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Dying for Dinner Rolls (Chubby Chicks Club Mysteries) Paperback – September 29, 2013
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"This was an easy to read, clean, humorous, murder mystery - just my style! The characters and their misadventures kept me reading straight through to the last page and then wanting more!" Amazon review by Alita Keyer
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She's been held at gunpoint, stuck in a burning dumpster, chased out of a grocery store, caught impersonating a police officer and almost run over by a wayward vehicle. How is that for a first day on the job as an amateur sleuth? Along with her friend Annie Mae, Cat investigates the brick-paved, oak-lined streets of Savannah to find their friend's murderer. To say the very least, it is not smooth sailing for these self appointed detectives. Will they catch the killer before the killer gets them? Or will their first case be their last? Find out in the first volume of the Chubby Chicks Club mystery series, Dying for Dinner Rolls which combines mystery, suspense, humor, and southern charm.
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After Cat Thompson’s father was brutally murdered in their family owned grocery store she finds herself helping her mother and husband run the business. With the murder unsolved, Cat’s only clue is a strangely filled out crossword puzzle found at the scene. When one of her closest friends also turns up dead after finding a similar crossword puzzle, Cat begins to suspect that there may be a killer on the loose in Savannah. With the help her friend, Annie Mae, Cat sets out to hunt down her friend’s and possibly her father’s killer; but will Cat and Annie Mae’s amateur Nancy Drew escapades lead to them being the next victims?
I decided to switch over to a Cozy after months of reading post-apocalyptic novels because I just wanted a book that wasn’t so dark. This is the first of the “Chubby Chick’s Club” series, by Lois Lavrisa, and I really enjoyed it. Sure, some of the characters are over the top and kitschy, but it is a Cozy after all and I have yet to read one that isn’t even just a little campy. Overall this was a really fun read that had me laughing out loud at the antics of Cat and Annie Mae, as these are things that I could easily picture my friends and I attempting. While the end wasn’t such a huge surprise or twist, it also wasn’t something that wasn’t telegraphed from the third chapter either. I think tossing in the fact that there were two murders with possibly the same person assisted in keeping to reader guessing.
Yes in the end, Cat’s father’s killer is still a mystery, but there are at least 2 more books in the series. I have a suspicion as to who the culprit may be. I’ll definitely be reading the other Chubby Chick’s Club books to find out if I am correct.
Cat and Annie Mae are ready to tackle the world so long as they can search for Lucy's apparent killer. I have to say they are fearless in this story even though they have no training or experience. Annie Mae even had me laughing at the end of the story. She just pushed through the crowd to do what she had to do: find the person responsible for Lucy's death. And by golly she was going to do whatever she had to do no matter how I'll advised it might have been.
Great fun little cozy. Some may be critical of the material, but if you don't enjoy cozies, then don't read them. They aren't meant to be deep or memorable like the classics. They are meant to be light reading for those of us who don't want to read the deep, heavy, and sometimes gory novels OR who need something light to read in between those more serious mysteries/thrillers. Sometimes we need a break, and cozies are just as good for that as a bunch of short stories. We actually LIKE cozies which is why we read them, and this one was good for a late night read.
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Cat and Annie Mae head out to do some investigating on their own. They have a cop club member but he's not on the case and can't help out. It's a good thing he's on their speed dial though...
They're dumpster diving trying to find anything tied to the murder when someone sets it on fire! They get kicked out of a grocery store, and almost get run over by a vehicle that comes up the curb. And that's all on the first day!
I enjoyed the camaraderie between the friends, the out-of-the-box reasoning that Cat uses to help solve the mystery and she does survive in this first book. Who knows what will happen in the next one?
To open the story months after her father had been killed is okay, but there's no investigation and the case is closed? With nobody in custody? Wouldn't that just become a cold case? But after two months? I doubt it.
Police who don't pay attention to clues, nobody looks for suspects, the whole books is outrageous. We meet the characters and we think they're friends, but in the end it's just not written that way. Lucy is clearly murdered, but the police and a few of her friends don't even give a rat's behind. Nobody but these to incompetent women thought to question the neighbor she was having trouble with? DOUBTFUL.
These two women put themselves in danger, they lie about their situation and just don't seem to care that on of their best friends could lose his job for what they're doing. Just outrageous. A mom to 4 kids wouldn't put her life in this much jeopardy period, never mind so soon after losing her own father to a senseless death. And her husband and mom are okay with it?? I think not.
This could have been so much more.
All in all, if you've ever thought you would be a great private investigator, without any training (how hard can it be, right?); if you can laugh and cringe, at the same time, all the while thinking you would never do things like these ladies (and you probably would, given the same circumstances), you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I know I did.