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About the Author
- ASIN : B004E10W0E
- Publication date : January 17, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 377 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 302 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,585 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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"Upon this traumatic scene, Bubba had temporarily lost his mind." Huh?
"She hadn't said anything to him. As a matter of fact, it had been the last time she had said anything to Bubba at all."
Or a personal favorite,
"Some of the oil paintings, cast-offs from the big house, needed to be wiped off upon occasion to keep dusct from growing so large that an extra placemat was necessary at the dining room table."
The author uses the word "upon" as extravagantly and erroneously as she uses commas. If an author is going to invest the time and effort to write a book, then it makes sense to have it properly edited. Take a writing class, join a local writing group, or read "On Writing Well". And for heaven's sake, stop using the word "dogly" until you get a grasp on using real words.
This is a humorous tale of murder and false accusations.
Bubba's ex-fiancée is murdered on his property. Everyone is looking at Bubba, because he is the only one who knew her. He was at work alone with no way to prove that he didn't leave the premises.
Bubba has a part time girlfriend in Lurlene, and finds himself infatuated with the new female Deputy: Willadean. His mother runs a underground poker game and is not afraid to speak her mind. The townsfolk believe Bubba did it but are all on his side. Throw in a few ghost, a treasure hunt, and a bit of a twist at the end: you have the perfect story.
There were a few typos (errors in wording, spelling, or punctuation), but I didn't feel it took away from the story.
I loved this book. I found Bubba, his mama, his townspeople, even his dog hilarious. I laughed over and over.
The more I read, the more I saw the validity in many of the low-rated comments about the book and its writing structure. The author seems to love throwing in big, arcane synonyms that really make little sense or don't apply in an attempt to impress the reader. The author also has a habit of throwing commas in at strange points, and using sentence fragments in order to make the dialog more "real". From what I read, many of the earlier spelling issues seemed to be fixed, though some still slipped through. The author also has homonym trouble, such as basel<>basal, and one that really bugged me, gentile<>genteel. There's a big difference between being a non-Jew versus being polite or refined. Now, part of the folksy style was throwing in colorful metaphors and sayings, but some were more than a little strange: "full of darkness", "the gloom that was night time", "unfathomable darkness", and "hadn't sleep too well". Finally, it would be nice the author could at least get the name of a US President right (Dwight E. Eisenhower [should be D]).
The story line is interesting, in that the main character (Bubba) is getting framed for a murder he did not commit. He is at times a big, dumb southern hick, and at others a big, intellectually sharp guy. He even gets arrested for the murder about four times, due to the local law enforcement jumping the gun. Since the sheriff seems to have no interest in investigating the crime any further, Bubba takes it upon himself to do just that. Character development for Bubba is mediocre at best, and most of the folksy, homespun townsfolk are closer to cardboard caricatures than anything else.
Overall, the book is somewhat fun, because it seems like few of the characters take themselves or the situation very seriously. It is a book filled with stereotypes, and a book worth some chuckles and a respite from serious murder mysteries. Keep your expectations low and limited, and the book can be enjoyable, despite its many flaws. A low three stars for this tongue-in-cheek story, if you don't take it seriously from a literary standpoint. If you can't be flexible on that, though, steer clear, because you may end up with the mother of all tension headaches.
Top reviews from other countries
With a likeable lead character and a supporting cast of quirky townspeople this is a nice humorous murder mystery that kept me reading late into the night to get to the bottom of Bubba’s predicament.
Well worth a read
You'll probably guess the true villain before long, but that, in no way, detracts from the joy of reading the book.
The humour is gentle, subtle even, but if you do get it it is excellent. It's not found in blinding wit or quick one-liners, but in wry observation and well-crafted dialogue.
The editing is slightly scrappy in places and misses some typos, but the writing style is slick and mature and so any errors can be skimmed over and forgiven.
I'm off now to read more from this author because this freebie has been an excellent advert.
I look forward to enjoying more in the series!
The personalities really leap out, even the dog's, and the tone throughout had me reading with a mental Texan accent despite harking from the North East of England. It just has that cadence that only the proud and inimitable southern United States carries. In fact, if my mind had opted for my own, or even a more refined British accent, it would not have read so well.
There's something of a Smokey and the Bandit feel about the story and its cast of characters; amusing from the start and the mildly bewildered state of Bubba only adds to the smile you can't help but read this with.
I'll read other work from C L Bevill. Bubba and the Dead Woman promises well.
The weakness of the book is the breakneck pace of the ending. Most of the plot is revealed through conversations, and the book moves along at a reasonable speed. Suddenly, at about 90% on the Kindle, the last quarter of the book is squeezed in to the remaining 10%. A character changes, with no real warning, presumably to make the ending work. From the character driven writing of the rest of the book, it abruptly shifts to an exposition, when all the loose ends are tied up. There was nothing in the ending that couldn't have worked, but the sudden leap in style suggested that the author had run out of either time, or steam. Making the book a bit longer, and letting the plot work itself out, would have worked a lot better for me.
There was enough in this book to encourage me to buy the next book in the series, but the ending was something of a disappointment.