02 May 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Dixie Divas by Virginia Brown

Oh, Southern Fiction. It’s good, it’s bad, it’s silly, it can be spot-on and it can be so over exaggerated that I want to scream. This one fell somewhere in the middle of all that for me. If you are looking for some insightful piece of fiction, you can easily skip this one. It’s not about teaching you something. It’s about making you laugh and making you roll your eyes all at once.

I will say that I was not in love with most of the characters. I found some of them to be SO annoying and so over exaggerated that I alternatively wanted to read it as quickly as possible and throw it down and go watch paint dry. I read about 80% of this and then finished it with text-to-speech on my Kindle during a busy time of the year for me. It was great because it was super easy to pick up and put down. However, by listening to part of it, I wasn’t entirely sure whodunnit until I met with my book club and they filled me in. It got lost either in my mind wandering or just in the muddle that became the end of this book.

The book starts out very strong with a little bit of southern fun (albeit, over-the-top), gets lost a little in the middle, comes back but the ending felt pasted together a bit. It felt like the author wasn’t sure how to wrap it all up together so she walked along picking up most of the loose ends, but I’m not sure it really all gelled for me, in the end.

A good southern chicklit book with lots of fun built in… recommended for those that would enjoy that.

“You found my philandering ex-husband?” Bitty asked. “Where? Mexico? Paris? In Tupelo with a cocktail waitress?” “In your closet,” I answered. “Dead.” Break out the hoop skirts and the zinfandel. The Divas are on the case. Wine. Chocolate. Transvestite strippers. Just another good-time get-together for the Dixie Divas of historic Holly Springs, Mississippi, where moonlight and magnolias mingle with delicious smalltown scandal. But Eureka “Trinket” Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale’s ex-husband in Bitty’s hall closet. He’s dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name. Virginia Brown is the nationally acclaimed, award-winning author of fifty novels. 

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2011: 26

4 Responses to “Dixie Divas by Virginia Brown”

  1. Sherry 28 July 2011 at 10:31 am Permalink

    I loved the Diva books is there a way to be notified when a new one comes out?

  2. Donna Harvey 12 October 2011 at 12:16 pm Permalink

    I am reading Dixie Divas now and I swear it is HILARIOUS!!! I love all of the characters….every one of them. The way you wrote this book is the way a book is suppose to be written….especially if you live in the South (I live in Memphis but I was born and raised in Senatobia, MS)

    Your book is my saving grace right now. I’m going through so much financially (as much of the country is) but I let it all go when I escape to my couch with my kindle. Bitty is HILARIOUS! I just want to drive to Holly Springs, find her, hug her and sit and talk with her all day. I so miss living in Mississippi. I just wanted you to know how much I’m loving your book and how much it is keeping me sane these days. I’ve chuckled and laughed out loud so much that my son has stopped asking me what I’m laughing at! Keep up the good work. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

  3. Virginia Brown 8 June 2013 at 1:54 am Permalink

    Donna, I just ran across your glowing remarks about the Dixie Divas and I’m so pleased you enjoy them! I’m currently finishing the fifth book in the series, working title, DIVAS DO TELL, and I hope you will be entertained by their latest adventures.

    These ladies got me through a rough patch in my life a time or two, and it’s nice knowing that they have done the same for a fellow Mississipian.

    Thank you for being one of their fans!

    Virginia Brown

  4. Wendy 5 October 2013 at 2:25 pm Permalink

    I just finished reading book 4 and loved EVERY ONE! I am so happy to hear the series will continue!

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