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Delilah Dickinson's literary travel agency is a hit. And now, after an alarmingly lively tour through the Old South of Gone with the Wind, she's ready to embark on a steamboat trip down the Mississippi, a la Huckleberry Finn. But when one of her passengers winds up dead, Delilah reckons she'll have to get to the bottom of this ornery mystery....

Title : Huckleberry Finished
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ISBN : 9780758225689
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Huckleberry Finished Reviews

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-02 08:11

    This book is a fast, fun, and light read. Delilah Dickinson is charming and likeable. I have the feeling she would swear like my mother, where all the bad words are replaced by things like ‘fudge ripple’. You can’t help but want things to go right for Delilah. But, of course, things go wrong. And when things start to go wrong it is fun to listen in on all of her theories about who did what and why. I like all the Mark Twain quotes thrown in and how they managed to fit well into the story so they didn’t seem forced. But I’m glad that you don’t have to be a Mark Twain enthusiast to enjoy the book. There are several references to the first book in the series so that you learn about Delilah’s business and her last ill fated tour and perhaps it was mentioned more than it needed to be but this is still very much a stand alone story. There are a lot of interesting characters to muddy the waters but they all belong there and they are realistic and believable so that you do start to like some, hate some and feel sorry for others. The mystery is fun too. There are twists to follow and various pieces to fit together and a nice harrowing climax when everything finally falls into place.

  • Dani Moore
    2019-01-15 13:58

    Delilah Dickenson is a "Literary Travel Agent". That means she arranges travel experiences based on great books or great Authors. Her first tour with a Gone with the Wind theme ended in Murder in the first book, "Frankly my Dear, I'm Dead" This time Delilah is hoping her Mark Twain riverboat cruise will be smooth sailing. No such luck. She is beset with client complaints, riverboat staff complaints, murder, intrigue and danger. Everything you need for a good book. I very much enjoyed the first book in the series, and was pleased to discover that the second was just as compelling. I won't spoil the plot twists and turns, just don't be too sure you have everything figured out until the very end!

  • Linda
    2019-01-02 10:55

    I thoughly enjoyed this second entry in the series and can't wait to see where the next book will take us. This was a lot of fun with the mystery taking place on a riverboat cruise docked in Hannibal, MO - complete with Mark Twain himself along for the ride.

  • Debbie
    2018-12-25 14:46

    I have enjoyed the first two books in this series. The literary travel tours sound like a lot of fun...well unless you are the one that gets murdered, then the fun would be over!

  • Dailycheapreads
    2019-01-18 08:13

    Climb on board the Southern Bell for a cozy little mystery in Huckleberry Finished.As a literature buff and native Missourian, I was drawn to this book set in Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Mo. Accomplished mystery writer Livia Washburn deftly weaves in Twain quotations and trivia to give the story a unique feel.In this second book featuring travel agent Delilah Dickinson, a tour group is paddling up the Mississippi River on a casino riverboat to tour Hannibal. One of the passengers, Ben Webster, accuses the casino of running a rigged operation and Delilah is told to make sure he disembarks in Hannibal. But Webster turns up dead in the engine room and suddenly things aren't as bucolic as the old-time riverboat suggested.Delilah's experience at the Gone With the Wind tour in Frankly My Dear, I'm Deadmakes her eager to clear things up. She gets help from a Mark Twain impersonator, who may be hiding a little something between his bushy mustache. In fact, a lot of secrets are being uncovered aboard the Southern Belle, including a grizzly event that happened exactly one year ago.A classic mystery with a detailed setting, a tough lady detective in a small-town police department and a wide cast of characters make this is an enjoyable summer read. The price of $4.47 makes it even more appealing.Click here to purchase Huckleberry Finished

  • Brenda
    2019-01-14 07:45

    Huckleberry Finished is the second in the Delilah Dickinson Literary Tour Mystery. Delilah Dickinson owns Dickinson Literary Tours and has organized a tour on the Southern Belle, a Mark Twain themed casino riverboat.What is supposed to be an overnight gambling cruise from St. Louis to Hannibal, Missouri on the Mississipi River, turns into another murderous trip for Delilah and her group. Only a few hours after their arrival on the boat Delilah is summoned by Head of Security Logan Rafferty. One of her clients, Ben Webster has caused a disturbance in the casino by accusing the roulette dealer of having a fixed wheel. Rafferty agrees to let Webster leave the ship when they reach Hannibal instead of pressing charges, but when he doesn't disembark Delilah becomes concerned.Ben Webster's body is discovered with a broken neck in the engine room of the boat. With over 100 guests and crew on board, there are plenty of suspects. Delilah befriends the Mark Twain impersonator, Mark Lansing and the two team up to discover who murdered Ben and why.In the course of digging up clues, Delilah discovers that Ben Webster isn't who he said he was, there is something really fishy about Logan Rafferty and there was another murder of a young woman exactly one year ago to the day on the Southern Belle. Having had her laptop stolen, Delilah turns to her daughter Melissa back home in Atlanta to handle the Internet research on her fellow passengers.A quick paced storyline that takes place over the course of two days, plenty of action, interesting characters and a lot of references to the works of Mark Twain.

  • Susan
    2018-12-30 15:10

    Climb on board the Southern Bell for a cozy little mystery in Huckleberry Finished.As a literature buff and native Missourian, I was drawn to this book set in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Mo. Accomplished mystery writer Livia Washburn deftly weaves in Twain quotations and trivia to give the story a unique feel.In this second book featuring travel agent Delilah Dickinson, a tour group is paddling up the Mississippi River on a casino riverboat to tour Hannibal. One of the passengers, Ben Webster, accuses the casino of running a rigged operation and Delilah is told to make sure he disembarks in Hannibal. But Webster turns up dead in the engine room and suddenly things aren’t as bucolic as the old-time riverboat suggested.Delilah’s experience at the Gone With the Wind tour in Frankly My Dear, I’m Dead makes her eager to clear things up. She gets help from a Mark Twain impersonator, who may be hiding a little something between his bushy mustache. In fact, a lot of secrets are being uncovered aboard the Southern Belle, including a grizzly event that happened exactly one year ago.A classic mystery with a detailed setting, a tough lady detective in a small-town police department and a wide cast of characters make this is an enjoyable summer read. The price of $4.47 makes it even more appealing.

  • Bookworm1858
    2019-01-17 12:43

    Summary: Delilah Dickinson has continued her tour guide business even after the disaster in Atlanta. This time she is going on the Mississippi with Mark Twain. But again someone winds up dead and many secrets are at play.Thoughts: I enjoyed the first book but I wasn't in love with it so I was hoping to really love the second. I enjoyed it but again it was not as gripping as I wanted it to be and I didn't care that much about figuring out the murderer. I did not figure out the murderer or the various mysteries and I actually had to reread the chapter again to make sure I fully understood it.I mostly like Delilah (I'm not a fan of her usage of "y'all," one of my least favorite colloquial phrases). I liked the detective who comes out to investigate the murder, no-nonsense Detective Travis. I loved that there was a character named Eddie (inside family joke).I loved the bits of Mark Twain trivia as well as quotes from him (my friend and I were really into him in seventh grade so this brought back fun memories.)Overall: 3.5/5 Not bad but I'm not overly enthusiastic about it. For example, even though it's fairly short I kept checking to see how many pages were left until the mystery was solved.

  • Suzanne
    2019-01-18 08:50

    Delilah Dickinson is a newly divorced woman who after working for a travel agency decided to branch out on her own.Her playing field though has changed. Instead of just regular tours Delilah has decided to specialize in literary tours and this has taken her from her office in Atlanta, Ga to St. Louis, Mo. down the Mississippi to Mark Twain's home of Hannibal, Mo. With a small group, a riverboat and a short overnight trip easy-peasy. Wrong! A murdered guest is found after the boat docked and most enjoyed a nice day checking out the sights of Hannibal. This murder turns out to be connected with a murder that happened a year ago almost to the day. Delilah's snooping with the help of the on board Mark Twain impersonator things only seem to go nowhere.There are quite a few twists and turns in this book which had me coming and going with suspects.One one the nice things about the book was at the end Ms. Washburn gave a brief history of Hannibal and Mark Twain and websites to connect you with any questions you might have about the area.This book was right up my alley, combining mystery with history.I would recommend to anyone who asks.

  • Versel Rush
    2018-12-23 12:12

    I enjoyed the first book in this series and have found the 2nd to be even better. In addition to the well-researched literary aspects, this book has a good mystery. In fact, unlike just about every other mystery I read, I did not figure out the ending (and it was pretty complicated I am happy to say) until Delilah did. Her characters are very interesting and well thought. I do enjoy that Delilah, a not-young woman, is still considered attractive but does not get tied down to a single romance that follows her everywhere. And I am particularly happy that this is not a romance pretending to be a mystery (something that is happening too often).Without going into the plot (you can read that if you look to buy the book--online or on the book's back), I did enjoy the Mississippi river boat setting as well as the Twain-isms (and I'm not even a big fan of Mr. Clemens).My only complaint? Delilah's continuous use of "I reckon". Ms. Washburn, let's give that a rest, ok?I have already bought the 3rd in the series and started it the moment I finished this one.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2018-12-23 15:05

    This series is just getting better and better. I love the literary references and quotes and tiny bios of the main theme. This book, of course, was about the life of Mark Twain. It centered upon his journey up and down the Mississippi. Delilah Dickenson takes her tour on the Southern Belle paddle-boat up from St. Louis to Hannibal, Missouri. The town of Hannibal gets into the theme and dress as in Twain's time. Also has unique stores by the docks. At the end of the novel, Ms. Washburn gives you tour ideas to make your own trip.Delilah is stopped from enjoying the trip herself when a member of her group tries to pick a fight in the Casino. This quickly morphs into a murder investigation.Delilah also falls in 'like' with the actor (or is he?) portraying Mark Twain himself.I actually had my jaw 'drop' at one of the scenes when we begin to unravel the investigation with Delilah. I had entered Delilah's tale and was shocked. You have to read the book to see what caused the shock but it was page 261.I will be reading the next volume in this series.

  • Danielle
    2019-01-07 08:03

    This was a free book on my Kindle, so I thought I'd give it a try.This is the second in the literary tour mysteries (I hate starting a series after book 1) but you didn't need to read the first before this one. There are some fairly frequent but minor references to the first book, but they don't give much away.It's a cozy-mystery, meant to be fairly light and easy to read. It accomplishes that. I thought the angle of literature would make the series more interesting to me, but it really didn't. The crime takes place on a steamboat where one of the passengers is a Mark Twain impersonator. The boat stops in Hannibal, but that's about it for the literature tie-ins. Honestly, I don't know what I expected. It is after all, a modern day story.Overall, it was good and it was fairly light (which was needed while reading The Help and Those Who Save Us). But I doubt I'll read much more in this series.

  • Judy Iliff
    2019-01-10 11:53

    Livia Washburn is a new-to-me author. I "bought" this book initially because it was free as a Kindle download. I also chose this book because, well, once and American Lit teacher, always an American Lit teacher! I'm so glad I did. The main character, Delilah, is not a simpering heroine, as seems to the "soup du jour" lately.Delilah Dickinson, owner of Literary Travels Travel Agency, accompanies the tour group on a paddle wheeler from St, Louis to Hannibal since this is the first time she's scheduled a tour of Mark Twain's childhood hometown. Murder ensues and finding the killer becomes a priority for Delilah.This is the 2nd in Washburn's literary murder series. Now, I'll buy the first and pre-order the 3rd. These really are nice, cozies!

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-28 07:13

    The synopsis details the plot of the book rather well, so I'll just stick with my thoughts: For a mystery novel, the plot wasn't as intricate as I would have liked and have come to expect in mystery novels. Dickinson's "voice" changed several times throughout -- which I found distracting. First she didn't have a southern drawl, then she had a twang, and back and forth. The character twists were interesting, but not shocking. And I expected to have more Mark Twain details, and it really seems like that part of the plot was contrived so Dickinson could meet this book's love interest.Overall: I'd read it, but don't expect too much.

  • Stacy
    2019-01-15 14:11

    A cute cozy I got free for my Kindle a while back. Second in a series, but I was not lost at all. These are part of a series about a travel agent who operates literary tours. Apparently the first one happened at a plantation on a Gone With the Wind type tour. This one was set on a paddleboat out of Hannibal Missouri, and was a Mark Twain themed one. Cute and fun, and I sort of figured it out, but not quite. Light and easy, just what a cozy mystery should be. I would read more by this author, but unfortunately, I currently don't see any by this author in the downloadable ebook section of my library's website.

  • Jann Barber
    2019-01-11 07:12

    I found this book on the shelves of the reading areas in rehab.I don't know if I will read more in this series, but it was a light read while I was recovering and working on OT and PT exercises.The premise of the series is that Delilah Dickinson leads literary tours, so that allows her to be in various situations where murders occur. This particular story takes place aboard a riverboat and involves Mark Twain as the literary focus.People should probably avoid Ms. Dickinson's tour groups as well as Jessica Fletcher in Cabot Cove and the Midsomer areas in England due to the high murder rates in those places!Again, a cute series, but not one I might pursue.

  • Susan
    2018-12-28 06:53

    Travel agent Delilah Dickinson is taking a group on a Mark Twain tour, featuring a steamboat ride from St. Louis to Hannibal, MO. One of her charges, Ben, crosses the path of a nasty security man, and shortly disappears. When Ben's body is found, the local police keep the ship docked at Hannibal, over the protestations of Delilah's clients and also the ship's wealthy owner. Delilah learns that there'd been another murder on the ship, just one year to the day earlier, and knows there must be a connection between the crimes. Aided by the rugged actor who is performing a Mark Twain show, she finds that there is--but the link is not as simple as she at first thinks. Second in a series.

  • Beth
    2018-12-23 11:03

    This was a fast read but not a particularly fabulous story. It was quite good enough for a light, fast summer read. The "folksy" habit the main character has of dropping the g on nearly every word she speaks quickly became incredibly annoying and disruptive to the reading flow. Plus, the main character wasn't particularly likable. She was okay, but there was nothing to actually make you connect with her so she just remained a rather blah character. I may read the others in the series if I come across them but I won't go out of my way to pick them up.

  • George Angus
    2018-12-24 13:01

    I needed to have a read that was easy, not murderous and fun. This ended up fitting nicely into my plans.The author's style makes for a highly readable book. I'm not into hardcore mysteries so I was happy that this was a much more simple affair.The literary travel agency is a very cool idea and the story makes me long for a literary vacation of some sort.Since I love the wit of Mark Twain, there were bonuses throughout.Set aside a sunny Sunday afternoon and plan on not taking life too seriously for a few hours. You'll be glad you did, I think.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-05 13:58

    This was a fun cozy mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoy the theme of the series, which is Literary Tours. As someone who lives in the south, I found it interesting that the main character, Delilah, was a southern gal herself. There were times I found Deliliah to be a little too passive and naive, and I would have liked to have seen her interact a little more with other members of her tour group, but overall I found the writing to be solid. If you are a fan of southern cozy mysteries, you will definitely enjoy this series.

  • DonnaCarol
    2018-12-29 07:56

    Nice change from the cooking series that I have been reading. The setting is on a paddlewheel riverboat which is a very pleasant change of pace. Characters were a mix of likeable and not. The references to Mark Twain throughout the story added an interesting twist. The author kept me changing my mind from chapter to chapter as I tried to decide who the murderer was. And in the end, I was wrong. Mystery very well woven. Loved the natural "southern dialect" of the lead character. Being from the south myself, I thought it very effectively done.

  • Judy
    2019-01-22 08:58

    I received this book as a gift.I enjoy light mysteries and that describes this book. The references to Mark Twain's writings were fun. I enjoyed the characters and the ending did surprise me.The villian wasn't who I suspected. My only complaint was that there was one typo towards the very end of the book. This typo was rather important to the plot. But anyone who reads it will easily recognize it.

  • Vicki
    2018-12-31 08:43

    A murder mystery set on a Mississippi riverboat seemed like an intriguing idea to someone whose grade school windows looked out on the river--or at least, on the attached Quincy Bay. However, in this case, the execution was quite disappointing. And why does the heroine, a 40-ish Atlanta travel agent, sound like Gabby Hayes? ("Dadgum it!")

  • Andrea
    2019-01-20 12:02

    The second book in this particular series was definitely better than the first one, I'm still not sure I would classify this as a cozy. The main character is likeable and certainly has a knack for finding trouble! I do like the literary angle and I am actually looking forward to reading more of these.

  • Kriscrowe
    2019-01-17 11:03

    One of those series mysteries on the order of Agatha Christie and easy read that kept my interest but without the gore of more intense mysteries. I may try some others because the main character is a travel agent that books literary tours--this one took place in Hannibal, MO--a place we just visited this summer.

  • Kimberly
    2018-12-26 12:13

    Not really as good as the first book, or maybe it is just too corny to read them back-to-back. I have a bunch of overdue books from the library, including this set. I think I will pass on the third one.

  • Gretchen
    2019-01-17 14:09

    This is the second in a series about a woman who runs a travel agency specializing in literary tours. This one takes place on a riverboat that goes from St. Louis to Hanibal. One character is a Mark Twain actor. There are a lot of twists in this book. It was a good read.

  • Catherine
    2019-01-04 09:58

    Just okay enough for me to read all the way through, although I did consider abandoning it here and there. Murder on a riverboat, solved by a literary tour-guide. Meant to be light and humorous, like the Goldy Bear catering mysteries, but insubstantial and slightly boring instead.

  • Judy King
    2018-12-27 07:43

    Rather cute concept -- a travel agency owner takes a tour of guests onto a riverboat/casino between St. Louis and Hannibal MO -- accompanied on board by a Mark Twain impressionist. When a tour guest is found murdered the tour guide attempts to help the local detective's search for the murderer.

  • Mary
    2018-12-29 11:57

    Enjoyed this book , the main character, Delilah is a feisty woman who is not happy when one of her tour group ends up murdered on the paddle steamer she has taken her group on to visit the town of Huckleberry. Many of her guests has differing reasons to be on the trip. Fast paced mystery.