Digging Up the Dirt
A Southern Ladies Mystery
Berkley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016
From the back cover: “An’gel and Dickce Ducote, busy with plans for the Athena Garden Club’s spring tour of grand old homes, are having trouble getting the other club members to help. The rest of the group is all aflutter now that dashing and still-eligible Hadley Partridge is back to restore his family mansion. But idle chatter soon turns deadly serious when a body turns up on the Partridge estate after a storm…
“The remains might belong to Hadley’s long-lost sister-in-law, Callie, who everyone thought ran off with Hadley years ago. And if it’s not Callie, who could it be? As the Ducotes begin uncovering secrets, they discover that more than one person in Athena would kill to be Mrs. Partridge. Now An’gel and Dickce will need to get their hands dirty if they hope to reveal a killer’s deep-buried motives begore someone else’s name is mud.”
This is the third book in this series and it is just as good as the other two. An’gel and Dickce are elderly sisters who, while always showing proper comportment, are like a dog with a bone when it comes to solving a murder! They live in an antebellum home in Athena, Mississippi where eccentric people are welcome – as long as they aren’t wielding a gun – and really nasty people are usually murdered.
There is a 40-year-old murder to solve that is connected to more recent murders and a group of older garden club ladies who argue and fuss like school girls over the handsome bachelor newly returned to town. The murders take place off stage, there is just a touch of wistful romance, and a lot of funny moments. As An’gel and Dickce move forward to solve the murder the reader has to continue turning the pages to keep up with them. I had my suspicions of who the murderer was but as usual, I was wrong.
Rating 4 out of 5 paws because the mystery was a good one, it takes place in the South, my mom’s ancestral home, and has an Abyssinian named Endora and a Labradoodle named Peanut that lighten the mood when things get too dark.
Before I go, this is what I found in the front of the book: Do you see it? A review from Melissa’s Mocha’s, Mysteries & Meows (now & More) blog. That’s Mudpie’s blog!! That’s so cool!!!