Death of the Couch Potato’s Wife


Title:  Death of the Couch Potato’s Wife

Author:  Christy Barritt

Pages:  288

Year:  2012

Publisher:  Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

My rating is 5 stars.

Christy Barritt wove a murder mystery in a small town called Boring in Indiana with some pretty interesting if not funny characters.  The main characters are a married couple Kent and Laura Berry who moved to a small town in order to see Kent’s dream of owning a pharmacy become a reality.  Laura originally worked for a PR firm in Chicago, but left under less than stellar reasons.  Now Laura is going through culture shock!  Not only is she trying to get used to being a housewife, but she has to contend with the slower paced lifestyle.

One of the neighbors who quickly befriends her is a senior lady named Babe who doesn’t act or talk her age; she is really the comic relief in the novel.  Babe has some oddities or sayings that will just make you laugh as you read the book; I sure had some good laughs.  Babe is the lady who pushes Laura to do things she never imagined doing like becoming an amateur sleuth when they both discover a neighbor  in her house dead on her couch, hence the title of the book.

Laura most of the time along with Babe interacts with curious neighbors who are anything but “normal”.  Each time I would read how Laura would describe a neighbor or deduce what they might be doing then find out the truth was a lot of fun!  On top of this, Laura really is wondering about the state of her marriage, what her husband is up to and the neighborhood’s association president who tends to drive everybody crazy.

However, there is a killer on the loose and Laura is quickly running out of suspects!  Wait to read about what happens on the night of the Super Bowl!  Read and enjoy the novel as it sure was great to laugh and watch how quirky neighbors might just end up good friends!

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