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Publisher's Summary

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 09-11-16

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By med c on 10-22-16

Dead as a doornail

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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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Layla on 03-25-17

A great funny cozy mystery!

What did you like most about Dead As a Doornail?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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!

What three words best describe Michelle Babb’s performance?

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.

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I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 03-24-17

"Even a mosquito deserves a pat on the back ..."

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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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