When Sue Jan and the gals at the Crown of Glory Beauty Salon and Boutique set out the egg nog and fruitcake at their annual Christmas soiree, they have no idea the town's senior citizen playboy, Bubba Bustalet, will be hit on the noggin with the fruitcake before the night is over.
Sue Jan goes solo solving the mystery. She is soon at her wit's end between Wachita's know-it-all new sheriff, Bubba's senior-rita fan club, and all the tempting holiday food threatening to ruin her diet. Will Sue Jan find the felonious fruitcake felon before the church choir sings the last fa-la-la?
©2014 Linda Kozar (P)2015 Linda Kozar
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
This series as a whole, when narrated by Michelle Babb rank very high up on my favorite audio book cozy mystery series.
I LOVED hearing a story told from Sue Jan's point of view! At first I was weary that Lovita was not the one narrating and nowhere to be found, but then quickly loved this change of pace. Seeing Sue Jan navigate this mystery on her own without Lovita was actually a fun little treat!
She absolutely brings these characters to life. I find myself laughing & cringing and everything in between as I listen to this series, and I love it!
Yes, and I did! I was looking so forward to this holiday treat (even though its March now), and I curled up with this book and a hot cocoa and listened along while trying to guess "whodunnit."
This was a fun treat, and had all of the best qualities of the "Fat Ladies" series from a different perspective. It's short and sweet, and the ending is one which I suspected but then doubted myself heavily and kept me guessing a bit, which I loved. It's definitely not someone you would suspect! I was gifted this audiobook for an honest review, and this review is 100% my own honest opinion!
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!!!!!
I would listen to this series again...its super cute!!
Its a little cozy mystery....there are many out there, but this one is special...it has personality galore, and the fat ladies rock!
Michelle nailed it, she mad this series for me!
I practically did...its a short one!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
I was super happy when Michelle offered me the chance to finish this series and review it, I love the Fat Ladies, Lovita and Sue-Jan are great best friends, honest southern ladies, and God fearing Christians...very refreshing...they are also what they call Forensic Females...LOL In this little mystery, Lovita is missing, she is in England with her hubby...I missed her...but Sue-Jan has a mystery solve...at her Yearly Soiree at the salon an older playboy gentlemen is knocked out with a fruitcake..lol Sue-Jan gets to sleuthing and solves the mystery....the fruitcake song at the end was hilarious...and I hope there is more to come of this little cozy series!!!
Super cute holiday mystery. At the local Christmas party a popular senior citizen it lured outside and bashed with a fruitcake. As always the amateur sleuths are trying to solve the mystery and causing all kinds of trouble. Cute characters will take you on a hilarious journey in this witty who dunning.
Norwegian in a English world!
So i did not love this. I did not hate it ether, but this is a bit to short for my taste. Okey, its a christmas story, so you can't be to sour for the short story, but i still wanted more, so i guess that is a good thing.
Michelle Babb does her job, and i cant blame her for enything doing with this book. So thats something you should remember: Michelle is fantastic AS always! So get this, becouse you like the series, but remember its short, short and sweet like a frukt cake.
I got this for free, for a honest review! I always is!
Felony Fruitcake is a very funny novella by Linda Kozar. In this installment of The Fat Ladies Sing series, the story is told from the viewpoint of Sue Jan Madsen, as her partner Lovita is visiting her husband Hudson's family in England. I enjoyed the change in point of view as Sue Jan has a no-holds-bar type persona and absolutely speaks her mind, often outrageously and frequently to my amusement. Much of the action is centered around the "Christmas soirée" that Lovita and Sue Jan hold for their customers at the Crown of Glory. The description of the different food items contributed by friends and acquaintances just cracked me up. I had a good time trying to picture a "pineapple, jalapeño jelly, bologna roll." Some of the other offerings also proved to be amusing and/or disgusting. I played the description of the food back twice because I was amazed at the author's ingenuity in inventing the potluck offerings.
The story is basically fluff, but I mean that in a good way. It is light, extremely entertaining and well worth listening to. Since this is a short novella, the plotting isn't as intricate as previous Fat Ladies Sing books, but it just might be the funniest.
As usual, Michelle Babb does a vey nice job with the narration. The characters have their own distinct voices and the characters featued in previous books still sound the same.
I highly recommend this book for a short, fun read.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions stated are entirely my own.
Felony Fruitcake is a nice addition to this series. I love the characters! Sue Jan is an over-the-top southern gal who isn't afraid to say what she thinks. It was a nice surprise to discover that this book was told from Sue Jan's perspective, and not Lovita's (like the last book). I thought that added a little something extra to the series to keep things interesting.
To be honest, I predicted the ending pretty early in the story (maybe listening to all this sleuthing is rubbing off!) I had not predicted the motive, however; Linda Kozar did a good job developing that aspect of the story.
I have listened to several books that Michelle Babb has narrated, including the previous book in this series. As expected, her performance in this book was very similar to that in Dead as a Doornail. I think she does a great southern accent! Her character voices and the distinction between separate characters have improved throughout the last several books she's narrated, and I've enjoyed listening to her develop those subtleties that make the stories more enjoyable to listen to.
This book wasn't necessarily "moving," per say, but I did have to laugh when Sue Jan was talking about how the Christmas soiree was turning into a seniors' mixer (and detailing the "love triangle" that was unfolding).
This story was much shorter than the last - less than an hour and a half! It made for an easy listen over a few car rides, but could easily be done in a longer trip. With the much shorter time frame, the story could not be developed as much as one would expect for a full book, but it was a very fun short story. As I mentioned previously, I enjoyed the perspective change to keep things interesting. The characters are easily likable, and while it helps to know some background on the characters, I don't think you need to have read or listened to the other books in the series to enjoy any one of these books on their own. I think this series is a lot of fun to listen to!
I received this audio book as a gift in exchange for a honest review about it. Honestly this book is hilarious as is the entire series! It is a novella cozy mystery with loads of wit. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "killer fruitcake". Once again, the girls get together in their small town. At the end of the book is a cute song and a recipe for this "killer fruitcake".
I love the sense of humor this author, Linda Kozar writes with. She is sharp and witty with her tales and adventure the girls go thru (or experience). Her stories are very well written and hold my attention the entire time! The narrator, Michelle Babb only added to the fun with her flawless delivery of this story. All of her voices were spot on and she seemed to add to the humor in her voice. Great job ladies!
amateur-sleuth, cozy-mystery, texas, humor
Read on September 24, 2016
A fun little tale about the investigation into an attempted murder at a beauty parlor Christmas party. The characters certainly are! The plot is condensed, but good.
Michelle Babb really makes the story, though, with her ability to clearly differentiate the individuals and their attitudes.
I have listened to a couple of other books in this series. This was delightful because it was from a different characters perspective and it was cute being inside her head.
A comparison book doesn't really come to mind.
Sue Jan (probe;y didn't spell this correctly) was the narrator and she is really funny to listen to.
I was able to listen to this in one setting since it's a little novella.
Had a few good laughs from this. Very amusing short novel.
Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
I have grown quite attached to these larger than life ladies. This installment was short but really funny. They had me at using a fruitcake as a murder weapon. Nice! The mystery in this one was also better I thought. I did not figure it out until close to the end. The mystery itself actually does not have to be all that great to keep me happy but the characters have to be interesting enough and these ladies are. I just love the friendship between the 2 leading ladies.
I am sold on this series!
The narrator is THE voice of these characters. I don't think I could listen to another installment if Michelle Babb was not the narrator.
Report Inappropriate Content