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Heard It Through the Grapevine (A Dead Sister Talking Mystery #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
A debut mystery chock-full of big Texas attitude

Savannah television personality Elaina Garcia has the opportunity of a lifetime as a news anchor in Florida, but her plans are disrupted when she learns about the death of her estranged sister, Tessa, who ran a Texas winery with her ex-husband.

Back in her hometown of Vineyard, Texas, Lainey comes face to face with her dead si
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Paperback, 323 pages
Published May 8th 2013 by Midnight Ink (first published May 1st 2013)
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Denise Zendel
May 19, 2014 Denise Zendel rated it it was amazing
Lainey Garcia is a popular TV anchor in Savannah, Georgia, considering a move to a larger market in Tampa, Florida. She gets waylaid from the Florida job interview when one of her four sisters calls to tell her one of the other sisters, Tessa, has died in an explosion. Lainey goes back to the small Texas town of Vineyard, a town she swore never to return to after a falling out with Tessa. She’s conflicted because she’s been estranged from Tessa for many years, but feels a need to support her rem ...more
Marfita
Feb 26, 2014 Marfita rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
The mystery was well-constructed. Lipperman slipped past me a couple of times, so kudos for that. I thought Tessa was horrible - corporeally and spiritually. And she wasn't funny, cracking wise at the expense of ... well, people who probably deserved it ... a bit AND were unable to hear her. If you're gonna dis someone, have the nerve to do it to their face.
But, Mother of Mercy, please please please someone write a love scene where the couple fumbles a lot. The first time anyone makes love to so
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Kaye
Jan 20, 2014 Kaye rated it it was amazing
Lainey Garcia is a successful television personality, with an important job interview coming up, but she puts everything on hold to return to Texas when her sister Tessa dies. Lainey and Tessa have quite the past, Lainey left town when Tessa married the man she loved. So, after Tessa's house exploded, and it was ruled murder, the last thing Lainey expects to see is Tessa, as a ghost. Lainey is the only one who can see and hear her, but Tessa asks the sisters to find out who murdered her. Tessa h ...more
Jack
Jun 02, 2015 Jack rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
This is really, 1.5 stars. This book did have a story and could have been humorous with the dead sister talking to her, BUT with every other paragraph commenting on every characters : hard dick, big boobs, limp dick, hard nipples, pencil dick, hot ass, etc. etc. etc. JHC - Lipperman is one horney Texas biach!! Is this what romance novels are like??? 50 Shades???
So very unnecessary and pathetic!! Made it difficult to follow or get engaged in the story when you were constantly trying to determine
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Stephanie
Jun 13, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy
As a fan of Liz Lipperman’s Clueless Cook mystery series, I was intrigued when I learned of another series: the Dead Sister Talking Mystery series. And, Heard It Through the Grapevine did not disappoint. This is a wonderful story about the five Garcia sisters who are reunited by the death of one. You can read the story blurb above for a teaser about the story itself, so I won’t rehash that again. However, this is laugh out loud funny, with lovable characters, a strongly crafted plot, and enough ...more
LORI CASWELL
May 08, 2013 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Lainey is a successful television personality and her career is really taking off but she has to put her everything on hold so she can return to Texas for her sister’s funeral. When she gets there she comes face to face with her dead sister and I don’t mean the one in the casket. Tessa’s ghost is on the scene and the only one that can see and hear her is Lainey. Then comes the news that Tessa was murdered and her ghost begs Lainey and her other sisters to find her killer. Tessa and her ex-husban ...more
bella
May 02, 2013 bella rated it it was amazing
In the debut book in the Dead Sister Talking Mysteries, Elaina "Lainey" Garcia has come home to Vineyard, Texas, following the death of her sister, Tessa. What at first looks like an accident proves to be murder. When Tessa's ghost appears only to Lainey begging Lainey to solve her murder, Lainey decides to hang around Vineyard and search for clues.

What an absolutely fun and fantastic debut! With a dash of Murder She Wrote and a large helping of the humor that I've grown to love with the Stephan
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Rhonda
Mar 04, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it
5 STARS

Heard it Through the Grapevine (A Dead Sister Talking Mystery) is a cozy mystery. Their is some love scenes and sex talk with different characters in the story. One character is even a porn star.

I enjoyed reading Heard it Through the Grapevine. Elaina comes home for her sister's funeral. Never mind that they have a feud and have not spoken for years.
Lainey has not been home for years. She sees her other sisters and talks with them. Did not even tell her boss/boyfriend that she even had an
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Shy The WidowMaker
May 24, 2013 Shy The WidowMaker rated it liked it
Ok being that I am a lover of cozy mysteries I think I may have found a new series that I am in love with. This mystery is set in Texas and I loved everything about the town it was set in. You got that whole small town feel complete with all the gossip that comes with small town life. Lainey enters back into town after learning that her sister has died. Well once she gets back she learns she was actually murdered and sets out to try to solve the mystery. This is where all the fun begins. Lainey ...more
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
3.5 Solid Stars!

When Savannah's television personality Lainey Garcia gets an opportunity to become the next new anchor in Florida, her travel plans are placed on hold when she learns about the recent death of her estranged sister. Now Lainey must travel to her hometown of Vineyard, Taxes for the funeral only to come face to face with her dead sister in a form of a ghost that only Lainey could see and hear. With the help of her other sisters, Lainey sets out to discover who really killed Tessa.

Wh
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Melodie
Sep 20, 2013 Melodie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2013
I've read this author's Clueless Cook series, and have found it to be terribly up and down, mostly down, with only the middle one in the trilogy being a good read. This one is kind of along the lines of books 1 & 3 in that series. There were a few likeable characters in this one, Colt being one of them, but the thing with his nearly, "OMG! How did I miss you the first time...now I want to be with you every waking moment", reaction to Lainey was SO not believable! Lots of "language" in here, ...more
Mary
Mar 24, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
An easy-to-ready, cozy mystery that I liked but didn't love. From Goodreads: " Debut mystery chock-full of big Texas attitude. Savannah television personality Elaina Garcia has the opportunity of a lifetime as a news anchor in Florida, but her plans are disrupted when she learns about the death of her estranged sister, Tessa, who ran a Texas winery with her ex-husband. Back in her hometown of Vineyard, Texas, Lainey comes face to face with her dead sister. The problem is that Tessa is not in the ...more
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
This one had some potential but fell flat in a few places for me at times. I normally don't mind swearing and some sexual content in my cozies but for some reason the extent of it kind of jarred me here and took me out of the book. It was like someone took a steamy romance and tried to throw in a mystery - it didn't fit for me. I was not a huge fan of the protagonist Lexie - at times she seemed like kind of a bit** and her sister Tessa was just plain horrible. I just didn't buy their relationshi ...more
Bonnie Drummond
Jan 21, 2016 Bonnie Drummond rated it it was amazing
For a Mystery Paranormal Ghost Series " A Dead Sister Talking Mystery " #1 in the series Heard it Through the Grapevine; was a fantasist book to read, sister hatred, 3 murders, poisoning's, greed, betrayal that runs deep, and a piece of land that just wants to grow wine grapes. Find out more by getting a copy, enjoy a rump of humor with a ghost and her sisters.
Stacy
Jul 16, 2013 Stacy rated it did not like it
I checked this book out from my library as a digital download, thinking it was a cozy mystery. Well, it might be considered that, but this one had too much bad language and sexual references in it for little ole me. When the author introduced a former porn star and started describing some scenes with her and her new husband, I decided that was too much for me. Yes, I know I'm old fashioned, but I choose to read mostly Christian fiction and clean secular fiction. This one didn't fit that category ...more
Judy
Feb 14, 2014 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Not a bad little mystery, but I wouldn't call it a "cozy" (as the Publisher's Weekly apparently did). The characters are fun, but it is pretty sexually explicit for a cozy. A ghost is one of the characters, which include a family of sisters living in a small town in the Dallas area.
Melissa
This just barely rates a 3. I did not like this as much as Grapes of Death. The body count in this is sky high. I'm not sure how the author will repopulate her town. I will probably read the next in the series, but it is not high on my list.
Susan
Television journalist Lainey Garcia leaves her job and boyfriend in Savannah to return to Texas when her estranged sister dies. Soon she learns that Tessa was murdered, and also that Tessa's ghost is appearing--but only to Lainey. Her other sisters only reluctantly believe in Tessa's presence, but although she doesn't know who murdered her, she can give Lainey other information about who has a motive to kill her. The local sheriff, Lainey's high school crush and Tessa's first husband, wants Lain ...more
Carla
Nov 11, 2014 Carla rated it it was ok
Not a fan of the intimate parts of this book. They didn't really fit in. Otherwise I liked it, but the sex scenes were just too much and weird.
Nora-adrienne
May 25, 2013 Nora-adrienne rated it it was amazing
Lizbeth Lipperman has a way with words. The snarky ghost has a way better way with words.. in fact she's even snarkier then I am, and that's saying something.

I am so glad the author sent me this book to read. I spent most of today finishing it off and was shocked as I started to understand just how snarled the twists and turns were in the plot. So much so that I had a hard time trying to figure out the "who dunnit" before I reached the end of the book.

I have more to say but it will have to wai
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Alma Bell
Aug 03, 2015 Alma Bell rated it it was amazing
This was a funny, suspenseful and humorous.
Jane Grayson
Apr 05, 2013 Jane Grayson rated it it was amazing
A great story about five sisters, one of whom (Tessa) dies and appears at her funeral to the one sister she's been estranged from for 9 years.
The smart mouthed ghost provides plenty of laughs as she first coerces the remaining sisters to find her killer, then joins them in the hunt. But it seems like the list of those who wanted Tessa dead is a mile long. Lipperman's characters seem to pop off the pages, and I couldn't put this book down until I came to the end. As usual with Lipperman mysterie
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Merceda
Jun 13, 2013 Merceda rated it really liked it
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Mary  (Biblophile)
Mediocre at best. Didn't care for the main characters who weren't very likable.
Suzan
Apr 17, 2016 Suzan rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
For someone who claims to not read about paranormal I find myself doing just that lately. The major problem I had with this book was the graphic sex. It was so not necessary. I bower end this book from the library. It should come with an "XXX" warning. I would not want my teen reading this.
Okay off my soap box. I did think the story was great. I would have rated it 4 stars. Will not be reading more in this series.
Allison Collins
Jan 05, 2014 Allison Collins rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! I read it in two sittings. Love the idea of the dead sister coming back to convince her sisters to find out who killed her. The characters are fun, the plot is compelling, and the mystery...well, I was kept guessing until the very end.

Liz Lipperman writes with humor and has a definite knack for writing mysteries that keep you involved until the very end. I can't wait for the next in the series!
Christine
Jul 01, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-books
This was a great book. I was a little doubtful when I entered for it, but I am so glad that I did! It is an easy read! Laughed myself to tears in a couple of places! Lizbeth did an awesome job! I am sure gonna be on the lookout for anything with her name on it! Thanks Lizbeth Lipperman! You rocked it!
Martha Newman
Dec 30, 2013 Martha Newman rated it liked it
An entertaining story with a different hook--the protagonist's dead sister appears as a ghost to help her sister solve crime.
Ming
Aug 29, 2013 Ming rated it it was ok
2.5

This is not a cozy -- don't think it is .. but that isn't the problem .. its just a dull book
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