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The book starts off right in the middle of things and then jumps back a bit to catch the reader up on events. It is definitely a great way to hook the audience from the get go.
Addison is a bit like Stephanie Plum, she falls into detective work and lucks into solving things. She is far more inept and scatterbrained to actually be a detective in my mind. She is not as bright as one would hope a history teacher would be, many clues get dropped but she misses them. Still she manages to be charismatic and engaging.
The mystery is all over the place, much like the heroine. There are many red herrings to take things off course. The mind spins at moments, maybe a few too many cases going on at one time. It tends to muddy things up for the main mystery. I had a bead on the culprit but the tricky twist through me off for a second. Definitely keeps you on your toes.
The romance is a nice diversion, Addison and Nick have a great chemistry. Things are more sexual tension than full on bedroom action. Things get into heavy petting and hot kisses but the bedroom stays empty. Sigh, such a tease, but I figure things will spice up in the next book.
This is first person, it is easier to handle in audio than straight reading. Addison has a very interesting POV, she really is flighty. Her quirkiness adds to the fun feel of the read, nothing too heavy. Her ice cream obsession is delightful!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Connie Ventress, she does a wonderful job. As the main character is Southern she has a think accent. The accent is great, reminds me of my youth in the south. It really enhances the story and makes it sing. She has a fantastic pace in the read, it moves along, flowing beautifully. I can not wait to hear more of her in this series and elsewhere.
Overall, this is a fun read that keeps you enthralled from beginning to the end. It isn't perfect but it is always entertaining. I am definitely intrigued by where this series is headed. I am ready to jump straight into the next book!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
hilarious, amateur-sleuth, murder-investigation, law-enforcement, family-dynamics, no-gratuitous-erotica
If you want to laugh yourself silly, you need this book! Full of situational and verbal humor, more twists than a Dairy Queen cone, and thwarted acts of space invaders. The town of Whiskey Bayou is home to a history teacher turned stripper (not a good idea) turned consultant to her best friend's investigation agency who is also a royal klutz and seems to keep finding trouble and corpses. And then there's the Savannah cop who wants more than her testimony!
I lucked out and got this as Whispersync on the cheap courtesy of Book Gorilla.
Connie Ventress did a marvelous audio interpretation.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I enjoy the JJ Graves series by this author, so thought I would give this a go. It did not start well as I took an immediate dislike to the 'heroine' - honestly,she was so stupid I wanted to kick her butt. For me, none of the other characters were interesting enough to redeem this book.