- Series: Trailer Park Mysteries (Berkley)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (January 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425225607
- ISBN-13: 978-0425225608
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mass Market Paperback – January 6, 2009
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This was so incredibly boring, from beginning to end. It was as if someone other than the author actually wrote this one. So much prattle about " The car was hot inside. She rolled the window down and had to wait for the heat to escape. Jack said it was hot in the car, too. He rolled his window down also. She blotted her forehead with a Kleenex. She turned the air conditioner on higher, and turned the vent on herself. She said she couldn't believe how hot the car was. Jack said he couldn't believe how hot it was either"......ad nauseam. And don't get her started on putting ice cubes in a glass, or cooking lunch. Good grief! She and her new husband were so overly wrapped up in a disconnected mystery about who killed a poor young girl 30 years ago so Jack could write a book about it, then became so involved in zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Swing and a miss. I quit reading 3/4 of the way through and 6 weeks later made myself finish it during insomnia one night. Thank goodness this is over. Jimmie Ruth Evans, come back! I missed you this book.
In book five of the Trailer Park mystery series, Wanda Nell and her new husband, Jack, look into a murder that occurred 31 years ago in Tullahoma. The victim, Jenna Rae Howell, was a very pretty young woman who lived and grew up in a city about 4 hours north of there. Her murder was never solved. As a matter of fact, there was obviously a cover up. Jack smells the makings of a book. The sleuthing begins...
Up until now, Wanda Nell Culpepper has been the perfect cozy protagonist--smart, stable, sassy, mouthy, independent, and a joy to be with. Now she is married to Jack Pemberton and, if this installment is any indication, the union isn't doing her any favors. She comes across as less independent--more in need of the man in her life to make things OK. Although I previously considered Wanda Nell Culpepper to be a terrific everyone's mom, Wanda Nell Pemberton comes across as more grandmotherly--weaker, less sure of herself.
In the previous books, the primary focus was always Wanda Nell, her kids, the Kountry Kitchen, and Mayrene. In LEFTOVER DEAD, it is Jack....and his wife. I missed the familiar backdrop of the Culpepper family unit, and unity, providing that (cozy, if you will) stabilizing force. It was that force that made me want to join in and be a part of. In this one, instead of giving us a chance to get used to Jack being one part of the larger picture, we are handed a totally different Kodak moment.
Will I read the next? Definitely. I prefer to think of this as just a bump along the road of rural cozydom. But next time, "Ms. Evans", please allow us some of our familiar turf.