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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The women acted very juvenile. "Oh, he's so hot"! Really, adult women who can't act professionally when having to work with a good looking guy. That is just bad writing unless of course you think women are idiots.
Would you recommend Fixin' to Die to your friends? Why or why not?
What aspect of Hillary Huber’s performance would you have changed?
The narration was very good.
Do you think Fixin' to Die needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I think it has possibilities as a series if the main character just wasn't so dumbed down. It is a nice idea with the grandpa ghost helping out his granddaughter who has become sheriff.
Any additional comments?
A fun little cozy with some problems. I mostly enjoyed this but there were some negative aspects. First off, it was totally obvious very early on 'who did it'. I never suspected anyone else. Then the women in the story who were supposed to be adult professionals become juveniles when in the presence of a handsome man. Finn (Mr. Handsome), has come to town to help in the investigation of a major crime. The sheriff can't concentrate on her JOB because Finn raked his hand through his hair, or he was wearing sunglasses that made him look 'hot'. You have got to be kidding me. All of the women seem to become stupid around a handsome guy. Have they never seen a good-looking male before? It would be helpful if Sheriff Kenni was more intelligent and better at her job, The mystery is solved, but it is a fluke as opposed to rational deduction.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
YES! I love audiobooks, and this one doesn't disappoint. Hillary Huber provides the perfect tone, various entertaining southern accents, and the suspense and emotion that greatly enhances the already engaging mystery.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Kenni is my favorite character, although I'm not sure I could be as accommodating as she is with people thinking a woman's place is somewhere else. She is a delightful, strong-willed woman who tries hard to follow some of the proper southern lady conventions, but dressed in her brown uniform her mother dislikes and her position of power as sheriff tends to put her in conflict with those demands. She has to ignore it when told a crime scene is not the proper place for a young lady or the threats that a ‘person of interest’ might report her to her mama for her tone. She has good instincts, and her relationship with her mom is familiar. I like her sense of humor, too.
What does Hillary Huber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Hillary Huber, the narrator, greatly enhanced my experience with her marvelous voice talent. Her skill puts you right in the middle of Cottonwood portraying Kenni’s strong spirit to Poppa’s deep tenor. Her ability to create a wide range of southern drawls from strength to annoying, Hillary’s skill is perfect to bring Tonya’s characters alive…even Poppa!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"Fixin' to Die" where southern charm might lead to murder.
Any additional comments?
The series is wonderful...The idea of a former sheriff’s ghost, albeit Kenni’s grandpa, is not silly…it’s not hocus pocus! It blends well with the investigation to uncover motives, opportunities, and means like one's inner voice might, and these interactions between Kenni and her Poppa are delightful and endearing.