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Deadly Southern Charm: A Lethal Ladies Mystery Anthology

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This volume collects original tales by Frances Aylor, Mollie Cox Bryan, Lynn Cahoon, Judy Chalkey, Stacie Giles, Barb Goffman, Libby Hall, Bradley Harper, Sherry Harris, Maggie King, Kristin Kisska, Samatha McGraw, K.L. Murphy, Genille Swope Parente, Deb Rolfe, Rod Sterling, S.A. Warwick, and Heather Weidner.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published March 27th 2019 by Wildside Press
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May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

When I started this book I had planned to read a couple of stories each night, there are 18 in all. I finished The Girl In The Airport by Frances Aylor and loved it and plunged right ahead. When I reached the end of Keepsakes by J.A. Chalkley I had a chill run up my spine and kept reading. I reached Country Song Gone Wrong by Sherry Harris and spent a little time with one of my favorite cozy characters, Sarah Winston and a great little whodunit and couldn’t stop. As I started
Phyllis Entis
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Criminally charming

It’s hard to write a short story mystery. There’s little room for character development, plot twists, and sub-plots.

To my delight, the contributing authors of the Deadly Southern Charm collection of short stories have produced an enjoyable anthology of cozy crimes.

If you are looking for a buffet of stories to sample while on your morning commute or waiting for an appointment, this is the book for you. Each story is complete in itself, and just the right length for a satisfyin
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, cozy-mysteries
Deadly Southern Charm contains eighteen original short cozy mysteries from the Sisters in Crime in Central Virginia along with some guest authors. These varied tales are all set in the Southern states. Each unique story features a female sleuth. These Southern women are feminine yet formidable. In the South, they are called steel magnolias because “they have strength of steel, yet the gentleness of a magnolia”. They are short stories that can be read quickly since each one is about ten to twelve ...more
Love mysteries but don't have hours to sit and read? This collection is perfect for you. Read one or several in the time you have available right now. Although I did find it hard to put the book down. I couldn't wait to see what would come next.
See what themes you can pick up between these intriguing yet not simple brief stories.
Loved this book and found a few new authors I want to read more from!
Many favorite authors are included.
Lelia Taylor
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia Chapter has been releasing anthologies for quite some time and, for this latest volume, a few “friends of the family” have joined in on the fun.

The stories included here all have two things in common—they revolve around a mystery in some way and they’re set in the South. I’m not generally a fan of short stories unless they’re by an author whose work I already like a lot but I’m a pushover for Southern fiction so reading Deadly Southern Charm was a no-brain
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a collection of short stories, these are an easy to read, entertaining bunch of stories, especially perfect when you have limited time but still want a quality tale.

My favourites were:

Southern Sisters Stick Together by Stacie Giles - I loved how this was set in the 1920s, just as women had got the right to vote. Vera - a waitress at Gerber's Tea Room - sets out to warn her co-workers following the news headlines of a woman drugged and assaulted in the area. Her cousin, Burnell, a police offic
Katherine Tomlinson
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific collection of short fiction written by members of the Central Virginia Chapter of Sisters in Crime (some of whom are men) and a couple of “guest author. Empowered women have the spoitlight here (as “lethal ladies”) and the setting is the south in all its humid humanity. (the stories are set in a number of cities—Richmond, New Orleans, Memphis) and all the writers have worked hard to deliver a real “sense of place.” there are no stereotypes here, although there are some familia ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I’m so excited to have my story “Art Attack” in this collection about the sweet, deadly south. Check it out. Lynn Cahoon, Sherry Harris, Libby Hall, and many others have great stories about strong women and interesting locales.
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Amy Reade
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a spooky, fun, and thoroughly Southern collection of mysteries. Each one was so unique and so different from all the others that every time I should have closed the book and gone to bed, I would say to myself, "Just one more story." So I lost a lot of sleep thanks to Deadly Southern Charm, and I'd do it again because it's so much fun to read. Kudos to all the authors for such great writing. ...more
Mary Garrett
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Southern charm : a Lethal Ladies mystery anthology / edited by Mary Burton and Mary Miley.
I’ve heard it said of various southern women, “she’s sweet as can be, but you don’t want to get on her bad side.” After reading these tales, I suggest heeding that advice.
The fun of anthologies is discovering new authors while enjoying works from familiar favorites. There’s lovely variety in these stories, and I couldn’t pick a favorite. I loved Brad Harper’s “Shadow Man” for the storytelling (of co
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
If you have just 10 minutes then this is the book to have on hand to read during that short interlude. 18 mystery short stories that take a short amount of time to read but still can surprise you all the way to the end!

So while this would have been great to read when I needed something short, I found it hard to put the book down and consumed all of the stories in a short amount of time. I was engaged in each story and was surprised at many of the stories and how the killer was revealed. I also e
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Being able to read in a single book some of my favorite cozy mystery writers, this collection was a must for me. Eighteen interesting short funny stories with unexpected twists and impeccably written. They are so engaging that as soon as one is over you have to read another and another, is almost impossible to put it down. The element that unites all the stories is the South: they are set in a Southern state with strong intelligent women who have great investigative skills.

I really recommend it
Lynn Smith
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cute stories but for my mysteries I like more mystery and less cute. All stories are just a few pages long so there is not much time in which to develop either the mystery or the characters. I expected more.
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Mary Burton, whose latest novel is Hide and Seek, loves writing suspense, getting to know her characters, keeping up with law enforcement and forensic procedure, morning walks, baking, and tiny dachshunds. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels. Library Journal has compared her work to that of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner

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