When Tammy Rodrigue, known as Louisiana Sassy on the archery circuit, rolled into Bear Paw, Michigan, for the archery competition, Tournament of Trouble, she never expected to be considered a suspect in a murder investigation. Sure, the victim was killed via an arrow through his heart with the same white and pink fletches (feathers) like Tammy uses, but she had just come to town. Not only that, but she was just pulled out of a ditch by a mysterious man wearing a ski mask. Most women might be frightened, but not Tammy. She's tough as nails and not about to be intimidated by anyone, not even the local archery hot shot, Daniel Adams, who turned out to be the man under the mask.
Tammy and her tag-along friend, Dixie, slid their way into town amidst a snowstorm and took shelter at the local restaurant, Hidden Pass, run by a kind senior citizen, Margarita Hickey, who offers them a place to stay. As it were, Margarita was down on her luck and her business had gone on hard times. She's impressed when Tammy spices up the chili she ordered with her own brand of spices that she always carries with her. It's then that a plan is hatched, and Tammy and Dixie devise a way to help Margarita by creating Cajun recipes that Margarita could serve during the winter festival.
As Tammy and Dixie begin to poke into Sheriff Simon Price's murder investigation, they discover there are more secrets in this town than what's hiding out in the Bayou back home. Margarita, not one to be left out in the cold, tags along, too. The victim, Clayton Percy, has cheated on his wife and has been flashing cash all over town, but nobody seems to know why. Or are they keeping it a secret? Will Tammy and Dixie be able to solve this mystery in time before the Tournament of Trouble, or will Tammy finally miss her mark?
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When independent writer Madison Johns began writing at the age of forty-four, she never imagined she'd have two books in her Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths mystery series make it onto the USA Today Bestsellers list. Sure, these books are Amazon bestsellers, but USA Today?
Although sleep-deprived from working third shift, she knew if she used what she had learned while caring for senior citizens to good use, it would result in something quite unique. The Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths mystery series has forever changed Madison's life, with each of the books making it onto the Amazon bestseller's list for cozy mystery and humor.
Madison is a member of Sisters In Crime. Madison is now able to do what she loves best and work from home as a full-time writer. She has two children, a black lab, and a hilarious Jackson Chameleon to keep her company while she churns out more Agnes Barton stories with a few others brewing in the pot.
Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths Mystery series in order:
Armed and Outrageous
Grannies, Guns and Ghosts
Trouble in Tawas
Treasure in Tawas
Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths Box Set Books 1-3.
Agnes Barton/Kimberly Steele Cozy Mystery series:
Pretty, Hip & Dead
Pretty and Pregnant novella featuring Kimberly Steele
Redneck Romance (Published by Tirgearr Publishing)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fast-paced, funny cozy mystery with great friendship and so much more. As someone who declares herself to be a foodie, I'm always drawn to culinary mysteries. I love to read about food almost more than I love to eat it. There was also plenty of action to keep this mystery interesting. Those that love cozy mysteries are going to enjoy this one.
I was disappointed in this book. I have tried several times to read this book and just could not get interested. I love the author, but this book was boring.
At least this has more than chocolate or cookies--Louisiana Sassy comes north to compete with her bow! There is a reigning archer whom she has to beat. Also, it is a mystery, so there you have it--all kinds of reasons to try this book. This one might be suitable for book club discussions.
Fun read but has some flaws. Tammy, whose moniker is "Louisiana Sassy", and her friend Dixie have come to Bear Paw, Michigan for an archery tournament. Before they can even find the town, these hapless Southern ladies run off a snowy road into a ditch; are pulled out by Daniel, the man to beat in the archery competition; and encounter a local Sheriff who is investigating a dead body in the woods. Turns out the deceased was shot with an arrow fletched with pink and white feathers, just like Tammy's arrows. She and Dixie become prime suspects and are warned not to leave town. Tammy decides to investigate the death independently, and not just trust the sheriff to find the real killer. I enjoyed this book, and should a second in this series appear I'll probably give it a try. I say this despite the fact that I feel it has several significant flaws. The first person narration describes past events, but occasionally shifts briefly in and out of present tense. Townspeople, confronted by two complete strangers who ask a lot of very personal questions about what they know and what they've done, are unbelievably lacking in either reticence or circumspection and readily yield up required information. Worst of all, the male romantic interest, Daniel, is obvious, conceited, chauvinistic, and a dangerous clown who wouldn't be allowed anywhere near an archery range (I refer to his strutting around in front of a target while Tammy is trying to shoot). It was the archery theme that prompted me to read this book, but the description of the tournament in Chapter 12 didn't do much for me. In his novel Goldfinger, Ian Fleming describes a round of golf that Bond plays against Goldfinger. It is tense and involving. It has consequences, and an interesting twist at the end. It was a highlight of the book for me. This book’s archery competition is dull by comparison. It seems to exist only as a venue for showing a better side to Daniel's character. I had a little trouble, however, forgetting what a complete jerk he'd been up until this next-to-the-last chapter. Kudos to Tina Adams for the cover art. I don't think Louisiana Sassy, as described in the book, would look or dress like the cover's runway model, but it is a wonderfully well done and memorable illustration for all that.
I enjoyed it. I like her writing style but this one has a different flavor that I enjoyed. I hope to see more in this series.
Not sure on this one. This is the first book by Madison Johns I have read. The sample was interesting however, the remainder of the story was not as good. It may have been due to the style of writing. I found myself skipping parts that weren't very interesting at all. Not sure if I will read anymore of this series.
Just want to mindless read. Short book.