All Hats on Deck

All Hats on Deck

by Sandra Bretting

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Overview

No Southern wedding is complete without a special veil designed by Louisiana hat maker Missy DuBois. But it's hats off to Missy DuBois when she tries to save her town from a bayou killer ...

When Ruby Oubre asks Missy to advise her grandson on a business idea, the successful owner of Crowning Glory is happy to oblige. Armed with a plate of pirogues, Missy meets with eighteen-year-old Hollis about the viability of opening an alligator farm for tourists. But it isn't an alligator Missy finds floating at the mossy bottom of the Atchafalaya River. It's Ruby, and her death wasn't caused by accidental drowning. It seems everyone from local tour boat operators to the chief of police and the mayor of Bleu Bayou had an eye on snatching up Ruby's riverbank property. If Missy doesn't unveil a greedy killer soon, her hat-making career could be bogged down for good ...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516105755
Publisher: Penguin Random House LLC
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Series: Missy DuBois Series , #5
Pages: 164
Sales rank: 309,609
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

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All Hats on Deck 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ThriftyLoCo 12 days ago
As a Southern girl myself (although not quite as Southern as Missy), I loved all the Southern culture and charm that were sprinkled throughout this book. Missy herself is delightful. She is witty, funny, and much smarter than she seems at first glance! I like how she seems to have grown up and matured a bit as the series continues. Although I have read earlier books in the series, I don't think you'd have to in order to enjoy this one. Anything you need to know is covered here, and you should be able to pick right up on the characters and situations. There are a few hints about past stories here and there, though, and I imagine you'd want to go back and read more if you haven't already! I also really enjoyed the setting. It is well described, and I could picture everything perfectly in my mind as I read. In addition to the actual mystery, the whole bit about Hollis and the alligator farm added a lot to the story for me. I really hope future books will revisit Hollis so that I (and all the other readers) can stay up-to-date on how he's doing with all those gators! Highly recommended to all fans of the cozy mystery genre, plus anyone who loves all things Southern!
Angela_PT 13 days ago
The fifth book in the Missy DuBois mystery series is a great read. Just enough background information if it’s your first time reading the series. The plot keeps moving and I found it hard to put down. I was left guessing and the mystery was intriguing. Each book in the series is better than the last.
BunnySTx 13 days ago
All Hats on Deck is a Missy DuBois mystery novel by Sandra Bretting. This story may be short, but it is packed full of everything one could want in a cozy mystery novel. You get drama, mystery, murder, and an overall satisfying ending. It’s not every day that one stumbles across a murder, but sadly that’s what happens and the list of suspects includes a few of the locals and couple in particular who are in “high” places of the community. This is the first book that I have read by Sandra Bretting and I thoroughly enjoyed the book overall. Everything happens in a matter of a few days from murder to resolution. I was a bit shocked to be honest. Haha! I actually expected the investigation to go on for a few weeks at least, but the author has the murderer figured out within a week! The characters are engaging though I have to admit that I find Missy a bit silly at times which caused me to be a bit put off about her character in those moments. There were times of where it seemed that she just didn’t think things through in certain situations when the appropriate course of action was so obvious. My only other issue with this book would be the epilogue. I wanted the author to tell me how much time had passed. The wheels of justice rarely turn quickly, so I wanted to know how much time had passed since the suspect(s) were apprehended and brought to justice. I also wanted to know what had happened with the other woman who was coming to town. That plot point seemed to have fallen through the cracks at the end. Overall, this is a delightful story and I enjoyed reading it. While this book is essentially part of a series it can be read alone, but I applaud the author for her tactful ways of piquing my interest with incidents that I’m sure occurred in other books. I’ll be checking those out when I have the time. For those who enjoy a good cozy mystery with a satisfying ending overall, this is a good book to pick up. If you have read Ms. Bretting’s previous works and enjoyed then I’m sure that you will enjoy reading this book as well. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. Job well done on a delightful cozy mystery.
Mandums 13 days ago
This was a quick, charming little cozy sprinkled with Southern sass and endearing characters. As a Southern gal myself, I appreciated the colloquialisms and the sheer number of hearts that were blessed in this book :) While Missy DuBois is a millner by trade, she has quite the knack for finding dead bodies -- and figuring out who put them there. In my opinion, the murders almost take a backseat to the wheelings and dealings of the folks in Bleu Bayou, but that just makes me love the characters more. Especially in this book, when Missy and Ambrose take Hollis under their wing and look out for him after Ruby's death -- and we learn who in town has good intentions, and who's looking to start trouble.  This is the 5th book in a series, but works well as a stand alone story. There are plenty of nods to Missy's earlier escapades, so if you haven't read them yet, you'll want to. This is just a light, easy read that will leave you craving beignets and looking forward to the next adventure.
Geri-Thueme 13 days ago
Southern gal, Missy DuBois finds herself in the thick of things once again in this fifth book in the series. An innocent trip up the Atchafalaya River to help a teenager design a business plan turns into finding a body and Missy helping to find the killer. I loved that Missy was willing to help this teenager to create a business plan for his Alligator Farm. Little did she know that this would be a lifesaver for him once they find his grandmother murdered. Several businessmen are interested in the grandmother's property and this 'farm' will eventually let him hang onto his rightful inheritance. Missy's character is multi-dimensional as she is both a small business owner herself, an avid sleuth, a great friend and the fiancé of Ambrose, another small business owner in town. I enjoyed reading about her as she juggled multiple aspects of her life and still had time to solve a crime. The plot included multiple suspects that kept you guessing until the end. Lots of twists and turns keep the reader engaged. There is a nice sub plot with a new hat maker coming to town. Missy finds the new owner underhanded and well connected. While she investigates this new business owner she still manages to stay focused on the murder she is trying to solve. This sub plot is left somewhat open ended so it will be a nice tie-in to the next Missy Dubois installment. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series as these characters are well developed and endearing. They make the story come alive with emotion.
ashleym919 13 days ago
All Hats on Deck is the fifth book in Sandra Bretting's "A Missy DuBois Mystery" series. Milliner Missy DuBois is visiting a friend's grandson to offer business advice when they find her friend dead in the bayou. It's clear this is no accident so Missy sets out to investigate the murder with State Police officer and childhood friend, Lance. This is the first book I have read in Bretting's series, and I found the action easy to follow and the relationships between the characters and their backstories easy to sort out. You can read this as a stand alone mystery if you aren't interested in catching up on the full series. I enjoyed Bretting's vivid description of Bleu Bayou, the Atchafalaya river, and Southern Louisiana culture. I also loved the unique Southern characters, which really made the book and its fictional town come to life. I wish that Missy and Lance did a bit more investigation of the crime. Most of Missy's information came from chance meetings with other characters so the action was a bit too passive for my taste. That said, this is a quick and easy read. The book is enjoyable and would likely appeal to fans of Ellen Byron's "Cajun Country Mystery" series or general fans of the South - Louisiana in particular. I think readers will enjoy good-hearted Missy DuBois and will also end up craving some beignets and jambalaya!
carol223CS 13 days ago
Sandra Bretting’s All Hats on Deck Blue Bayou, Louisiana is where Missy DuBois runs the Crowning Glory boutique. She is a milliner plus amateur sleuth. Her finance is Ambrose ‘Bo’ Jackson who designs wedding dresses. They work in the same complex. Ruby Oubre, an elderly Cajun grandmother requests Missy to come to her mobile home on the Atchafalaya River to teach Hollis, her grandson how to start and run a business. Upon arrival, Missy is greeted by Jacques who is the vicious dog that guards the dock. Ruby is not home so Missy begins to tudor Hollis. He has no formal knowledge of business practices. When they finish, Hollis goes to find Ruby. Hollis discovers Ruby......dead!! Accidental or was foul play involved?? Who would want to kill Ruby? The characters are three dimensional, quirky, multifaceted, colorful, some with interesting backstories plus your locals. You will meet Christophe d’Aulnay, Mayor Zephirim Turcott, Captain Remy Gaudet who are all interested in buying Ruby’s property. Talented writing with palpable energy and danger always lurking. The story takes off very quickly and keeps up at an invigorating pace with plenty of twists and turns. The proficient detailed description made the reader part of the southern way of life. You can taste the jambalaya, the sweet rolls, smell the southern fried chicken and drink a tall cool glasses of southern sweet ice tea. This is book # 5 in A Missy DuBois Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone. My opinion is voluntary and my own. It is a page turner!!!
Rachel_Denise01 11 days ago
All Hats on Deck by Sandra Bretting in the fifth installment in the Missy DuBois Mystery series. I have to admit that this is the first book in this series I have read, and I feel that I was easily able to pick up mid-series. I enjoyed this cozy mystery and getting a glimpse into what living “in the bayou” in Louisiana is like. I have never been fortunate enough to vacation there, however with the descriptions of the landscape, the characters’ behaviors, interactions, and dialect gave me a visual as if I was actually there. I truly liked that aspect of the book. I liked the main characters, especially the female protagonist, Missy. It is nice to have a throwback to someone that still creates fancy, classy hats as for the majority of our country at this time, it seems to be a forgotten art. I liked her go get ‘em attitude and the fact that she cared enough to help find Ruth’s killer. I also like that she has enough pride in her work to not want others tarnishing the potential quality of the hats that created in that community. Missy is not as concerned with the arrival of a potential competitor (well she still is but you get my point) but at the fact that this person is cutthroat and questionable in their hat-making abilities. Missy does not want this trade to be tarnished. The author was able to create multiple characters that had means and motives to add a nice complexity to the murder/mystery aspect of the book. I also like the fact that it ended with the subplot of the shady “competition” with the other business not completely resolved. It creates a nice tie-in for the next book. I enjoyed this book and will now find the previous installments so I can catch up to the current. I look forward to future reads from this author as well.
JamesJohnCudneyIV 12 days ago
All Hats on Deck is the fifth book in the Missy DuBois cozy mystery series written by Sandra Bretting. I've read and enjoyed the previous four books, so I had to get the latest one when it was released. The series takes place on the bayou in Louisiana and follows a milliner (hat designer) who mostly designs creations for upscale weddings. She and her fiance, a dressmaker, also find themselves smack in the middle of finding dead bodies. This time, Missy is on her own when she discovers a friend floating in the river. Someone we've come to know across the books was murdered, and it's definitely sad. Ruby, an older woman with wise advice who will curse you if you cross her, is found off the dock near her house, swimming with the alligators. Her grandson Hollis tries to save her, but he's too late. Someone wanted her property, and they were willing to kill for it. Was it the river boat owner, the captain, the mayor, an old flame, her grandson, a visitor in town... there are quite a few angles for Missy to investigate. At the same time, Missy's trying to figure out her own wedding plans and prevent a new hat shop from opening in Bleu Bayou. She doesn't mind the competition, but it's obvious the other owner is out to get Missy and is not a very good hat maker. It could ruin both their reputations, so Missy must protect everything around her. Of all the books, I enjoyed Missy's character the most in this one. She's become more endearing, and I enjoy the southern dialect and fun sayings. I'm still not convinced of her relationship with Ambrose, as I see more of a spark with Lance. I might be in the minority on that one. I did like how she almost mothered 18-year-old Hollis, and it showed lots of potential for her future. The setting is always gorgeous and makes you want to visit a plantation or large southern estate. It also convinced me why I'll never swim in those waters. Hollis and Missy had a conversation about swimming with the alligators that was quite similar to one I had with my other half who is from Louisiana. Nope, ain't ever doin' it, thank you very much. I'm with Missy on this one. As for the mystery, it was good. There were plenty of suspects and lots of different turns to take between how Ruby died, who had it in for her, what they wanted her property for, and which person was actually trying to protect her. I do think it ended more abruptly than I prefer, as I would've liked to explore all the whys and hows, especially with the history of some of the characters. I also liked the subplot with the hat shop, which is unresolved, so I know we'll get more of that in the next book. I do enjoy something fun to look forward to. Another fun installment... and I'll keep reading this series. Thanks for entertaining me for a few hours with the latest edition.
grandmareads102 13 days ago
Missy DuBois doesn't want to be hexed so she agrees to help Hollis develop a business plan for his alligator farm. After all his grandmother, Ruby, isn't a woman to mess with. What she doesn't expect is to be involved in another murder case. Who killed Ruby? Is it because of her river property? Missy is a true Southern lady as well as successful milliner. She's found true love with Ambrose. I liked how they took in Hollis to help him deal with his loss. Missy is such a fun character. It's easy to care for her. I like her sassy attitude and her quick wit. She's intelligent and has a way getting the truth. Her romance with Ambrose is sweet. He's so caring and supportive. He's definitely a keeper. Bleu Bayou is the perfect setting. The swamp and the River Road mansions add atmosphere. I liked that. Sandra Bretting has written a mystery that kept me guessing. There were so many suspects that it wasn't easy to figure out who murdered Ruby. I'm enjoying this mystery series. I like Missy and Ambrose. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Chatting-About-Cozies 13 days ago
Great southern charm and writing! Moves swiftly and the plot is so intriguing I wished I could have read it in one sitting! Missy DuBois—hat designer extraordinaire—and fiancé, Ambrose ‘Bo’ Jackson—wedding gown designer—are kind, southern folks who don’t hesitate to take young Hollis Oubre into their home when his Granny is murdered near their bayou home. Aided by Detective Lance LaPorte, Missy slowly begins to piece together the secrets the swamp threatens to hide. I enjoyed visiting with these delightful characters, plus the author’s descriptive plot details from the charming antebellum mansions to muddy waters of the bayous. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Lyrical Underground. Thank you.
MKF 13 days ago
Fans of this series will be sad to know that Ruby has been murdered. A stalwart friend of Missy, she just asked Missy to help her grandson Hollis with his plan to create an alligator farm when sadly, she's found dead. Missy, our intrepid milliner, not only takes Hollis in she also investigates along with Detective Lance. Someone - but who- wanted Ruby's land so Missy feels she has to figure this out for more than one reason. Her relationship with Bo continues apace but there seems to be a little more heat this time out in her dialogue with Lance. No spoilers but there's lots of local Louisiana color (and a little dialect) and the villain might surprise you. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier books. This is a classic cozy with a good set of characters and Bretting will catch you up!