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Bubba and the Dead Woman by C.L. Bevill

4.5 out of 5 Stars

 Genre: Mystery              Word Count: 80,000

Where to Purchase:

Amazon:  Free (as of 05/30/2011)          Barnes and Noble:  Free (as of 05/30/2011)          Smashwords:  Free (as of 05/30/2011)

Description:

This is not your normal fast-paced murder mystery.  It’s a small town, southern whodunit.  Whodunit is the question everyone asks when Bubba comes home to find his ex-fiancée murdered in his front yard.  Of course, they don’t ask the question very long as Bubba is the only one with a motive.  So it’s up to Bubba to solve the mystery which he has a hard time doing as he IS the only one with a motive. But Bubba has the inside scoop and knows he didn’t do it, so attempt to solve it he does. Amidst the gossip, falling in love, being hauled into jail, and dealing with various intruders on the Snoddy property where Bubba lives with his eccentric mother.

Excerpt:

Two curious customers later, Willodean was staring at the cameras and rubbing her jaw in an agitated manner.  “I’m going to get fired,” Willodean muttered.  “I’m going to get fired and have to move back to Dallas and into my parent’s house.  Dad’s going to say, ‘I told you not to move down to bumpkinville, honey.’ Mom’s going to make so many chocolate chip cookies that my ass will explode. 

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Bevill’s writing shows shades of Janet Evanovich for setting up off-the-wall situations and dialog.  She does a wonderful job developing a screwball  cast of characters, but not so wacky that they lose their charm or become inane.  The only drawback to this book is that the explanation of how the dead woman ended up in Bubba’s yard was a little far-fetched, but although a mite unbelievable Bevill does tie up all the loose ends rather nicely.

Content Rating: 

This book is actually very clean.  No swearing, sex, or graphic violence. 

Formatting (for the Amazon Kindle only):

There are a few minor issues with the formatting in this book.  It does not contain  a table of contents: hyperlinked or otherwise. Occasionally a blank page appears between chapters and the chapter headings could have been formatted a little more attractively.

About the Author:

C.L. Bevill has lived in Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and Oregon.  She once was in the US Army and a graphic illustrator.  She holds degrees in social-psychology and counseling.  She is  the author of Bubba and the Dead Woman, Bubba and the 12 Deadly Days of Christmas, Bayou Moon, and Shadow People, among others.  Presently she lives with her husband and her daughter and continues to constantly write.

If you would like to learn more about the author her webpage is at http://www.clbevill.com/ or follow her blog at  http://carwoo.blogspot.com/.

 

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