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Can't Never Tell (Southern Fried Mysteries Featuring Avery Andrews #5)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  169 ratings  ·  21 reviews
It’s another Fourth of July in Dacus, South Carolina, and the carnival fright house isn’t impressing Avery’s seven-year-old niece Emma. That is, until the leg falls off a mannequin posed with a chainsaw. Then even Emma recognizes the human leg bone protruding from the wizened limb. The next day, Avery joins her sister at a college picnic up on the mountain, but the festivi...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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I have read one or two of hers before. It was enjoyable, but not compelling. The view of family life iln a southern town is fun, the dating the killer part is of course, creeepy in hindsight. I might watch a bit more for her in the future

>It's another Fourth of July in Dacus, South Carolina and the carnival fright house isn't impressing Avery's 7-year-old niece Emma. That is, until the leg falls off a mannequin posed with a chainsaw. Then even Emma recognizes the human leg bone protruding fro...more
While well crafted and expertly executed, I find that my deep-down need to devour a suspenseful mystery where the pieces were expertly deduced while gradually weaving the threads of a world class "whodunit" into a fine and magnificent piece of fabric was simply not satiated. The light hearted Avery had a couple of interesting cases thrust upon her seemingly all at once; and just as quickly as the intrigue commenced, is as quickly it was neatly wrapped up...complete with the proverbial bow. And w...more
Maggie Bishop
Lawyer Avery Andrews attends a picnic near South Carolina’s Bow Falls, tallest waterfall in the east, planning for fried chicken, cole slaw and sweet tea. Instead, a woman slips or is pushed over the falls making it the second body in a week that Avery’s caught up with. “Cain’t Never Tell” is a mystery where carney life clashes with Southern small town culture and the academic world. Author Cathy Pickens keeps the reader guessing while shaking with laughter or puzzlement during Avery’s pursuit i...more
Attorney Avery Andrews is having a heckuva Fourth of July weekend. She takes her young niece to the fright house at the fair, and they discover that one of the mannequins is really a mummified body. She goes to a picnic, and one of the other guests is killed in a fall. What's going on in her quiet home town? The police find some indication that the death was murder, and suspect the victim's absent-minded-professor husband. While I really, really like Pickens' books, and without revealing too muc...more
Maybe 3 and a half stars. This is the first of this series I have read and I like the main character, Avery, her little niece Emma and her investigator Shamanique but the others are just OK. I'll give the book a try and see if it's better. This book is basically a cautionary tale about investing and the old saying if it looks too good to be true it probably is. And a very interesting thing at the end of the book there are 3 pages of ways to avoid being shammed and things you can do to protect yo...more
I picked this up at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans this June. Cathy Pickens is a new author for me. I liked it. She writes Southern regional mysteries that are not truly cosies but they are not dark, or violent. I don't know if she does this with all her books, but this one has an appendix of references for people to learn about and avoid financial fraud, which I thought was terrific. It's the librarian in me, wanting to be educated even when I am being entertained.
Debbie Maskus
#5 in the Southern Fried series set in a small town in South Carolina, about a young female lawyer, Avery. In this tale, Avery encounters death twice in two days--a mummified corpse in a carnie horror house, and a death during a picnic. The story undercovers money fraud, such as the US has seen too often lately. Pickens does a wonderful job of exposing the warning signs, and ends the book with notes on fraud and identity theft. This is one of her most interesting books.
Nancy H
This was a good quick mystery read for those who like their cozies set somewhere in the South. This one was set in Dacus, North Carolina and featured Avery, a lawyer who has returned to her hometown to practice law. She and her niece Emma discover a dead body in a fright house at a carnival, and later Avery has to deal with another dead body. A good story with some good red herrings!
I wish I lived in a small town like Dacus is described.

The mystery is not that breath-taking or exciting but I like the description of small South town life; the pace, how everyone knows everyone...
I was again disappointed in that I figured out whodunnit in advance. But it still read very well and was entertaining. One of the most interesting features is that it is set around Clemson, SC.
Really coming to enjoy this author, and this was one of her best, I thought. Helps that I will soon be journeying to her part of the country so the locale especially of interest.
I started out really liking this, but then I found it was too predictable. However, it is a nice, light read I feel I can easily reccomend.
This author is fun to read. I even get a few laughs with reading this book, and sometimes that is just what you need.
Heather Boxley
Good book. It had me convinced it would end a certain way for most of the book and had a twist when I least expected it.
Cathy Pickens's southern mysteries are a guilty pleasure. Just started this one...
on Margaret Maron's Top Book Picks Carolina Living, Southern Living 0ct/2010
Kaye George
It was the usual fun read from Cathy Pickens. A nice series.
Fun quick read - good, light southern mystery series.
well written - good story - will read more
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Cathy Pickens has been, under different names, a lawyer, a business professor, a university provost, a clog-dancing coach, a church organist / choir director, and a typist.

The most profound influences on her life have been her family, her faith, Nancy Drew, and Perry Mason. She grew up in a small town and, forced to move to "big cities" to support herself, first as a lawyer and then as a professor...more
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