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The Rabbit Died (Holidays From Hell short story series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sue Ann Jaffarian
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Book Description

Zelda Bowen isn’t big on family holidays, but this Easter has all the makings of a world-class disaster. Her father has recently run off with the bimbo at his office, leaving behind the question: who will wear the Easter Bunny costume and pass out the baskets to the kids? A job that, until this year, was always his.

This humorous yet touching story opens with Zelda and her sisters arguing over who should wear the bunny suit and carry on the family tradition. To the delight of her nieces and nephew, Zelda dons the costume, while her mother, toked-up on medicinal marijuana, shoots daggers at the oversized bunny. As emotions and antics ramp up, the day becomes one of those memorable "holidays from hell" many of us have experienced.

The Rabbit Died is the first short story in the Holidays From Hell series by best-selling author Sue Ann Jaffarian. Visit for more information about upcoming stories in the series and other full-length works by the author.

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  • File Size: 132 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057PJC3E
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slyly humorous romp down the bunny trail June 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
In classic Jaffarian style, The Rabbit Died will immediately capture your attention with its vivid opening line. Then, in language ripe with wit and audacity, it will titillate and entertain you till the last digital page is tapped. Not for readers of "gentle" fiction, this first in her series of "Holidays from Hell" short stories is slyly-humorous and mildly irreverent.

In it we meet Zelda Bowen, the thirty-something, unmarried, middle sister in a dysfunctional family that is still reeling from the inauspicious disappearance of "dear old dad." It's Easter and the family (minus the deserter) is gathered to celebrate. While grandma keeps the kiddies occupied in another room, the sisters argue about who should take daddy's place as the Easter Bunny.

This long-standing family tradition involves donning an enormous rabbit costume, plopping the children on its lap, and distributing Easter baskets. (Think Santa with ears and a cotton tail.) All eyes look to Zelda, who has just stuffed her mouth with a Peep and can't protest. What follows is a hippity-hop down a bunny trail to disaster.

As in all Jaffarian's works there is a murder, although not the kind you'd expect, and a whisker-twitch of romance, that hopefully will blossom in future installments. The author quickly introduces and establishes her characters' personalities through snappy dialogue and brief anecdotal narration. Her descriptive metaphors are clever, visual, and will certainly elicit a smirk or guffaw.

Zelda is a likable, resourceful, fully developed character that we definitely want to see more of. If she seems familiar, it may be because she's a younger, taller, slimmer version of the author's popular plus-sized paralegal, Odelia Gray. In Zelda's family there is a wealth of possibilities for the next eleven holiday stories. Bring them on. We're ready to celebrate!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Holidays have never been Zelda Bowen's thing. As the only single daughter in the family, it's a chance to be reminded that her sisters are married with children.

But Easter this year is especially bad. Her father has always been the Easter Bunny for the kids in the family. That won't be the case this year since he's vanished with a woman from his office. And somehow Zelda gets talked into donning the costume for her nephew and twin nieces.

What follows is a glimpse of a family in the middle of upheaval. This is a short story, and it didn't take me long to read at all. It is surprisingly funny and heartbreaking all in one. I was laughing one moment and feeling for Zelda the next. I was left wanting to know what happens next, which makes sense since this is the first in a series of short stories.

What amazed me was how well the characters came to life. There are only 20 or so pages, and in that time I felt we got to know Zelda and her mother and sisters and their families fairly well. Okay, so it's just the big brush strokes, but they still felt very real.

Those looking for a murder won't find it here. This is outside of Sue Ann's normal mystery genre, but it is just as good as anything else she has written.

I am looking forward to seeing how the Bowen family continues to grow as they try to navigate upcoming bad holidays.

I was sent a copy of this story in exchange for my honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Easter Sunday June 23, 2011
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This is the first in a new short story series from popular author Sue Ann Jaffarian called Holidays From Hell. Jaffarian's other series are mysteries featuring strong female leads including a paralegal, a woman who communicates with ghosts, and another who works for a very nice couple who happen to be vampires ( be sure to check all three series out, they are great fun!) In this first story of the new series we also meet a strong independent woman who has enough drama in her family she has no time nor need for mysteries. We get all the humor and insight of Jaffarian in a small slice of life episode. A great read with wit charm and family drama. I am looking forward to the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Read August 29, 2011
By D. Love
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This short story was a quick read that was both enjoyable and entertaining. For a family that is dealing with domestic issues, the Bowen family will leave you laughing until your next visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Read July 14, 2011
By Jackie
Format:Kindle Edition
I love all of Sue Ann Jaffarian's books and this short story was no exception. Regardless of the topic matter and story line, there is always something that makes you want to know more about the characters and able to relate to their story. A family dinner.....every one can relate to this one and sympathize with one or more of the characters whether it be the divorce after a long marriage, being treated badly by relatives or just the whole stressful meal itself. As a short story this was a great read and left me wanting more - not only more stort stories but to know more of what happens to Zelda!

Can not wait for the next short story to come out.

Sue Ann Jaffarian is to be commended for having 3 successful book series on the go at once as well as the new line of short stories. I wonder if ALL her characters could meet in a short story in the future .... that would be fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read July 5, 2011
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I'm a big fan of Sue Ann's work, so downloading this short story was a no-brainer. I enjoyed the story very much. I was immediately drawn in and I am looking forward to reading how Zelda & the Bowen clan get through the upcoming holidays. While this is not like her other books, it still has her quality writing & wit. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humor and more in "The Rabbit Died" by Sue Anne Jaffarian
Easter Sunday is another holiday that is not going well. Zelda is used to family dysfunction and the resulting stressful holiday, but this year is way worse than normal. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Tipple
5.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday story!
This was a very fun, very short read. I'm looking forward to reading the other short stories from Ms. Jaffarian's Holidays From Hell series.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rabbit Died review
The Rabbit Died is a funny short story written by author Sue Ann Jaffarian. It is from her Holidays From Hell series.
Published 2 months ago by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sue
Another great cast of characters by Sue Ann Jaffarian. Looking forward to reading more of these as well as your full length books.
Published 3 months ago by Sharon D. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Very funny in a totally, probably, could be real, but mostly ficticious holiday from hell scenario. I just found a very funny author to add to my favorites list.
Published 21 months ago by Lizziecat
5.0 out of 5 stars Rabbit
Have only read a few pages and it is so funny. I like books that Sue Ann writes.
looking for too more in the Holidays from Hell.
Published on April 26, 2013 by Marcia Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed Out Loud
One of the best short stories I've read. Finished it in one day and I work full time. I highly recommend this to anyone with a sense of humor and a family. Read more
Published on April 1, 2013 by Bee Be
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
As a big fan of this author's Odelia Grey and Granny Apples mysteries, I was looking forward to this new series. After reading the first story, I won't be reading any more. Read more
Published on July 27, 2012 by Ohlordy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rabbit Died
I really enjoy this author. This is one of her earlier works. It was every bit as good as her later books.
Published on March 11, 2012 by crispi
3.0 out of 5 stars Different
This first book in the holiday series was a little confusing for me. I felt like I'd been dropped in the middle of a family fight and was completely clueless. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Bernadette Payne
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More About the Author

Like her character Odelia Grey from the Odelia Grey mysteries, Sue Ann Jaffarian, is a middle-aged, plus size paralegal. She lives in Los Angeles with her two cats, B and Raffi. She writes mysteries and general fiction, as well as short stories.

Under the pen name of Meg Chambers, Sue Ann also writes the Winnie Wilde erotic romance series.

In addition to writing, Sue Ann is sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker.

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