Dye, Dyeing, Dead By Bobbi A. Chukran

Aug 16, 2014 | 2014 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this review on how to win a copy of Dye, Dyeing, Dead. Check out a fantasy short story by Bobbi in this issue of KRL.

After the end of her marriage and equipped with a college degree that usually requires additional doctorates to insure employment, the chance to live with her aunt was a godsend for folklorist Kendra Harper. The contrast between Austin and tiny Nameless, Texas was a bit of a shock, but it gives Kendra the chance to research and write about ghost stories and local legends. When Kendra isn’t at a cemetery photographing tombstones, she helps Aunt Jewel with gardening classes. The most recent is the prophetically titled Dyeing with Plants workshop.

The class for the Nameless Garden Club has a rocky start as the ladies arrive fully dressed for a formal Southern Tea and bring along their own heckler. Eula-Mae Bunch spends the entire workshop denouncing the need for natural dyes while praising cheaper manufactured versions. Aunt Jewel finally kicks Eula-Mae out. The next time the abrasive woman is seen, she’s a corpse. Jewel’s neighbor declares he witnessed Jewel kill Eula-Mae which means the sheriff isn’t going to look too hard in any other direction. Knowing how gossip can damage a reputation, Kendra and her best friend Jeremy Clifford conduct their own investigation to discover who among Eula-Mae’s many enemies was finally pushed over the edge. The fact that Eula-Mae was on a righteous march to censor the library certainly doesn’t make her any more sympathetic. bobbi

As a novella, the pace moves quickly while still fleshing out the characters of Kendra and her closest friends. Readers may spot the clues and the identity of the murderer far ahead of Kendra, but she has the task of weeding through numerous suspects, none of whom are shedding a tear for Eula-Mae. The tone remains light with Jeremy encapsulating most of the humor with his eccentricities and Spock ears. Kendra has a low-key romantic relationship with a deputy and even Aunt Jewel may have a potential beau on the horizon which makes this a very funny and romantic blend of Southern charm and mystery.

To enter to win a copy of Dye, Dyeing, Dead, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Dye,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 23, 2014. U.S. residents only.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

25 Comments

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review, Cynthia (and Lorie). I can tell that you “get” the story and the characters. That is every author’s dream. 🙂

    Mahalo from Texas.

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  2. Love the cover and the title, thanks for wonderful reading opportunity!

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    • Thanks, Lynn! I had a good time with that cover. The photo is from one of my former gardens. 🙂

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  3. Graduated from GHS in ’65 ,, love mystery books — would love to read this one — will support a fellow classmate. Congratulations on your accomplishment. This book sounds like something that would be good in our book club.

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    • Hi Gloria! Glad you made it over here. 🙂 I love seeing a fellow alumni here. If you could get your book club interested, that would be wonderful! Thank you.

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  4. Indeed, that was a great review. I am convinced I must have my own copy of the story. 🙂

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  5. Congrats Bobbi, I don’t read much but my wife would probably like to read this book.

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    • Thanks, Johnny! good luck! And tell you wife I said “howdy.”

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  6. Love this idea. Great review. Most interested in reading this book. I will also post a review on Amazon.

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    • Thanks, Carson! This is my first review and so far, don’t have any posted on Amazon. Thanks for commenting here.

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  7. Sounds dark… and colorful!

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    • Not so dark. I call it cozy with a bit of wicked humor. 🙂

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  8. Lolololol. .. This story already had me laughing! Can’t wait to jump in and meet the characters in full bloom. You might say I’m dying to meet them! Would love to win this book.

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    • Hi Di! Yeah, these characters are a hoot. They just can’t stay out of trouble. 🙂

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  9. Congratulations on another enchanting story, Bobbi. Interesting town, Nameless, and intriguing “residents”. Best wishes,

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    • Thanks, Marjorie! Good to see some local peeps here. Nameless was named after Leander, which really was called Nameless back in the 1800s. Since the story was inspired when we first moved there, years ago, I decided to use it for my fictional town.

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  10. Sounds like a good read to me. Congrats to a fellow GHS graduate. Lisa ’80

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  11. Sounds like a solid story. Thanks for the review, which makes me want to read the novella.

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  12. The book sounds terrific! Good luck with it, Bobbi.

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  13. We have a winner
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher

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  14. Wonderful! As soon as I get the mailing address I’ll get the book in the mail. LOL

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