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Publisher's Summary

"You found my philandering ex-husband?" Bitty asked. "Where? Mexico? Paris? In Tupelo with a cocktail waitress?"

"In your closet," I answered. "Dead."

Break out the hoop skirts and the zinfandel. The Divas are on the case.

Wine. Chocolate. Transvestite strippers. Just another good-time get-together for the Dixie Divas of historic Holly Springs, Mississippi, where moonlight and magnolias mingle with delicious small-town scandal. But Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

Virginia Brown is the nationally acclaimed, award-winning author of 50 novels.

©2009 Virginia Brown (P)2012 BelleBooks, Inc.

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lol chick book

I love this book hilarious totally a midlife woman's book I've listened 3 times the reader has good enflection emotion ect a mystery with flair

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Narrator awful!

What would have made Dixie Divas better?

Different narrator! The voice and accent make listening , horrible. I like the story line, but can't get any farther than 2 hours into

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator, or lose the FAKE southern accent!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment due to narration

Any additional comments?

Waste of a credit! Now have to buy Kindle version to finish the book

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  • Carolyn
  • Crystal, MN, United States
  • 09-04-13

Sassy and Fun

I loved this book from the first minute. The narration for me leaves a little to be desired in the beginning but I loved the entire series!

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Entertaining Fluff, Atrocious Narration

Would you try another book from Virginia Brown and/or Karen Commins?

Virgina Brown -- maybe, she did make me laugh out loud a couple of times. Karen Commins -- no

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Silly complicated plot. -- fun fluff, fell in love with Chitlin' --

Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Commins’s performances?

Nope

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe, would depend on the cast

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  • Anita
  • Waterford, MI, United States
  • 08-01-13

Great book

What did you love best about Dixie Divas?

Was like listening to my southern kinfolk. I thoroughly enjoyed and laughed a lot :)

What about Karen Commins’s performance did you like?

She got the accent right and did not overdo.

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Dixie Fun

Would you consider the audio edition of Dixie Divas to be better than the print version?

Yes, but just barely, I may not be able to read better, but I can imagine better. Still, I prefer listening so I can do other things at the same time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Biddy. She is just so care free and she lives well and means well yet she makes mistakes and gets in trouble.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was to much like she was just reading. I may be spoiled by other actors that really perform well.

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Good story, poor narration

If you could sum up Dixie Divas in three words, what would they be?

Clever, engaging, lighthearted

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice just didn't fit what I thought the characters should sound like; some more than others. Sometimes it made it hard to keep listening or to buy into the scene because the voice just didn't fit.

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I'll be returning this

It took forever for the story to get started and for me it never really took off. Now that it's over and I know who done it, I can't remember the why and I only finished it yesterday. Even though I figured out ahead of time who the villain was (and I was fooled into thinking I was wrong) it was based on who had the means and opportunity rather than seeing a motive. This is much more a story of Dixie Belles and I don't know any so I can't say how accurate the portraiture here is, but they were mostly very annoying women. The men were only a little better. I might have been tempted to go ahead with the second book if the narrator had changed but I can’t take any more of her. She doesn’t change emphasis between a scene where the main character is delivering food as a bribe and one where the second character is in fear for her life. It’s not that it’s monotonous, more like she’s so busy working on the accents that she can’t pay attention to the content. I might pick up the next book from the library so I can a) find out what happens next in the romances (I’m a sucker for a romance) and b) find out whether I enjoy the books more when I’m not listening to Karen Commins narration. Whichever turns out to be the case, don’t like the stories or just don’t like the narration, I’ll be returning this one.

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Boring!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration was not up to snuff. I couldn't even listen to the entire first part.

Has Dixie Divas turned you off from other books in this genre?

I enjoy cozy mysteries but this one didn't do it for me.

How could the performance have been better?

The accents were bad and it was difficult to understand just who was speaking.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dixie Divas?

I didn't listen to enough to say.

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Mrs. Brown: A Good Story Teller, Needs Research

What did you love best about Dixie Divas?

The humor was delightful, and the some of the characters are a hoot, and realistic to boot. I know people just like them, and I have lived in Mississippi all of my 59 years.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bitty. She is so funny, and so self-centered. Yet you can't help being amused by her.

How could the performance have been better?

Drop the fake southern accent, and just read the book. The reader does not have a clue how to do a southern accent. Hers is pathetic. If she would just read, she would do fine. The parts she just read were not bad, but that accent was like fingers scrapping a chalk blackboard to this southern boy.

If you could take any character from Dixie Divas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Trinket. She is interesting.

Any additional comments?

Mrs. Brown is a good story teller, but doesn't know much about the deep south. I note she was an army brat who lived all over. That is great, but a little more research would have helped. First, cherry trees are not common in the deep south. Second, how can you write about Holly Springs and ignore Rust College? Do a little research, Mrs. Brown. It is obvious that you know the southern characters well from living in Memphis. But you do more than just get a map of Mississippi before you start writing.<br/><br/>Still, I enjoyed it, and recommend it.