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Publisher's Summary

Keeley Murdock's wedding to A.J. Jernigan should have been the social event of the season. But when she catches her fiance doing the deed with her maid of honor at the country club rehearsal dinner, all bets are off. And so is the wedding. Keeley pitches the hissy fit of the century, earning herself instant notoriety in the small town of Madison, Georgia.

Even worse is the financial pressure A.J.'s banking family brings to bear on Keeley's interior design business. But riding to the rescue, in a vintage yellow Cadillac, is the redheaded stranger who's bought a failing local bra plant. Will Mahoney hires Keeley to redo the derelict antebellum mansion he's bought. Her assignment: decorate it for the woman of his dreams, a woman he's never met.

Only a designing woman like Keeley Murdock can find a way to clear her name and give her cheating varmint of an ex-fiance the comeuppance he so richly deserves. And only Mary Kay Andrews can deliver such delicious social satire. With Hissy Fit, she's created a story as outrageous, dishy, and true as Savannah Blues and Little Bitty Lies.

©2004 Mary Kay Andrews (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Fiction (abridged), 2005

"Mixed in with the mystery and romance is a liberal helping of comedy, thanks to Isabel Keating's delightful, down-to-earth, and completely Southern vocal characterizations." (AudioFile)
"This is the third Andrews title...and it's obvious she's on a roll....Andrews' descriptions of antique furniture and heart-pine flooring are so lush and appealing that they will seduce even the decorating-challenged. Throw in the idyllic southern setting and the humorous, often-scintillating banter, and you've got yourself another winning read." (Booklist)
"Darker than the book's fluffy title suggests, this black comedy is riven with shocking secrets. And Keeley's vast knowledge of all things antique offers a fascinating peek into the luscious world of designer home furnishing, sure to make readers drool with envy over sideboards and sofas." (Publishers Weekly)

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Good story, but a Southern narrator is better

I listened to this book from the library and from Audible. I liked the library version read by Moira Driscoll a lot better than Audible's reader.

Aside from the narrator, this book was a nice, light, summer read with smart women at the center of the story.

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A miss on the Southern accent

I love Mary Kay Andrews and her books, I just wish they could find someone who is actually from Georgia to read them.

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Great MKA story - Hissy Fit for me Yes!

Again, this is another great story by Mary Kay Andrews, but this audiobook was a disappointment. First, I would recommend the audiobook if you want an abridged version to a MKA story - you will not be disappointed.

However, if you are like me and enjoy the back story to the typical MKA book then you are going to want to throw a hissy fit on this one. I REALLY wished that you were offered to buy the abridged or unabridged version of these books. If that is not feasible then MKA books really need to be unabridged. The back story provides so much information.

Isabel Keating who narrates a majority of the MKA books usually is great in bringing the story to life. However, this reading left me exhausted because it seemed to be read rapidly and over emotional.

My review seems to be negative, and that is not what I am trying to be, but I am now buying the book version and having to read it to answer a lot of my questions about the characters.

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Disappointed by abridged version

Good story but felt like I missed a lot of content & details because of the abridged version.

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Cute book, fun read

This was a cute book, and a fun read. Mary Kay Andrews never disappoints for me.

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great book

I liked this book a lot. The narrator is one I really like. i enjoyed the mystery but i did think she coukd have developed the love story more fully.

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great story, humorous with that southern charm.

great story, humorous with that southern charm. kept me wanting to keep going and the characters drew me in...narrator did excellent pefromanve

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Loved it!!

Okay, this book is great! So far I have heard 2 of Mary Kay Andrews Audio books, and both are very enjoyable. I especially love Isabel Keating narrating this one in particular. I think I found another great author.

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Pleasant surprise

It was a bit short for the price but a pleasant surprise nonetheless. There was so much more to the story than I expected at first glance, and I look forward to reading more by this author!

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Very entertaining !!

I enjoy Mary Kay's light hearted stories and especially pleased with Isabel's narrating! Thank you

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  • Sandra
  • 09-27-15

Poor

Sorry to say I found all but the main female character fairly flat. The so called romantic interest came across as being quite shallow and unmanly. Not what you'd be looking for in a romantic lead.