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Bubba Snoddy is a good old country boy with a big problem. Although he’s personable, handsome, and lives in a historical Southern mansion in a small Texas town, he has just discovered the dead body of a woman to whom he was once engaged to marry. His ex-fiancée was responsible for Bubba being thrown out of the military which in turn caused his shameful return to the tiny ...more
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Published November 25th 2010 (first published January 1st 2010)
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
The most imaginative stereotypes of East Texas come alive. Bubba comes home to find the dead body of the woman who done him wrong in his yard. Of course someone is trying to frame Bubba, but why? Since the local law enforcement thinks Bubba done kilt the woman, he's got to prove his own innocence, so his mother can go back to her illegal poker games. Will the fair Lady Willowdean Grey, finest sheriff's deputy this side of the Mississippi help him or lock him up? Will Miss Lurlene forgive him for ...more
Margitte
Well, what can I say?! Bubba is the man! This is a murder with a twist, it is. A humouros, tongue-in-cheek suspense drama with Bubba the lead man in solving the murder he is accused of and has to spend a few days in jail for. His mama is ready to rewrite Texas history if he is not released immediately and she makes sure everyone, from the governor to the local jailer knows what lies ahead in their future if they refuse to listen! She has enough weapons in her arsenal to guarantee a nervous ...more
Lizz
Feb 28, 2012 Lizz rated it liked it
OMG this is just one hysterical book! For the record, I find drying my hair to be a huge pain in the place generally associated with sitting, so I take my Kindle up and read while I get it done. I started this book and had to stop reading until I finished my hair because I was laughing so hard. A selection of stuff that tickled my funny bone:

There was a significant amount of profanity involved from the telephone end of the student, inviting Bubba to inform George Bufford to place portions of his
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Michelle
Jul 25, 2012 Michelle rated it did not like it
So far I've been slightly annoyed by this book. First off the author has portrayed the characters as really 'country'.. like stereotypical redneck country. They say cain't and play the lottery but then the author uses words outside of dialect that don't quite fit such as: prodigious, portentous, flagitious, etc.. and it seems off.

Then the author writes sentences like: "The dog butted his hand in order to promote the proper human-dog social interaction of petting." In other words the dog rubbed a
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Cathy
May 26, 2011 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I haven't laughed so much while reading a murder mystery since, well, never. I love Bubba, a good ol' Texas boy who goes home after a hellish night at the 24/7 garage/convenience store and finds his ex-fiancee dead on his lawn. His antebellum mansion is haunted (by a real estate agent who wants the property to build a Walmart supercenter). His mother is the outspoken activist who runs the ladies' illegal Pokerama for the county. It's not enough Bubba has all these problems but he falls instantly ...more
Brenda Moon
Jan 31, 2012 Brenda Moon rated it it was amazing
I bet that all ya'll complaining about the grammar and spelling in this book thought "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" was stupid. Careful! Your slip is showing. Oh no. Wait a minute. That's your IGNORANCE. My mistake. The thing about stereotypes is that they're true! That's what makes this book so funny: brilliantly conceived and captioned Colorful Characters. I loved this book and spent the second half wishing they would make it into a movie. With the right director, screenplay and actors, it could ...more
Sandra
Aug 05, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bubba Snoddy is having a bad night. His morning isn't any better when he finds a dead woman in his front yard.

The story takes off from there, the author having cleverly laid a foundation with a few well-hidden hints at what is to come.

Bubba is then falsely accused of having murdered the poor woman who was his fee-an-shay previous to him finding her in bed with his CO whom she then ended up marrying. Bubba is pretty much over all that, happily dating another woman, when he stumbles over his ex-f
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Dara Jackson
Nov 10, 2011 Dara Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was free on my Nook, but I still didn't want to download a stinker, so...I read all of the comments and reviews about this and decided to jump in and I'm glad I did! The characters were well-defined and fun. They are over-the-top crazy, yet still believable. I really loved Precious, and her personality is just about right for a Bassett Hound. She reminds me of my own Ruby Sue - also a Bassett.

There were just a few typos or words left out, so I think some better proofreading might be in
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Tracy Hipp
Aug 02, 2011 Tracy Hipp rated it it was amazing
I bought this book for two reasons. 1. It was free on my kindle and 2. I thought the title was great. I have to say this was one of the better books I've read in awhile. I loved every page and fell in love with Bubba and even more in love with his mother Miz Demetrice. She and Bubba have entered my list of favorite fictional characters. The book is well written, very interesting, and laugh out loud funny in parts. Even the names of each chapter made me laugh. It is a mystery but filed with far ...more
Dava Stewart
Jul 31, 2011 Dava Stewart rated it it was ok
The title could just as well be A Cast of Stereotypes from Texas and a Convoluted Mystery. I realize it's supposed to be funny, but I was too annoyed throughout to appreciate the humor. Aside from flat, stereotyped characters, the whole thing read like it was written in sections and each section had to re-introduce the reader to the whole thing. There were times that the same part of the story was told twice, which is just confusing. I kept going back and re-reading to make sure I didn't miss ...more
Audrey
Perilously close to a 5-star book, people. Perilously close.

A haunted mansion! Sassy basset hound! Small-town hijinks! Homicide-minded matriarch! I was basically hooked from the first chapter, right at the bit where Bubba was holding down the gas station graveyard shift against nefarious old women and snarky teens, so much so that I voluntarily read a book where a basset hound (Precious) was a main character without -- and this is key -- without having someone pre-read it for dog drama. That is
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Mary McQueeney
Aug 22, 2012 Mary McQueeney rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I prefer print books and do no use the kindle that came with my phone very often, but I will occasionally get one of the free books if I'm caught somewhere with nothing to read. I had an hour to kill and I was browsing through goodreads and spotted a review for this book that mentioned it was a free download on kindle. The reviews were mixed but I decided to give it a shot. I ended up finishing the book later that night.

The reviews citing errors (wrong words, missing words, etc) and grammar pro
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Robin Berube
May 28, 2011 Robin Berube rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Robin by: Free on Kindle ist
I downloaded this book on my kindle because it was free. I would not have paid 1 penny for this book. The mystery was good, but the rest was very bad. The writer tried to write this book in a Texan drawl/twang. That I could get over. It was the grammar and spelling and punctuation that killed me. I wonder if there was even an editor or a proofreader at all. Some of the words used weren't mispelled, but not the correct word at all. The main character's name is Bubba. He was referenced as Bubble ...more
Keri
Feb 22, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it
A stereotypical Texas read about the life and times of poor Bubba Snoddy. A Texas good ole boy that happened to be in the wrong place at the right time and now he has a dead woman on his property. Not just any woman though, his ex-fiance that he has had no contact with in two years. He caught her in bed with his commanding officer and ending up breaking the CO's arm. Now Bubba's problems have just begun as strange things start to happen around the old homestead. A pre-civil war antebellum ...more
Juliet
Dec 04, 2012 Juliet rated it really liked it
Now, this book has mixed reviews but I err on the positive side. Bubba and the Dead Woman is funny, intriguing and vividly drawn. Granted, it would benefit from a night or two with an editor and a red pen, but I really enjoyed the story despite occasionally having to rearrange a sentence or mentally substitute words to make sense.

The personalities really leap out, even the dog’s, and the tone throughout had me reading with a mental Texan accent despite harking from the North East of England. It
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Dami (Damiellar)
Feb 22, 2013 Dami (Damiellar) rated it liked it
I loved this book. It really was a fun read. Bubba works as a mechanic (and yes he's of large build as per the cliche but he's definitely nothing of the sort). He namely works the night shift and after a shocking night when he had to try to use the cash register (due to the overnight clerk quitting rather than showing up for his shift) he comes home to find a dead woman on his lawn.

But not just any dead woman. It's his ex-girlfriend, the one who Bubba found in bed with another man so he broke t
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Kim
May 13, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
A good, fun crime/mystery adventure set in the Deep South this book tells the tale of Bubba Snoddy, big, solid Texan, who's not as stupid as some might think. Wrongfully accused for the murder of his ex-fiancee Bubba has to uncover the truth before he ends up on Death Row.

This book really reminded me of the Les Norton series by Robert G. Barrett. A big, tough country boy with intelligence and muscle getting himself in and out of danger. One foot on either side of the line of the law. This book d
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Adrienne Testa
Mar 18, 2012 Adrienne Testa rated it really liked it
You can't help but be amused by Bubba in this story. A good old fashion red neck town in the deep parts of Texas. Quirky characters run rampart through this small town, every one has secrets and love their gossip. Even the dog's thoughts are given as the story goes on. Every time you think some one is the killer, they end up dead. Every time you think Bubba doesn't have a chance, something comes a long and helps him out. Bubba's ex finance is found dead on his mother's property, Bubba is ...more
Pen-rye-n
While I've only been to Texas twice in my life & both were to major cities, even I could spot the stereotypes going on in this book.

That being said? I loved Bubba to pieces. He's the epitome of Good Ol' Country Boy, complete with a dog named Precious, truck, & cowboy hat. How can a little part of you not love that?

And his mama, the fiesty Mizz Demetrice, who may or may not have killed her husband in a variety of ways if you listen to her tell it? I'd go to one of her illegal poker games
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Tracey
Jun 29, 2011 Tracey rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
This book is exactly what you would expect from the title - a silly mystery involving a big Texan named Bubba (do Bubbas come in any size by XXL?) and the dead woman attributed to his actions. I was very amused by this tale. It kept me reading and kept me amused and I even occasionally had to read Dave a passage because I thought it was so funny. Bubba is amusing, law enforcement in the small town is silly, Bubba's mother is a hoot, and you wish you got more of her. Self-published, as an eBook ...more
Karishma
Jun 06, 2011 Karishma rated it it was ok
Not really a spoiler, but talks about the end of the book.

I got to the final chapter of this book, but had to leave to go to work. I picked it back up as soon as I got home, expecting to read an exciting conclusion. I was surprised to find, though, that the tone had completely changed, and the last chapter read as being almost anti-climactic. Not that I was expecting surprise or mystery - it's pretty predictable by that point. But it almost felt like the author got tired of telling the story, an
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Marla
Mar 31, 2012 Marla rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-library
My co-worker had read this so when I saw it on the free list again I downloaded it and it was pretty good. The mystery moved along nicely and the last part of the book was pretty funny as everything was put together. I also just liked the way it was written, not sure how to describe it, but I just liked the word choices I guess. The next couple books are pretty inexpensive so I'll probably get them eventually too.
Kim
This was the first C.L. Bevill ebook I read. The main reason I downloaded it for my Kindle was that I was quite taken with the blurb and encouraged by the reviews I read. I also liked the fact that it was set in a small town in East Texas and had a main character called Bubba Snoddy. We find out very early on that Bubba used to be in the military and stands at 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 250 pounds and is a gentle giant. He is smart and patient in that “Southern Hospitality” way and finds ...more
Elizabeth Davies
Sep 03, 2014 Elizabeth Davies rated it it was amazing
The title of this book was so ‘naff’, it was genius. I just had to read it.
Bubba comes across as just another ‘good old Texan boy’, but as the novel progresses, the reader discovers that he’s far from what he fist appears. I liked the way the author gradually exposes more and more f his character, and it takes until almost the end of the story before we realise the true extent of him (and I have a sneaking suspicion the author isn’t finished yet).
Ms Bevill portrays the community the novel is se
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Marcie pollack
Jun 04, 2011 Marcie pollack rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a little laughter and romance
I got this book free for my Kindle, and I was presently surprised. Bubba Snoddy is a good ole Texas boy who comes home from one of the worst nights in his life to find a whole lot of trouble. This was one of the first times I actually laughed through a mystery. First let me say there was a lot of ton in cheek to this story. Bubba appears to be a little on the slow "Red Neck side" but his interpretation is far from slow. The mystery it's self was pretty good and it took me more then a few pages ...more
Martha
Oct 19, 2014 Martha rated it liked it
You know how sometimes you've been reading too much heavy and -- err ...serious stuff that you want to take a break from all the heaviness and seriousness? Not that I've been reading anything heavy and serious lately (heh), I just don't want to read anything along those categories so I looked for something light ... and not serious. Enter Bubba and the Dead Woman. It's an easy read and it was funny so I thought it was perfect to bring the reading streak back (I've been really bad lately).

The be
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K.R. Bankston
Jun 13, 2011 K.R. Bankston rated it it was amazing
I completely enjoyed this book. It was funny, dramatic, and entertaining. Bubba was a great, good ole boy without the dark side. I loved how the author incorporated the thoughts of Precious, Bubba's basett hound, into the story. It was hilarious the things the dog thought of the various humans she encountered while hanging out with her master. Ms. Demetrice, Bubba's mom was quite the character herself, as were the rest of the supporting cast and crew. While you do have a vague sense of "who ...more
Adrienne Campbell
Oct 08, 2012 Adrienne Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read! Another winner from one of my favorite authors, C.L. Bevil.

The story takes place in a tiny burg in Texas just full of colorful characters and gossip.

Bubba, the main character is a great big, good looking, "good old boy" with a Texas sized vocabulary (which just goes to show you that having a drawl does not make you stupid!) and seems to be a magnet for trouble. He is really a gentle soul with a feisty mama, an eye for good looking women, and a dead woman in his yard. He knows h
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Laura Cushing
Mar 25, 2012 Laura Cushing rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Read this on my Kindle - picked it up for my favorite price, free! The cover and title caught my eye. Bubba Snoddy is definitely an unusual detective- he's a southern boy with a dog and a pickup, but he's no redneck slouch. Bubba's got a keen mind, and a degree (though he doesn't make a big deal out of that), and he's ex-army.

But someone has it in for Bubba. They're framing him for murder - the murder of his ex-fiance, to be exact, who showed up out of the blue only to wind up dead on the front
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William Bentrim
Aug 28, 2011 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
Bubba and the Dead Woman by C. L. Bevill


A mystery set in Texas but has the feel of the bayou. Bubba, a good ole boy is accused of murder and appears to be guilty.

This was a surprisingly good story. Bubba is a likeable chameleon who appears to be a mindless baby Huey and does exhibit behavior that seems to confirm that assessment. The Snoddy mansion and the local hangouts provide a very colorful environment to stage this amusing mystery.

Bevill did a good job on crafting a wealth of potential su
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C.L. Bevill has been in the U.S. Army, cleaned floors, a graphic illustrator, a therapist, and a stay at home mother. She lives in the Alabama area with her husband and daughter and keeps plugging away at the next great American novel.
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