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Who Invited the Dead Man? (Thoroughly Southern #3)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  272 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The first title in this new mystery series introduces sixtysomething Southerner MacLaren Yarbrough, the new magistrate of Hope County, Georgia, who's appointed to replace her injured husband, Joe Riddley. When a local man is found murdered at Joe's birthday gala, MacLaren tries to sweet-talk clues out of affluent matriarchs, shady drifters, and even a disgruntled parrot. ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Signet
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Sarah Reynolds
Nov 29, 2014 Sarah Reynolds rated it liked it
Fun southern mystery series
Dharia Scarab
Mar 03, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

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Apr 15, 2015 Pamela rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery, georgia
"In the South 'peculiar' can mean anything from a tad eccentric to downright dangerous, and generally we tolerate peculiar folks unless they do bodily harm."

Quick - Quaint - Quirky. Bonus perk: expletive-free. All good qualities for a cozy southern whodunit. Sadly, though, it lacked considerable integrity in plot and action; not to mention, compromised crime scenes and law enforcement procedures cast a huge shadow of disbelief.

An okay beach read, perhaps. But a bit of a let down after enjoying
First I have read of this author, who apparently has a series of cosy mysteries set in a small Georgia town. Not bad. There is some very insightful depiction of how folks move into their twilight elder years.

From the Publisher
Whether handling customer calls at the Yarbrough's Seed, Feed, and Nursery or close calls while solving crimes, sixty-something Southerner MacLaren Yarbrough knows how to charm her way through anything.

When a local man is found murdered at her husband's birthday gala, Mac
Jul 05, 2009 Maddy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
PROTAGONIST: Judge MacLaren Yarbrough
SETTING: Georgia
SERIES: 3 of 10
WHY: Not my normal fare at all, as I am a reader of hardboiled/noir. This was lighter without a lot of the silliness that I associate with an amateur sleuth kind of book. I really liked how the author portrayed the strain of living with a person with a head injury, didn't color it pretty at all. Overall, the book was predictable and average.
Margie Morris
Oct 26, 2007 Margie Morris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: every one
A very good book,well written,keeps your interest from the beginning to the end,has lots of humor and at the same time a good story line. It brings the small town southern culture right into your living room.
May 27, 2008 Kimberly rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book too much. The author's style is the same. I mean with this and her other books it always goes along a format, someone gets murdered and the main character solves it. It is SO boring
Jennifer Adams
Sep 03, 2011 Jennifer Adams rated it liked it
Just finished this easy-to-read mystery. I'll definitely pick up another by this author. I like books set in the south, and the extra problems with her recovering husband were unexpected, but made it seem real.
Nov 27, 2007 Cindy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
Shelves: mysteries, series
I really enjoyed this series. My only complaint is that I can figure out whodunnit in almost all the books. But that's secondary to the enjoyment I get out of reading the books. This one I spotted as soon as the murderer appeared in the book, but there are always lots of other twists in there.
Kimberly Ann
Feb 15, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters, I liked the story (even though I could figure out who dun it), and l actually liked the flow of the protagonist's narrative.

Feb 06, 2015 Babs rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in the series and love how MacLaren solves the the murder at her husbands birthday gala.
Mar 31, 2016 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No as good as some of the others. I thought at times the author was demeaning to people in the South. The simplicity of it made it boring and hard to read.
Sep 07, 2016 Nynana2 rated it it was amazing
This is another series that has unusual twists and likeable characters. This is one of the early titles in the 'Thoroughly Southern Series'. Many in the series are available for download.
Jun 25, 2008 Felicia rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
"I heard her laugh aloud as I approached them - a sound as seldom heard in Hopemore as a discouraging word back home on the range."
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Aka Patricia Houck Sprinkle.

When I met and married Bob, he looked over our budget and demanded, "Why don’t you write a mystery to pay for all the ones you buy?" I immediately knew I wanted to put a body in a building where I’d once worked. However, being over-endowed with the Protestant ethic, I wrote "important" things first and only wrote the mystery in my spare time, so my first mystery, Murder
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