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Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash    by Dixie Cash Amazon.com order for
Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash
by Dixie Cash
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Avon, 2004 (2004)
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* *   Reviewed by Rashmi Srinivas

Former rodeo champion Debbie Sue Overstreet is currently living in her small hometown of Salt Lick, West Texas, where she owns a debt-ridden gas-station-turned-beauty-salon. Aside from her financial woes Debbie Sue is concerned about the fact that ex-husband Sheriff Buddy Overstreet (whom she's never stopped loving) is dating a beautiful woman from out of town. But all gossip pales beside the terrible news that Pearl Ann Carruthers, philandering wife of one of the wealthiest local men, has been killed with her own gun.

Misunderstandings abound and tempers flare when both Buddy and Debbie Sue get involved in trying to solve the murder - Buddy because this case might help him fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a Texas Ranger, while Debbie Sue and her colleague Ed are in it for the hefty reward money. In typical small-town manner the rumor mill churns overtime, but surprisingly the list of suspects remains blank. Can this bickering duo resolve their personal conflicts and solve the murder before it's too late?

With a story filled to the brim with authentic spicy Texas flavor, slang, twang and all, this sisterly writing duo guarantee readers a rollicking good time. Debbie Sue is loud, hard-headed, and cusses just like a cowboy. She's also very entertaining in her bumbling efforts to solve the murder mystery. Buddy Overstreet is surprisingly pleasing, an ideal combination of the masculine arrogance expected of a Texas Sheriff and the requisite amount of sensitivity. The problems faced by this couple feel genuine and add depth to the tale.

The surprisingly difficult murder mystery, together with the to-be-or-not-to-be romance between the lead pair adds tension and intrigue to the plot. The small town atmosphere together with an honest portrayal of a changing Texas and a motley collection of interesting side characters with their own individual dramas round up this amusing tale. Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash is genuine, hot and unpredictable like Texas itself.

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