Death of the Couch Potato's Wife

Death of the Couch Potato's Wife

by Christy Barritt


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Welcome to Boring, Indiana, home to patio cookouts, homeowner dues, carpeted lawns, and neighbors so welcoming they are dying to meet you — literally.

City slicker turned suburbanite housewife Laura Berry isn’t taking well to life in her new neighborhood. She moved to follow her husband’s dream, and now she can’t tell if she’s clinically depressed or just bored half to death. But Boring becomes anything but when Laura discovers her neighbor Candace Flynn face up on a sofa with her hand buried in a snack bag.

With a healthy dose of neighborly suspicion and street smarts, Laura sets out to find Flynn’s killer, but her curiosity becomes desperation when the killer targets Laura. Someone is determined to stop her from digging deeper into the murder, but Laura is just as determined to figure out who’s behind the death-by-poisoned-pork-rinds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984765591
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 05/17/2012
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 972,199
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

Christy Barritt is an author, freelance writer and speaker who lives in Virginia. She’s married to her Prince Charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado. She’s only won one contest in her life—and her prize was kissing a pig (okay, okay . . . actually she did win the Daphne du Maurier

Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery for her book Suspicious Minds also). Her current claim to fame is showing off her mother, who looks just like former First Lady Barbara Bush. When she’s not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and exploring small, unsuspecting towns where people have no idea how accident prone she is.

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Death of the Couch Potato's Wife 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
To live in a city named Boring, in a neighborhood labeled Dullington Estates, is it any wonder that you would have nothing but nosy neighbors and that there’d be nothing to do? But that seems to change when a neighbor goes missing and is found dead on her couch. So much for life in sweet, but safe, suburbia, right? Obviously, the likely suspect would be the victim’s husband, the Couch Potato King, who sells couches. How ironic. As a victim of a crime in the past, Laura is hesitant to get involved, but that all flies out the window when she starts receiving threatening letters and finds out that someone is watching her, actually videotaping her. Everyone in town is a suspect—a cheating husband, a futon-selling competitor, a candidate for a homeowner’s association. Being a housewife has bored Laura so much that she is questioning everyone and everything—her neighbor’s motives, her rocky marriage, her happiness, everything. Could solving a murder actually kick the boredom? Maybe, except that she was terrible at it. I mean, I like stories with amateur sleuths, but, usually, they have some qualified skills for it (eye for detail, good memory, karate skills, something.) Laura didn’t have anything, plus, she kept on guessing wrong throughout the whole book. What kind of amateur sleuth was that? But, overall, this was a quick, quirky mystery.
Mary_F More than 1 year ago
A CUTE COZY MYSTERY This story got off to a slow start for me, but I am glad that I decided to continue reading. Laura and her husband, Kent, moved to the small town of Boring, Indiana looking for a new start. She takes a walk with her neighbor, Babe, and Babe decides they should go check on Candace – a neighbor they have not seen in two days. They enter the house and find that Candace dead. Thus begins Laura’s investigation of who killed Candace. I was pretty sure that I knew, but clues kept popping up to keep the reader off balance and still guessing who committed the crime. Few of the characters are fully fleshed out, but I still enjoyed it. If you are looking for a light and fun story with Christian undertones, this book will keep you reading.
Friz4 More than 1 year ago
This was a cute, cozy mystery. The bored housewife turned detective was a fun story. Parts were somewhat predictable, but not so much that it ruined the story. My suspicions on who the killer was changed several times. The tell all at the end may not have been very realistic for a killer, but who knows-the person was obviously mentally unstable. This was an easy read with likable characters.
WiseJasmyne More than 1 year ago
This book was really fun to read, and that is saying a lot about a suspenseful story! This did have suspense, some romance, but the main character is married so that's expected. There was certainly humor is this story which made it almost impossible to put down. Overall great story, I would recommend it to anyone who like fun, humorous, mystery will not be disappointed!
JewelsLVIUTAH More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun mystery about a city girl who moves to a small town and her next door neighbor is murdered. She decides that she wants to try to solve the murder. I love Christy's squeaky clean series so it was fun to read another of her mystery books. This one will have you guessing until the end! My favorite line from this book..."I understand that sometimes life takes you in a different direction than you'd planned, and you can either pout about it or make the best of it."As always Christy's books are awesome!
DoreenFM More than 1 year ago
I read just about anything Christy Barritt writes and I hope this will be just the first in the series. I enjoy "cozy mysteries" as most of the time when I get to read is a half an hour before bed or while on vacation and I just want something light and fun and clean! This book has quirky characters, plenty of suspects, and just enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. A fun read!
Mystery-Reader-and-Lover More than 1 year ago
If you've ever lived in a housing association or just plain experienced life in a suburban neighborhood, this story should tickle your fancy. Lots of relatable circumstances had be laughing. Didn't figure out the bad guy until the end. I liked the main character, and I hope to see more books in this series.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Life in Boring Indiana, is definitely not boring at the moment. Laura Berry and her fiesty neighbor Babe finds another neighbor dead on her couch. And if that was not enough drama for the little sleepy suburban town, Laura seems to find herself in the middle of all kinds of trouble. She gets a letter threatening her life and her husband also, but she keeps trying to find out what happened to her neighbor Candace. No one deserves to be murdered, not even Candace. An explosion in Laura's storage shed, an electronic bug, vandalism at her husband's pharmacy, and being pushed into the path of racing lawnmowers, does not deter Laura from trying to solve this mystery. This book was a bit different from Christy's other books, there was a bit of tongue in cheek humor, plays on words and names, and the characters were hilarious, and a bit too close for comfort. They could have been your's or my neighbors. A great story you will not want to put down, a mystery that will keep you guessing to the end of the book!! 288 pages US $14.95 4 stars. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was recieved for this review.
Austen_Jane More than 1 year ago
The characters are what make this book the enjoyable read it is. While the mystery is, indeed, intriguing, it’s how the heroine and her best friend take action and interact with each other that makes the reader turn pages. Set in the fictional town of Boring, Indiana, life becomes unusually complicated for the heroine shortly after she and her husband move to town. Thrust into the middle of the situation, she must solve the mystery before the killer kills her. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura Berry has moved to a boring town (that is literally named Boring) and now finds her marriage falling into the boring trap, too. When a woman is murdered, Laura is threatened, and the whole town has something to gossip about, Laura finds herself even more alone as she tries to find the killer while her husband watches sports. Can anything be done to find the perpetrator, or save her marriage? I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. It was fun! I really enjoyed the author's style, how she kept the main character so real. I smiled when Laura responded to so many things with such normal thoughts and actions--like I would respond if I found a dead body, or people were gossiping about poisoned pork rinds, or my husband wasn't paying attention. I enjoyed her quickly humor and her secondary characters, from the obsessive compulsive Homeowners leader to the elderly lady trying to still be a teenager. I usually read heavier books, but this was a nice change of pace. A fun getaway in a book! I definitely recommend it for a great summer read!
SharonALavy More than 1 year ago
Who would name a town Boring? That must have made the town itself huff up and cause something to happen. At any rate nothing seems to be boring in this story. Not with 70 yr old Babe and her nosy ways. But Laura didn’t have to follow her, did she? So wouldn’t you agree that it’s her own fault if she’s called an accessory to the crime of breaking and entering? If you love mysteries as I do, you will be hooked from the first sentence.
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I'll be back sunday night ttyl
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