Book Review: Dead as a Doornail (Until the Fat Ladies Sing #3) by Linda P. Kozar


I have received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

Lovita is anxiously waiting for the day to marry her fiancé. Everything is satisfactory in her life, she runs a boutique with her forever friend Sue Jan in the small town of Wachita, and she will have the wedding of her dreams. But a series of mysteries start happening, that will have Lovita and Sue Jan acting as detectives. First, some money collected for the school band has been stolen, and then the building renovator in Sue Jan’s house is found dead, and Sue Jan’s husband, who is running for mayor, is declared a person of interest.

This is a light and cozy mystery, in which we are transported to a small town. I think this type of stories, set in small places tend to work quite well since it is easy to get acquainted with all the characters and their surroundings. The characters were not extremely developed, but their personalities were clear and their relationships and conversations felt natural. I really enjoyed Lovita’s personality, despite that her life goals are quite different than mine. I found the atmosphere quite conservative and traditionalist, but I guess this is what you can expect from small town folk. Even the differences of opinion we may have I have greatly enjoyed this book and the comic situations Lovita and Sue Jan experienced. It was an easy and light listen, ideal to start my weekend after a hard week at work.

This is the third book in a series, but I have to say that it stands very well on its own. I have not listened to books one and two, and I had no issues in following the story or connecting to the characters.

The real reason for me to have listened to this book is that it is narrated by the wonderful Michelle Babb. She has become one of my favorite female narrators. She is expressive, she gets the nuances of the story and transmits them successfully to the listener, and she can make voices. I could listen to any book narrated by her for hours and not get tired of it.

I really enjoyed this book. The story was a different kind of mystery book, light and easy to the ear, and Michelle Babb makes everything shine.

Story 3.5 stars, narration 5 stars.

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