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Whiskey Rebellion

(Addison Holmes Mysteries #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  9,688 ratings  ·  820 reviews
My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiance left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got notice that my apartment building was going to be condemned, or even when I was desperate enough to strip to my unmentionables ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published February 19th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 1st 2011)
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Robert Cohen
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Two chapters in, I was all set to declare Liliana Hart the next Janet Evanovich. By the end of the novel, not so much.

Addison Holmes is a very funny protagonist, and I wish her well as Hart develops her over the next several novels in the series.

But this book just has too many problems. Let’s start with editing. Whoever edited this novel was not paying attention. One chapter has a dialogue segment in which Addison is coerced by her friend Kate to go out on a blind date. By the next chapter, that
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh...I was unconscious and you took off all my clothes??? giggle giggle giggle funny. Kind of rapey.

I might have liked this book more if Addison wasn't such an idiot and her love interest wasn't so creepy.
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Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars~~~This was a cute-light-funny read with a touch of sexy. Yes, there were Stephanie Plum hijinks, but I still liked Addison. The story was a bit slow starting...the curse of most first books of a series. Things got going around the 45% mark. Addison and Nick (the hot cop) have great banter. There were some really funny parts, too, and Addison's mom is a hoot. I did think the ending was a bit rushed. This was an Amazon freebie that hit the made me want to read the next. This wa ...more
Karl Wiggins
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
A Mediocre Book

This is such a shame, because there was no reason for this book to be so mediocre. I liked the character – she reminds me of someone I know – and I felt the plot was a good one. She starts of as an inexperienced and none too impressive stripper, so there’s comedy there right from the start. However, despite the fact that I consider myself to be a man of the world I had no idea what a ‘bustier’ was or indeed ‘pasties.’ I assumed ‘pasties’ was a euphemism for her pale boobs but they
✴ Cindy ✴
If anyone had talked to me like Nick talks to Addison, they'd be picking themselves up off the floor.
He told her she was stupid so many times, it just boggles my mind why she stayed interested in him. There is something more than a good body... like being a nice, respectful person. Nick was a mysoginstic little shit.
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: May 30, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Self Published
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Gift from the author
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Addison Holmes series
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Okay, this book is hysterical. It’s a true comedy of errors. Poor Addison is a high school history teacher with an incredibly awesome
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies, romance
Two-haiku review:

Teacher needs money
Tries stripping then detecting
Finds body, meets cop

Funny but crazy
Not at all believable
Knock-off of Steph Plum
Addison Holmes is a middle school history teacher in Georgia who tries out stripping and private detective work as a way to help with her messy financial situation caused by poor spending choices and wedding debt leftover from when her fiancé left her at the altar. On her first and only day as a stripper, she finds a dead body. Then, she uses her new side hustle for her friend's private investigator business to insert herself into the investigation. There's also a bit of open-ended romance, whic ...more
Nicole Overmoyer
True story: I was looking for an ebook on Amazon and I passed this by twice, thinking it probably wasn't my thing. Then I accidentally tapped the screen and downloaded it. My first thought was "no, no, no!" My second thought was "eh, whatever. I've got it now, may as well try it."

Best. Happy. Accident. Ever.

I love this book. There's nothing I don't like about this book. Okay, maybe I don't like that books #2 and #3 aren't also free ebooks on Amazon at the moment but I love #1 so much that I just
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank goodness it was short because I don't think I could stand any more of Addison Holmes. What. A. Moron. Totally unbelievable that a cop would even give her the time of day.
Add in the disjointed bits (other reviewers have already pointed these out, and yes they are annoying) and the fact that there is not one likable character in the whole story, and this is the beginning of a series I will never, ever be buying into.
I gave it two stars because I found some of it quite entertaining, and may
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a kobo freebie. Addison is very Stephanie Plum-like right down to being the accident magnet, cop boyfriend and small town. Takes a second job as a PI too. Not a bad read, different enough from Plum to keep me interested. Can't wait to see if Ranger shows up in Book 2 lol! ...more
The book started off great. The MC's in a pretty predicament - she's just found out that her career as a stripper is a total bust and she sees her boss. Huh. Then said boss gets murdered and she meets a hot detective. Next, she begins investigative work and ends up embroiled in this huge conspiracy. Pretty interesting right?

But why 2 stars? Well, that's because the plot turned out to be really disappointing and frankly, I thought it was stupid. The ending was just so ridiculously absurd. (view
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. This was very meh. I was basically raised on this type of comedy-mystery books – then written by Janet Evanovich, starring the heroine Stephanie Plum with love interests and side-kicks Joe Morelli (cop) and Ranger (bounty hunter). This felt like a pale imitation of those books. The heroine, Addison Holmes, felt like a less interesting and likeable Stephanie knock-off and the love interest, Jake, felt like a merger of Morelli and Ranger… which was a little weird when he had to take on ...more
Romancing the Book
Review by Ursula: An entertaining, fun read. Addison has a knack for getting into trouble. She has horrible luck and it's only going to get worse. The story was well told from a first person point of view and moved the action on at a steady pace. Addison's mom, best friend and co-worker are the perfect addition to the story. They make the story more interesting and provide relief from Addison's horrible mishaps that seem to happen at an unnatural pace.

Nick, the cop working on the murder case tha
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was so laugh out load funny at times. Addison Holmes needs money quick! She is on the hook to buy a cute little house in her native Whiskey Georgia and due to be homeless in 90 days or something like that, as her apartments are due to be condemned. So what does any smart, 9th grade teacher do, go and get a stripper job...yes that would have been the first thing I thought of. Now, her career as a stripper is very short lived shall we say as Addison may be a pretty woman, but her middle name ...more
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Addison Holmes needs more money than she makes as a teacher so she takes a job at a strip club. Turns out she is not good at stripping so her first dance is also her last. She freaked when she saw her principal in the audience. But when she saw him taking pictures of her, she was sure he was going to fire her. As she was leaving Addison tripped over the principal's dead body in the parking lot.

The cop handling the investigation is Nick Dempsy and there is an immediate attraction between the pair
I couldn't finish it. Actually I liked the idea of the book but it's more like a raw draft and not a finished book. There are huge plot holes, the characters are not very well developed and also not very likeable.

For example: it isn't a funny banter between potential lovers if the male says she is in a bad mood because of "those days in the month". For heaven's sake: we have 2014 - how old is this "funny joke"?
Major plot holes: given the circumstances you would assume that Addison is the main su
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
So this book has a 4.01 average rating. Interesting. I really must have missed something here. I recently discovered Liliana Hart through her J.J. Graves series (which I enjoyed quite a lot) and thought I would give this a try. Bad idea.

The MC is silly and acts like a teenager, her main squeeze is a walking cliché, the plot is uninteresting, the book is just amazingly dull and not the least bit funny. Janet Evanovich this is not. I didn't enjoy the last few Stephanie Plum instalments I read but
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Sep 03, 2013 marked it as own-need-to-read

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My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiance left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got not
Ellie DeFarr
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Addison Holmes is a thirty something high-school history teacher and, to earn extra money, a novice investigator for the McLean Detective Agency. She’s accident prone, financially challenged, relationship adrift, and irrepressibly optimistic. So you’ll probably understand why she failed to see the dead body she tripped over after sneaking out of the Foxy Lady, a strip joint where she’s just been fired after her first show. Turns out the body belongs to her high school’s principal. For some tran ...more
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I just finished this book and I spent one of the best days I’ve had lately by reading this. I love it when a book makes me sigh in disappointment because I’ve finished it. It had a lot going for it. It was humorous, mysterious, and sexy without being overly sexual. This book has a mystery that was not revealed until the very end. It has slapstick maneuvers and a fairly kick-butt heroine and a lovely sexy male protagonist (I won’t say hero since Addie c
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: american, mystery, romance
Addison Holmes. What can I say about her? Not a very committed high school history teacher, living in a condemned apartment building in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia who stumbles into a murder. Lucky for her, the homicide detective seems to be the man of her dreams. Addison narrates the book. She is spunky, yet still a bit of a little girl. I bet the author was influenced by Sue Grafton's Linsey Milhone. Fun easy read. ...more
Marina Finlayson
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
A light and funny "mystery" with a bit of hot romance thrown in. If pratfalls are your thing you'll find it very amusing as the heroine is constantly falling out of trees, tripping over things (including a dead body at the beginning of the novel) and nearly having/causing car accidents. I found her a little annoying, which affected my enjoyment of the story. ...more
Amy J RAREtte4Life
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Think of perfect simplicity... like Christina Lauren mixed with Southern Sass and a few dashes of humor. No deep plot, no need for "dark" or "steamy" add on's , just simple and funny. Every single character is vibrant with color and so likable . Wish I had found this series sooner and not sure why more people haven't read this series.
Audible is FANTASTIC.

Thank you Liliana for the fun read!
Molly Blue
Dec 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was painful to read. Addison... Could you be any dumber? I guess not
Jodi Pomerleau
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hate to give this a high rating, but I did read it and enjoyed it even if I had to suspend my belief in a number of areas to do so. Addison is a high school teacher/failed stripper/new PI who stumbled across the body of her principal after being fired after her only shift as a stripper in a nearby town. From there the hijinks ensue...she reminded me so much of Stephanie Plum that I thought I was reading one of those books. Lots of sexual tension, which to me is a kind of page filler rather tha ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whiskey Rebellion is book one in the Addison Holmes Mystery by Liliana Hart. Addison Holmes asked her friend Kate McClean for a job at McClean Detective Agency. However, on her first day, Addison found the body of the principal of the local high school were Addison teachers history in the carpark of the local gentleman's club. Detective Nick Dempsey caught the case and started to drive Addison crazy. The readers of the Whiskey Rebellion will continue to follow Addison Holmes and Detective Nick D ...more
Mari (Smut Duchess)
I listened to the audio book. It wasn't a bad story but the h was such a southern cliche character. She was a high school teacher but at times was more immature than her students. It was supposed to be funny but most of the humor fell flat for me. A bit disappointing since I've enjoyed other Liliana Hart books. I don't plan on continuing the series. ...more
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Liliana Hart spent five years teaching music in the public education system. She molded America’s youth, busted kids for smoking pot in the restrooms, and broke up illicit affairs behind the stage on a regular basis. (Liliana’s Addison Holmes Mystery Series, about a small town teacher who gets into a whole lot of trouble, is somewhat autobiographical, but she won’t confess to which parts).


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