Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything: A Mystery
(Miss Ruffles Mysteries)
Setting – Texas
Minotaur Books (November 3, 2015)
Hardcover: 320 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00W1E16WY
Rich and flamboyant Honeybelle Hensley, the most colorful character in Mule Stop, Texas, dies a suspicious death and enrages the whole town by leaving her worldly fortune to the most undeserving recipient-her dog. The incorrigible Miss Ruffles is a Texas Cattle Cur, not a cuddly lapdog, and when Honeybelle was alive, Miss Ruffles liked nothing better than digging up Honeybelle’s famous rose garden after breakfast, chasing off the UPS man before lunch and terrorizing the many gentleman callers who came knocking at cocktail hour.
But now Miss Ruffles is in danger, and it’s up to Sunny McKillip, the unwilling dogsitter, to keep her safe. Sunny is new to Texas, and sometimes she feels as if she’s fallen into an alien world. If it isn’t the pistol-packing football fans and the sweet-talking, yet ruthless ladies of the garden club who confound her, it’s the rowdy rodeo hounds and the tobacco-spitting curmudgeon at Critter Control who have her buffaloed. With a killer on the loose and a cowboy lawyer keeping a suspicious eye on her every move, Sunny needs all the help she can get understanding how Texans think. There’s more to Honeybelle’s death than meets this Yankee’s eye, and Sunny has Miss Ruffles to protect, too. It’s a bucking bull ride of an adventure for Sunny, and if she’s not careful she might just get killed . . . or her heart lassoed.
I absolutely loved this story!
Welcome to Mule Stop where football is king and Honeybelle Hensley is queen. She is a very rich lady that is very generous with her money. She also has the most wonderful dog, a Texas Cattle Cur, named Miss Ruffles. Miss Ruffles can be a handful so Honeybelle has hired Sunny McKillip to be her assistant/dogsitter. Sunny hails from Ohio and is still learning the ways of Texas. When Honeybell dies suddenly Sunny is the only one who thinks it is suspicious. Is it a Southern thing? When the will is read and the terms are revealed Sunny has even more on the line and she needs to know if there if Honeybelle was killed for her money because if she was there is so much more at stake.
Nancy Martin has scored a touchdown with Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything! I love Honeybelle, Sunny, Ten, and even curmudgeonly Mae Mae and Mr. Carver, but I adore Miss Ruffles most of all. These characters jumped right out of the pages and into my heart.
I was so sad when Homeybelle died but that set up all the high jinx that would soon follow. In addition to trying to find the killer Sunny has to deal with two guys following her trying to collect a debt of her dead mother’s, deal with the crazy people at the university because Miss Ruffles is the team mascot, and deal with Honeybelle’s family who are upset about her will and much, much more. The pace throughout the entire book is pretty brisk and so entertaining. The final twist is spectacular!
I have to just say Honeybelle’s home and garden sounds just amazing. I had a very clear picture in my mind. I could even smell the roses.
Nancy Martin written almost 50 novels so she know how to tell a story. Things may be big in Texas but I am a pretty big fan up here in Wisconsin. This is one I am shouting from the rooftops about!!
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