Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash

Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash

Paperback - 2004
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The strongest, sexiest, and sassiest debut contemporary romance we've seen since Rachel Gibson! The quality of Dixie's writing combined with the pure romance of the story guarantees that Avon Romance has just acquired a new star.

Debbie Sue Overstreet is still the best-looking gal in Saltlick, TX-and her ex-husband Buddy is still the best-looking sheriff. Thanks to a thriving gossip mill (also known as Debbie's hair salon), there isn't a thing in Saltlick that she doesn't know about before anyone else. That is, until somebody offs snooty Pearl Ann Carruthers. With Buddy on the case, the woman who has to know everything is stumped by not just one, but two questions: first, who killed Pearl Ann and why, and second, how on earth did she ever let Buddy Overstreet get away? Lucky for Saltlick and Buddy both, she means to find out the answers, no matter what it takes!

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780060595364
Characteristics: 372 pages ;,18 cm.
Alternative Title: Take out the trash


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Feb 05, 2010

This has got to have one of the best titles in fiction history, but it is not really related to the story, unless the murder victim in this romance/mystery is the trash, but I don't think the authors are that clever.

This is the story of Debbie Sue, a hairstylist in Salt Lick, Texas (great town name!) whose life has taken a turn for the worst. Her marriage has failed, she in debt upto her eyeballs and her best customer has turned up dead as a result of an apparent suicide.

Debbie Sue knows that given the work that Pearl Ann Carruthers had just had done to her hair and nails, she would never kill herself, especially witha bullet to the head. So Debbie Sue sets out to prove that her client was murdered. Of couorse, the $50,000 reward doesn't hurt her motivation.

This novel is funny and silly at times, but the authors (a sister team) can't seem to decide if this is a mystery, a romance or a comedic novel. Those genres have been better blended in other works. Had the authors done a better job, this book would have been a keeper. As it is, it is a throwaway peice of brain candy.

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