That Wasn't Chicken : When the Fat Ladies Sing

  • by Linda Kozar
  • Narrated by Michelle Babb
  • Series: When the Fat Ladies Sing
  • 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Murder, mystery meat, and morning sickness! Hudson and Lovita are expecting, and she's having trouble keeping food down for the first time in her life. Her best friend, Sue Jan, is busy juggling mommyhood. The Crown of Glory Beauty Salon and Boutique is busier than a one-toothed man in a corn-on-the-cob-eating contest.
Things are great until a handsome law intern disappears after an argument with their top stylist's once-upon-a-time wayward son. So Lovita and Sue Jan put down their forks and pick up the trail to solve the mystery before Jolene's son has to trade in his chef's uniform for prison stripes. But the supersized sleuths soon discover something very unusual about a popular new barbecue restaurant in town. Does everything taste like chicken, or did they risk it eating brisket?

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Customer Reviews

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You and I ain't bunnies!

Whist Sue-Jan and Lovita have been on a veggie diet to become the not-quite-so-fat-ladies, their little town of Wachita has been growing bigger. Now happily married, Sue-Jan has twins and Lovita is expecting in a few months. Their beauty parlour is thriving, Sharla has proved to be an excellent recent employee and her boyfriend, Zane, son of their other employee and friend, Jolene, has finally found a job. But when they decide to go for a celebratory lunch, their cozy world is interrupted: time for the ladies to come off the diet and tuck into another mystery.

This is a gorgeously character filled, funny series, with wonderfully mundane conversation which sparkles in it's ordinariness. Their town might be growing fast but still boasts the wonderful Work of Ages Chinese restaurant and their own Crown of Glory hairdressers. It really is like sitting with a group of friends (from Texas) listening to the gossip, misunderstandings and opinions, not always complementary, of the folks from the town. All this, and an interesting mystery, too.

Of course, the whole thing is complimented by the excellent Michelle Babb, whose reading of the story and, above all, voicing of these delightfully extraordinary folks is superb. Each character is accentuated by Ms.Babb's performance and her gorgeous Texan accent is a pleasure to hear. The book wouldn't be the same without her.

Linda Cozar's Fat Lady series is simple delight, a sort of modern Jane Austen gossip set in a small town Texas hairdressers. It's funny and the characters are 'real' and, yes, I have very much enjoyed each one. That Wasn't Chicken has a slightly more serious tone with a harder mystery line, but it is still a book to bring smiles. I loved it.
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- Norma Miles

A good cozy mystery.

Any additional comments?

I listened to Dead as a Door Nail book 3 (until the fat lady sing cozy mystery series) and I found that it is different from this book. I found the previous book to be more funny and had less of a mystery since we sort of knew who did it. It was a matter of finding out why and how.
About two years passes after what happens in book 3 before we get to book 4. Since then there has been many changes in the town and to some extent the characters as well. We get to meet some of the other characters from the previous book in this one too.
This is not as funny as the previous book, however it has more of a mystery. I had to guess a few times in who did it and we do get a twist that I was not expecting. Also I would not recommend you listen to this whilst you are eating your food. There are parts in this book that would put anybody of their food especially the hunting lodge dinner part.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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- Layla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2015
  • Publisher: Linda Kozar