From the New York Times bestselling author of A Cat in the Stacks mystery series, a novel about a single mom, wits and grits, double shifts...and murder!
A Trailer Park Mystery (#1)
Kountry Kitchen Southern cooking recipes included!
Wanda Nell Cullpepper's hectic life isn't getting any easier. When she returns home from a long day of double shifts at her day job waitressing at the Kountry Kitchen diner and her night shifts at the Budget Mart, the last person she wants to see is her no-account ex-husband, Bobby Ray, talking big and flashing cash.
Just when she thinks things can't get worse, Wanda Nell wakes up the next day to find Bobby Ray just plain dead-killed with her favorite pink flamingo yard ornament! But things go from bad to worse: now the sheriff is eyeing Wanda Nell as the primary suspect...and the real murderers have her in their sights. But she's come this far on wits and grits, so with the help of her trusty best friend, Wanda Nell sets out to fight back and catch the real culprits-or lose her life!
"Wanda Nell and her shotgun-toting buddy Mayrene are wonderful people to get to know. A down-home treat!" - #1 New York Times bestseller, Charlaine Harris
"FLAMINGO FATALE is the Southern cozy at its best." - Lane Wright, revewingtheevidence.com
"As down-home and appealing as fried green tomatoes, grits, and sweet tea. Heroine Wanda Nell Culpepper is a steel magnolia to cherish." - Carolyn Hart
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
Currently a librarian, Dean has published articles on topics in library science, the history of science/medicine, and mystery fiction. His first book, with fellow librarian Jean Swanson, was By a Woman's Hand and won an Agatha Award. Dean and Jean collaborated on Killer Books and The Dick Francis Companion. In all he has co-authored or co-edited six works of mystery reference and one short story anthology.
He has published more than eighteen novels, writing under his own name, Jimmie Ruth Evans, and as Honor Hartman. He's best known as Miranda James, for his New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series, which features a librarian, Charlie Harris and his charming, partner-in-crime solving cat, Diesel. The books include Murder Past Due, Classified as Murder, File M for Murder, Out of Circulation, The Silence of the Library, Arsenic and Old Books, No Cats Allowed, Twelve Angry Librarians and the upcoming Claws for Concern.
Dean lives with two young cats, thousands of books, and thinks frequently about killing people - but only in the pages of fiction.
See www.catinthestacks.com to discover even more!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really didn't care for this book much. I think the reason is that I really dislike authors who portray or try to portray people who live in the South and fail miserably. Maybe there are people like Wanda Nell Culpepper and Mayrene and Wanda Nell's daughter who had a baby out of wedlock with a black man, but that's not exactly admired in my neck of the woods. I live in the deep South and I don't call people honey and I know no one who totes around a shotgun everywhere they go. Okay, I understand it is fiction, but very weak storyline, no character development for the teacher or the lawyer at all. The only thing all the men in this book had in common was that they had the hots for Wanda Nell. Whatever. Anyway, it's just my opinion, I may be wrong. :)
In Tullahoma, Mississippi Wanda Nell Culpepper works two on your feet jobs to keep food on the table for her three children and her grandchild. When she finishes her shift as a waitress at the Kountry Kitchen she comes home to take a nap before working graveyard stocking the shelves at the Budget Mart. This time she comes home to find her deadbeat ex-husband Bobby Ray inside their trailer home; since he never pays child support, Wanda Nell is shocked to see him give five one hundred dollar bills to their daughter for her to use on his grandson. Wanda Nell tosses Bobby Ray out of her home with many of the trailer park residents witnessing the ugly scene. The next morning Wanda Nell finds Bobby Ray dead just outsde her trailer with the family pink flamingo lawn ornament shoved through his body. Sheriff Department Officer Elmer Lee Johnson, Bobby Ray¿s friend, leads the investigation. He assumes Wanda Nell killed Bobby Ray; she realizes she better uncover the identity of the killer or between Elmer and her former mother-in-law she could end up in prison. --- FLAMINGO FATALE is a solid regional amateur sleuth tale that uses the backdrop of the rural south to provide a fine who-done-it. Wanda Nell feels strongly that she has no choice but to solve the murder of her former spouse because the lead investigator only looks her way. Jimmie Ruth Evans provides a wonderful Mississippi mystery that stars a fabulous protagonist, a delightful eccentric support cast that brings Tullahoma especially the diner and the trailer park alive, and a surprising final peck.--- Harriet Klausner