Doing It at the Dixie DewReviewed by Charity Lyman

When I was given the opportunity to review Doing It at the Dixie Dew, I jumped at the chance. After all, a good mystery combined with a southern town and unique characters is something I always enjoy. I have not read anything else from Ruth Moose before but have heard great things about this new book and decided to jump right in!

The book opens with Lavinia Plum dying in a bed and breakfast. Yep, an eye opener on that one! The bed and breakfast is run by Beth McKenzie. The mansion originally belonged to her grandmother, Mama Alice and she grew up in it. But now she wants to turn it into a comfortable place for visitors or people passing through Littleboro, North Carolina. Of course, that all depends on if she can actually keep them alive. Because soon after Lavinia checks in, she checks out for real. As in cashes in her chips and moves on to the great beyond. Then not three days later Father Roderick is strangled in his own chapel. What has the town of Littleboro come to! As Beth unravels the mystery she realizes that her own life is in danger and she wonders if she will make it through.

The town of Littleboro is quaint and charming though there is evil lurking in the air. Beth is joined by some wonderful and amusing characters including Scott, her handyman who is helping restore the mansion, Reba, who is a bit crazy and often wanders into peoples homes in their absence and takes a bath, Verna, her friend and shocking neighbor, and Malinda, her best friend at the drug store. I thoroughly fell in love with all of them even though some are a bit strange. The only thing I didn’t like was the language. There were several swear words throughout the book–just a heads up for those who want to know. I am not talking just a few nor are they in every chapter but there were more than I expected. There was also one scene that was somewhat intimate–not explicit but still there. Overall, an interesting book with an ending I did not quite see coming. I enjoyed visiting the town of Littleboro, North Carolina for a while. Maybe I can return sometime!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Minotaur Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.