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Friday, April 29, 2011

Buried In Briny Bay by Bobbye Terry

Buried In Briny Bay by Bobbye Terry
A Briny Bay Mystery
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (62 pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4 books
Review by: Jasmine

Roxie Turner finds herself up to her neck in trouble when her lifelong nemesis, Georgia Collins, is discovered buried in the town’s landfill. To make matters worse, with her characteristic Southern sass, Roxie has been saying she’d kill Georgia for more than twenty years. In fact, she listed the ways to do the woman in, constantly reminding prominent citizens of her intent. It was all a joke, or so she thought. But the joke turns on her as, suddenly, other dead bodies begin to pile up, all murdered with a technique from Roxie’s list.

Enlisting the assistance of handsome hunk, Greg Norris, Roxie’s sister, Trixie Frye, comes to her aid, bent on uncovering the killer and the truth. Can they find out both before Roxie goes to the big house?

This book is southern charm meets "I Love Lucy". If you like the old television series, then you will love this book. The main character, Roxie Turner, and her sister, Trixie Frye, are like a modern day Lucy and Ethel. They get into endless trouble, even when their intentions are completely innocent – though the results tend to be a bit more lethal than the original duo's. Trixie's husband, Floyd, reminds me a lot of Fred from the same old TV show, though I'm not sure the male lead quite measures up to Ricky yet. The first in a series that promises to be very entertaining, this book takes place in North Carolina.

Roxie has spent the last twenty years, very vocally, plotting the death of her nemesis, Georgia, to anyone who will listen. She even did research on different ways to kill her. When Georgia turns up dead in one of the many ways on Roxie's list, naturally she is the first, and most logical, suspect. Then, when more people start dying in the other ways on Roxie's checklist, it seems that someone is out to frame her. Trixie and Roxie have to investigate, and find the killer, to clear Roxie's name before it's too late.

Well written and comical, it was a fun change from the normal romantic suspense novels. It was slightly predictable in a couple of places but it didn't take away from the enjoyment of the story. The plot keeps you reading just to see what trouble the girls get into next. A quick, fun read that leaves you looking forward to the next book in the series!