Since You’re Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash
By Dixie Cash
Sue only got one thing out of her divorce: a defunct service station.
Unwilling and unable to reopen it, she turned it into a beauty salon.
With her best friend Edwina, she determined to a make a go of it.
Buddy Overstreet is Debbie Sue’s ex-husband. He wants to be
a Texas Ranger, but life keeps getting in the way. First his daddy
died and he had to come home from college and take care of his momma.
Then his and Debbie Sue’s baby died and they needed to stay
close to her momma. Now that he and Debbie Sue are divorced, he
still can’t bring himself to leave. Buddy dates some, but
he still loves Debbie Sue. In time, he believes that they will be
the meantime, Buddy keeps the streets of Salt Lick, Texas safe.
Still, one day a murder occurs—the first in over sixty years.
The local hussy was shot and left in her car at the landfill.
the rich husband of the deceased offers a fifty thousand dollar
reward, Debbie Sue sees her opportunity to get out of debt and get
out of town. She still loves Buddy, and it kills her to see him
out with other women.
the picture, a former rodeo star pursues Debbie Sue’s affections
and a school teacher claims to be Buddy’s fiancee.
book is more about people than it is about murder. The mystery isn’t
very compelling. The strength of this book lies in its characters.
Debbie Sue’s mother is the songwriter who wrote the lyric
from which this book gets its title; Eugene is an accountant by
day and a singer named "Janine" by night; Edwina’s
boyfriend is both master chef and truck driver. The rodeo star and
the teacher make great villains.
this book is never laugh-out-loud funny, it does have its amusing
moments. It’s a good effort for a first-time author. It will
be interesting to watch her romantic comedy flair develop. I look
forward to reading her future works.