Laid Out and Candle Lit

Laid Out and Candle Lit

by Ann Everett


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ISBN-13: 9781500464929
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/25/2011
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

A native of the Lone Star state, Ann Everett is a former school secretary and for many years did stand-up comedy for businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations. She is an active member of Northeast Texas Writers' Organization, where she currently serves as Director for their twenty-sixth annual writers' conference. Ann is an award winning short story author and has been published in on-line e-zines as well as several newspapers. She lives on a small lake in Northeast Texas with her husband.

A native of the Lone Star state, Ann Everett is a former school secretary and for many years did stand-up comedy for businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations. She is an active member of Northeast Texas Writers' Organization, where she currently serves as Director for their twenty-sixth annual writers' conference. Ann is an award winning short story author and has been published in on-line e-zines as well as several newspapers. She lives on a small lake in Northeast Texas with her husband.

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Laid Out and Candle Lit 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Carolee888 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
'Laid Out and Candle Lit' is one of those books that you don't want to take to the doctor's office to read while you are waiting! That is because you will get stares from the others in the waiting room because you will be laughing so hard! I am very impressed with Ann Everett's new book. It is so loaded with humor and local flavor and hooks you on the first page through to the end. She puts just the right amount of details to make you feel that you are sweltering in Texas heat, smelling the muffins bursting with blueberries and hear the constant gossip of a very small town. All the main characters are fully developed and the pace of this book is very fast. Ann Everett makes the little town of Brownsboro come alive. Tizzy Donovan, 25 years old, a widow with a darling daughter, Gracie, talks to the dead in the Jenkins cemetery every morning on her jog. She is stubborn, a great cook, a loving mother and after five years without sex, ripe for cupid¿s arrow. On one particular morning she finds a body near her husband's grave. Ridge Cooper is a new Texas Ranger who has previous law enforcement experience and gets assigned to this case. He wants to prove himself with this case and worries about being attracted to Tizzy as she is one of the suspects. He does see much in the way of stores when he comes to town and thinks to himself that the victim was probably ¿bored to death¿. But as the mystery unravels he finds something very tangled and a lot of the secrets of this small town are revealed. I don't want to give away who the murder victim is or any of the mystery. Everything fell neatly in place at the end. But I really enjoyed this mystery set in north east Texas with characters such as Bubba, Sugarpie and Pattiecake. There is romance, sex done with a lot of humor and a deep appreciation for the good cooking. There is a recipe in the back for 'Chocolate Coconut Pecan Pie' that I would love to try if I wasn't pre-diabetic. The next book in this series is 'You're Busting My Nuptials' and I want to be sure to read it. I recommend this book to cozy mystery readers and anyone who enjoys laughing. I received this book as a win from GoodReads and that in no way influenced my review.
MaicaKid More than 1 year ago
What a hoot!  Murder, laughs, a little sex, all kinds of characters...roll that all into a book and you have Laid Out and Candle Lit. Tizzy Donovan is a small-town girl from Texas who just happens to like spending part of her morning run in the local cemetery.  Mmmm...yeah, she just might sense some messages from the inhabitants but it's a peaceful place for her to sit and think.  Widowed young with a small child, she needs some quiet time. Then one morning she notices someone at her husband's grave and on investigation she finds a dead body...just happens to be her late husband's sister. Tizzy's brother is the local law (shoot, her family is the law, owns a local bar, the bake shop, etc) who calls in the Texas Rangers.  When Ridge Cooper arrives things heat up and that's just Tizzy's reaction to "Trooper Cooper". I didn't give it five stars because it veers into more romance novel (if you don't like sex scenes you may want to take a pass on this one) and the talking to the dead thing gets lost (and it's one thing that drew me to the book).  That said, it's enjoyable and funny.  NOTE: I read the ebook...hopefully it will be available on BN soon.
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down and laughed out loud many times. This book makes a fun, humorous, and entertaining summer read. I got hooked with the first chapter about the zany town. The book is well written, the plot is tight and the characters interesting. I love it when I find a book that is so much better than I expect, and this one certainly was. Ann Everetts' writing style is so smooth and easy to read it just seems to flow. Great humor and an all-around fun read. I highly recommend this book for lots of laughs to ease the stress of the day away.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Danger, love, family, a little sex, and many wonderful characters drive this delightful novel. I really enjoyed the humorous romantic suspense plot, but the best thing about this novel is the way she brings her characters to light with just a few thoughts and expressions that make them sooo real. Having spent many summer days in west Texas, I can relate to some of the delightful expressions in this book although I have never heard my favorite one before describing a kiss as, “an uptown route to downtown business”. The story is well plotted; I could not figure out who the villain was, even though I probably should have and usually do. It is a strange word but I keep thinking this book is smoothly written. Good pacing, appropriate shifts, good editing, excellent story, and a handsome Ranger. Maybe the last one wasn't why it was smooth, just another reason I enjoyed the book. Looking forward to the next one coming out in September. Good Reading.
DelSheree More than 1 year ago
Anyone who says small towns are boring has obviously never been to Brownsboro, Tx. The names or the townsfolk alone are enough to get you smiling. Add in skunks, better than sex cupcakes, a Texas Ranger, a local girl who talks to the dead, and murder…well you can see this “podunk” town is anything but boring. Right from the first chapter, Brownsboro snags your attention. When Tizzy Donovan makes her daily jog through the cemetery to talk to those who are gone, but not necessarily quiet, she finds a body that’s not supposed to be there. That gives the whole town a dose of drama they weren’t expecting. The Texas Ranger assigned to the murder walks in thinking it will be an open and shut case. But the first murder in Brownsboro in fifty years proves more difficult than he expected. Who knew maneuvering the secrets and lies of small town living would be so hard? But the mystery is really only part of the story. Tizzy and Ridge are presented with a problem almost from the first moment they meet. Although attracted to each other in an almost painful way, Tizzy is the main suspect in a murder case and Ridge is there to put someone –and it’s not looking good for Tizzy-in jail for the murder. Not to mention both of them have difficult pasts that making letting someone in even harder. When I first announced Laid Out and Candle Lit, I promised it would make you laugh and cry and everything in between. I hadn’t actually read the book when I said that, but I have had the privilege of reading an early copy of Ann Everett’s second book, You’re Busting My Nuptials, which was hilarious and sexy and heartwarming all at the same time, so I knew this one was going to be good too. And it was! I had so much fun reading Laid Out and Candle Lit. The mystery was great. I had sneaking suspicions here and there, but Ann did a great job of never giving you too much of a clue to ruin the mystery. She threw out so many very plausible options for who murdered Marlene, that pinning one down was difficult. My only complaint about the mystery is that I would have liked to have felt a little more anxiety about how Tizzy was going to come out of the ordeal. Otherwise, I really enjoyed trying to figure out which of locals were hiding dirty little secrets. As the investigation progressed, I was right there with Bubba, saying, “This just keeps getting better and better.” The romance between Tizzy and Ridge was steamy and torturous at the same time. I think just about every reader (well at least the women) will fall in love with Ridge. Who can resist a tall dark and handsome Texas Ranger wearing a pink feather boa as he plays tea party with a four-year-old? And Tizzy is such a good, kind person that I was just dying for her to find some happiness. Despite Tizzy’s sweetheart status and Ridge’s heart-melting personality, nothing about this story is easy. The second they get close to each other something pulls them apart-whether it be misunderstandings, fear, or psychos, simply enjoying each other seems impossible. Just when you think everything is gumdrops and lollipops for Tizzy and Ridge, you read on and the warm fuzzies go out the window! I loved it. The mystery and romance were fantastic, but what really pulled everything together was the town and its inhabitants. Ann mentioned in her interview that much of Brownsboro came from real life, and obviously that’s the way to do it. I loved all the little quirks and tidbits that go along with small town livin
E-P More than 1 year ago
Laid Out and Candle Lit is laugh-out-loud funny. Ms. Everett has created down home characters, each with distinct personalities. Tizzy is sassy. Rayann is a scaredy pants. Bubba is a local yokel. Saint is kind and wise. Pattiecake and Sugarpie are quick and witty...and Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper is rugged and sexy. Put them all together and you have tale full of romance, humor and mystery. Anyone looking for a Texas/southern based book will enjoy this story. The Texas voice comes through loud and clear. I understand it is the first in a series and I can't wait to read the next one.
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Reagan Ball More than 1 year ago
This book is full of southern charm and humor wrapped around a murder mystery, and a juicy romance! I loved it!