Doing It at the Dixie Dew

Doing It at the Dixie Dew

Large Print - 2014
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Winner of the 2013 Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery NovelWhen Beth McKenzie returns to her hometown to turn an old Southern mansion into a B&B called The Dixie Dew, her first guest is murdered. Three days later a young priest is found strangled in his chapel. The town of Littleboro is turned upside down and the cop, whose job is mainly controlling football traffic on Friday nights, is not up to the challenge. Fearing that her new B&B is in danger of failing, Beth sets out to discover the truth.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410471246
Characteristics: 309 pages (large print) ;,23 cm

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LaughingOne Jul 27, 2014

Too many "quirky" characters -- lots of Southern stereotypes. Story moved quickly but wasn't compelling for me. Descriptions of people were thin to non-existent; made it hard for me to distinguish which character was which. Had no good idea of what anyone looked like, or their ages. There was no reference to age, race (just gender), until near the end when one new religious person is black and one character who'd been there all along also turns out to be black. If her colour wasn't important, why mention it at all? If it was somehow important, it should have been mentioned earlier. All in all, there was a lack of continuity in the story, a lack of filling in the pictures, and, for me now, a lack of interest in reading anything else by Ruth Moose.

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