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Bringing In The Thieves: The Joyful Noise Mysteries (Volume 1) Paperback – December 9, 2014
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Lora Lee's voice is so distinctly southern with expressions that will have you laughing out loud. With well-drawn characters and a mystery that will keep you guessing, Ms. Lee writes a delightful story. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
It seemed the author was trying too hard to throw in Southern phrases and be clever with the main character's thoughts and reactions. For me it just didn't work.
I couldn't get a clear picture of what the "hunky ex-con" looked like, the daughter was mentioned being eleven, then twelve, then eleven, the elderly neighbor who noses in her business and makes really poor suggestions was annoying, and the overbearing mother got on my nerves. I felt the relationship between the main character and the choir came out of nowhere, and there was no development there before they were at the competition thanking her for teaching them to blend their voices, etc. What?
Also, when the "hunky ex-con" and the main character give testimony to the police, they say one thing, then change their story before leaving, and the police never question them about it. Too unbelievable. I can push aside reality for plots that really deserve it, but this one doesn't.
The way the mystery is solved in the end comes out of nowhere, and then it's all over, "just like that". I did not enjoy this book and would not buy another in the series, and perhaps not from this author again. I also did not appreciate the colorful language the author chose to include in a few brief passages.