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A Little Death in Dixie

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  1,557 ratings  ·  157 reviews
The blues were born out of pride, anger and need. Murder comes from those same dark places.
One of Memphis' most seductive and notorious socialites has disappeared. She's either off on another of her drunken escapades or the disappearance is something much more frightening. What begins as an ordinary day's work for Detective Billy Able of the Memphis P.D. quickly grows int
Paperback, 298 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by Bell Bridge Books
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Sally Ross
I would give this a 3 1/2 star rating, but that's not an option. I read the book in one day and thought the character development was very good. My reason for posting, is my pet peeve about some of the book reviewers on this site. You don't have any business giving a book a negative review when you haven't read the entire book. It's not like a food item, where you can take a bite and know if you like it or not. A book is more like a race horse, it can start out slow and end up surprising you wit ...more
A surprisingly good regional mystery with the setting of Memphis, Tennessee. I say "surprisingly" because it starts a bit muddled. The author chooses to narrate with several viewpoints before finally settling on Memphis detective Billy Able as the main voice. The result is a somewhat fragmented and jerky story that took a little struggling to stay interested in. However halfway through, the story picks up with twists and turns that elevate the tale to a rip-roaring good novel. It was well worth ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I love Southern fiction and am always game for mixing my favourite genres, this time with a crime mystery.

The publisher's blurb tells us that a notorious socialite disappears and it's either because she's off on another drunken spree or perhaps something more sinister has happened. Then it hints at the story being more complex. So, with only that information to go on I really was not ready for the incredibly twisting, turning, complex plot that I found myself plunged into. As
Barbara Mitchell
Lisa Turner goes right to the top of my favorite authors list with A Little Death in Dixie. I felt like I was in Memphis on a hot summer day when I began reading it, complete with what appeared to be stereotypical southern belles without a brain in their heads, their men who thought they were the masters of the house, the lazy Mississippi rolling by, and big mansions.

Then suddenly the pace picked up and I forgot all that molasses thick air and southern drawl. As one reviewer wrote, "The pages t
Surprisingly good! The best new mystery I've read this year.
Jun 27, 2011 Pam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
I downloaded this book on my Kindle during one of those specials of the day. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. It is a murder mystery that takes place in Memphis. I feel that the author had good ideas for both the characters and the plot, however, she didn't know when to stop, when to reign it in a little. All of the good characters are too good, too long suffering, one dimensional in their goodness. The same for the bad characters, they are really, really bad. And speaking of good ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Candace rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery fans, fans of Southern Gothic
So many mysteries have a cookie-cutter feel. It's a real pleasure to find one that has unexpected twists and turns, that doesn't sound like the formula for a Lifetime Movie Network offering. This book grabbed me and pulled me in. Even though it was not a quick read, I hung on for the ride, rudely reading it instead of socializing with visitors. It's got a nice sense of atmosphere, of time and place, and it is besotted with that lovely Southern Gothic feeling. If you think you have it all figured ...more
the oft repeated criticism of multiple narrators in the beginning of the book is quite true. Trashy southern gothic gotta love it
Wendy Hines
Sophia Dupree is a drunk, well-known around the precinct for her lush and careless ways. So, when she is reported missing, everyone thinks she may have just walked away. But Detective Billy Able had a fling with Sophia years ago, and still in love with her, decides to investigate. Something just doesn't seem right.

Billy's partner, Lou, has been acting really strange lately. Abusive and violent behavior that just isn't like him. Recently divorced, he seems to have spun into a cycle of depression.
Suspense, greed, betrayal, danger, romance.... you would think these ingredients would add up to a great thriller, right? Ummmm not so much.

A Little Death in Dixie was choppy and sluggish, and I struggled to get through it. The narration jumped back and forth between characters, which I would have been fine with, except that rather than making me feel closer to the characters, it actually left me feeling more estranged (in the end, the only thing I really felt was disgust for Lou). Like another
This was a very slow start, but eventually took off. I didn't have any expectations for this book, and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the plot and breadth of the story telling. However, that's not to say it was flawless.

Lisa Turner writes this story from different viewpoints, Billy the detective, Mercy the sister, and Buck the Judge, and Dexter the coroner. Because of that, I think it took me a little longer to warm up to the characters. Turner eventually settles on Billy as the cen
Francis T. Villante
Some fun in dixie

Some fun in dixie

this was a definitely a fun read. it had the full complement of a corrupt judge,senator, police , murder, child abuse and more. the main character detective Billy Able has to solve a murder surrounded by all of this mayhem with a corrupt partner who is murdered. a definite page Turner. I would recommend to anyone looking for a fun and exciting read.
Got this one free from kindle, and I'll gladly pay for Turner's next book. I love Billy and Mercy, and hope they get more of their own books. Turner handled this book by telling it from the perspectives of several of her main characters...but the ones whose minds would have cleared up the mystery for us were stubbornly silent.

We learn what makes Mercy tick, Billy, Buck. But we don't know what's going on in Lou's mind and heart, or Sophia's or T Wayne. Because of that, we're left guessing and won
When I first starting reading Lisa Turner's book, "A Little Death in Dixie" it seemed "a little" slow-moving. In addition, there were so many characters introduced, I wondered if I'd ever be able to remember them.

However, as I read on, I gradually realized that the author was composing a series of inter-related stories from various perspectives. I had no trouble remembering who the characters were--especially as the true, central characters began to emerge. Their actions were extremely, complex
Typical genteel southern story. Mother Gloria is a weak, spineless woman in need of a man to give her the societal standing she thinks she deserves. She has 2 daughters, one she adores and one she ignores. When the adored daughter is missing, Mom frets and scolds ignored daughter.The detective working on the case has a history with the missing daughter that initially clouds his perception of the case. He also has a strange relatiinshipwith his partner that leaves him blinc_sidedSibling rivalry, ...more
Susan Gilbert
Suspense to the end

Characters who were interesting and their battles with each other kept the story going until the end. You'll probably figure it out, but the end is written so that one gets great joy in the finish!
Candice Mckinney
Mercy Dupree goes home to visit her family in Memphis to find that her sister Sophia is missing. Sophia is an alcholic so at first everyone assumes she is in a motel somewhere and will show up in a day or two since it has happened before. Detective Billy Able had a brief affair right after Sophia's son died in a shooting accident. Since then he has been trying to keep Sophia out of jail when she is drunk. As time goes by everyone is afraid that Sophia is dead. Sophia is married to a man who is o ...more
Frank Drury
As soon as I read the first few pages I knew I was in for a great read. Turner's prose flows from paragraph to paragraph and never leaves the reader with any hesitation about continuing to read the story. The story of Detective Billy Able and the crime he solves is great, but the true enjoyment for me came from the strong character development and the wonderful descriptions of Memphis,Tennesee, where the story takes place. I have only been there once before reading this book but now I feel like ...more
Katherine M Keithley
This one will keep your attention

Anyone who enjoys a good thriller will find this a worthy one. The plot twists and turns in ways that will keep you guessing to the end. Enjoy!! I did!
Loralee Lillibridge

Edge-of-seat plot with twists and turns leading to a shocking conclusion I never saw coming. Ms.Turner writes with chilling realism.
M.J. Flournoy
I enjoyed this fast pace mystery. It gives great Southern flavor and lots of suspense. I'll be looking for another book by this author!
This is a new author for me. I very much enjoyed her writing & story line. Keeps you guessing to the very end.
The story line of this book wasn't bad. It was the writing that was terrible. I would say pretty much all of the characters were one-dimensional, which was a shame since the plot left a lot of room for creating interesting characters. Alas, the bad guys were all predictable (they beat their women and horses) and the women all seemed to lack intelligence and backbone (the strongest female character in the book spends most of her time either letting her mother tell her she's ugly or baking pies). ...more
This book kept my attention and I don't want to say too much because it is a mystery
I haven't read a murder mystery in quite awhile, so decided to give this a try when it came up as a daily deal on my Nook. It was really good, and the deeper I got into the pages, the more I couldn't put it down! Best part for me, I was very surprised at the ending. I am usually pretty good at figuring out mysteries, but I was totally blindsided with this one, and I'm happy about that! It's a little heavier than most mysteries I have read, and some subject matter that I don't care for, but it wa ...more
Sloooow start but it picked up considerably toward the end. I guess I can be persuaded to read on.
This book was like eating popcorn. You don't really remember eating it. A light read.
I tried, really I did. 4 times I started this book. It was SO choppy I had a very hard time caring what happend to anyone. I never made it very far at all. The author had really great southern wit, it's in there somewhere, I guess this was just not for me. I did like a lot of lines though I wished they would have flown together.

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The sign was a lot like Memphis; seductive, old, with hints of grandeur and an aura of risk.

Criers draw attention to themselves, not to the predicament over
Grittier and darker than most mysteries I've read recently. However, as much as I abhorred the things that happened in this book (animal cruelty, child abuse) this book is what mysteries used to be before the "cozies" took hold. I do like cozies - they are enjoyable, easy reads - but if you read too many of them - you'll lose your mind - they are simple and interchangeable and often dumb.

This book makes you feel and think. Yes, its not pleasant at times - but at least it's not mindless.

Please, p
I thought that the premise of the book sounded interesting so I asked for a copy to review. The book started off a bit slow, partly due to the choppiness of the writing, but I did get into the plot after a little while. I liked the plot and the pacing in this book. Character development was OK but I did like how the author told this story from different characters viewpoints. I would read another novel by Lisa Turner after reading this one. Hopefully the writing will get better and the story wil ...more
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