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Huckleberry Finished (A Delilah Dickinson Literary Tour Mystery #2)

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Dead Man Overboard!

Delilah Dickinson's literary travel agency is a hit! But the latest package tour, a leisurely steamboat trip down Huckleberry Finn's Mississippi, delivered one dead passenger. As it turns out, Ben Webster made a few enemies before he expired by trying to slug a roulette dealer. Delilah knows the steamship's no-nonsense head of security definitely is di
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ebook, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published November 1st 2009)
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Rebecca
This book is a fast, fun, and light read. Delilah Dickinson is charming and likeable. I have the feeling she would swear like my mother, where all the bad words are replaced by things like ‘fudge ripple’. You can’t help but want things to go right for Delilah. But, of course, things go wrong. And when things start to go wrong it is fun to listen in on all of her theories about who did what and why. I like all the Mark Twain quotes thrown in and how they managed to fit well into the story so they ...more
Dani Moore
Dec 27, 2011 Dani Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delilah Dickenson is a "Literary Travel Agent". That means she arranges travel experiences based on great books or great Authors. Her first tour with a Gone with the Wind theme ended in Murder in the first book, "Frankly my Dear, I'm Dead" This time Delilah is hoping her Mark Twain riverboat cruise will be smooth sailing. No such luck. She is beset with client complaints, riverboat staff complaints, murder, intrigue and danger. Everything you need for a good book. I very much enjoyed the first b ...more
Brenda
Jun 26, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-challenges
Huckleberry Finished is the second in the Delilah Dickinson Literary Tour Mystery. Delilah Dickinson owns Dickinson Literary Tours and has organized a tour on the Southern Belle, a Mark Twain themed casino riverboat.

What is supposed to be an overnight gambling cruise from St. Louis to Hannibal, Missouri on the Mississipi River, turns into another murderous trip for Delilah and her group. Only a few hours after their arrival on the boat Delilah is summoned by Head of Security Logan Rafferty. One
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Linda
Dec 28, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoughly enjoyed this second entry in the series and can't wait to see where the next book will take us. This was a lot of fun with the mystery taking place on a riverboat cruise docked in Hannibal, MO - complete with Mark Twain himself along for the ride.
Debbie
Jan 30, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed the first two books in this series. The literary travel tours sound like a lot of fun...well unless you are the one that gets murdered, then the fun would be over!
Dailycheapreads
Jun 16, 2011 Dailycheapreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Climb on board the Southern Bell for a cozy little mystery in Huckleberry Finished .
As a literature buff and native Missourian, I was drawn to this book set in Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Mo. Accomplished mystery writer Livia Washburn deftly weaves in Twain quotations and trivia to give the story a unique feel.
In this second book featuring travel agent Delilah Dickinson, a tour group is paddling up the Mississippi River on a casino riverboat to tour Hannibal. One of the passengers, Ben
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Bookworm1858
Summary: Delilah Dickinson has continued her tour guide business even after the disaster in Atlanta. This time she is going on the Mississippi with Mark Twain. But again someone winds up dead and many secrets are at play.

Thoughts: I enjoyed the first book but I wasn't in love with it so I was hoping to really love the second. I enjoyed it but again it was not as gripping as I wanted it to be and I didn't care that much about figuring out the murderer. I did not figure out the murderer or the var
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Susan
Aug 29, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Climb on board the Southern Bell for a cozy little mystery in Huckleberry Finished.
As a literature buff and native Missourian, I was drawn to this book set in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Mo. Accomplished mystery writer Livia Washburn deftly weaves in Twain quotations and trivia to give the story a unique feel.
In this second book featuring travel agent Delilah Dickinson, a tour group is paddling up the Mississippi River on a casino riverboat to tour Hannibal. One of the passengers, Ben Web
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Versel Rush
Mar 15, 2012 Versel Rush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first book in this series and have found the 2nd to be even better.

In addition to the well-researched literary aspects, this book has a good mystery. In fact, unlike just about every other mystery I read, I did not figure out the ending (and it was pretty complicated I am happy to say) until Delilah did.

Her characters are very interesting and well thought. I do enjoy that Delilah, a not-young woman, is still considered attractive but does not get tied down to a single romance tha
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This series is just getting better and better. I love the literary references and quotes and tiny bios of the main theme. This book, of course, was about the life of Mark Twain. It centered upon his journey up and down the Mississippi.

Delilah Dickenson takes her tour on the Southern Belle paddle-boat up from St. Louis to Hannibal, Missouri. The town of Hannibal gets into the theme and dress as in Twain's time. Also has unique stores by the docks. At the end of the novel, Ms. Washburn gives you
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Danielle
Feb 05, 2011 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a free book on my Kindle, so I thought I'd give it a try.

This is the second in the literary tour mysteries (I hate starting a series after book 1) but you didn't need to read the first before this one. There are some fairly frequent but minor references to the first book, but they don't give much away.

It's a cozy-mystery, meant to be fairly light and easy to read. It accomplishes that. I thought the angle of literature would make the series more interesting to me, but it really didn't.
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Vicki
A murder mystery set on a Mississippi riverboat seemed like an intriguing idea to someone whose grade school windows looked out on the river--or at least, on the attached Quincy Bay. However, in this case, the execution was quite disappointing. And why does the heroine, a 40-ish Atlanta travel agent, sound like Gabby Hayes? ("Dadgum it!")
Judy Iliff
Dec 02, 2010 Judy Iliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livia Washburn is a new-to-me author. I "bought" this book initially because it was free as a Kindle download. I also chose this book because, well, once and American Lit teacher, always an American Lit teacher! I'm so glad I did. The main character, Delilah, is not a simpering heroine, as seems to the "soup du jour" lately.

Delilah Dickinson, owner of Literary Travels Travel Agency, accompanies the tour group on a paddle wheeler from St, Louis to Hannibal since this is the first time she's sched
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Susan
Dec 21, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-missouri
Travel agent Delilah Dickinson is taking a group on a Mark Twain tour, featuring a steamboat ride from St. Louis to Hannibal, MO. One of her charges, Ben, crosses the path of a nasty security man, and shortly disappears. When Ben's body is found, the local police keep the ship docked at Hannibal, over the protestations of Delilah's clients and also the ship's wealthy owner. Delilah learns that there'd been another murder on the ship, just one year to the day earlier, and knows there must be a co ...more
Jann Barber
I found this book on the shelves of the reading areas in rehab.

I don't know if I will read more in this series, but it was a light read while I was recovering and working on OT and PT exercises.

The premise of the series is that Delilah Dickinson leads literary tours, so that allows her to be in various situations where murders occur. This particular story takes place aboard a riverboat and involves Mark Twain as the literary focus.

People should probably avoid Ms. Dickinson's tour groups as well
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Teresa
Quick,fun read.The ending felt a little rushed but maybe if it was written slower then it might have been too long. Maybe its just me. Looking forward to the next book.
Stephanie
Sep 07, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
The synopsis details the plot of the book rather well, so I'll just stick with my thoughts: For a mystery novel, the plot wasn't as intricate as I would have liked and have come to expect in mystery novels. Dickinson's "voice" changed several times throughout -- which I found distracting. First she didn't have a southern drawl, then she had a twang, and back and forth. The character twists were interesting, but not shocking. And I expected to have more Mark Twain details, and it really seems lik ...more
Stacy
Apr 18, 2013 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies, kindle
A cute cozy I got free for my Kindle a while back. Second in a series, but I was not lost at all. These are part of a series about a travel agent who operates literary tours. Apparently the first one happened at a plantation on a Gone With the Wind type tour. This one was set on a paddleboat out of Hannibal Missouri, and was a Mark Twain themed one. Cute and fun, and I sort of figured it out, but not quite. Light and easy, just what a cozy mystery should be. I would read more by this author, but ...more
Beth
Aug 06, 2011 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, lendle
This was a fast read but not a particularly fabulous story. It was quite good enough for a light, fast summer read. The "folksy" habit the main character has of dropping the g on nearly every word she speaks quickly became incredibly annoying and disruptive to the reading flow. Plus, the main character wasn't particularly likable. She was okay, but there was nothing to actually make you connect with her so she just remained a rather blah character. I may read the others in the series if I come a ...more
Timi
Mar 25, 2014 Timi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good story. The main character's pronounced Southern accent drove me a little crazy though.
George Angus
Sep 12, 2012 George Angus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I needed to have a read that was easy, not murderous and fun. This ended up fitting nicely into my plans.

The author's style makes for a highly readable book. I'm not into hardcore mysteries so I was happy that this was a much more simple affair.

The literary travel agency is a very cool idea and the story makes me long for a literary vacation of some sort.

Since I love the wit of Mark Twain, there were bonuses throughout.

Set aside a sunny Sunday afternoon and plan on not taking life too seriously
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Amanda
Mar 10, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun cozy mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoy the theme of the series, which is Literary Tours. As someone who lives in the south, I found it interesting that the main character, Delilah, was a southern gal herself. There were times I found Deliliah to be a little too passive and naive, and I would have liked to have seen her interact a little more with other members of her tour group, but overall I found the writing to be solid. If you are a fan of southern coz ...more
DonnaCarol
Jul 26, 2012 DonnaCarol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
Nice change from the cooking series that I have been reading. The setting is on a paddlewheel riverboat which is a very pleasant change of pace. Characters were a mix of likeable and not. The references to Mark Twain throughout the story added an interesting twist. The author kept me changing my mind from chapter to chapter as I tried to decide who the murderer was. And in the end, I was wrong. Mystery very well woven. Loved the natural "southern dialect" of the lead character. Being from the so ...more
Lynn Demsky
A fun interesting read.
Jennie
Mar 22, 2014 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun mystery w a little romance.....think I will read another from the series
Judy
May 05, 2010 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift.I enjoy light mysteries and that describes this book. The references to Mark Twain's writings were fun. I enjoyed the characters and the ending did surprise me.The villian wasn't who I suspected. My only complaint was that there was one typo towards the very end of the book. This typo was rather important to the plot. But anyone who reads it will easily recognize it.
Kriscrowe
One of those series mysteries on the order of Agatha Christie and easy read that kept my interest but without the gore of more intense mysteries. I may try some others because the main character is a travel agent that books literary tours--this one took place in Hannibal, MO--a place we just visited this summer.
Andrea
Dec 19, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
The second book in this particular series was definitely better than the first one, I'm still not sure I would classify this as a cozy. The main character is likeable and certainly has a knack for finding trouble! I do like the literary angle and I am actually looking forward to reading more of these.
Judy King
Rather cute concept -- a travel agency owner takes a tour of guests onto a riverboat/casino between St. Louis and Hannibal MO -- accompanied on board by a Mark Twain impressionist. When a tour guest is found murdered the tour guide attempts to help the local detective's search for the murderer.
Catherine
Sep 05, 2012 Catherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle, mystery
Just okay enough for me to read all the way through, although I did consider abandoning it here and there. Murder on a riverboat, solved by a literary tour-guide. Meant to be light and humorous, like the Goldy Bear catering mysteries, but insubstantial and slightly boring instead.
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