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Book 1--The 1st Jolene Jackson MysteryREVISED EDITION--July 19, 2012Kickapoo, Texas, is the last place Jolene Jackson wants to be, but with her 72-year-old mother’s boyfriend murdered and Mother Dearest locked up because of it, she’s got little choice but to head south and deal with it.Bullets are flying, chicken’s frying and there’s a lunatic on the loose in the mesquitesBook 1--The 1st Jolene Jackson MysteryREVISED EDITION--July 19, 2012Kickapoo, Texas, is the last place Jolene Jackson wants to be, but with her 72-year-old mother’s boyfriend murdered and Mother Dearest locked up because of it, she’s got little choice but to head south and deal with it.Bullets are flying, chicken’s frying and there’s a lunatic on the loose in the mesquites with a shotgun who’s Hot Enough to Kill.An excerpt is included in The University of Texas Press' title, Lone Star Sleuths--An Anthology of Texas Crime FictionREVIEWS"Don't Mess with Texas! You'll laugh your way from Kickapoo to Redwater Falls and back." -- Linda Huntley Wills, Redbook"This is a wild ride with thrills, chills and laughs galore. Highly Recommended." -- Editor, I *Love* a Mystery"...makes for fast, fun summer reading." -- Nancy Cook-Senn, Shawnee Escort"Anyone who enjoys the works of Janet Evanovich or Joan Hess is going to love Ms. Boyd." -- Toby Bromberg, Romantic Times"...a terrific mystery, sharply drawn, cleverly plotted, dynamically presented, and pure sleuthing entertainment from first page to last." -- Wisconsin Bookwatch"The mystery genre has witnessed an abundance of female sleuths, but none quite like Jolene Jackson and her mother, Lucille." -- Argus Observer5 Stars and 5+ Laughs! Has to be film adapted. Would make a delightful audiobook. " ...a hoot and a half of rollicking good mystery! The best dang novel I've read all year!" -- Leann Arndt, The Midwest Book Review"Carl Hiaasen meets Texasville! ...a must read for your Sherlock funny bone." -- Judi Clark, Mostly Fiction"... comedic characters you'll just love. ...a humor you can't resist. I can't remember the last time that I read a book as light and refreshing as this." -- Pamela Stone, My Shelf"This first entry of an apparent series will leave readers loudly laughing at the antics of Jolene and her mother. Hot Enough to Kill is a tongue-in-cheek look at relationships and amatuer sleuthing. Still, the mystery has a character of its own that adds to a wonderful plot. If this tale is any example, Paula Boyd has a long running series that will provide much pleasure to fans." -- Harriet Klausner...

Title : Hot Enough to Kill
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ISBN : 13508584
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Number of Pages : 241 Pages
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Hot Enough to Kill Reviews

  • Judi
    2019-01-27 03:09

    It's a sweltering 112°F day and Jolene Jackson is back in her hometown of Kickapoo Texas, where anything bad can happen, and will. To begin with, she's just picked up her seventy-two year old mother, Lucille, at the Sheriff's station, where she was held for assaulting an officer with her handbag. Those on the receiving end would say it is a near lethal weapon. Not to mention that Lucille's boyfriend Big John, the mayor, was murdered the day before and she's not looking very remorseful. For the most part, Jolene believes her mother is innocent, but has this nagging feeling that she knows more than she's letting on. Unlike many an amateur detective, Jolene is not exactly a willing sleuth. Eventually, she does comes around to her mother's (nagging) insistence that she use her (wasted) journalism degree to find out more about what's happening. Especially after her high school boyfriend (whom she is still very sweet on), Deputy Sheriff Jerry Don Parker, is shot and nearly killed in her mother's own kitchen. So who was the target - Jerry or her mom?If you thought Thelma and Louise (Lucille's favorite movie) were crazy, you've got to meet this mother-daughter team. They usually don't see eye to eye and when they do, start worrying. Through their humorous banter and Jolene's running commentary, we really get to know and like them. Never mind the picture she paints of small town Kickapoo Texas where it's a step back in time, life evolves around the Dairy Queen, high school stuff still matters, and leaving your hometown is unforgivable. I had so much fun reading this that I hated to have it end. Paula Boyd writes with pure Texas humor, weaving together a good whodunit and providing a backdrop that won't be forgotten. Hot Enough to Kill is a must read for your Sherlock funny bone.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-14 03:12

    In the first installment of Paula Boyd's Jolene Jackson Mystery series, Hot Enough to Kill, it would take you in a fast-paced adventure with plenty of twists for turns. When Jolene Jackson returned to Kickapoo, Texas, she learned her mother was in jail, the mayor was murdered, and it was hotter than blazes outside. But little did she know she would get embroiled into a political conspiracy of corruption and greed. Now only that and her mother Lucille were both shot, so were two cops who were trying to help them out. Jolene wanted a second shot with her ex-fiance, who was also divorced at the sane time as her, when it didn't work out. As they uncovered the plot, the closer they were on knowing the truth on who killed the mayor and who were gunning after them.

  • Mary Beth
    2019-01-23 08:32

    I actually give it 2.5 stars. The book started out great, it was funny and the characters were well described. I got about 3/4 of the way through the book and I just didn't care anymore. I lost interest, at this point I felt the characters were almost transparent and I knew what they would say and do. I didn't finish the book.

  • Christopher Carter
    2019-01-31 04:32

    This was a purely enjoyable read from start to finish. The characters were a delight to get to know and there were some definite laugh out loud passages. A really good, can't put down read.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-19 05:39

    Jolene Jackson is a great character- feisty and fun. Her mother is equally amusing. The plotline however gets a bit convoluted and by the time you get to the end you're kind of glad it's over!

  • Sheryl
    2019-02-23 05:23

    This was fairly entertaining but the main character was so sarcastic throughout the whole mystery I really got tired of her. I thought she could at least be nice once in awhile.

  • Patricia Mccammon
    2019-02-10 02:14

    GoodCalled home when her mother's boyfriend is murdered, Jolene tries to sort out who was responsible. Too many suspects surprise ending

  • Megan
    2019-02-22 09:30

    Excellent!Great fun read with the bonus of a well plotted, exciting mystery to boot. The apple doesn't fall very far from the tree when this wise cracking protagonist races to her mother's aid, skidding around on the thin ice of hometown memories. Our pair of unapologetic pistols are hot on the trail of a whodunnit that rapidly turns into a whodidn't, wreaking havoc and hilarity along the way. A soupcon of romance to whet our apetities for future instalments in their story (hopefully) adds spice to the ice tea and pepper to the sparkling equation. Can you tell I loved this (and I'm a bit partial to a bad pun)? Highly recommended zinger of a mystery. Such fun! Looking forward to more.

  • Janet
    2019-02-18 02:34

    very good, enjoyed the characters and look forward to reading more in this series

  • Annette
    2019-02-17 07:16

    Jolene and Lucille - daughter and mother are having a bad week. Lucille's latest boyfriend is now dead. He was the mayor of Kickapoo TX. Jolene has come home from Colorado to help her mother get through the loss of her loved one.The problem is, the mayor was not loved by Lucille or anyone else, his murder has led to other shootings and Lucille may be a prime suspect.I know I should not have expected much realism and I did not find it here. The characters are interesting. Both Jolene and Lucille have a very difficult relationship. It appears that neither one has ever truly listened to the other. But, in their hours of need, when the bullets are flying the two of them become quite a team.The plot is light and easy to read. The characters are entertaining. Jolene is more fully drawn than her mother, but since this is a series, I feel sure that will be remedied. If you want a humorous look at small town Texas, small town politics, and small town shootings, this is a book that will make you smile.

  • Kathleen Huben
    2019-02-01 07:22

    When her 72 year old mother is accused of murdering her boyfriend, Jolene Jackson has no choice buta ato go home to Kickapoo, Texas and try to help. What she finds is a mess of small town politics and intrigue, complicated by the possibility of re-igniting a romance with her high school sweetheart. I had a hard time getting into the storyline. It took me 50-60 pages to warm up to the characters. I did enjoy the rest of the book although I found the plot a little weak. I received this book as a GoodReads First Read.

  • Domonique
    2019-01-25 06:33

    Enjoyed the antics of the charactersThis was an enjoyable read. There were a few grammatical errors, extra words that shouldn't have been there, but otherwise the story was good. I liked the idea of a mother and daughter tag team trying to be detectives and figure out what was going on in their town. Lucille was a bad add mom who didn't take gruff from no one and her daughter was a chip off the old block. The book did you keep me wondering who the real killer was until the end, and it was not who I expected. This is a good curl up under the blanket read.

  • Robbie
    2019-02-16 03:39

    Update:I could find no record of having read this book, read the synopsis and read it again. Didn't remember any of it. Liked it more than the first time and I rated it 4.8 stars.I've had this book since 2013 and I'm sorry I just got around to reading it. I really enjoyed it. There were touches of humor throughout the book, plenty of action, a twist or two and likeable characters. I rate this one 4.7 stars and I'm glad I have the next book in the series to read.

  • C. Salem
    2019-02-14 05:27

    This was an enjoyable and fast moving mystery set in Texas. Jolene tells the story of returning home when her mom's lover is killed. Jolene quickly gets drawn back into the drama of the small town where she grew up, where everyone knows everyone. It is easy to identify with Jolene and her less than ideal relationship with her mom. The story unfolds at a fast pace, without any obvious indications who the culprit might be.

  • Georgiann Hennelly
    2019-02-11 05:22

    When Jolene Jackson's seventy year old Mother Lucille is accused of murdering her Boyfriend. She has no choice she has to go home to Kickapoo, Texas and try to help what she finds is a mess, of intrigue and small town politics, complicated by a possible reignitining of her high school romance with her High school sweetheart. A thoroughly enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more books by Paula Boyd.

  • Carly Kirk
    2019-02-21 06:39

    OkayThis was a well written book, but lacked something for me. Or maybe it was just that I felt like the main character was all over the place, kinda like an emotional spastic. Plus I'm not a huge fan of the whole "all southerners are crazy" type of story. It was okay, but I won't be reading the rest of the series or this one again either.

  • Sandy Hunter
    2019-02-10 08:27

    Great book. I laughed in many parts. The protagonist is a character that I would love to follow. I love the atmosphere of the Texas town, so similar to many across the South. I was impressed that the author avoided including pornographic descriptions, yet the reader was definitely aware of the attraction between the protagonist and her old boyfriend, the current sheriff.

  • Gloria Wilkeson
    2019-01-30 07:27

    Light hearted MysteryI enjoyed reading about the trials and tribulations of Jolene coming back to her small town roots. I did however feel that whatever criminal activities that brought about the original killing was not fleshed out enough. I still do not know what they were doing to get so much money, unless it was the selling of the guns.

  • Matthew Medford
    2019-02-19 05:39

    One of the best books I've ever read. I enjoy a nice romance, a good mystery, and laugh-out-loud humor. This book certainly contained all three, and had me guessing at the murderer until the very end--and I was surprised!! I will definitely be reading the other books in the Jolene Jackson series. All in all, awesome book!

  • Charlotte
    2019-02-04 05:31

    This little piece of fluff was a fun read. I particularly enjoyed the exaggerated Southern personalities. They remind me very much of many of my beloved relatives. Though I loved the characters, the plot was a little thin, and the murderer sort of came out of no where with very little explanation. In spite of its flaws, this was an enjoyable escape for a few hours.

  • Loreta
    2019-01-23 09:17

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will most likely be reading the second Jolene Johnson mystery real soon. It was fast-paced, fun and, sometimes edge of your seat (just keeping up). Jolene, in Kickapoo, TX, what a delight. The characters were well defined and easy to follow and Jolene's mother is a real hoot and uses her purse on whomever offends her.

  • Jack Pavuk
    2019-02-16 08:31

    A thoroughly enjoyable read. The witticism of the main characters, plus the constant twist and turns to keep the reader turning pages, made it hard to put dow. Finished the boom in two sessions and looking forward to reading the sequels.

    2019-02-12 05:15

    Great book with hillareous charactersLoved the wit of this book! Great characterizations that allow you to picture the plot as if you are watching a movie. Definitely will look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Ashley
    2019-01-29 06:11

    Cleverly written, the plot kept me guessing throughout. A major plus in a mystery book! I loved the back and forth between Jolene and Lucille. The Mother/daughter relationship provides laughter, but at the same time hits home for most women.

  • Marguerite Czajka
    2019-02-09 05:33

    Nice mystery and good intro to the mother-daughter team. The main character's insecurities got a little annoying by 3/4s the way, but not so much to disuade me from checking out the 2nd book in the series.

  • Karen j batton
    2019-02-19 05:27

    Fun readingI loved the banter between mother and daughter, kept me laughing and reminded of my relationship with my own mother, some of the locations mentioned are very close to my area and I could relate to the ways of the characters.

  • Nancy Bergman
    2019-02-11 06:31

    The story started out fine but half way through it dragged. Finally got through it. Never really understood what motivated the "bad guy." Seemed like the author wanted the murderer to be someone unexpected and just kind of plugged them in at the end.

  • Blythe
    2019-02-01 07:21

    Jolene and her mother, Lucille are the two main characters in this mystery and I think I was so caught up laughing at them that I forgot there was a murder. Fun read, maybe not a must-read but cute nonetheless.

  • Bonnie
    2019-02-04 04:15

    Who knew a Texas beach read would gallup up to your hitching post (meaning your.lap). a quick read.

  • Wendy Hux
    2019-02-05 03:12

    Easy, funny with suspense. If you like Janet evanovich, you'll like this one.