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May Cooler Heads Prevail by T.L. Dunnegan

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Cover art: May Cooler Heads Prevail Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: May Cooler Heads Prevail
Author: T.L. Dunnegan
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-59789-676-4
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Cozy
Year/Setting: Present day, Arkansas
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
T.L.'s Website/Blog: None, author has passed away, visit www.barbourbooks.com


Dear Readers,

This was a very amusing book to read. Lots of suspense but, also lots of laughs. The main character, Dr. Dixie J. Tanner, is a clinical psychologist and, as she says, a lot more interested in sanity than most of her relatives. She relates the story taking place in the 1800's, of an ancestor, Tenacious Tanner, who was accused of stealing a horse. He was unable to prove that he was innocent so he broke out of jail and tracked the real horse thief down. He found the thief camped by a river and tried to capture him. However, he scared the thief so badly that the thief had a heart attack and died. So, being very stubborn, Tenacious was true to his name and brought the horse and the dead thief back to the town of Kenna Springs, Arkansas and insisted that the Sheriff hang the dead man instead of him. After this happened each generation of Tanners has been thought by the townspeople to be a bit peculiar and the Tanners have always done their level best to live up to their reputations.

Now to the present, Dr. Dixie has been asked by her uncle to please return to her home town and help her Aunt Connie prove her innocence in the death of Connie's former fiancÚ, Aaron Scott. The last time Connie saw him was right before their wedding. Now, nearly 40 years have passed and she finds him wrapped up in pink cellophane in the flower shop that she owns. When Dixie arrives back in Kenna Springs she finds that her whacked out relatives have started their own investigation and want to find the killer before the rest of the town knows there has been a murder. Two problems exist: first, the body wrapped in pink and second, the real murderer who is getting a little antsy when Dixie and her aunts and uncles start making progress in the case.

As I said, this book was a delightful read. Unfortunately, the author passed away a few years ago and her family, along with Barbour Publishing have given the reading public this book. Her son, Patrick Dunnegan, says that when he was growing up he thought that his family was a bit dysfunctional but, when he was grown, realized that it was not "weird" but, "Creative Memories." This book is a wonderful tribute to his mother and I am happy to say that my mom also made all those around her feel special. Thanks, Patrick.

So, enjoy this book, and I'll talk to you soon.

Mary

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