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Middle Finger of Fate (Trailer Park Princess #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  659 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
Tony Solis has been accused of murder, and Salem Grimes just might be his last, best hope. But Lord have mercy on anyone who has Salem for their last hope, because that girl is a piping hot mess and always has been. Everyone knows that, including Salem.

But Salem is trying. She quit drinking, and even started praying. Maybe if she can prove Tony's innocence and find the rea
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published November 7th 2013 (first published September 20th 2013)
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Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out load funny, and very sweet! A great romp through Lubbock Texas with Salem, a recovering alcoholic, her diva dog and the coolest octogenarian since Evanovich's Grandma Mazur!
Deborah F. Morales
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five Stars

Kim's writing style reminds me of Janet Evanovich with a Christian message. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Middle Finger Of Fate. The mixture of the two authors was a breath of fresh air.
I highly recommend this book to someone who needs a reminder of God's healing power and may doubt His forgiveness. Everyone makes mistakes and He knows how to show the way to forgive ourselves.
Christy Kelly
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious fun

This is a new author for me & I like her. She has a quirky group of characters, pretty well developed. It has a good plot with sub plots developed along the way. They're not all woven into the finale leaving openings for more to come in the future. You'll enjoy this as a funny romp. I found myself laughing out loud at times to the point of guffawing. Enjoy!
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Unexpected in its clever characters, humor and just all-out quirkiness.
Kat Lebo
The Trailer Park Princess and the Middle Finger of Fate
Book #1 of the Trailer Park Princess series
by Kim Hunt Harris

Okay. I'm very conflicted by this book. I was attracted to the title, which sounded like it would be hilarious reading. In fairness, it often was. Still, I almost put it down and didn't finish it after just a couple of chapters, before deciding to soldier through. I'm glad I did, because the author has some very good skills at story telling. If she didn't feel the need to preach,
Denise Zendel
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Salem Grimes, a recovering alcoholic with just about 14 months of sobriety under her belt is on her way to her regular AA meeting when she stumbles over a body. The discovery lands her on the local news via a mugshot of a previous drunken driving arrest. The alleged killer is her former (or is he?) husband, whom she walked out on, and she ruined the life of the local TV reporter covering the story (by drunkenly sleeping with the reporter’s then-finance the night before the wedding). Talk about c ...more
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Salem is an recovering alcoholic, overweight, and sassy woman! She lives in her little single wide in what she calls 'Trailertopia'. She has a dog named Stump that plays opossum and dramatic and special liker her owner. When Salem walks by her church she stumbles across a dead body things get even more wild for Salem.

Tony Solis(Salem's kind of ex) is arrested for murdering Lucinda Cruz(dead body) crime and is arrested by Bobby Sloan(her childhood crush). She partners
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it

There's one thing I absolutely love about this story. The main character is so relatable. Full of flaws, not someone with just one. It makes you get involved and root for Salem.
Oh! The humor! This lady knows how to write humor! I am so jealous. If you think writing funny is easy, you got it all wrong!
I felt like there were a few too many characters for me to keep track of. That's just me, though. I'd have to read the next one to see if the level is lessened. But I felt the ones I think wil
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bit outside my usual reading range but a lot of fun. Salem Grimes' first person narration is vivid and full of character and some of the supporting characters and situations are hilarious. The book weaves this with some quite serious stuff about wrestling with God, disappointment, past mistakes and present failures. The book takes to heart the principle that Flannery O'Connor championed - that if you present holiness in too saintly a way the reader will reject it as fake, but if it's in the fo ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stump’s Story – My gosh, what a tearjerker! How many more horrible things could happen to Stump? As sad as this story is, it was hard to put down, impossible. Ms. Harris did a wonderful job telling this dog’s story, with its losses and its luck.

Middle Finger Of Fate, #1 - Hilarious! OMGosh, it's the first chapter and I'm already LOL. A well written, funny, touching suspense with a twisting, well thought out plot and intriguing characters you just can't help but like. There's reminders of Plum,
Mary Kincaid
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Trailer Park Princess and the Middle Finger of Fate is a delightful mystery about Salem Grimes. The name of the heroine is an indication that she is flawed. She is a recovering alcoholic with all of the attendant problems that is implied. She needs to lose weight, she feels sorry for herself, and she gets into ridiculous situations. In this mystery she must find the murderer of a victim that she finds at the church where she attends AA meetings. She discovers that she is still married to the ...more
Kathryn Barnett
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Kim Hunt

Well, lets see, it is a cozy mystery about a woman who is a born again christian and a recovering alcoholic and drunk. This being said, the book is very entertaining and a very good mystery. The only problem is that the author is also a born again Christian and I think that is great for her but becomes burdensome when the reader of her books is preached at by the author. I feel that this is a personal choice and should be made or not by the person and not
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good laugh, a good cry, and a great mystery!

Kim Harris Hunt has masterfully created a host of characters that you can fall in love with. From Salem’s octogenarian sleuthing buddy, Viv, to her dramatic dog, Stump, these characters will keep you coming back for more of her stories. And thankfully, she has quite a few!

The title might not sound like an inspirational novel, but seldom has a sweeter message been delivered. The Middle Finger of Fate, by Kim Harris Hunt, had me in tears - both from la
Janet Graham
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story certainly deserves every award it has won! I can’t wait to read more from this author. The story has well fleshed out characters, realistic dialog and a great plot. The ladies get into a bit of mischief and there are lots of laugh out loud moments. While there is a great moral message and lots of faith messages, it is not all hearts and flowers. There is alcoholism, murder, adultery and bad behavior. All of the sex and bad language is alluded to and not in your face. The violence is d ...more
Keith Beasley-Topliffe
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Fun mystery & some good stuff about faith.

Salem is a young woman with a lot of struggles: sobriety, weight, finances, regrets, and nagging doubts about God's love. Then, on her way to an AA meeting at the church she attends, she comes across a dead body. Her ex-husband Tony is accused of the murder and Salem is determined to learn what really happened. Along the way she gets roughed up, tries to right much older wrongs, makes a much older friend, and learns that she's not as divorced as she
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting cozy mystery; different in several ways from what one generally thinks of a cozy mystery. Kim Hunt Harris writes with humor (I laughed out loud), plot twists, and great characters.

The characters are real, authentic, and face everyday issues that happen in real life. Salem Grimes is a recovering alcoholic who is struggling to understand faith and living a Christian life. While trying to right wrongs of her past, she ends up trying to solve a murder. Her misadventures take
Dawn Hamilton
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was advertised as a cozy mystery. What it really is, is a Christian book about a woman in AA who is struggling with the Christian aspect of the 12 step program. She questions her required belief in God as she forces herself to ask forgiveness of an old friend, turned enemy who she has hurt by her alcohol use. I only got 16% into the book before I gave up on it. But if a struggle with christianity and AA sounds like your thing, you may enjoy this book. The writing and the character deve ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Salem is out to make a mends for all the terrible things she has done over the years while she was drunk. Now her and her 80 year old, fellow AA member, friend Viv are on a mission to prove Salem's not-so ex husband's innocence on the murder charge for the lady she found dead on her way to their AA meeting. Salem is struggling with her new found Christian faith and trying to stay sober while dealing with a myriad of bad things coming her way. This is a fun cozy mystery that will keep you enterta ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Salem is wonderful!

This book was an easy read and it caught my attention from the beginning. I related to Salem on so many levels! We could be best friends. She is struggling through life and has so many questions for God. When she finally truly feels His presence it is amazing. It takes a murder, an old flame, a lively older woman, a messed up family, and a wreck that could have killed her to get the ball rolling with her and God, but it happens! I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book.

Salem is a complete mess up, but her heart is in the right place and she's trying to make up for past mistakes and I think she's great!

Val, her octogenarian crime-fighting partner, is hilarious and manages to create absolute chaos everywhere.

Other characters are equally engaging but these are the main two, and their antics keep the story moving.

Salem is a brilliant creation, and although she's done some horrendous things, you can't help but like her. And laugh with/at her.

Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The police accuse ex-husband Tony of murder. Salem, a recovering alcoholic, embraces the Alcoholics Anonymous program and uses her religion to help her get through the tough time.
The story follows the typical plot for a cozy mystery but includes swear words, sex, a strong religious theme, and a dog. The tempo is slow but steady. This is book one in the Trailer Park Princess Series.

I received this book through a random giveaway. Although encouraged as a courtesy to provide feedback, I was under
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Funny little mystery with more to offer

Salem has changed her life but her old ways live on and now someone is dead. Somehow her ex is named murderer and she is out to prove is didn't do it, heck come to find out he didn't even divorce her. Fun read with some heavy hitting bad people but on a cozy mystery good always wins. Lots of room for more stories with the people we love and maybe don't live in and around Trailertopia .
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
i really wanted to love this book. the description, the humor, the author's voice as i started reading... all perfect.. then the character got whiny & hit a god kick that's just not something i care to read all about.. repeatedly. if i wanted that kind of deal i'd be reading christian fiction.

seriously no offense to anyone who appreciated that specifically about this book.. it's just happens put a hitch in my reading giddyup.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Preachy but Solid

It's very preachy and that does occasionally slow the story but I have to almost grudgingly give it 4 stars anyway because the writing is actually pretty great. The mystery is /not/ the best, but the writing is funny, the characters are endearing, and I was interested if not completely enchanted. It would appeal more to someone who was specifically looking for Christian fiction, which I was not.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Fighting back

A good solid read about a recovering alcoholic who suddenly finds herself embroiled in a murder. Can she and her feisty senior sidekick uncover the real killer? She is a mix of naivety and downbeaten determination who has found God and her senior sidekick is sassy, confident and outspoken. Will their bumbling efforts worl without killing them? A good solid read but unfortunately not really as funny as I expected.
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny action packed adventure

Wow what a joy to read this first mystery in the trailer park series. It was so funny with non stop action. The reader is always surprised at the main character's ideas to solve the crime, take care of her little dog, and try to lose weight. She encounters her "ex-husband" and other people from her past before she stopped drinking. A friend helps her with her faith and self confidence. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
Vivian (Vivi) McCormack
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I knew by the title of this book it would be a light-hearted read. I was pleasantly surprised that it was a light-hearted as well as funny. The mystery was not a complex one, but I did not expect it to be. I enjoyed it for what it was for me , a fun escape from reading the complex mysteries I have been reading lately.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this book, and it never quite met them. I really liked the main characters. I enjoyed the plot. But, it never came together for me like I wanted it to.
I think, part of it was that I had a hard time connecting with all of Salem's personal problems. They piled up so quickly and seriously that it was exhausting.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this five stars even though I don't agree with all of the religious points of view being espoused. But Salem, the main character is extremely well portrayed (with humor) in her journey through rationalizations, blaming, and excuses to cope with her sobriety and other problems. The writing is good, very few typos, and for the most part, the story moves right along.
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Kim Hunt Harris is the award-winning author of the Trailer Park Princess comic mystery series.

Kim knew she wanted to be a writer before she even knew how to write. When her parents read bedtime stories to her, she knew she wanted to be a part of the story world. She started out writing children’s stories, and her stories grew as she did. She discovered a gift for humor and a love for making people
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