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Bless Her Dead Little Heart (A Southern Ladies Mystery) (original 2014; edition 2014)

by Miranda James (Author)

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With the Mississippi sun beating down, An'gel and Dickce are taking a break to cool off and pet sit their friend Charlie Harris's cat, Diesel, when their former sorority sister, Rosabelle Sultan, shows up at their door unexpectedly, with her ne'er-do-well adult children not far behind. Rosabelle's selfish offspring are desperate to discover what's in her will, and it soon becomes clear that one of them would kill to get their hands on the inheritance. Suddenly caught up in a deadly tangle of duplicitous suspects and deep-fried motives, it will take all of the sisters' Southern charm to catch a decidedly ill-mannered killer...… (more)
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Title:Bless Her Dead Little Heart (A Southern Ladies Mystery)
Authors:Miranda James (Author)
Info:Berkley (2014), First Edition - October 2014, 304 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:mystery series, cats, dogs, murder, A Southern Ladies Mystery, An'gel Ducote, Dickce Ducote, Peanut, Endora, Benjy Stephens, paperback

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It's hard to be objective since I know the author. But I really like this first book in Miranda James new Southern Ladies Mystery series. If you like your cozies in the classic style of Agatha Christie, then you'll love "Bless Her Dead Little Heart." It's a delightful new spin off from James' Cat In The Stacks Mysteries featuring the Ducote sisters getting into their very own messes as only they can. It's smart and witty without being graphic or vulgar. ( )
  Carole0220 | Mar 23, 2020 |
What a fun book this was! Two sisters in their 80's living alone in a huge house and liking very much the "alone" part. Their old friend shows up on the front porch seeking a place to hide from her family who is trying to kill her (??). Within the next few hours, her entire family also knocks in varying groups. Is there a killer among them? And where, for Heaven's sake are they going to put them all!?

A good plot, great characters and the ending was very well done. A great beach book! (Now, I just have to find a beach!!) ( )
  macygma | Jun 18, 2016 |
Miranda James is really Dean James and he seems to write under several female names with several series - although none of the series seems to be very long. This is the Southern Ladies series - something new and a spinoff from the Cat in the Stacks series starring Charlie Harris and his large maine coon cat, Diesel. Harris is on vacation and left Diesel with the Ducote sisters, An'gel and Dickce who are single and in their 80s with a very nice large house. They have figured into some of the earlier cat in the stack books. An old sorority sister, Rosabelle Sultan, shows up unexpectedly at their doorstep claiming her family is trying to kill her. Rosebelle is on her 3rd husband a wealthy Italian man. Her first two husbands seem to have left her money and her children live with her and are on allowances. While the sisters are willing to take her in, they recall her being extremely self-centered and selfish. Not long after Rosebelle shows up, her family comes knocking and the sisters have a houseful of people, many of whom are rude, angry and not well behaved. Rosebelle's son's wife dies in a fall down the steps that seems to be murder. The deputy, Kanesha Berry, is in charge of the investigation and would like to keep everyone under one roof. Then Rosebelles daughter, Maudine, a particularly offensive woman is found dead of a heart attack surrounded by rubber spiders. She had a deep fear of spiders. Dickce and a younger member of the family, Bengy, find a cat and dog apparently left by the side of the road. Benjys mother was married to Wade, Rosebelle's son and Wade doesn't seem to like Bengy and probably won't bother with Benjy with his mother now dead. Dickce likes him and he likes Diesel. Two more woman die including Rosebelle and it is found that her other daughter, Bernice, was the killer. However, once Bernice is found out by her daughter Juanita smothered her in shock or to avoid her mother going to prison. I think that Diesel will go home when Harris returns and the new cat and dog will be adopted by the sisters and Benjy will be on hand to help out in future mysteries.
  taurus27 | May 21, 2016 |
This is a spin-off series from A Cat in the Stacks series. Diesel is staying with the Ducote Sisters while Charlie Harris and his family are on vacation. An old sorority sister comes to the Ducote's home saying her family is trying to kill her. We know who Diesel likes and we know An'gel and Dickce's thoughts about Rosabelle and her family. What I could figure out was the murderer until the end when it was explained to me.

This started slow as the Ducote's world is being built but when the cast of characters are all revealed and more mayhem ensues it speeds up and kept me entertained. An'gel just does not know how much will be changing in her world. I enjoyed the story and the introduction to the returning characters in this series and look forward to more. ( )
  Sheila1957 | Feb 8, 2016 |
Tiresome. A family apparently has a serial killer in its midst, but normal bickering and silliness just goes on and on; the sisters are content for the crazy people to remain as guests. ( )
  UPMarta | Aug 20, 2015 |
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This book is dedicated with love and thanks to the two amazing women who inspired theirfictional(and much older) counterparts.  An'gel Ducote Molpus and Dickce Ducote Little.  Blessings in life come in different guises;  if you're lucky, they sometimes have sassy mouths and big hearts.  Thank you for your friendship and your inspiration.
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