Huckleberry Finished (Deliah Dickenson Mystery Series #2)

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Delilah Dickinson's literary travel agency is a hit! And now, after an alarmingly lively tour through the Old South of Gone with the Wind, she's ready to embark on a leisurely steamboat trip down the Mississippi, a la Huckleberry Finn. But when one of her passengers winds up dead, Delilah reckons she'll have to get to the bottom of this downright ornery mystery….

Ain't no doubt about it: Ben Webster was murdered, broken neck and all. And, as it turns out, he caused quite a ...

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Overview

Delilah Dickinson's literary travel agency is a hit! And now, after an alarmingly lively tour through the Old South of Gone with the Wind, she's ready to embark on a leisurely steamboat trip down the Mississippi, a la Huckleberry Finn. But when one of her passengers winds up dead, Delilah reckons she'll have to get to the bottom of this downright ornery mystery….

Ain't no doubt about it: Ben Webster was murdered, broken neck and all. And, as it turns out, he caused quite a ruckus and made a few enemies before he expired by trying to slug a roulette dealer. Delilah knows the steamship's no-nonsense head of security definitely is dirty and low-down and just plain old mean…but could he be a murderer? It's all enough to make her wish she was floating lazily down the Mississippi with Huck and Jim, mainly.

But when someone breaks into and searches her cabin, Delilah is fixin' to do some seriously sly sleuthing into all of this foolishness. Pretty soon her list of suspects is longer than the Mississippi is wide…not to mention she's taken quite a shine to Mark Twain himself—or rather Mark Lansing, the handsome actor playing Huck Finn's scribe for the tour.

But of course things just ain't never what they seem when Delilah's at the helm, and one tricky murder turns into two and things start to get pretty dicey on yonder steamboat. Thankfully Delilah's sassy daughter Melissa is only a phone call away because she'll need all the help she can get to keep the boat and it's passengers from an ending that could only be described as…explosive!

Livia J. Washburn has been a professional writer for more than twenty years. She received the Private Eye ofAmerica Award and the American Mystery Award for her first mystery, Wild Night. She is also the author of Frankly My Dear, I'm Dead, the first book in her Literary Tour mystery series. She lives in Azle, Texas.

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Set aboard a Mark Twain–themed cruise on the not-so-peaceful Mississippi, Washburn's snappy second mystery to feature literary travel agent Delilah Dickinson (after 2008's Frankly My Dear, I'm Dead) shows how much mischief a tour group can get into while confined to a moving paddle wheeler. When one of Delilah's charges, Ben Webster, causes a scene in the casino, the captain calls Delilah on the carpet. Ben later vanishes only to reappear as a corpse. Meanwhile, a charming onboard Mark Twain impersonator, Mark Lansing, takes a shine to Delilah, but turns out to have more than one identity to hide. And Mark isn't alone in harboring secrets, as one teary-eyed tour group member confides that a riverboat employee was murdered precisely one year earlier on the same tract of waterway. Delilah saves more than the day as Washburn smoothly infuses this cozy with hints of romance and humor as well as glimpses of Twain sights in today's Hannibal, Mo. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758225696
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Series: Deliah Dickenson Mystery Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 717,275
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    The second literary tour mystery is a special amateur sleuth tale

    Delilah Dickinson owns a travel agency in Atlanta that specializes in literary themes. She hopes the Samuel Clemens tour on a riverboat down the Mississippi will prove more relaxing than the Scarlett O'Hara plantation trip, which included a real murder (see FRANKLY NY DEAR, I'M DEAD).

    The cruise does not get off to a good start when one of the customers Ben Webster throws a punch at a roulette dealer whom he claims was cheating. The captain holds Delilah culpable while the security chief orders Ben from the boat, but he disappears and his cabin is empty. He is found dead. The police refuse to allow anyone to leave the vessel until they find the killer. Delilah teams up on her investigation with an actor on board portraying Samuel Clemens, Mark Lansing. However he is really a private eye undercover trying to learn who killed pregnant Hannah Kramer a year ago on the same boat. The travel agent believes the current homicide and that of Hannah are related, but her inquiry almost makes her victim number three.

    The second literary tour mystery is a special amateur sleuth tale as the spunky heroine makes for a fun "locked room" cozy. Hannah behaves in a believable manner while obtaining tidbits of information by asking questions of those trapped on board. HUCKLEBERRY FINISHED is a humorous, fresh (baked) dramatic whodunit that fans will enjoy and Mark Twain would have appreciated.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Expect the unexpected

    I have read the first book in this series, Frankly My Dear, I'm Dead and am enjoying this series very much. I always think I am going to figure out the mystery before it is revealed, but I never do. Livia Washburn throws is enough twists and turns, that the reader cannot figure it out on his/her own. Even if I have a pretty good idead, the reason for the mystery always seems to make my mouth drop open. Livia's characters are funny and colorful. Tying these mystery books with real works of literature makes reading this series very enjoyable. I am looking forward to continuing on with Livia Washburn's series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Fun Book to read

    This was a fun book to read. It keeps you guessing as to who the murder is until the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Enjoyable

    This was a fun, light read. I laughed out loud a few times and enjoyed reading it.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    You won't want to stop until it's finished!

    Delilah Dickenson is a "Literary Travel Agent". That means she arranges travel experiences based on great books or great Authors. Her first tour with a Gone with the Wind theme ended in Murder in the first book, "Frankly my Dear, I'm Dead" This time Delilah is hoping her Mark Twain riverboat cruise will be smooth sailing. No such luck. She is beset with client complaints, riverboat staff complaints, murder, intrigue and danger. Everything you need for a good book. I very much enjoyed the first book in the series, and was pleased to discover that the second was just as compelling. I won't spoil the plot twists and turns, just don't be too sure you have everything figured out until the very end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2010

    A cute and fun little mystery

    This is a cute and fun little mystery where almost no one is who they say they are. Delilah is a great, spunky heroine, who if she doesn't watch it is likely to turn into Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote. Murder just seems to follow her around.

    I found the writing a bit repetitive, but she got me in the end. I had no idea how she was going to pull it all together. While it may not find a pertinent place on my shelf, it was a great little weekend escape.

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