Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club (Debutante Dropout Series #3) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Andy Kendricks is back in the third sassy and irresistible installment in Susan McBride's Debutante Dropout series … and this time she's teaming up with her high-society mama to catch a killer who's targeting rich, lonely widows.

Wealthy Texas widows need loving too … which is why Bebe Kent joined a dating service for "discriminating" seniors soon after relocating to the swanky Belle Meade retirement community. Unfortunately, Bebe didn't even live long enough to meet "Mr. ...

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Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club (Debutante Dropout Series #3)

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Overview

Andy Kendricks is back in the third sassy and irresistible installment in Susan McBride's Debutante Dropout series … and this time she's teaming up with her high-society mama to catch a killer who's targeting rich, lonely widows.

Wealthy Texas widows need loving too … which is why Bebe Kent joined a dating service for "discriminating" seniors soon after relocating to the swanky Belle Meade retirement community. Unfortunately, Bebe didn't even live long enough to meet "Mr. Right." And though doctors declared her death totally natural, extravagant blue-blooded Dallas socialite Cissy Blevins Kendricks believes her old friend's demise was hastened—and she's ready to check herself into Belle Meade incognito to prove it.

Cissy's rebellious, sometimes-sleuthing daughter, Andrea, wants no part of her mother's crazy schemes—yet she's anything but pleased that Cissy is going off on her own, playing a highbrow Miss Marple. So she has no choice but to join her mom in search of the truth—especially when more well-heeled widows start turning up dead …

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the delightful third installment in McBride's Debutante Dropout mystery series (Blue Blood, etc.), Andrea Kendricks, the self-deprecating Texas trust-fund baby whose amateur sleuthing usually takes center stage, turns the spotlight on her classy, lovable 60-something mother, Cissy. When two of Cissy's friends drop dead, she refuses to believe it was natural causes; both were residents at Belle Meade, the swankiest retirement community in Texas, and Cissy suspects "something funny's afoot." Against Andrea's wishes, Cissy goes undercover at Belle Meade, determined to prove that a killer exterminated her friends "before their expiration date." Disguised in rhinestones and animal prints, Cissy uncovers pending lawsuits, missing medication and the discreet services of an exclusive matchmaking club for "discerning women over sixty." Soon, nearly everyone at Belle Meade is a suspect, and Andrea must overcome her skepticism before her mom finds out too much for her own good. Chatty, colorful and tr s Texas, McBride's latest cozy is a pleasure. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Wichita Eagle
“Readers will be anything but bored... McBride is at her best in this rollicking adventure with surprising heart.”
Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)
“[F]un...with plenty of humor and mystery.”
Sauce Magazine (St. Louis)
“The tone is as light as angel food cake, with pop culture crowding the pages...snappy prose and eccentric characters.”
(St. Louis) - Sauce Magazine
"The tone is as light as angel food cake, with pop culture crowding the pages...snappy prose and eccentric characters."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062319920
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Series: Debutante Dropout Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 6,888
  • File size: 425 KB

Meet the Author

Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of Blue Blood, the first of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries. The award-winning series includes The Good Girl's Guide to Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night of the Living Deb, and Too Pretty to Die. She's also the author of The Truth About Love and Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club, all Target Recommended Reads. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.

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The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club

A Debutante Dropout Mystery
By Susan McBride

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Susan McBride
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060564083

Chapter One

Getting old was murder.

Make no mistake about it.

Sarah Lee Sewell tugged on the loose skin of her cheeks and frowned at the mirror, wondering if it wasn't time she got a little nip and tuck. Every woman her age in Dallas -- and not a few of the men -- had been doing it for years. But, as long as Eldon had been alive, Sarah Lee hadn't put too much stock in her faded appearance.

"I love you for what's inside, honey pie, not for the gift-wrapping" -- his blue eyes had twinkled as they'd looked her up and down -- "though I've got no complaints about that, either."

The smile that formed on her lips at the memory fast died, and she sighed at her tired reflection.

"Oh, Eldon," she said, to no one but herself. "How I miss you."

She missed his wit.

Missed his scent, of tweed and pipe tobacco.

Missed having a hand to hold. That, most of all.

After five decades of marriage, two years seemed a long time to go without the touch of a man. Maybe some women could stand it, but Sarah Lee couldn't. It was a slow death in itself, like being starved or suffocated. Even cats needed to be stroked now and then.

Sarah Lee was only human.

Which was why she'd gone and done what she had, something she never in her wildest dreams imagined she'd do and still wasn't too all-fired sure about.

She'd started dating.

She hadn't told any of her friends what she was up to and wasn't certain she'd stick it out, but she'd promised herself she'd give it a decent shot before she chucked the idea as pure insanity.

She'd been out to dinner twice already with several different gentlemen, the conversation pleasant if not a little awkward. They had asked if they might call on her again, and Sarah Lee hadn't objected. Though getting used to being courted at this point in her life gave her butterflies as big as B-2 bombers.

She fumbled with a silver tube of lipstick, swiping her thin mouth one last time with a well-used crimson. Then she pinched her cheeks and nodded, knowing she'd done the best she could with what she had.

Which is when her legs began to tremble.

Dear God, why on earth was she doing this?

Because you're lonely, a tiny voice reminded her. Because Eldon's been gone for years, and you don't like to be alone.

It wasn't even sex. She merely wanted to be held in the snug circle of a man's arms. Was that such a terrible thing?

She sighed and steadied herself against the marble counter.

Before her recent outings, the last real "date" she'd been on was back in high school, and her suitor had been a sixteen-year-old Highland Park football star named Eldon Sewell. Sarah Lee had been top of her class at Ursuline Academy, smart enough to know a catch when she'd hooked him. At eighteen, they'd married, living in off-campus housing in Fort Worth as they'd worked their way through TCU, building a foundation that had lasted "till death do us part." They'd still be together if that damned cancer hadn't chewed Eldon's life away from the inside out.

She'd never been with anyone before him, nor since. Not in the biblical sense. Which made her something of a freak in these fast and loose times, didn't it? She was an eight-track tape in a digital era, and the way her friends kept dying off, pretty soon they'd all be extinct.

You're morbid, Sarah Lee, she thought and laughed at herself.

But death scared her far less than the dating game she'd been playing.

She patted her hair, styled in the same teased and sprayed coif she'd worn for too many years, and she figured it was time for a change. She was a different person than she'd been: more self-assured and assertive.

Maybe she'd try that fellow at the Plaza Park Salon about whom her terribly chic friend Cissy Kendricks had been raving lately. She'd get his name when she saw Cissy Wednesday at bridge, because it wouldn't be appropriate to inquire at the church service for Bebe Kent the next morning.

Ah, poor Bebe.

With bent fingers, she reached for her brush.

The doorbell chimed.

Startled, the brush dropped from her hand, clattering into the bowl of the sink, and she turned toward the hallway, her heart zigzagging in her chest, it beat so loudly.

Who could that be? she wondered, because she'd arranged to meet her date at the restaurant, as she'd done with the two before him. A neutral spot, because she didn't want strangers in her home, not at night when she was by herself, despite the relative security of her surroundings.

Probably just a neighbor, or one of the staff come to sweet-talk her into submission. You'd think for all she'd paid to live in this highbrow retirement home, Housekeeping could come more than twice a week, her toilets would flush properly, and they could keep the damned squirrels out of her attic. No matter if it was the director herself, panting like a puppy dog and begging to please, Sarah Lee wasn't letting her in. They could discuss her complaints at her convenience or she surely would drag in her lawyer.

Oh, dear, she realized, smoothing the hem of her dress. She had to leave in fifteen minutes flat if she wanted to be on time for the dinner reservation.

She took a deep breath and shut off the bathroom light as she stepped into the hallway.

The bell chimed again.

"Coming," she trilled and hurried toward the noise, passing the photographs of herself and Eldon hanging on the walls, not seeing them, too curious about the visitor who waited for her on the other side of the door. She seriously hoped it wasn't her date, to whom she'd stated quite plainly that she preferred to drive . . .

Continues...


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Cozy mystery combo of texas society and drop out daughter a artist and web site producer on her iwn

    Problem is she is really too dumb to be a detective and it gets annoying as there is a nice middle ground. Those of us without millionaire trust funds and have to go to thrift stores are not amused by her fast food /painted splattered jeans / flip flops and pro bono work.....would she get work if it were not free? She dropped out but she is no where and whining every time she has to dress up and go to anything opera opening gallery concert funeral. Dont know if i will try agsin

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    A fun murder mystery that I highly recommend, especially if you

    A fun murder mystery that I highly recommend, especially if you like some humor included. I found myself laughing out loud at times. Looking to read more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Cass

    Lol its ok, for both things))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Ash

    Sorry. I was just super tired last night. (Um..i prefer not but i maan i can.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Lonely hearts club

    I love it. It makes for wonder light reading that warms the heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Lakeflower

    How about 'erd' all results?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Cloudflame

    She pads into the meeting area.

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    Posted April 26, 2014

    Snakeclaw

    What d you mean?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    LONESTAR TO ALL

    MEET AT erd RESULT ONE WITH LAKEFLOWER AND ME LONESTAR

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    I am here too

    Wanna do a double?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    This, the third installment, was very difficult to read, the fir

    This, the third installment, was very difficult to read, the first two were well written and kept the readers attention, I was very disappointing in this book and I will be hard pressed to purchase any other books in this series.

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    Posted February 13, 2014

    Marlee

    Anyone

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    Posted February 27, 2014

    Matt

    SUP,FOOL!? how r u doin selena

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Selena

    Ik how that feels and ok ice res 1 it is....kisses u and runs to ice

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Oryan

    Selena are you here still i am getting locked ot of like twenty books it wierd. I am locked out of ice restruant and more and i need to know who is locking me out or what is locking me out. I think i will buy a new nook or something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Sunstar application

    Name: sunstar

    Age : young but no one knows for sure

    Why she would be a good leader: she is brave, strong , would do anything to protect her clan, trustworthy, i care about others feelings, im eager to help, i love kits,

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    Posted January 30, 2014

    ShootingStar

    Name- ShootingStar <p> Age- 25 moons <p> Desription- A pure black she, with burning blue eyrs, a white cresant moon on her right ear. <p> Lifes Left- 3 <p> Why she should be leader- She is kind, helpful, honest, loyal, trustworthy, and brave. Is willing to give up everything for her clan. Is very protective of her clan. She will do everything she can to have her clan in peace.

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    Posted January 30, 2014

    MidnightStar

    MidnightStar padded in, his blue-green eyes shining. "I would like to be leader of Starclan, because I have been living in the Place of All Stars for quite some time, and was leader of the great clan once, than it eventually died out. I am active, and loyal. I don't over-dramatize because I think that is the most annoying thing in the world. Please think over your choice for leader of Starclan." He meowed, dipping his head respectfully and padded out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Elzabeths please

    Elzabeth.. princess of aroandale?.... i will not be absent for more then a week

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    Posted January 21, 2014

    People for Frozen

    Mason(Elsas husband) thier children Elizabeth Sklar and Aaron. Kristoff and Anna thier children Skylar Camroen and Anthony.Olaf Sven Hans and his twelve brothers Mark Matthew David Aberham Brandon Soren Connor William Emmet John Jack and Steven . Just fill out a post like this QUEEN ELSA(name) queen of arendelle (postion) and I promise ti not be absent for more then a week or the spot opens up inless i know ahead of time then just say gone for blank days(promise) okay? Bye

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