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The Good Girl's Guide to Murder (Debutante Dropout Series #2)
     

The Good Girl's Guide to Murder (Debutante Dropout Series #2)

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by Susan McBride
 

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In the second installment of Susan McBride’s Debutante Dropout mystery series, Dallas heiress Andrea Kendricks must expose a high-society assassin … before she becomes the killer’s next target.

Website designer and high-society rebel Andrea Kendricks would never have gotten involved with ego-in-pumps lifestyle hostess Marilee Mabry if it

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The Good Girl's Guide to Murder (Debutante Dropout Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd time I've read this book and I truly enjoyed it! Again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Andy Kendricks is a debutant dropout. She missed her own coming out party and went to art school. Now Andy manages websites for non-profit organizations. It¿s not like she needs money. And she believes in their causes. But Cissy, her mother, talks her into working for her dear friend Marilee Mabry. It¿s supposed to be a short-term job. Marilee has gone through six webmasters already. Marilee is a Martha Stewart type and has a home show coming to TV. Marilee invites her ex-husband and his wife to the party celebrating her new show. A cat fight ensues between the two women in which one woman¿s hair is set on fire. Then the sprinklers go off. Andy heads to Marilee¿s office to turn off the live feeds she¿d set up for the website. On her way the lights go off. She finally stumbles into the office and stumbles across Marilee¿s daughter, Kendall, on the floor of the bathroom. Andy knows she must get help. She hears sirens with help arriving, but can she get back out to them in the dark in time? Marilee¿s personal trainer and boy toy, Justin, finally admits to the dr. that he had been giving Kendall herbs. Kendall and Justin have a past as well. It is determined that the herbs were harmful to Kendall. When a murder is discovered, Andy investigates to find the killer to protect Kendall whom she has befriended. Andy finds many skeletons in the closet, but can she figure out who the real killer is and the motive in time? I always enjoy books in this series. Andy is so down to earth, and her mother is such high society. Yet, they go well together in this book. In this book Marilee is so well crafted, she¿s a trip. She is your typical A type personality and feels everyone must do what she says. Andy is always the calming factor, but she has many wild adventures as well. I highly recommend this book.
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For her not to at least living comfortable e g. Like bring her mattress over from home like most kids do when have their own space. A truly religious reason to live plain and dress modest would be more realistic than just doing it to get even with mother. annoying for those who must sell half the loaf for health insurance
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I really enjoyed this. There was enough twists and turns for me that I did not figure this one out until the very last few pages. It can be a little draggy in some parts. I just don't enjoy a whole lot of over description. However, the story does not disappoint. I will be reading the third one!
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Grannie-Reader More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this--a great plane or beach read. The story does involve murder and detecting, in the posh suburbs of Dallas and on a TV set. Cute and clever. Not the "best" mystery--but definitely a fun, enjoyable reading pleasure. A bit of "fluff".
historyprofMI More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this series for a light mystery. It is not difficult to figure out "whodunnit," but the characters are engaging.
InkwellLA More than 1 year ago
McBride has created a fun, easy-to-read series with her Debutante Dropout, Andy Kendricks. Having grown up and lived in Texas (but not in high society) for 60 years, and having taught in a high society school, I can say that the author paints a very realistic picture of the Deb world, and the world of the debs' parents. The perfect example of a deb mother, Cissy clearly can't understand Andy's "no,thanks" attitude, and works hard to drag her back into the world of the Texas elite. The characters in this series are fun, as is the reading experience. I've read them all. Hope McBride keeps them coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andrea was needy & really dumb. The little humor that I found in the book was forced. It felt like the story was written 50 years ago instead of 10.
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Good ass book
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Fun!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Andy Kendricks gets involved with the seedy and greedy side of television. The characters are well developed and the plots close many doors, but open windows to new suspects. Susan's latests book is a fun way to practice the ameature sleuth skills in all of us. Debutante high society is out of many reaches, but we learn to act like we are there. The Dallas setting is very realistic, and this book is a delight for anyone to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Andy Kendricks, the daughter of Dallas socialite Cissy Blevins Kendricks, wants to do anything but dress up and please her mother. As a matter of fact, she skipped her own debutante coming out and went to art school instead. Back in Dallas again, she manages websites, mostly for non-profit organizations. After all, she does have a trust fund. Cissy comes to Andy and begs her to help her dear friend Marilee Mabry, a home guru of the Martha Stewart type, whose show is hitting the TV waves, and she wants the first episode to be shown on a live web cast. She's already been through six webmasters and is desperate along with bossy and conceited and well, let's say hard to work with. Andy doesn't want to do it until her mother bribes her with an Escada dress to die for. Andy arrives early at Marilee's studio/offices to be sure all is set up. As the show gets underway, a cat fight between women erupts setting one woman's hair on fire prompting the sprinklers to go off and the sirens to blare. The lights go out and pandemonium breaks loose. Andy has her wits about her and stumbles back to the office to turn off that live feed so viewers aren't watching the debacle and stumbles across Marilee's daughter Kendall passed out in the bathroom. Andy must figure a way to get help for Kendall in the dark, wet recesses of the office, and pronto. Later we find out that Marilee's personal trainer gave Kendall some herbs. Kendall leaned on Justin as much as her mother did. He actually checks her out of the hospital against medical advice. What agenda does he have with Kendall. Or Marilee? Is he for real, or is he just after Marilee's fortune? You'll have to read this funny, witty, and intriguing mystery to find out for yourself!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Dallas, Martha Stewart clone Marilee Mabry, about to be launched on an unsuspecting American public, reflects how she now knows how her idol felt when she rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Andrea Kendricks knows she has one more reason to strangle her elitist mother, Cissy, who insisted her daughter attend her friend Marilee¿s celebratory party. Andrea wants no part of her mother¿s scene and would prefer to avoid this bow to the domestic queen event; she would prefer rush-hour on the LBJ.--- At the gala at the Sweet Life¿s Studio, a fire breaks out. During the chaos, Andy finds a seemingly comatose Kendall, Marilee¿s daughter, lying on the floor. When the studio cools down, a body is found. Other incidents follow. While Mother has no room on her social calendar for Marilee¿s troubles, Andy investigates into who wants to destroy their family friend.--- THE GOOD GIRL¿S GUIDE TO MURDER is a terrific satirical investigative tale that readers will fully enjoy due to the relationship between Mother and Debutante Dropout daughter as Andy is anything but a chip off the old block. Andy is a wonderful protagonist still struggling to cope with a perfectionist mother, who feels her only child is a let down as women should not be sleuthing when they need to insure their nails, hair, and pumps are correct. Marilee is a trip as her pompous attitude comes across that her coronation should have happened already. Though the culprit and the motive seem obvious, fans will still not be sure who the perpetrator is until the very end. What makes this novel and its predecessor so good is the BLUE BLOOD detective Andy.--- Harriet Klausner