Flamingo Fatale

Flamingo Fatale

by Jimmie Ruth Evans

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ISBN-13: 9780425203989
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/2005
Series: A Trailer Park Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.35(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Miranda James is the pseudonym of Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian recently returned home after over thirty years in Texas. A mystery fan since the age of ten, he wrote his first novel at the ripe old age of twelve. The only copy of The Mystery of the Willow Key vanished years ago, but since it was highly derivative of the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series, that's probably a good thing.

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!

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Flamingo Fatale 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Raineybird on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Wanda Nell is a divorced mom of three, working two jobs to make ends meet. She lives in a trailer park and has pink flamingo's in her front garden, one of which will be used to murder her ex. Bobby Ray after he returns to town with a huge roll of cash. Where did the money come from and who killed him? Sheriff Elmer Lee(childhood friend of Bobby's) decides it must be Wanda Nell, and so the story starts.All good Southern Characters have two first names. I found this story a easy read. As in a lot of "Cozy" type books it's not as much a "Whodunit" as it is the "Trip Along The Way". Jimmie Ruth Evans shows potential in this first book for "A Trailer Park Mystery". I would of liked to get a better picture of what Wanda Nell looked like as well as the other characters. There is a lot of potential for this series and I will continue to read it unless it shows no growth.
jjsreads on LibraryThing 8 months ago
One of the worst books I've read. At least if there was some setting/location detail it wouldn't have seemed like such a generic southern trailer park story. No substance, all stereotypes covered.
mysteryreaderGR More than 1 year ago
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. :)
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harstan More than 1 year ago
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