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A Little Death in Dixie [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Turner
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Book Description

The blues were born out of pride, anger and need. Murder comes from those same dark places.

One of Memphis' most seductive and notorious socialites has disappeared. She's either off on another of her drunken escapades or the disappearance is something much more frightening. What begins as an ordinary day's work for Detective Billy Able of the Memphis P.D. quickly grows into a high-level spider's web of tragedy, mystery, suspicion, passion, and sordid secrets--including a few of Billy's own.

Along with Mercy Snow, the estranged sister of the missing socialite, Billy follows a twisted path of human frailty and corruption to disturbing truths that undermine everything he thought he knew about himself and the people he loves.

Editorial Reviews


"Memphis, the Mississippi River, and the underbelly of human nature they're all exposed in the dark brew of this fast-paced Southern Gothic suspense. Page-turning and atmospheric, this tightly-plotted novel turns the screws and sends readers racing to its surprise conclusion." ~Michael Finger, Senior Editor, Memphis Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935661906
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (June 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003STDO4O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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365 of 378 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Book! June 26, 2010
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If you're a fan of suspense novels, you'll love this Southern gothic police procedural which is sure to find a home on your keeper shelf. It's full of twists and turns that keep you guessing as you follow Detective Danny Able through his search for the missing socialite, with whom he shares a past, and his search for the sordid truth about his partner, whom he'd elevated to father-figure status. Memphis has always been one of my favorite cities, and Ms. Turner brings it to vibrant life, giving you a tour of Memphis's high society as well as the city's dark underbelly.

I'm a master mystery solver. I read very few books whose ending I can't figure out long before I'm there, but A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXE has a fantastic ending that I never saw coming. Thank you, Ms. Turner, for a wonderful read!
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154 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death and Corruption August 8, 2010
A Little Death In Dixie provides a fascinating insight into the world of law enforcement, and the corruption sometimes found there. The novel opens with a murder scene in Memphis, Tennessee. As the reader immediately gets involved in the drama, we discover that this crime isn't what's important to the story the author is telling us, but the reactions of the officers investigating the crime do become integral to the story, as we will soon see. Shortly after the introductory scenes, a woman is reported missing. Debut author, Lisa Turner has taken you by the hand to lead you through a non-stop, page turning, not-to-be missed thriller. In addition to the well-written and tightly plotted novel, this book also includes a full dozen reader discussion questions that encourage the reader to do some thinking about the story.

Every now and then, I am surprised by the intensity of the way a new novel will grab me. In fact, several times this year, the intense novels have been written by authors making their debut in the publishing world. A Little Death in Dixie is one of those. Recommended for readers age 17 and up who love mysteries with one caviat. If you are offended by coarse language, there is a little of it in this novel... but not nearly as much as you find in other new books and the offensive language - used here as an element of character development - does not detract from the reader's enjoyment of the story.

This book was provided to me free by the publisher in exchange for this review. This review has been simultaneously published on Dragon Views, LibraryThing and
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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! July 27, 2010
By Suzanne
A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE is a very well written novel that includes plenty of those quirky, unique to the South characters that make a good mystery even better. I was so immersed in the story that I often felt that I was standing in the middle of a movie scene--Lisa Turner's descriptive powers and attention to detail are that good. Her references to real Memphis "characters", businesses, and landmarks kept me, again, right in the middle of the fast paced action. A true homerun for Ms. Turner's first novel!
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Debut November 7, 2010
By Tweeny
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This is a very solid debut mystery, and I look forward to seeing more of this author's work as her writing matures.

I did have some frustration with the characters themselves; they seemed shallow and disconnected, even though the author linked them together with with various long and short term relationships. Certain conversations and circumstances were just not very believable, with the exception of the trail of destruction an addict can leave behind, and the frustrating blindness of codependency.

However, it IS a work of fiction, and overall it's a job well done.

Wish I could give it a higher review, but I will reserve that for this obviously talented author's future works.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read August 20, 2010
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I lived in Memphis and was very excited about this book. It did not disappoint. The story line was suspenseful and it was great fun to know the locale. I thought it was going to be predictable, but oh was I wrong. Great job!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Debut Novel October 7, 2010
This was a very slow start, but eventually took off. I didn't have any expectations for this book, and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the plot and breadth of the story telling. However, that's not to say it was flawless.

Lisa Turner writes this story from different viewpoints, Billy the detective, Mercy the sister, and Buck the Judge, and Dexter the coroner. Because of that, I think it took me a little longer to warm up to the characters. Turner eventually settles on Billy as the central character, but I almost wish it was Mercy. While it would have made it harder to tell some of the meat and bones of the case, it would have given it more of an emotional pull. I found Mercy to be interesting, but perhaps a little underdeveloped.

The plot has lots of twists and turns and even surprised me a little, which is not easy to do. I won't divulge the end but I was impressed with the complexity of the plot. The devil is in the details, though, and there were many that need to be attend. Although, for the most part these details weren't central to the plot, they were distracting, for example the dog from the car accident with 30 stitches that is up moving around the next day or the slightly muddled section where the coroner goes investigating... The ending was solid and well resolved.

All in all, this was a solid debut novel from Lisa Turner, and I will be interested to see how her writing develops.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This one will keep your attention
Anyone who enjoys a good thriller will find this a worthy one. The plot twists and turns in ways that will keep you guessing to the end. Enjoy!! I did!
Published 3 days ago by Katherine M Keithley
3.0 out of 5 stars and the end was lame.
It was ok. Kind of a lot of plot twists that seemed to come out of nowhere. and the end was lame.
Published 4 days ago by justMe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery book.
Well written. Her second book is even better. Hold's reader's interest and is hard to put down.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
was a good book. enjoyed it.
Published 7 days ago by Mary P. Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars good read....
I really enjoyed this book. Held my attention and was well written. If you like mysteries, this is for you. I enjoy reading about the southern aspect of it. .
Published 10 days ago by punky
5.0 out of 5 stars Being from Tennessee you would probably say that I am ...
Being from Tennessee you would probably say that I am prejudice but I really don't think this is the case. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Tenn.Pris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very insightful!
Lisa you do a great job of talking about the culture of people that try to blend on a daily basis. I loved the way you captured Memphis in its heart and soul. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It took me a little while to get into the story, but then it became a "page turner".
Published 15 days ago by nbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was a good book
Published 21 days ago by stacy hawks
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Too ponderous
Published 23 days ago by Yvonne A Burgess
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More About the Author

Born in Memphis, Lisa Turner is a Southern mystery author whose first novel, A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE (2010), topped Amazon's best sellers list. Her mysteries coil the roots of Southern identity around characters then push them to the edge. She travels between her ancestral home in the Deep South and her writing haven on the wildly beautiful coast of Nova Scotia.

The 2nd novel in the Detective Billy Able series, THE GONE DEAD TRAIN: A Mystery from HarperCollins available July 2014.-------Detective Billy Able is at a crossroads. He doubts himself and his career, but can't turn off instincts honed by years on the force. The suspicious deaths of two legendary bluesmen are ruled DOA natural. Billy and straightlaced female cop, Frankie Malone,refuse to let it go. A voodoo curse and a decades-old photograph may connect the deaths with a third, gruesome murder. Hunter becomes prey as Billy and Frankie race to solve the deadly puzzle from which Billy may not come out alive.

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