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Hot Enough to Kill (The 1st Jolene Jackson Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Paula Boyd
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Book Description

Book 1--The 1st Jolene Jackson Mystery
REVISED EDITION--July 19, 2012

Kickapoo, Texas, is the last place Jolene Jackson wants to be, but with her 72-year-old mother’s boyfriend murdered and Mother Dearest locked up because of it, she’s got little choice but to head south and deal with it.

Bullets are flying, chicken’s frying and there’s a lunatic on the loose in the mesquites with a shotgun who’s Hot Enough to Kill.
An excerpt is included in The University of Texas Press' title, Lone Star Sleuths--An Anthology of Texas Crime Fiction


"Don't Mess with Texas! You'll laugh your way from Kickapoo to Redwater Falls and back." -- Linda Huntley Wills, Redbook

"This is a wild ride with thrills, chills and laughs galore. Highly Recommended." -- Editor, I *Love* a Mystery

"...makes for fast, fun summer reading." -- Nancy Cook-Senn, Shawnee Escort
"Anyone who enjoys the works of Janet Evanovich or Joan Hess is going to love Ms. Boyd." -- Toby Bromberg, Romantic Times

"...a terrific mystery, sharply drawn, cleverly plotted, dynamically presented, and pure sleuthing entertainment from first page to last." -- Wisconsin Bookwatch

"The mystery genre has witnessed an abundance of female sleuths, but none quite like Jolene Jackson and her mother, Lucille." -- Argus Observer

5 Stars and 5+ Laughs! Has to be film adapted. Would make a delightful audiobook. " ...a hoot and a half of rollicking good mystery! The best dang novel I've read all year!" -- Leann Arndt, The Midwest Book Review

"Carl Hiaasen meets Texasville! ...a must read for your Sherlock funny bone." -- Judi Clark, Mostly Fiction

"... comedic characters you'll just love. ...a humor you can't resist. I can't remember the last time that I read a book as light and refreshing as this." -- Pamela Stone, My Shelf

"This first entry of an apparent series will leave readers loudly laughing at the antics of Jolene and her mother. Hot Enough to Kill is a tongue-in-cheek look at relationships and amatuer sleuthing. Still, the mystery has a character of its own that adds to a wonderful plot. If this tale is any example, Paula Boyd has a long running series that will provide much pleasure to fans." -- Harriet Klausner

Editorial Reviews Review

Jolene Jackson pulls into her home town of Kickapoo, Texas, during a sweltering heat wave wishing for all the world to be anywhere else. The mayor of Kickapoo has been murdered, and Jolene's duty is to keep her flamboyant septuagenarian mother, Lucille, out of jail and off the suspect list. Caught between salacious gossip at the Dairy Queen and a power-hungry deputy, Jolene soon realizes that the only way to escape Kickapoo with her life--and her sanity--is to sleuth out the murderer in a town full of likely suspects.

The first in a series of Jolene Jackson mysteries, Hot Enough to Kill is a classic whodunit in the spirit of Agatha Christie or even Nancy Drew. Author Paula Boyd populates Kickapoo with larger-than-life characters (this is Texas, after all) and enough surprises to keep you guessing until the very end. Crank up the A/C, pour yourself a glass of iced tea, and enjoy the ride. --Ginger Dzerk


"...will make you laugh out loud and wish for more." -- Linda Huntley Wills, Rockwall Texas Success

"Boyd's characters are eccentric and her situations outrageous. The dialog is terrific and the plot exciting. Highly recommended." -- Sally Powers, I Love a Mystery

"If you love Janet Evanovich or Joan Hess, then you will loooove Texas' own Jolene Jackson." -- Cozies, Capers & Crimes

"Jolene's rich wit as she describes her corner of Texas and its inhabitants is downright hilarious." -- Margaret Baker, Baldwin Ledger

"Paula Boyd has a way with Texas humor, weaving a great mystery that's ingeniously plotted." -- Pam Stone,

Product Details

  • File Size: 680 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Diomo Books; 3rd Edition, Revised edition (December 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O2G6B0
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light Read July 28, 2000
In this mystery you will meet a mother/daughter sleuthing team. Forty-six year old Jolene Jackson is a strong female sleuth and her seventy-two year old mother Lucille has a sharp eye and a sharper tongue, Jolene likes to cut to the chase, but Lucille has her own trick up her sleeve - or rather her purse (she likes to hit people with it). This fast paced mystery romps across my favorite landscape of North Central Texas. When the book starts out Jolene is getting into town (Kickapoo, TX) to get her mother Lucille out of jail for supposedly killing her boyfriend the mayor, Big John Bennett. The Dairy Queen is the local hangout and where Lucille was arrested. So when she's let go Lucille returns to the DQ as if nothing happened. Later when Sheriff Jerry Don (Jolene's high school sweetheart) is at Lucille's home asking questions, Lucille gets up from the table where they are seated to get a glass of tea, as she does a bullet comes through the window, goes through Lucille's arm and hits Jerry Don in the chest. Who was the bullet meant for? Lucille or Jerry Don? As Jolene and Officer Leroy discuss the shooting outside Lucille's home someone throws a brick at them, with Leroy getting the worst of it. Jolene starts sleuthing to find out who is trying to harm them and while all this is going on she is trying to figure out if and whether at all she fits into Jerry Don's life. Hot Enough to Kill has some comedic characters you'll just love. The author writes with a humor you can't resist. I can't remember the last time that I read a book as light and refreshing as this. You will love the ending because you are not expecting the surprise! Pam Stone
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars side-splitting humor August 9, 2000
Kickapoo, Texas. The name alone is enough to start you laughing. Add to that a purse swing widow who's romantic fling with the town's married Mayor is public knowledge due to his untimely murder, the widow's divorced daughter who must return to Kickapoo to bail Mom out of jail, a good looking sheriff who eyes the daughter with unsupressed interest, and a Dairy Queen full of gossipy characters, and you have a riot in the making. Paula Boyd had me in stitches with her tongue-in-cheek descriptions of life in a small town. This is a humorous first novel by a writer of great potential.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Side Splitting Humor --- Page Turning Action! December 28, 1999
'Hot Enough to Kill' has it all! Sharp tongued Jolene Jackson and her purse swinging mother are a hilarious duo. But don't let that undermine the fact that this book is filled with all the right twists and turns of a great murder mystery! A must read!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seriously funny mystery November 27, 1999
New writer Paula Boyd is going to garner many fans with her fresh, funny, and suspense filled "Hot Enough to Kill." The denizens of the small (population 1,024) town of Kickapoo, Texas come alive and that includes the Mayor BigJohn who is dead when the story begins. Jolene Jackson, a forty-something, divorced mother of two grown children is forced to return to her long-ago-abandoned hometown. Her widowed mother, Lucille, is being held for questioning in the murder of His Honor. To Jolene's shock, she discovers that her widowed mother had been having an affair with the married town official. Jolene discovers many more secrets in this small town where everyone is supposed to know everyone else's business. Her snooping, puts her and her mother in grave danger. "Hot Enough to Kill" is a must read for those who like mysteries with a lot of humor. I'm looking forward to the continuing adventures of Jolene and her marvelous mother.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kudos for Paula Boyd August 13, 2000
With a gun-toting, purse-packin' mother like Lucille, what is a woman to do? Jolene does the only thing she can, find the murderer of the town mayor. Not just any town mayor, but her 72 year old mother's boy friend. Once Jolene gets involved, to her surprise, things do get worse! This mystery is filled with wonderful "Texas" humor. Those that don't call Texas home will find this mystery hilarious and action-packed. Native Texans will love this book! The humor is dry and sarcastic at times and will keep you turning the pages late into the evening. This is a great who-done-it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it......... November 13, 2012
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I absolutely loved this series.

NOTE: For people who love fast paced serious murder mysteries then I have to say that I am not sure you would like this series. Not much swearing & little on the sex. I would also not be too sure men or young people would enjoy this series either for the reasons I loved it.

I am a serious mystery reader and this series might not usually interest me but I just loved the relationship with the mother & daughter. The mom is just a hoot. She is feisty, evades truth & is completely unpredictable. She doesn't care if she hits anyone with her over sized purse no matter if it is a cop or anyone else. She calls it like she sees it and doesn't care if it is "politically" correct or not. However, if I was Jolene I probably would want to strangle her. The dialogue cracks me up. I love what Jolene is thinking between what she says to her mom.

The murder aspect was very good too.

All in all if you love to read books that are funny with a mystery then I think you would love this series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars all of which made me like the book
The characters are interesting, the dialogue snappy, the plot & style of writing typical of a cozy. The author was creative in the way she describes situations and people, all of... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Gloria L. Getman
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Enough to Kill
Enjoyed this book. Texas Real Characters, story was engaging. Good read! I give it the old five stars rating! Thanks!
Published 23 days ago by D.Fishinghawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Old Ladies
I loved the old lady mama in this book. Always something new her daughter kept learning thru out the book. Kept me on my seat, wanting to keep reading, definitely a page turner. Read more
Published 29 days ago by drascal
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep, it's Small-Town Texas!
The mother-daughter relationship in this murder mystery was a hoot! I'm still chuckling when I think of Jolene's take on things. Very entertaining read.
Published 1 month ago by annie m
5.0 out of 5 stars Trying to keep her full-of-surprises mom out of trouble...priceless
I'm always glad to start a new series that I enjoy. I love both the level headed Jolene Jackson and her gun-toting, purse-smacking fashion plate, full of surprises mom. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BrendaJane
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy read, enjoyable, relaxing.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars great mystery book
Very good book it kept me interested all the way thru
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Addleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and memorable story
Jolene Jackson is back in town and trying to keep her mother Lucille out of jail. The mayor has been murdered and her mother's gun is missing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TBreakiron
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Read !
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a fast pace read, non stop action ...
It was a fast pace read , non stop action in writing. If you are looking for a book that will hold your interest , even to the last page then pick this one up. Read more
Published 2 months ago by annette
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Paula Boyd is the five-time award-winning author of the Jolene Jackson Mystery series, which features the mother-daughter anti-team of Lucille and Jolene.

Paula grew up in a small town in Texas that some would say was not unlike the fictional Kickapoo, which is just down the road from a bigger town that might, in some small ways, resemble the also fictional Redwater Falls. Paula also, coincidentally, lived in Colorado for about 20 years, but unlike her alter ego Jolene, she now resides in Arkansas.

An excerpt from the first Jolene Jackson Mystery, Hot Enough to Kill, is featured in the University of Texas Press' Lone Star Sleuths: An Anthology of Texas Crime Fiction. The second in the series, Dead Man Falls, won the WILLA Literary Award Winner for Best Original Paperback.

Paula worked as a self-employed corporate consultant for 17 years while developing her writing career, defining her passion and transforming herself. Writing as Paula Boyd, she and her mystery novels have been featured in Redbook, Mountain Living, San Antonio Woman, Romantic Times, Colorado Homes and Living and many others.

Writing as Paula Renaye, author of Living the Life You Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation, her recent print media features include Brain World Magazine; Brisbane Times; Sydney Morning Herald; Chicago Tribune; For You Magazine and Glo. Her blog features cut-to-the-chase transformational articles and tips, and can be found at

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