Digging Up the Dirt (Southern Ladies Series #3)

Digging Up the Dirt (Southern Ladies Series #3)

by Miranda James

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The New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks mysteries is back with more of those sleuthing Southern belles, the Ducote sisters...

An’gel and Dickce Ducote, busy with plans for the Athena Garden Club’s spring tour of grand old homes, are having trouble getting the other club members to help. The rest of the group is all a-flutter now that dashing and still-eligible Hadley Partridge is back to restore his family mansion. But the idle chatter soon turns deadly serious when a body turns up on the Partridge estate after a storm...
The remains might belong to Hadley’s long-lost sister-in-law, Callie, who everyone thought ran off with Hadley years ago. And if it’s not Callie, who could it be? As the Ducotes begin uncovering secrets, they discover that more than one person in Athena would kill to be Mrs. Partridge. Now An’gel and Dickce will need to get their hands dirty if they hope to reveal a killer’s deep-buried motives before someone else’s name is mud...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425273067
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Southern Ladies Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 95,651
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Miranda James is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries and the Southern Ladies Mysteries.

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Digging Up the Dirt (Southern Ladies Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
All the culture of the Deep South was fun to read and the puzzle solution was good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
Miranda James has a way of writing and Dan Craig has a way of illustrating that can make a person fall in love with animal characters. In this series, my pet of choice is Peanut the doodle dog, so it is nice to have him be a part of the plot. There is a lot of dirt that is dug up in Book 3 and it makes for a timely story that does keep the reader sleuthing to the end. These Southern Ladies are busy seniors!
Jani8 More than 1 year ago
Miranda James keeps delivering the goods! Her third book in the series, “The Southern Ladies” mysteries does not fail to live up to expectations. I really enjoy this series along with his other series, “Cat in the Stacks”. The characters are quirky and well developed. I do love Miss An’gel and Miss Dickse Ducote, the sisters that the books are based on. Gracious, well-mannered but not afraid to use their intelligence and a little chutzpah when needed. They aren’t afraid to find the killers. The only thing I can say beyond the fact that I really enjoyed this book, “Digging Up the Dirt, is if the Garden Club in Athena asks you to be on the board of directors, you should politely decline.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Here’s the Dirt on the Third Southern Ladies Mystery I’ve been enjoying catching up on the Cat in the Stacks series this year, but it was a pleasure to return to the Southern Ladies Mysteries with Digging up the Dirt. It’s interesting to get a look at life in Athena from a different point of view, which is just what happened in the third volume in this spin off series. Both of these series from Miranda James are set in Athena, Mississippi and prominently feature pets. This one, however, focuses on An’gel and Dickce Ducote, elderly spinster sisters living in the family estate just outside of town. They have been pillars of the community for years and are involved in many different clubs and societies. For example, An’gel and Dickce are both on the board of the garden club, and the entire board is abuzz about the return of Hadley Partridge to Athena. H was something of a lady’s man when he lived in town forty years ago, and he hasn’t lost his flirtatious ways, much to the delight of most of the women on the board. However, Hadley’s return has stirred up more than fluttering hearts among the older set. It also brings to light a long buried secret from forty years ago. Someone wants that secret to stay buried. Soon, a skeleton has been unearth and someone else is dead. What happened forty years ago? How is it affecting life today? Can An’gel and Dickce find the answers? As always with the books from this author, I was pulled in right away. The conflict starts quickly, and I must confess I was surprised at how early the body dropped. The pace is perfect, with the next twist or clue popping up all the time. I had a very hard time putting the book down and devoured it in just a couple of days. I did feel the climax, while resolving everything, was much weaker than it could have been, but that’s my only complaint with this book. An’gel and Dickce are a hoot as our main characters. They are 80-something and have that relationship that comes from living with someone your entire life. In fact, their sisterly relationship is perfectly captured, and I love watching them interact with each other as much as the rest of the cast. The book is told from one or the other’s third person point of view, and that narration also adds to the fun. Of course, their ward Benji is present again as well, and I love how he is growing as a character. Naturally, we meet some interesting and well developed suspects along the way. And I can’t leave out the pets. An’gel and Dickce have adopted a dog, Peanut, and a cat, Endora. While not in every scene, we get plenty of their antics, and they steal many a scene along the way. When I read the first two books in the series last year, I hadn’t spent much time reading the Cat in the Stacks mysteries. I bring that up because if the characters and settings from that series appeared in those earlier books, I missed it because I didn’t know them. However, I caught plenty of them this time around. Many characters from the mother series have cameos here. No, you don’t need to have read the other series or be up to date on it to enjoy this book, but if you are a fan of both series, the cameos are a fun bonus. Miranda James continues to bring a small southern town to life with rich characters, page turning mysteries, and adorable animals. Digging up the Dirt was over all too soon. Pick it up today and enjoy. NOTE: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Digging Up The Dirt is the third book in the A Southern Ladies Mystery series. It’s always nice to visit with the Ducote sisters, An’gel and Dickce in Athena. Hearts are all a flutter with the members of the board of the Athena Garden Club. Hadley Partridge is returning to Athena to settle up his brother’s estate who had recently passed. Hadley had left some 40 years ago for unknown reasons. Speculation being that there might have been a romantic link between Hadley and his brother’s wife, Callie. Then when Callie went missing shortly after Hadley left, that sent tongues to really wagging. But, Hadley claims that he has not seen or talked to Callie since shortly after he left. After Hadley had left the meeting Sarinda Hetherington claims that she knows what happened to Callie and abruptly leaves. That evening the Ducote sisters get a call from Lottie, a board member, saying that Sarinda has fallen down the stairs at her home and that there is a liquor bottle next to her lifeless body and she reeks of alcohol. The next day Hadley calls the Ducote sisters and asks them to come overview the damage that a powerful storm had done overnight. As they walking, viewing the damage, the Ducote’s dog, Peanut, finds some bones near a tree that had been uprooted from the storm. The bones are from a hand and on one of the fingers is a ring owned by Callie. So now the sisters are off to learn who might have killed Sarinda and hopefully find out if it might be the same person who might have killed Callie. The sisters are both in their 80’s and as spry and active as someone half their age. Its fun to listen to sisters banter between themselves. Benjy is back once again and all set to begin to start at Althena College. I hope I will be as active as An’gel and Dickce are when I get to be their age. Looking forward to the next book in this delightful series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
As delightful as sweet tea on a hot summer day! With this third book in the Southern Ladies Mysteries, author Miranda James proves the third time is a charm. Sassy southern sisters, An’gel and Dickce Ducote are back and in rare form, hot on the heels of another murderer. Writing An’gel and Dickce as the two southern aunts I would most likely have, if I indeed had southern aunts, is what first endeared me to author James and this series. Though I will admit, I think I’d only want to visit them once a year or so. LOL. They are way too much for me to handle! James does have a way with characters from the south, and I could easily hear, and see all the mannerisms of each and every one as I read them. DIGGING UP THE DIRT has a well written plot that will keep readers hooked until the end. There are surprises to keep you excited, false leads to keep you guessing, and a reveal worthy of the story. If you’re a fan of the Southern Ladies Mysteries, you are going to be thrilled with DIGGING UP THE DIRT! The only thing that I didn’t care for in this book was what I felt to be the over use of the word h*ll. Some cozies are starting to have a bit more cursing. I just don’t see where it’s needed. But this is just my own personal feeling on it. It in no way takes away from the talented writer Miranda James is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good with the plot twist.