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Friday, October 30, 2015

Dead With The Wind: A Southern Ladies Mystery by Miranda James - Book Review

About The Book:

The New York Times bestselling author of Bless Her Dead Little Heart and the Cats in the Stacks mysteries brings back the Ducote sisters, two spry Southern sleuths. An’gel and Dickce Ducote tend to stay put in Athena, Mississippi, but a wedding is a good reason to say a temporary farewell to Charlie Harris’s cat Diesel and go visit relatives. But while their stay in Louisiana is scorching hot, the atmosphere at the wedding is downright cold, with bride-to-be Sondra Delevan putting her trust fund above little things like love and loyalty.
When a violent storm supposedly sweeps Sondra off a balcony to her death, the sisters discover that many of the guests attending the wedding had major reasons to object to Sondra’s marriage. Now, it’s up to An’gel and Dickce to use their down-home instincts to expose dubious alibis, silver-plated secrets, and one relentless murderer who lives for “till death do us part.”

My Thoughts:
Who couldn't resist a great Southern-themed mystery that features two sassy sisters, a labradoddle dog and a Abyssinian cat!  Well, I couldn't!  Especially one from the great storyteller Miranda (Dean) James!
"Dead With The Wind" (a play on words for "Gone With The Wind!) is the second book in James' "Southern Ladies Mysteries" and it is absolutely wonderful!  Sisters An'gel and Dickce are attending the wedding of their goddaughter's daughter and all sorts of mayhem erupts right before the big day!  The two find themselves once again deeply involved in finding the true identity of the bride-to-be's killer - hopefully before they become targets of violence themselves! It's a week that should have been full of celebrations, but now was a week of tragedy.  But with the sisters' help, the culprit will soon be discovered and hopefully all will be well again!
I love the characters in this series - the sisters are grand ol' dames that are a hoot to be around, and Benjy, their ward, is so sweet and kind to them as he helps out with the dog and cat, and the occasional investigation!  The Southern setting always wins my heart, and the snappy action and dialogue is just the icing on the proverbial cake!
If you have not had a chance to read the first book in this series, "Bless Her Dead Little Heart," do yourself a favor and find it!  It is just as wonderful as "Dead With The Wind," and you'll be properly introduced to all the charming characters from the beginning!
I highly recommend Miranda (Dean) James as a writer to keep on your list of authors to look for.  And I highly recommend this well-written cozy mystery! 

About The Author:
Dean James aka Miranda James

Miranda James, pseudonym of author Dean James, is the Agatha Award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series, including Arsenic and Old BooksThe Silence of the Library, and Out of Circulation. Check out the webpage at www.mirandajames.com

A Note From The Author:

 Miss An’gel and Miss Dickce Ducote, two of the most prominent citizens in Athena, Mississippi, had their debut in Out of Circulation. I had so much fun writing them that I couldn’t let go of the characters. They kept talking to me, insisting they should have their own series, and I had to give in. Thus the “Southern Ladies” series was born.

Southern Ladies mysteriesThese two fictional characters are based, in large part, on two real sisters who share their names. The real sisters are much younger and are both married with children. I had fun imagining, however, what Miss An’gel and Miss Dickce would be like, though, if they’d never married, were wealthy, and had a knack for running things like charities, committees, and the social activities in a small Southern town. They make their debut as detectives in Bless Her Dead Little Heart.

My thanks to Berkley Prime Crime Books for supplying the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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