship between Lovita and Sue Jan is perfect. They are best friends through thick and thin. I’m definitely going to stick with this series. It’s so much fun “discovering” new-to-me cozy mystery series.




    FTC Disclosure: The narrator provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Northmead, Australia 09-09-15
    Ian Northmead, Australia 09-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Christian Mystery –– Surprisingly Good"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead As a Doornail the most enjoyable?

    I've read a few christian books. A few were good, some were OK, most were pretty damned awful. So I'm not a big fan. As you would expect, no sex and no bad language. It's a book I'd give to my 90 year old mother....not a book I'd generally enjoy myself but this book is surprisingly good. Cozy mysteries are full of tropes and they're not usually all that original but I found myself enjoying this a lot. There were one or two "christian" moments that made me wince but overall a great book.


    Any additional comments?

    Michelle Babb provided me with this audiobook for review so I should mention her narration. I'm not sure if it's her natural voice but she has a voice that reminds me a little of Allison McLemore. It just drips Southern honey. Her female characterisations are superb. Her male voices aren't as good. They're OK and don't take away from the story too much but not as good as her female voices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Witchywoman LONDON, KY, United States 09-08-16
    Witchywoman LONDON, KY, United States 09-08-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Murder in a small town"

    This was a fun story filled with humor and mystery. The characters are well developed and I love their quirkiness. Lovita and Sue Jan are witty and get things accomplished. The girl's at the salon will have you laughing out loud. Add a dead body and things get hinky and in this small town these amateur sleuths are out to get the truth. Would definitely listen to more books in this series. The narrator did a superb job and I just loved her accent and felt it added authenticity to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri C. 03-08-16
    Terri C. 03-08-16 Member Since 2016

    I am a disabled Medical Technologist who uses books and audio books as a diversion from the pain of Fibromyalgia. I'm happy to review.

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    "Pink pantsuits, nail guns and Bubba pools!"

    I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest review. This was sooo good! I absolutely loved it!
    This is the story of best friends, Lovita and Sue Jan. Ms. Kozar had me just with those names. Lovita is preparing to marry Hudson, a very proper lawyer. Lovita and Sue Jan own a beauty shop/salon together. Sue Jan and her husband Monroe are busy campaigning for Monroe's run for the office of Mayor. Things go ass over teakettle when Monroe is suddenly suspected of murder. At about the same time, there is a big theft in the little town. Lovita and Sue Jan are hot on the trail of the bad guys.
    Sue Jan's disreputable family members that show up unannounced add tons of hilarity. I'd never heard of a Bubba pool. Have you?
    Michelle Babb's performance of this book was tremendous. I don't think just reading the book would have been have as much fun as listening to her. It was hilarious!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Bumgardner Ohio, USA 12-09-15
    Brooke Bumgardner Ohio, USA 12-09-15
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    "Great Cozy with Awesome Narration"

    I listened to the audiobook of Dead As A Doornail by Linda P. Kozar (narrated by Michelle Babb). It is the third book in the When Fat Ladies Sing series. This is the first I've read in this cozy mystery series but that didn't stop me from understanding the story line, following along with the characters and enjoying the mystery.

    Lovita and Sue Jan are best friends and they own a beauty shop together. Lovita is planning her wedding to Hudson, while Sue Jan and her husband Monroe (who is running for mayor) are building their dream house. A bunch of craziness ensues when Monroe is accused of murdering the contractor working on their house; Sue Jan's redneck relatives show up and park their trailer on Lovita's land; and the high school band's money for their trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is stolen.

    This was a light and fun cozy mystery with a lot of different elements at play. I loved the small town drama. The narrator did a fantastic job of telling the story and it was very easy for me to differentiate between characters. She did male and female characters, some with Southern accents, even some with British and Asian accents and she did them all seamlessly. The narration really sold the story for me, and I think it made me enjoy it even more than I would have. There is a good bit of beauty salon talk and wedding details sprinkled throughout the story. I listened to this off and on and was able to pick up right where I was with ease and settle back into the story.

    The little plot twists and turns throughout make this cozy something special. I am hoping to go back and listen to the earlier books in the series.

    I received a copy of Dead As A Doornail by Linda P. Kozar (narrated by Michelle Babb) from the narrator for review purposes. This did not influence my review in any way and I was not required to write a positive review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Choate Oregon City, OR 11-04-15
    Tara Choate Oregon City, OR 11-04-15
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    "Free review for a free download"
    Any additional comments?

    Recently I reviewed a book (Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke) and gave it a very negative review.

    Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by Michelle Babb (narrator of this book) and asked to review "Dead as a Doornail"... honestly.

    I took her up on it and got a free download from Audible (I hadn't tried it before. It was a little hard to use, but after I got it downloaded, it worked great.)

    As for the book, it definitely gets a better review than "Carrot Cake Murder". Many elements of the cozy are present: small town, eccentric cast of characters, sweet love interest. But the characters come off as fairly logical and the pace moves right along. I would consider reading more of this series.

    Because I was asked to review this by the narrator, I feel a work about the narration is necessary. I thought the narrator did a good job. The characters were from Texas, which is its own accent and Michelle did a good job. The various voices were distinct and told with a lot of feeling. If I had a book to narrate, I'd consider her for the reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frode 10-20-15
    Frode 10-20-15

    Norwegian in a English world!

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    "Dead As a Book? No!"

    Dead As a Doornail: When The Fat Ladies Sing, Book 3 by Linda Kozar is a good 3 book, and my first in this series. I like the suspense level is a bit low. i like the details in the book, but the book felt a bit long to be honest. It felt it sometimes did not go any place. When a good book feel like it i forgive it, and yeah i forgive the book for being like it when all together it works together!

    Michelle Babb give her best performance so far maybe. I felt like a length of 6 hrs and 27 mins never feels boring with Michelle. It is almost like Michelle likes the material a little more then me, and i feel that in the 6 hours plus. There is nothing like a good narrater that loves what she reads! Fantastic Michelle, just fantastic!

    I was given this for a honest review by the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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