Tizzy Donovan is having a run of bad luck. A bakery delivery gone wrong. A bar fight with an old classmate. And the discovery of a dead body in the cemetery.
Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper's luck isn't much better. He's finally gotten his first solo case, and it's in the Podunk town of Brownsboro, Texas. But when he meets local beauty, Tizzy, he thinks his luck is about to change - until she becomes the prime suspect in his case!
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Note: I listened to the audio version of this book and it was provided at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast.
Approximate score: 2-2.5 STARS
This book was advertised on AudiobookBlast as a "Mystery" - and it was ... sorta. But the primary plot was more centered around the romance between the two characters, and because of that the book was longer than it really needed to be; extra scenes were thrown in that didn't really serve much purpose plot-wise (for example, the skunk scene). The characters also lacked depth - they felt stereotypical and didn't really pull me in. The ending was rushed, cliched, and not all that surprising or suspenseful. The hint of supernatural (that the female protagonist could hear the dead) was barely there and not all that intriguing. It's unfortunate because the premise of this story was decent and I think it could have been more effective if the characters and plot had been fleshed out a bit more. The narrator did an OK job (and pretty much nailed the southern accent part), but the performance of certain scenes felt wooden and monotone.
Bottom line: if you go into this book looking for a supernatural mystery, you'll be disappointed; it's mostly a (not-all-that-compelling) romance story with a small sprinkling of mystery and a grain of supernatural.
The cover for this audio book was darker than I go for when I am picking out a book, but the summary pulled me in with its seemingly light reference to the little town in Texas where this story took place. Sure enough, I wasn't a full hour into the book before I was laughing harder than I could conceal in the grocery store aisle.
Tizzy Donovan is a woman who, despite some misfortune, seems to have managed to remain hopeful and free spirited. Her family and friends appear to be loving, but then who committed the murder of the woman left at her husband's grave?
This sounds like a job for my newest book boyfriend Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper. Though their attraction toward one another is immediate, with all that's going on around them neither is quick to make a move. Then there is the fact that a lot of the evidence points to Tizzy as the killer.
I really enjoyed this book. The humor in no way took away from the story line and suspense of the book. Instead it allowed the narrator to add another dimension to the characters with her skill and timing.
One thing's for sure. I will never think of skunks the same way again. Thank you for that Ann and Margo.
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This is another very nice cozy mystery, this time set in Texas, with just a bit of the paranormal added to spice things up a bit. The mystery itself is well constructed, and kept me guessing through most of the book. Tthe author was careful to place her clues and red herrings where they would do the most good.
The characters were also nicely developed, and were both interesting and believable. Very young children are tricky to write, but this author managed her little girl with sensitivity and charm. While the main romance had more angst than I prefer, it was, for the most part, also believable and sometimes delightful.
The book was well written, and I especially appreciated the author’s humor, which kept this romantic slightly paranormal mystery from taking itself too seriously. A good cozy is pure mind candy, and a *really* good cozy has just enough spice of complexity to keep a reader interested, and this one did.
The narrator gave a fully professional performance in all ways, and if her Texas accent isn’t natural to her, then her management of accents is superb.
I received this book in exchange for this unbiased review via the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.
I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.
No, I don't re-listen to books I've already listened to.
The overall funness and acceptance of the Ranger in the town.
There were so many moments in the book that I loved. When Tizzy goes to the bar in the morning to get a drink, when she gets in a bar fight, takes a date to the party...
Texas Rangers Beware of Tizzy
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What I liked best is the setting and the authenticity of the smal southern town life. I grew up in a small town and you really do know everyone and their business. There were some very funny moments. What I like least is how fast the romance and love came about so quickly and how the mystery took a backseat to the romantic aspects.
I thought that she could have done more with mystery part. The murder victim had a lot going on.
In my opinion, the narrator seemed bored and a bit robotic.
I wanted to like this book and even after reading the reviews I was really looking forward to it but I didn't care for it. The actual mystery took a back seat to the romance part of the book. It could have been a really good mystery with a romantic twist but the romance was a bit juvenile in my opinion. There where some very funny moments but unfortunately they didn't make up for the overall lackluster storyline....even the narrator seemed bored with reading the book.
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i really liked thr book. i cant wait to read the otbers in the series
**I was given a copy of this audiobook for an honest review.
This book was total fun! If you enjoy a good whodunnit with some romance, this book is for you. Getting to know Tizzie and Ridge, along with their friends was a great ride. I really enjoyed trying to figure out who killed Marlene. Ridge, the Texas ranger brought in to solve the murder, kept running into brick walls trying to find the killer, and it always seemed to keep finding another reason to point the finger at Tizzie...lucky for her, he knew better. I loved the side story of Tizzie being able to talk to the dead. This made for some interesting invasions into her mind and dreams..always making you wonder what message they are trying to send. The chemistry between Ridge and Tizzie was sizzling.
The narration by Margo Trueblood was simply flawless. I will definitely be looking out for more narrations by her.
Language, amount of time devoted to sex and sexual inuendo. This is a murder mystery, let's stick to building intrigue & leaving clues!
Unfortunately Margo only had trite dialog to deal with so it's hard to critique her.
Waste of time.
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I love books...I love storytelling. Audiobooks allow me to enjoy a great story while still being able to do my daily routine. Thanks Audible
I really enjoyed Ms. Trueblood's southern style narration. It totally captured the essence of the piece. She brought the characters to life. At first, I thought the breathy gasps in her storytelling would ruin the piece for me, but either the narration became more relaxed or I just let myself get lost in the story. Good job!
I fell in love with Bubba/Dwayne.
So many times I found myself laughing out loud. The writing of Ms. Everett is witty and fun without being too much and taking away from the storyline.
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Definitely. It draws you in really quickly and mixes humour with a great feel for Texas. Its a good feel for small town USA, from what I've seen as a tourist.
The characters are what make the book and Tizzy is very likeable as is Ridge.
The entrance of Ridge to Tizzy's life. The characters are all so real and entertaining. The book in general just draws you in.
Funny? A murder mystery? Can you have both? You can when your laid out and candle lit!
The authors sense of humour is present throughout the book. The characters feel real and engaging. It mixes romance, mystery, suspense, paranormal and humour. It jumps genres and is a unique and entertaining book. It twists and turns and polishes it all with humour in a way that falls neatly into place at the end.
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