With her wedding to Hudson just months away, all Lovita's plans seem to be going awry. A crooked politician is running for mayor, his girlfriend is opening a new beauty shop in town, and the contractor building Sue Jan and Monroe's dream home is found dead, with Monroe the prime suspect. To top it all off, the money from the high school band's fundraiser has disappeared. Now the kids won't be able to go to New York City to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Before Lovita walks down the aisle, all the girls have to do is nail the real killer, find the missing money, save their beauty shop, and rescue the little town of Wachita. Can two big, bodaciously beautiful women do it? Piece of cake.
©2012 Linda Kozar (P)2015 Linda Kozar
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"A fun who did it."
Disclaimer: I received this book from narrator Michelle Babb for an unbiased review.
This is a new genre for me; also a new author and narrator. The book is a fast easy read that makes it a good choice between my non-fiction reading.
This is book three in the Fat Ladies Sing Cozy Murder Series. I have not read the other books in the series but had no difficulties following the story. This book could be easily read as a stand-alone book. The story takes place in Wachita, Texas. Our protagonist is Lovita, who co-owns a beauty shop with her best friend, Sue Jan. Lovita is busy planning her wedding to Hudson. Sue Jan is having a new home built. On a visit to the building site, Lovita and Sue Jan find the contractor dead. Lovita and friends are off to solve the murder. Oh, did I mention the women say they are big bodaciously beautiful.
The book is well written. The pace is fast. The dialogue is full of humor and sassy attitude. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep the reader’s attention. The character development is good. Over all it is a fun book to read for an escape.
Michelle Babb did an excellent job narrating the book. If Babb is not a native Texan, she sure did a great job with the Texas twang.
"Dead as a doornail"
I listened to the audiobook of Dead As A Doornail by Linda P. Kozar. It is the third book in the When Fat Ladies Sing series. This is the first I have listened in this cozy mystery series but that didn't stop me from understanding the story line, following along with the characters and enjoying the mystery.
"REALLY A FUN SERIES!"
I think it always is...but I only listened!
The Girls...Lovita and SueJan!
She was really good....Michelle is an excellent narrator!!!
Sure, it was super cute!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
Michelle contacted me on goodreads and asked me if I wanted to listen and review this book, since I had listened to book 1, and I was happy too! I love the 2 fat ladies and this book does not disappoint...Lovita and Suejan are the owners of a beauty salon/boutique, and amateur sleuths! When a large amount of cash for the high school goes missing and a murder happens in there sleepy little town they start to secretly investigate...
This was so cute, other than the mystery the girls now have great guys and Lovita gets married at the end....I really enjoyed it!!
Great little cozy mystery, and really good narration. I recommend!
"Fat Ladies are GREAT"
The narrator. The Southern accent of the narrator just set the stage. She kept your attention with all the different character voice each with its own Southern effect.
Having read several mysteries series lately, I would put this one up against any of them. The charm of the beauty parlor/boutique is cuter than some of the other series I read that have knitting shops, snow globe shops, or bakeries.
There were many things about Michelle performance that I liked. Her Southern accent was excellent. Her changing her voice for the various characters. Her input of the other noises such as the phone rinning.
Yes, if I could have I would have. I read it while I drove so my stopping point was when I got home or wherever I was going. It was most difficult to hit the stop button.
The primary story line of the mystery was great. I enjoy trying to figure out "who done it". Although it was easy to figure who could have done it, who actually did it came across well. The sub-story of love, friendship, and family just added to the book. The humor was excellent and sometimes very subtle. Loved the book & will definitely be reading more of this series.
Lovita is preparing for her wedding to Hudson, but things aren’t that easy. First, her best friend Sue Jan’s husband, Monroe, is accused of murder right in the middle of his campaign to be Wachita’s mayor. His competition is running a nasty campaign which includes having the candidate’s girlfriend open an upscale beauty shop to compete with Lovita and Sue Jan’s own shop. Then, the money that was raised for the high school band to march in the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City is stolen. It’s up to Lovita and Sue Jan to save the day. They do have their work cut out for them, especially since they need to do everything before Lovita and Hudson's big day.
This is the third book in the “When the Fat Ladies Sing” series. It’s the first book I read (listened to) in this series and I didn’t feel lost at all. I was able to jump right in and be excited for Lovita’s wedding even though I wasn’t really familiar with the characters. As always when I jump into the middle of a series (I really hate when I do that, I’d rather start at the beginning.), I want to go back to see how the characters’ relationships all grew through the years. It’s no different with this one. I want to hear how it all began. However, I have no problem if I don’t get a chance and just listen to the next books.
The narrator, Michelle Babb, is a natural and does the voices for all the characters. Her voice is pleasant to listen to and she performs each character to perfection.
Dead As A Doornail is funny, fast-paced, and filled with quirky characters. The relationship between Lovita and Sue Jan is perfect. They are best friends through thick and thin. I’m definitely going to stick with this series. It’s so much fun “discovering” new-to-me cozy mystery series.
FTC Disclosure: The narrator provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
"Christian Mystery –– Surprisingly Good"
I've read a few christian books. A few were good, some were OK, most were pretty damned awful. So I'm not a big fan. As you would expect, no sex and no bad language. It's a book I'd give to my 90 year old mother....not a book I'd generally enjoy myself but this book is surprisingly good. Cozy mysteries are full of tropes and they're not usually all that original but I found myself enjoying this a lot. There were one or two "christian" moments that made me wince but overall a great book.
Michelle Babb provided me with this audiobook for review so I should mention her narration. I'm not sure if it's her natural voice but she has a voice that reminds me a little of Allison McLemore. It just drips Southern honey. Her female characterisations are superb. Her male voices aren't as good. They're OK and don't take away from the story too much but not as good as her female voices.
"A fun cozy mystery"
Linda P Kozar is new author to me. I loved her quirky characters. Michelle Babb did a great job with her performance with this book. I enjoyed the unexpected events in this story. I found the ending to be perfect. This is the 3rd book in a series, but definitely is a standalone. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.
"Murder in a small town"
This was a fun story filled with humor and mystery. The characters are well developed and I love their quirkiness. Lovita and Sue Jan are witty and get things accomplished. The girl's at the salon will have you laughing out loud. Add a dead body and things get hinky and in this small town these amateur sleuths are out to get the truth. Would definitely listen to more books in this series. The narrator did a superb job and I just loved her accent and felt it added authenticity to the story.
"A Little Slice of Southern Hilarity"
This was my first audio book. I don't have a long commute to work; so I never consider using audible. However, I've discovered they are great to listen to while crafting, sewing, bathing and just plain relaxing. "Dead as a Doornail" is a short but hilarious look at what happens when big city people try to change small town folks who.like things just the way they are. There's murder, stolen money, hillbilly relatives an election and an upcoming wedding.. Who said small town life is boring?
The plot centers around two voluptuous, life long beasties, Lovita and Sue Jan. The ladies run the O'Brien of Glory' hair salon where they advertise they are experts in 'dresses and stresses. When the contractor for Sue Jan's dream home is found murdered, her husband Monroe is accused of the crime. since he is running for political office could this investigation be politically motivated? The answer to that question will keep you on the edge of your seat with curiosity and laughter.
Michelle Babb's certainly knows her southern drawl. I felt just as though I had stepped into small town southern life. Her sound effects and voice inflection was perfect for this read.
Welcome to Wichita, Texas where skinny girls need not apply
"Pink pantsuits, nail guns and Bubba pools!"
I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest review. This was sooo good! I absolutely loved it!
This is the story of best friends, Lovita and Sue Jan. Ms. Kozar had me just with those names. Lovita is preparing to marry Hudson, a very proper lawyer. Lovita and Sue Jan own a beauty shop/salon together. Sue Jan and her husband Monroe are busy campaigning for Monroe's run for the office of Mayor. Things go ass over teakettle when Monroe is suddenly suspected of murder. At about the same time, there is a big theft in the little town. Lovita and Sue Jan are hot on the trail of the bad guys.
Sue Jan's disreputable family members that show up unannounced add tons of hilarity. I'd never heard of a Bubba pool. Have you?
Michelle Babb's performance of this book was tremendous. I don't think just reading the book would have been have as much fun as listening to her. It was hilarious!
"A great funny cozy mystery!"
I found this story really funny. There were times I laughed out loud and other times it put a smile on my face. I think people thought I was demented as I was walking in town and laughing out loud at nothing.
My favorite character has to be Sue Jan. The things she would come out with cracked me up. I really loved her character. Lovita her friend is the sensible one and nothing like Sue Jan but she had her moments too. If you want a book that makes you smile with a cozy mystery then this is the book for you. I loved it!
I found Michelle performance is better in this book then others that I have listened too. Even though there were more characters in this book compared to others she had done. I think the types of characters in this book helped.
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
""Even a mosquito deserves a pat on the back ...""
his is a fun book, not so much a mystery as a slice of life in small town Wachita, as seen through the eyes of joint beauty salon owner, Lovita May Horton, and her colleague and friend, Sue Jan.
Lovita is soon to be married and Sue is waiting for her dream house to be built whilst her husband is running for Mayor in the forthcoming elections. Two happy ladies. Until the body of the builder is found at the new, unfinished house, money goes missing and unwanted relatives arrive. The gregarious, chattering couple discuss all of the events with each other and most everyone else who will listen giving a delightful picture of the town and themselves.
I have to be honest - if this had been a print book I would probably not have bothered with it but when narrated by the marvellous Michelle Babb, whose deliciously warm voice, infused with a Texan accent, relates the story from Lovita's perspective, the whole thing becomes a delicious confection to enjoy. It is lightweight, funny and warmhearted, just the thing to bring out a smile on an overcast day. Read with humour and great characterisations, I loved it.
My thanks to the rights holder who gifted me, via Audiobook Boom, my copy of Dead as a Doornail, the third in the Until the Fat Ladies Sing mystery series. I became quite fond of the two main protagonists so think I might just go back to the earlier books which I have not heard simply to visit with them again. It is the characters as read by Ms.Babb, in all of their normalcy and idiosyncrasies, not the mystery itself, which made this such an enjoyable book
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