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Funny As a Dead Relative: A Kimmy Kruse Mystery Hardcover – Oct 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (October 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312114389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312114381
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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From Publishers Weekly

Cajun cookery, colorful East Texas patois, dark family secrets and homicide provide material for pint-sized Texas stand-up comic Kimmey Kruse in her second appearance. During a family reunion in Port Arthur, Kimmey's black-sheep cousin Leticia dies from an anaphylactic reaction to a wasp sting. While trying to convince the local police that Leticia may have been murdered, Kimmey wrestles with her overactive libido, stirred by Leticia's son, Will, a Texas-sized hunk and her kissin' cousin-second or third, once or twice removed. Kimmey's former love interest (in Funny As A Dead Comic), Chicago homicide cop Sal Pucci, arrives uninvited, having been alerted by Kimmey's best friend Phoebe. Building on the spicy aroma of outdoor cooking and Kimmey's powerful, conflicting attaction to both Will and Sal, the tale bounces along to another murder and the arrival of a hurricane. That crimes eventually get solved seems almost incidental to the exploration of various appetites, local oil and shrimping history, the picturesque landscapes (tar-paper shacks and rusted-out cars) and folksy family relationships.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Fans of Cooper's popular Sheriff Milt Kovak will have a fine time reading about the antics of his female alter ego, stand-up comic Kimmey Kruse, who's full of Texas spunk and pure down-home appeal. In her second adventure, following Death of a Standup Comic (1993), Kimmey travels back to her east Texas Cajun roots to nurse her grandfather, who has broken his leg and needs someone to keep him in bed until the bone heals. Kimmey is sure enough a match for her beloved but stubborn "paw-paw." And things would be under control if it weren't for the fact that Kimmey's Aunt Letitia winds up dead of a wasp sting at what's supposed to be a happy family reunion. Everybody thinks Letitia's death is a tragic accident---everybody but Kimmey, that is, who's convinced it was murder and intends to find out who did it and why. The Cajun dialogue, laugh-aloud humor, and highly entertaining characters more than make up for the somewhat silly plot. But it's Kimmey herself, with her outrageous clothes, rebellious nature, and southern charm, who makes this book more appealing than a bowl of piping hot gumbo. Emily Melton

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great book March 20 2003
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FUNNY AS A DEAD RELATIVE by Susan Rogers Cooper is a story of a girl named Kimmey Kruse, that brings trouble whenever she is near her relatives,she can't just stop investagate things.this is an appropriate choice for any one because it deals with being around your family members.Some people might face what Kimmey ,and the rest of her family and friends faced.For example some one in your family might get shoot by a gun and die or get murdered.What I don't think is appropriate is that is has some swears in it. Kimmey goes to a family reunion.well kim met her cousin will.she liked him,and he liked her.well that day will's mom Leticia dead.Nobody knew why but kim and her friend pucci ,who is a cop found out why,and later in the book they found out who or what killed her.It was murder.some body else in the family dead too,by murder.well kim's mom and dad and aunts and other relatives had a lot of secrts and then kim found out all of them out by asking.Well it's a great book but that is only if you like mysteries,murders,and swears.i dont want to tell who the killer is but you will think its alot of people and then you will find who it is and you will be like how can that be.