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The happiest day of Payton Lambert's life was the day she graduated high school and watched Bald Knob, Kentucky, get smaller and smaller in her rearview mirror. She wanted more for her life than a tiny town where everyone knows your business and you can't find a decent cup of coffee for at least 40 miles. Twelve years later an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night has her packing up her life in Chicago and racing back home to the one person she ever regretted leaving behind.

Upon her return she sees that Leo Hudson, the scrawny boy who had followed Payton around like a puppy and could recite cow insemination facts in his sleep, is long gone. Leo is still hot on her heels, but now he's wearing a sheriff badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton, along with half the town. In a town where the biggest crime happened the day someone kicked a few of his cows, people are pointing fingers, rumors are spreading like wildfire, and Payton swears she's only making out with the sweet-talking, studly sheriff to distract him from the secrets she's keeping.

When you've been tased, peed on by a yippy dog named Bo Jangles, and can't stop picturing what Sheriff Hudson looks like naked, it will be a tough job making everyone agree that Jed had to die.

©2016 Tara Sivec (P)2016 Audiobooks.com Publishing

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What a happy surprise!

When I give a 5 star review it's because the book is a classic and I'd recommend it to anyone or it surprised the crap out of me and earned the stars in its genre. This book is the latter. I often enjoy the cozy mysteries between reading more hard core thrillers. There are a lot of good, fun cozies out there, but they do become formulaic and predictable. Jed Had to Die broke the pattern. It's hilarious. The way the story develops between the main actors and the townspeople was a brilliant way to tell the tale. It's also got smexy scenes, downright very cozy. So, if you like coffee, enjoy sarcastic humor, and throw in a little mystery, quirky characters and a hottie this is a good book for you.

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Ok

2hrs in. Lead female is a hot headed blowhard. Waiting for the humor.
5 hrs in. Not quite pulling off a Stephanie Plum. There are spots where its funny, then goes idiotic. this one may be better to read.
The last few chapters were better.

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The literary equivalent of a Hallmark Channel movie with sex.

Sweet, contrived and predictable. This is light chick lit with lots of romance, sex and humor.

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!!! LIQUID CRACK !!!

Coffee Mug: A good friend knows how you take your coffee...A great friend adds booze!

The publisher's summary is spot on with plenty of detail which drew me to this book and reviews telling how hilarious it is.

If you haven't experienced small town living think of something like 'The Andy Griffith Show...Mayberry RFD.' Everyone knows everyone and they're all over each others business. This is why Payton left Bald Knob, Kentucky and moved to Chicago where she opens a coffee shop named Liquid Crack.

Payton receives an emergency phone call and returns to Bald Knob to help a friend. A few days later her friends husband 'Jed' is found dead. The hilarious investigation and antics of Payton and girl friends begin....

As I said this book is hilarious, there's also a hot sexy relationship with the sheriff (all I'm saying about that, you have to listen :), fun, mystery and girlfriends bonding and supporting each other.

Tara Sivec has a great sense of humor, fun, and laughter in her writing.

Amy McFadden gives a very funny, comical, hilarious performance.

Worth a credit/$$ Absolutely. I'll listen to this book over and over.

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Hilarious and Intriguing

Jed Had to Die is a clever, funny, sexy, high-energy read that kept me laughing and guessing until the end. Tara Sivec never disappoints. Her brand of comedy plus chemistry plus intriguing mystery is always a home-run. But the coffee cup sayings may have been my most favorite part of the entire story!

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Molly Harper + The Dixie Chicks

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Take Molly Harper's wit and locales, add the black humor of "Goodbye Earl" from the Dixie Chicks, and the character of Felony Melanie from "Sweet Home Alabama," and you've got the basic structure of "Jed Had To Die."

But as much as there are many aspects of this romantic mystery that are reminiscent of other works, it stands on its own as an original. "Jed Had To Die" is warm, funny, and sweet. And I highly recommend it.

And Amy McFadden? Perfect!

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DO NOT BOTHER

Incredibly long and drawn out. Narration was good considering the content. The main character freaks out CONSTANTLY. She’s 40 yrs old and can’t handle having a crush on someone??? She genuinely doesn’t know how to act like a normal human being and does the most ridiculous stuff that nobody would ever do. It’s by far the most irritating and nonsensical book I’ve ever listened to. Honestly this could have been a really good book but the fact that they all act like 12 yr olds ruins it completely. I skipped half the book because the main character was rambling on and on about nothing. Good lord do not buy this book.

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Most annoying main character ever.

Can’t even get half way through this thing . No story just annoying narrative by a juvenile woman save your money

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Sophomoric humor

First of all, a sheriff witnessing an assault would make an arrest - not take him out for a beer. When you really think about what was happening in the story (besides all the shenanigans going on that were supposed to be funny), there was a lot wrong about this story.

I wanted to listen to this story because of all the good reviews about it being so funny. But, beware - the humor is pretty sophomoric. Anything the h could do to embarrass and humiliate herself in front of the H, she did. And, it took about half an hour of listening time to come to a point. The author was trying too hard. I got a headache from rolling my eyes so much and I kept jumping forward all the time. I really like a good romantic comedy, but this book took "romantic comedy" to be humiliating the h, not good, funny dialog. A Three Stooges kind of rom com. Have a few glasses of wine (or the whole bottle) before you listen.

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Trying too hard.

The main character in this novel is a bit “cringy”. The story is cute enough, but it just tries to hard to be funny resulting in the opposite effect.

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Laugh out loud, crazy story

You've done it again with this hilarious romcom Tara!!
Peyton's inability to control her mouth soon gets her into trouble even when she is protecting her best friend against her violent husband. But when said husband (Jed) is found dead the next day, the hot sheriff (Leo) takes more than a passing interest in Peyton.
With everything taking place in a small town where gossip spreads like wildfire. Those taped police interviews the deputy sheriff tried to conduct just blew my mind 😂😂😂
Well done Amy on the narration you did an amazing job of bringing all the different characters to life.