After her divorce, Eureka Truevine, aka Trinket, returned to her home town of Holly Springs, Mississippi to care for her aging parents. They live together at Cherryhill, the homestead Trinket’s father inherited from her grandparents approximately fifty years before. Trinket notes often that her parents are living their second adolescence.
Soon introduced is Trinket’s first cousin and close friend Elisabeth “Bitty” Hollandale, a true Southern Belle. She has accumulated a great deal of wealth through at least one of her four marriages. Both gals are close to fifty and divorced, and have been friends since childhood.
They belong to a group called the Dixie Diva’s, twelve gal-pals whose motto is "What happens with the Divas stays with the Divas." The only way someone can become a member is if they are accepted by majority vote because someone else dropped out, died, or moved away.
The real action begins when Bitty finds her ex-husband dead on a neighbor’s floor when she stops by to drop off a pot of chicken and dumplings. When she and Trinket return to the neighbor’s house, the body is gone. Later, Bitty is shocked when Trinket finds him in Bitty’s hall closet.
Thus begins a hilarious who-done-it with a body that never seems to stay in one place for very long. Ultimately, both Trinket and Bitty end up in the slammer, the latter accused of murder. As the bodies begin to pile up, the Divas are more determined than ever to find out who is framing their friend.
In the meantime, Trinket also must contend with parents who decide to travel to exotic locations around the world as evidenced by their growing collection of brochures, Bitty’s increasingly dangerous schemes, and a special guy who has the potential to become more than just a friend.
With Dixie Divas, prolific award winning author Virginia Brown has crafted a wild and crazy first novel in the new Divas series. While the first few chapters seems to move a little slowly as the author fills the reader in on the history of the families and the area, the story line picks up as the action increases making the book difficult to set down. The characters become as natural and comfortable as getting to know your new next door neighbors.
The author has a knack for drawing the reader into each scene with vivid description and clever dialogue. There is never a doubt as to what the characters are up to, although readers must wait until the end to find out the killer and why he or she committed the crimes.
A special thank you goes to the author and Belle Bridge Books for providing a complimentary copy of Dixie Divas for review. If you are interested in buying a copy, it is available at amazon.com.