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Custard's Last Stand

Until the Fat Ladies Sing, Book 7
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Series: When the Fat Ladies Sing, Book 7
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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Sue Jan and Lovita put on their big-girl boots to solve a new crop of mysteries as their town gains a new antique and resale shop run by creepy twin sisters, a yummy frozen custard stand owned and operated by a quirky old man, and a trio of criminals operating under the town’s radar. 

With all that going on, a very pregnant Sue Jan is running for public office, and the town’s ancient sewage system is starting to act up. Between all the calamitous clues and chill bumps, the two women come to a startling conclusion - the little town of Wachita is in a mess of trouble.

©2019 Linda Kozar (P)2019 Linda Kozar

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Witty and hilarious

This series is a total blast, and this book is no exception. These two forensic females in the little town of Wachita do not let any stone unturned when they are investigating a case. Life seemed calm for the past months, but a new man arrives in town with his frozen custard stand, and an attempt is made on his life. Sue Jan and Lovita are thinking about retiring and taking care of their families, but they can’t just leave this mystery unresolved.

I had lots of fun listening to this book. Sue Jan’s wit at talking is sharper than ever before, and the two ladies get in more complicated and more awkward situations, even visiting the morgue of a funerary home. The story is intriguing, and the two women do not know who the murderer is until the end.

This book also focuses on the personal life of Sue Jan and Lovita, their careers, their family, and their dreams. I like the fact that we get to know them better in each book, and that all characters are very picturesque and unique. It is like meeting a bunch of old friends among which one can be honest and spontaneous.

Narrating a book like this is not an easy feature, but Michelle Babb did it complete justice, spurting words at the speed of light with a checky tone when interpreting Sue Jan but being reflexive and cautious when interpreting Lovita. There is an inherent sense of humor in these books, and Babb knows how to transmit it to the listener in a casual and candid way, like she is been doing this all her life.

It saddens me that this could be the end of this fantastic series, as I had a very good time and many laughs with these two forensic females. I hope they will find time in their busy lives to investigate another murder.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Welcome Back Lovita and Sue Jan!

Custard’s Last Stand by Linda P. Kozar, the seventh and final entry in Until The Fat Ladies Sing Mystery series, does a fine and entertaining job of wrapping up with the series. Almost overfilled with puns, especially towards the book’s beginning, it is a fun, sometimes even funny, lightweight mystery bringing back Wachita, Texas’ own Sue Jan and Lovita, the bodacious owners of a beauty salon, part time sleuths and now full time wives and mothers. To say the two are busy is a gross understatement. One of the strengths of the book is how the two main characters evolve and come to realize their personal limitations and how the realities of their current lives will impact their futures. 

Ms Kozar does a fine job of capturing the essence of small town Texas where everyone knows one another and going to church on Sunday is common. The hefty dose of Christianity including  blessings, prayers, and referrals to church and Jesus may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The humor of the book is fun for everyone, even if it does go a little over the top with puns.

The narration by Michelle Babb is outstanding. The voices of each character is clear but the ones of Lovita, who narrates, and Sue Jan are especially well done and in perfect character.

I recommend this book for anyone in the mood for a fun mystery to entertain them and make them smile. While this is the seventh book in the series, it is a standalone, though the reader may enjoy going back and listening to previous installments. Three stars.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own. 

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Love this series!

Small town, Southern humor. Fun to listen to, (I had an audible copy of the book) I love the crazy puns and often chuckled out loud. With quirky, colorful characters, small town gossip, romance, politics, and countrified family moving into town, Custard's Last Stand has a lot to keep the reader's attention. Lovita and Sue Jan, (heavily prego!) best friends for forever, once again are on the case of mysterious happenings in Wachita. Even though part of a series this book the book can definitely be a read as a stand alone book. Michelle Babb does a good job of narrating, giving each of the characters their own voice and accent. With twists and turns, mystery and mayhem Linda Kozar has given readers an amusing story with good, clean humor that entertains well. It sounded like the big, bodacious beauties might be wrapping up their private investigating...I sure hope not. I have loved reading this series.

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Hilarious!

I listened to the audio version of this book. This series is just hilarious! It is so full of one liners that it's hard to even take them all in. The part where the mortician and Sue Jan square off coming up with inventive names for death is my favorite: "weed inspector, bought a pine condo, the way of all flesh, examine the radishes, kicked the oxygen habit", etc...
Sue Jan and Lovita describe themselves as two bodacious feminine forensics and in Custard's Last Stand there are several mysteries they are trying to solve. Sue Jan is extremely pregnant and getting ready to take over the mayoral position from her husband. Lovita is her partner in a business and in crime fighting. They are a hoot! I really think that describes them the best.
The story was great and the narration suited it perfectly. If you love cozy mysteries and humor, you really need to give them a try! It appears that this will be the last book of their shenanigans. So sad.
I was given a complimentary copy of this audio book. All thoughts are my own.

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Love this series!!!

It took me a minute to get into because it had been so long since i read the last book, but once i got back up to date with the Characters i fell in love with them all again. The used store owners i found pretty creepy myself, but just what i would expect from that type of store....lol! Loved the story and that i couldn't figure out what what going on until the end when it was explained.

I was given this audiobook for an unbiased review. Definitely worth listening to! the Narrator is one of my favorites too

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  • 10-01-19

Great fun!

puntastic, verbal-humor, situational-humor, friendship, cozy-mystery, Texas, laugh-riot, small-town

Hard to focus on the mystery with all the one-liners and verbal slapstick going on!
Not a criticism!
The two besties live in small town Texas and always have the most *interesting* adventures. The publisher's blurb covers a lot so I don't have to. Loved it!
Narrator Michelle Babb certainly makes everything bounce along, but I really don't know how she can do this performance without cracking up!

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Humorous Cozy Mystery

Sue Jan and Lovita befriend a quirky elderly gentleman who has recently moved to Wachita and opened a frozen custard stand. When he is nearly killed outside the ladies' beauty shop they decide they have to help the police solve this attempted murder. The is no shortage of suspects and the town has problems of its own. Can the ladies solve the mystery and how will the current events change their lives?

This book is a fun read. The main characters, Sue Jan and Lovita, are big bodacious females with large quirky personalities. They are resourceful and likable. The town of Wachita is full of small-town charm but seems to always have strange events happening. There are plenty of plot twists to keep the reader engaged in the story until the end. The storyline is well developed and moves at a quick pace.

I listened to the audio version of the book. Narrator Michelle Babb brings San Jan, Lovita, and the rest of the cast of characters to life. She does a wonderful job of giving each character’s personality. She has great comedic timing and narrates the dialogue with ease.

I recommend this book to fans of humorous cozy mysteries.

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I love this seried

The author and narrator pair well together! This story is well written and read. I crawled into this story as if I was there in person as events unfolded. I most definitely will follow this duo anytime. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I love the forensic females!

This series is such a joy from start to finish. If you can, I’d recommend starting the series around the time Michelle Babb cane on board, because she IS the heart of the main characters (the forensic females duo). This installment has creepy newcomers, a suspenseful mystery, and plenty of laughs. Not to mention, there are some personal plot lines that are really fulfilling to us as the readers! 10/10 would definitely recommend !

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Jenny’s review

An Until The Fat Ladies Sing Mystery book 7 Lovita and Sue Jan are at it again solving crazy mysteries.
Sue Jan decides to run for mayor and Lovita is thinking of selling the Crown of Glory and babies aplenty making life busy. A new grocery store comes to town and the ladies meet newcomer Clayborn Custard has an amazing custard stand and ends up in a hospital after passing out and almost getting taken out at the same time. Lovita and Sue Jan plan on finding out who is trying to hurt their new friend, especially after several more attempts are taken against Clayborn’s life. Also the town of Watchita is having some very stinky problems that Sue Jan is going to have to take care and capture a crazy maniac and their partners.

I was given an audio version of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Narrator Michelle Babb is an amazing story teller and she makes the characters come to life in such a way that you feel you know them personally.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-28-19

Three gallons of crazy in a two litre bucket.

The seventh and probably the last of the Until the Fat Ladies Sing, series, and, like it's predecessors, can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone, although knowing the past stories will enhance the pleasure.gleened. Set in a small Texas town, the books revolve around the antics of two larger than life ladies, Lavita, who tells the tale from her personal lerspective, and her best friend, Sue Jan, now married to the mayor. Together, they own the local beauty store, Crown of Glory, but recently their attentions had been more focused on their growing families, their self involved 'ambassadorial' greetings and generally nosing around on their investigations: they view themselves as the town's sleuths. And a lot is going on in Wachita in Custard's Last Stand - the opening of a Piggly Wiggly, a new frozen custard stand, strange and sinister twins, attempted murder and a death, a giant balloon baby, a birth, a pregnancy, an explosion of noxious fumes, a new mayoral candidate and Sue Jan finally finds her family. It is, if anything, even more action packed and comedic than usual.

The Fat Lady series has well developed characters, and in particular, those of the two main protagonists strut their way off the pages with all of their fears, hopes and prejudices. And they are funny, sometimes deliberately with each other, sometimes by virtue of their personalities and interactions. Like the whole town, they are a colourful couple, indulging in silly puns and language jokes, including great expressions ('Even a blind pig finds a truffle now and then', and, 'I'm only helpless when my nails are drying.') - simply delicious and great fun, even if the characters themselves are not necessarily overly sympathetic. The narration by Michelle Babb is, as always, superb.. Each character is clearly and very appropriately voiced, but Lovita, who tells the story in the first person, and best friend, Sue Jan, are especially well performed, greatly adding to the overall enjoyment.

This is an all inclusive, laugh a minute, cozy mystery thriller and fully recommended for a few hours of clean fun in a small but proud Texas town. There are even three recipes for the adventurous to try at the end of the book. I was very fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy by the rights holder, at my request. Thank you so much. Go, buy, enjoy. After all, as Sue Jan would say, 'The pen is mightier than the word.'