Best friends Sue Jan and Lovita run a beauty shop/boutique in the little West Texas town of Wachita. They share a passion of food and fun. But one day, over lunch in a Chinese restaurant, Lovita opens a fortune cookie with a sinister message: "Your father was murdered..." - a clue that leads them to God, an international spy ring and several devastatingly handsome strangers. A most unlikely pair of detectives, these girlfriends "Comb" the countryside with style, sarcasm, and lots of Szechwan.
This tale is like good take-out food - definitely worth bringing home.
©2008, 2012 Linda P. Kozar (P)2015 Linda Kozar
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"A cozy read that will make you laugh too!"
This is a fun and exciting mystery cozy read with many, many laughs in it. When the girls get together, there is no holding back. Read along as characters such as Sujan, Monroe, Lovita and others are off to explore a murder mystery that turns into a spy tale just like it came from the movies. It is written in such a quirky witty way that you will either be laughing in stitches or shaking your head in disbelief! When you get a bunch of ladies together, nothing is off limits! This takes me backs to some of my fun days with the girls!
This is my first read by author, Linda Kozar. She did a great job on the plot. Lots of danger, holding my interest & suspense too. Never a dull moment. The narrator, Caroline Miller delivers a flawless read filled with fun and excitement, clearly spoken and easy to follow. Well done ladies! This book just goes to show, you never know what you will find inside a fortune cookie!
"Delightful Christian Southern Mystery!"
I only listened..and it was great!!!
Lovita and Sue Jan...its a tie, because they were both awesome!
Oh it was so good....great accents and character development...super funny too! I would listen to her again without hesitation!
I was very touched with Lovita's relationship with God...some people might not get it....but I do!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
This was a very delightful and fun listen! The main character is Lovita and she is a chubby southern beautician...who owns a beauty shop with her best friend Sue Jan! They love to go to the Chinese restaurants in there town and have lunch. One day Lovita gets a fortune cookie with a mysterious message that sends her and her friends on a mystery hunt that has its hilarious ups and downs! There is a lot of references to Christianity that I found quite refreshing, and coming from a southern family myself I know how southern christian ladies can be! All Lovita and Sue Jan really want is to find true love....and in the end they do! Really fun and fabulous listen! I will definitely continue this series! 2 thumbs up and a big thank you to audiobookblast(dot)com
"A cozy southern mystery ..."
I liked Lovita. She is someone who is down to earth and has a good head on her shoulders. She is a good balance to the vivaciousness that is Sue Jan.
Ms. Miller has found her niche in the genre of the "Cozy Mystery". Ms. Miller's pacing, emotions and ability to give each character their own voice makes for a pleasant story. Her narration kept me coming back for more!
Lovita's worry and concern when Sue Jan went missing. Just before that scene the ladies had had words and you could tell that even tho they were fighting, Lovita and Sue Jan would always be the best of friends.
Misfortune Cookies is the first in the "When the Fat Ladies Sing" cozy mystery series. Here we meet Lovita and Sue Jan who not only share a house but work together too. Their love of food is also great. They live in a small town in Texas and we see the Southern Charm in them both. While I wouldn't classify this book as a Christian mystery, church is a big part of Lovita's life.
I would recommend this book to all of my friends who enjoy a cozy mystery. Ages 15+
"Southern Ladies Run Amok"
Misfortune Cookies follows the misadventures of two fat Southern ladies who become embroiled with evil-doers when one of them receives a threatening message in a fortune cookie at their local Chinese restaurant. While it was quite funny at times I found it not really to my taste. I found the ladies somewhat stereotypical and annoying and the Christian messaging throughout heavy-handed. That being said, the mystery was well constructed and made sense throughout. I enjoyed it enough to keep listening at any rate. Caroline Miller did a very good job with the narration, not overdoing the Texas accents and keeping the pace going. Even though it was not to my taste, I am sure it might be to many others.
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"Fat but Feisty"
Not the most riveting of mysteries, but it is quite humorous in parts. Lolita and Sue Jan, the two leading ladies, head a jolly romp which reads more like an old time farce, from food in the face to high jinx in the beauty shop. Sue Jan is quite a character, too flashy according to Lovita, but you have to admire a woman who carries a Trim Schnoz in her handbag! The mystery itself doesn't take much solving, but it's a cozy, so it's all about the ride, full of good clean fun! Can't say I liked the chapter headings though.
One thing puzzles me, why isn't this book categorised as Christian? I mean, it is dedicated to Jesus, that should have been a hint right? Audible puts it in the Modern Detective genre, while Amazon Books choose Culinary Cozy, and Kindle chooses both the Mystery and Young Adult genres. A bit of a mystery in itself.
Narrated by Caroline Miller who captures the characters perfectly, especially the somewhat excitable Sue Jan! Oh, and I loved the "Jesus" ladies they were spot on. Pacing, timing and the vitality that Caroline brings to the story make it a really enjoyable listening experience.
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"Great Narration, mystery just so-so but enjoyable"
I REALLY enjoyed the narration and even though the book wasn't a real "thriller" type mystery and not much mystery at all during most of the book, like 3/4's of it, I still found it to be funny and a good listen.
There was MUCH bantering back and forth with the two, as the book refers to them, "fat ladies" and somehow it was cute and funny but I REALLY BELIEVE the narrator had MUCH to do with how much I enjoyed listening, I could picture them in my mind...
I listened to a bit of the 2nd in the series and I'm not so sure I can stand to listen to the voice of "Sue Jan" with this "other" narrator... if I heard more, maybe? I haven't purchased, though I had wanted to but I'm hesitating due to THAT SQUEAL-EE voice she has.... sigh, I really would have purchased had it been the same narrator, b,ut it ends okay to listen to just the first if you'd like to try it.
"Cute Southern Mystery with Romance Sprinkled In"
It's a cute, quick listen. The narrator is good and does southern accents well. Sue Jan is a bit irritating but like most bff's, she grows on you as she grows as a person.
The Chinese fortune cookie escapades cracked me up.
Her accents are great.
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"Funny and Cozy"
I haven't read the print version, but the audio edition is for sure very very good!
Lovita of course, she is hilarious, smart and unbelievable! I liked Monroe too, and his persistence to get Sujanne (even though she plays hard to get).
No, this was a first and I really liked her voice and performance very much. I love everything Texan and I'm waiting for the next one.
Mysterious, Hilarious and Exciting!
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Thank you very much Linda Kozar and Caroline Miller for this book (and the recipes in the end)
"I vow I worked with these gals in another setting"
Funny Southern cozy mystery with some interesting characters, who really are characters. The publisher's summary gives you a clue, but the personalities are really something.
CM gives voice to each character very well, and enhances the author's presentation with apparent ease.
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Fewer food references and restaurant scenes and more plot, rather than the other way around. Main characters that act like adults not middle-schoolers. Narration with more variation in characters' voices - so many of them sound alike.
No, just this author.
Only if it was free.
A lot of the food/restaurant scenes. They do more eating, talking about food and fanatizing about food than mystery solving.
If the main characters were pre-teens or teens, it might work as a Young Adult book.
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