It’s a day like any other for Deuce Winters, a stay-at-home dad in sleepy Rose Petal, Texas, where he and his three-year-old daughter Carly are making their weekly trip to the grocery store. But the discovery of a dead body in his mini-van quickly throws his quiet life into disarray. In a town where gossip spreads faster than a brush fire in July, it doesn’t help that the victim ruined Deuce’s high school football career and married his ex-girlfriend…
As the number one suspect in the court of public opinion, Deuce is determined to clear his name, with a little help from his wife Julianne, a high-powered attorney who lovingly refers to him as her “househusband.” His search for the killer leads him to a business plan gone awry and a gaggle of jilted lovers. All the while, he’ll have to contend with a diminutive but feisty detective, the ruthless preschool PTA, and more than his fair share of Texas-sized hairdos—not to mention the laundry…
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(Thursday, March 15, 2012)
Making death enjoyable in this cute cozy with a stay at home dad. This is a light read, easy to finish page turner. Starts fast and keeps going. Deuce is a likeable character as are the others. Finding a body in the minivan on page one, it has to be good!
A Mystery Bred in the Lone Star State!
(Thursday, January 5, 2012)
Deuce Winters, a former teacher and football coach living in a small Texas town, has just come out of the grocery store when he finds a dead man in the back of his minivan. Rose Petal, Texas is so small that the locals never forget anything that has happened in there, including any and all scandals that have taken place over time. So considering that the victim is a man who caused Deuce a lot of grief back in his early days, they seem to think that he may just be the prime suspect.
The residents of the town are always a little ‘iffy’ about Deuce, especially the fact that he’s a ‘house husband,’ staying home with his daughter while his wife, Julianne heads off to work every day - definitely NOT the Texas way. But Deuce and his wife had decided that when they had their baby, she would bring in the income and he would be the primary caregiver to their daughter, Carly.
It takes no time for the local sheriff to jump on board with the rest of the townspeople who assume that Deuce killed the man, seeing as that all the gossip surrounds the fact that the dead guy was the reason why Deuce didn’t get the football scholarship that he wanted because Benny had caused him an injury during a high school football game. As more and more people actually believe that Deuce is the ‘bad guy’ he loses his job as helper at the local daycare center, and the police start following him around town to make sure he doesn’t kill anyone else. Deuce is determined to clear himself of these charges, and he and his wife begin to investigate. As the story unfolds, the lies come to the surface, as Deuce tries desperately to clear his name and deal with the prejudice that comes with being a stay-at-home-dad.
This is a good read with very likeable characters that reminds a reader of the old line from Smokey & The Bandit: It all depends on where you’re standing in the United States as to how smart you are. This book is a real keeper.