The Domestic Equalizers Series
April 5, 2011 / ISBN 978-0061910142
by Linda Morelli
Darla Denman, an aging Nashville “Queen of Country Music”
star is on a comeback tour with an entourage that includes Big Bob,
her ex-husband, with whom she has made amends. Big Bob is still
her manager, and his new wife, Roxie Jo, provides the opening act
for Darla’s show. Their bus has mechanical problems when they
near Salt Lick, Texas on the way to their next show in Midland.
When Bob learns that the cost to repair the bus leaves them broke,
and his wife Roxie sends the two backup singers packing, Darla will
have nothing stand in the way of her comeback. She heads for the
beauty parlor and meets Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina “Ed”
Perkins-Martin, two hairdressers who, as the Domestic Equalizers,
are private eyes. Darla learns that they are loyal fans and can
sing, and asks them to be her new backup.
Debbie Sue and Ed agree, little expecting that, after their arrival
in Midland, their detective skills will be called into action when
Roxie Jo is found dead in her dressing room, stabbed with a nail
file. When Darla confesses to the crime, Debbie Sue and Ed are firmly
convinced their favorite country western singer didn’t kill
her ex-husband’s wife. But who did? And why did Darla confess?
Dixie Cash has an innate ability to provide solid mysteries with
a good dose of laughter in wacky plots that provides thoroughly
enjoyable reading. Debbie Sue and Edwina are wild and nutty characters
who provide constant laughs and find themselves in zany situations.
They’re down to earth honest folks who are more true to life
than most fictional characters. Dixie Cash (sisters Pam Crumbie
and Jeffery McClanahan) have provided yet another delightful and
engaging summer read. I’m hooked and am certain that this
novel is her best in the series thus far.