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Who Invited the Dead Man?
     

Who Invited the Dead Man?

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by Patricia Sprinkle
 

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A Thoroughly Southern Mystery #3

Sixty-something-year-old MacLaren Yarbrough has celebrated enough birthdays in her lifetime to think she's seen it all. But this year, at a birthday gala hosted in honor of her husband Joe Riddley, a mysterious murder is about to shake up the party.

With a man lying dead in her house with a bullet in his head,

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A Thoroughly Southern Mystery #3

Sixty-something-year-old MacLaren Yarbrough has celebrated enough birthdays in her lifetime to think she's seen it all. But this year, at a birthday gala hosted in honor of her husband Joe Riddley, a mysterious murder is about to shake up the party.

With a man lying dead in her house with a bullet in his head, MacLaren must track down the killer and clear her family name before the authorities wrap up their own investigation--all the while managing Yarbrough's Feed, Seed, and Nursery, tackling her newfound duties as the town magistrate, and caring for a spouse suffering from severe brain trauma.

In a race against the clock, MacLaren must use her sweet-talk sleuthing to unravel the secrets of Hopemore, Georgia, because in a town with no strangers, a homicide is the strangest it gets.
"Sprinkle has a gift for developing a full, rich world."
--Publisher's Weekly

"Sprinkle entertains and enchants her readers. Her characters are so real you'll find yourself believing you grew up with them."
--Christian Retailing

"Sprinkle has a real eye for regional culture and traditions. . . . She tackles weighty subject matter with a steady hand and a reassuring touch."
--Atlanta Journal Constitution

"Sprinkle's characters are fantastic, her Southern settings shine, and her stories always mesmerize."
--Roundtable Reviews

Product Details

BN ID:
2940156992317
Publisher:
NYLA
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Series:
A Thoroughly Southern Mystery , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
399,771
File size:
738 KB

Meet the Author

Patricia Sprinkle’s roots lie deep in southern soil and form the background for her work. Since 1988 she has written 30 southern mysteries and four southern novels that depict small towns and Southern cities where the Old South struggles to blend the feel of the Old South with newcomer cultures. Hold Up the Sky was a Southern Independent Booksellers OKRA pick. Her latest novel is Friday’s Daughter, set in a small college town in the North Georgia mountains. When not writing, Sprinkle likes to read, snorkel, and work with growing plants and growing children.

Visit the Patricia at www.patriciasprinkle.com to discover new releases, sneak peaks and other free tidbits!

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Who Invited the Dead Man? (Thoroughly Southern Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Sue43 More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this entire series; I'm on #6 book right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who Invited The Dead Man lives up to its whimsical title. The characters are likable/distasteful as needed. The reader worries with McLaren as she struggles with the possibility that her husband or a friend has committed a murder. Humor and suspense are a good combination.
Bucky62AL More than 1 year ago
This is thouroughly "southern" funny. I would recommend you start with the first book "How Did We lose Harriet" to get into the characters but any of this series will bring you up to date. I am slowing working my way through all ten books. Highly recommended for light reading.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
MacLaren Yarborough is a very busy lady. Her husband, Joe Riddley, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, requires her nearly constant attention while he is re-educated to learn to perform every day tasks. At the same time, MacLaren has to take care of the family business and is a town magistrate. To celebrate Joe Riddley's improvements and his 65th birthday, MacLaren throws a birthday party which ends up with an uninvited dead guest. Keeping the murder a secret while the party progresses, the judge manages to get the sheriff to start the investigation and keep her guests happy at the same time. This mystery is complex and yet simple. Some of the events are predictable and others are surprising. I thought it was tremendously woven to combine these aspects and it was sheer pleasure to read. I definitely need to find the first two in this series. 4 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
harstan More than 1 year ago
Judge MacLaren Yarbrough has her hands full running Yarbrough¿s Feed, Seed, and Nursery, managing her magisterial duties, keeping care of her home and taking care of her husband Joe Riddley. Joe is recovering from a head injury and has to relearn how to care for himself as well as read and write. His memory is cloudy and he is prone to violent episodes.

To show their support for Joe, two hundred people come to his birthday party and he enjoyed it as much as a kid would. Only a very few knew that in the house was the body of a dead man, shot to death by a bullet to his head. The sheriff conspired with MacLaren to keep it quiet until the guests left and they succeeded. Once the investigation got underway, MacLaren does her best to find out who the killer is and to prove to the authorities that Joe had nothing to do with it.

Patricia Sprinkles has created a complex mystery with many viable suspects who had ample reason to see the victim dead. Life in a small southern town where everyone knows their neighbor and a stranger sticks out is seen as a positive thing. The heartache of living with someone who has undergone severe brain trauma is shown in agonizing detail and readers can¿t help but empathize with the protagonist for caring for her man.

Harriet Klausner