My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiancé left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got notice that my apartment building was going to be condemned, or even when I was desperate enough to strip to my unmentionables to earn some extra cash. The truth is that I'm pretty much used to disasters following me around on a daily basis, but I could have gone without finding my principal dead in the parking lot of a seedy gentlemen's club.
After the initial shock of finding my first dead body, which included throwing back shots of Jack Daniels like it was water, I decided to take stock of my life. I was in a desperate situation and if the school board ever found out I'd been a stripper, even a bad stripper, I'd be jobless as well as fiancé-less and homeless.
Fortunately, I had a friend who felt sorry enough for me to give me a job doing some surveillance work at her detective agency. Not to mention the fact that I was now able to stick my nose into other people's business for a good cause, find a murderer, and pick up helpful tips from an incredibly attractive detective. Come check out my story and be thankful your life is relatively normal.
©2011 Liliana Hart (P)2012 Liliana Hart
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"Great start to a promising series"
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!
"Fun and Entertaining"
This was a fun and entertaining story. I enjoyed the characters, drama, mystery and humor. Connie Ventress did a great job bringing the characters to life and giving them a voice. I can't wait to start on the next book in the series.
"Narrator ruins what could have been an ok book"
Anyone that enjoys horrible narrators with fake accents
The main character was supposed to be 30 from Georgia, the narrator was obviously much older and not from the south. Seriously the most cartoonish Southern accent I've ever heard. And the recording quality was horrible. Sounded like it was recorded in a large room, it was echoey. Several times the editing was off too and the narrator would repeat sections that had just been said.
I think if i had read the book, then I might have found it fun. 100% hate-listened. I am not sure why I event finished it.
"Clumsily Charming!! Ms. Addison Holmes is."
Don't know, didn't read print version.
Hell yes it did!
She was fired from a strip club!!! How could that not be the best scene EVER!!!
SAVAGE!!! Read the freakin book and you'll know why...grrrr I want him LOL
Martin Sensmeier or Derek Hinkey are my idea of Saveage - groans- Sooo yummy!!
In all honesty, this is a very cleverly written crime romance mystery and I truly enjoyed meeting all the characters. I found myself laughing so hard because Addison is by far the most sophisticated nut ever to be created.
I just love her!!
I read the reviews on this book, and agree with the southern accent it is a little over the top, As for the comment on it being just like another Stephanie Plum novel, I agree and disagree. I read books for the entertainment and if they are funny or silly, I get just as much out of that as I do reading a book from Dan Brown. So I enjoyed this book and it made the day a little bit lighter and would like to see what else Liliana comes up with.
"Hysterical....reminded me of my southern friends"
I think you get used to the southern accent and the inflections were funny. The reader did a good job.
I think finding the body and the whole description of the experience in the stripper bar left me laughing.
The matter of factness in the funny situations that happened ever so often just kept me in hysterics.
Not sure.....I think the name is cleaver and apply named.
Can't wait to hear Whiskey Sour.
"Stephanie Plum with a Southern (fake) Accent"
If you've ever read a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich, you have read this book.
This book has a young women as the central figure who is accident prone; eats all the junk food she wants, but keeps a desirable body; has a love affair going with a police detective; takes on a new risky job because she is broke.... beginning to sound familiar. The only difference is this young women has a southern accent, which is done poorly by the reader. Either the reader is is not a southerner making an attempt to sound southern, or a southerner who is way overacting.
The same old reused plot of every Stephanie Plum novel became tiresome long ago. A ripoff of it is really tiresome. Spend your money elsewhere.
By the way, I noticed this novel only because there is a very good piece of historical fiction with the same name. I recommend it whole heartedly.
Funny, with chance of rain, Shenanigans, and lots of crazy leads to no where. At the end the who done it and why, is miles away from what you thought was going on in the beginning. Love a book that makes me laugh, and solve a mystery!
I can see this happening in the south or anywhere . It is filled with humor thru the whole book.
"Promising author; terrible narrator"
Story is a romantic mystery comedy and makes for an entertaining read although a little farfetched. Narrator uses an exaggerated affected southern drawl and is a terrible voice actor.
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