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The new series from the author of The Silence of the Library and Murder Past Due...

New York Times best-selling author Miranda James returns to Athena, Mississippi, with an all-new mystery featuring Miss An'gel and Miss Dickce Ducote, two snoopy sisters who are always ready to lend a helping hand. But when a stressed socialite brings murder right to their doorstep, even they have trouble maintaining their Southern hospitality.

With the Mississippi sun beating down, An’gel and Dickce are taking a break to cool off and pet sit their friend Charlie Harris’s cat, Diesel, when their former sorority sister, Rosabelle Sultan, shows up at their door unexpectedly, with her ne'er-do-well adult children not far behind.

Rosabelle's selfish offspring are desperate to discover what's in her will, and it soon becomes clear that one of them would kill to get their hands on the inheritance. Suddenly caught up in a deadly tangle of duplicitous suspects and deep-fried motives, it will take all of the sisters' Southern charm to catch a decidedly ill-mannered killer....

©2014 Dean James (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Awful Book With No Ending... Also Not About Animal

First, the book itself is misleading in that if it were being truthful, instead of a picture of a cat and a dog (which really had nothing to do with the story other than "cameo" appearances), the cover would show a bunch of 80 year old ladies squabbling about money.

The book is a "whodunnit", about elderly southern belles who are trying to off one another for a larger piece of inheritance. The book has an extremely slow, plodding pace, no characters that I can really identify with, and also no ending. The book just kind of ends with very few things tied up, and us not really understanding what the killer's motivation was (or even for certain who did the murders, there was just an accusation). Awful, awful book.

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This book dragged along. I never felt as if I really got to know the characters. I would not recommend it.

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Enjoyable New Series

This series is the spin off to Miranda James' Cats in the Stacks Mysteries and features Miss An'gel and Miss Dickce Ducote. The sisters are pet sitting Charlie Harris' maine coon cat, Diesel, and get themselves involved in an adventure. When their former sorority sister, Rosabelle Sultan, turns up on their door step, claiming that her family is trying to kill her they don't really believe her. After all Rosabelle loves drama! However when someone else falls victim to a trap set for Rosabelle it really looks like Rosabelle's family mean her harm. With the Sultan family residing at their house too, An'gel and Dickce must try to solve the mystery before they become the next victim.

I just adore Diesel and the Cats in the Stacks Mysteries. This spin off was great. While I did miss Charlie Harris, I did like this story. An'gel and Dickce are such a hoot, and with their southern manners they tend to keep their snarky comments to themselves. That doesn't mean they don't think them. Rosabelle and her family are pretty uncouth and it was interesting watching them all clash with each other!

This was my first time listening to a Miranda James novel. I've previously read all the others. However having said that I enjoyed Jorgena Marie's narration. I liked the southern accents she used and I would definitely listen to another book in this series, with her narration.

Bless Her Dead Little Heart was a fun debut in this series. If you enjoy the Cats in the Stacks mysteries I thoroughly recommend picking this one up. If you are new to Miranda James give this one a try and I guarantee you that you will be racing out to buy her other series too!

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Names off

The narrator kept saying the names differently than prior books by the same author. The narrator did a good job, but after listening to 13 books with names being spoken a specific way this was really frustrating.

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decent but not inspiring

little mystery whodunnit. I liked the 2 old lady's but found it a little tedious.

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Manners above and beyond

Bless her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James introduces us to her new Southern Sisters series.

When an old college friend shows up at the two elderly sisters Civil War era home, stating her life is in danger the sisters are unable turn her away. What follows is the appearance of their guests familiy and the chaos begins.

Diesel, a Maine coon cat is also a guest, as his owner, (Charlie known from Ms James Cat in the Stack series) is out of town.

This cozy has enough mystery and charm, but after sifting through many red herrings it ends rather abruptly. However it is a cute book for taking a break from heavier stories. The characters are endearing enough that I may look for the second book of the series when it's released.

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need a different reader

need a reader who can pronounce the character names properly. we are used to the pronouciation from the cat in the stacks series. took me till chapter 3 to realize these were the ducote sisters charlie always ran into.

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Good book

Liked the book. Narrative was good. Loved the impressions. The sisters were a hoot. I'm glad more authors are using Maine Coon cats in their books. They are so cool.

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Fun and entertaining

Once you get used to the southern accents and become immersed in the story it is fun and entertaining . The characters become real and the story gets interesting.

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  • 07-05-16

Good story, but distracting performance

The change in pronunciation of the deputy's name from the original series became a distraction.

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  • 09-23-19

The deep South brought to life in story and voice.

The narrator brought this book to life. Her southern accents were believable and enhanced an interesting story line with vivid characters.

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  • 08-22-19

Entertaining

This is a entertainment and enjoyable story line.
I look forward to the next story