• Mississippi Mud

  • Southern Justice and the Dixie Mafia
  • By: Edward Humes
  • Narrated by: Alex Paul
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Now updated with explosive courtroom details...

The riveting true-crime account of the heartbreaking murder that shook a Southern city to its corrupt foundation

Biloxi, Mississippi: After the fatal shooting of one of the city’s most prominent couples - Vincent Sherry was a circuit court judge; his wife, Margaret, was running for mayor - their grief-stricken daughter came home to uncover the truth behind the crime that shocked a community and to follow leads that police seemed unable or unwilling to pursue. What Lynne Sposito soon discovered were bizarre connections to the Dixie Mafia, a predatory band of criminals who ran The Strip, Biloxi’s beachfront hub of sex, drugs, and sleaze. Armed with a savvy private eye - and a .357 Magnum - Lynne bravely entered a teeming underworld of merciless killers, ruthless con men, and venal politicians in order to bring her parents’ assassins to justice.

©1994, 1995, 1997, 2010 Edward Humes (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Good Book, Terrible Narration

Would you try another book from Edward Humes and/or Alex Paul?

I definitely like Edward Humes as a writer. Mississippi Mud is a basic, yet enjoyable True Crime book. I've seen TV coverage of the crime upon which the book is based over the years and found the book an entertaining addition to the TV coverage.

Would you be willing to try another book from Edward Humes? Why or why not?

I read Mississippi Mud years ago and liked it, so when I saw it available on Audible, I decided to purchase it because it's been updated - which not a lot of authors do when they release books in audio format that were published years back. This book is a basic, solid, true crime novel.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This book wasn't an easy listen. Unfortunately, the narrator paused when he shouldn't have and the mispronunciations of names occurred through out the book. When the narrator mispronounced a name or word, sometimes he just went back and repeated the sentence. Where was the producer and/or editor when this occurred? This could've and should've have been worked out in production prior to publishing the Audible version. The performance really detracted from the overall experience.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

A TV movie, yes, but a film? Likely, not. I have seen and read coverage of the case since the late 90s, so it would just be basic entertainment for me.

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Fact is always stranger than fiction

It is worth the credit and the time if you are a true crime fan. If you know the area and the story from being in the area in the time frame it happened, you might learn some things you didn’t know.


My husband is from the area and we both recall when the events were unfolding, the gossip and guessing as to what really happened.


Can’t say we learned much new but it was interesting to get a chronological unfolding of the events and my heat broke for the Sherry kids. The story is weighted heavily toward Vince being more victim than a co-conspirator.

What the family thought---- back then ------inside the family I married into------ was Vince was playing fast and loose with some dangerous people and his wife and kids paid for it.

Once all was said and done…..no one I know was surprised by the end result of who was guilty.

The narration…yep…..it is pretty bad.

Not the narrator so much as his voice and cadence style is wrong for this story line. He reads it as if he is reading for something out of the 40’s…the many news reels or class room film strips that had narration with them very monotone.

I don’t know where Mr. Paul hails from, but my guess would be from the upper north east. His attempts at a southern dialect sounded like an Up-Easterner doing a bad impression of Beau and Luke Duke from Hazzard county.

I do wish the producers for these audible stories would keep that in mind when they hire the narrators!

Producers, please!

Check to make sure the narrator has some sense of the accent and cadence and the correct pronunciation of vital words in the story line.

I cringed every time Mr. Paul referred to Kessler AFB as Key-zuh-lur.

I live in a suburb of New Orleans, I have lived with a whole family of this local dialect speaking folk for almost 40 years and this was hard on my ears at times! I'm a born and bred Okie so twangs are my thang! The accent and cadence is just so wrong it is distracting.

That said, I did get past my vexation with Mr. Paul’s reading and stayed with the story pretty much none stop…all 17 hours.

I felt it was worth the money and effort.

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Going to download the print edition

The story, as much of it as I got through, had great potential. The narration was so bad I returned the book, only a couple of hours in. The narrator over-enunciated every word, with such odd timing that it was almost like computer speech. The bottom line is, a book set in Biloxi (which he didn't even pronounce right) needs to be narrated by a Mississippi native.

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Killing me

The storyline seems to be very interesting, but I can’t get past the narrators voice.

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Must read in paperback, narrator is terrible

Amazing story I first heard about when one of the brothers spoke on a call in segment of my local radio station. Mississippi Mud is a *MUST READ* about small town politics and real crime drama. I will not spoil details, but this is a wild ride.

However, the narrator of this particular recording is dreadful and distressingly bad. Sadly, this is a "*MUST READ* (in paperback only)".

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I thought id love this...

I love true crime. I thought this would be great. turned out to be boring and not that interesting. Okay narration.

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Narrator lacking

The narrator lacks inflection and emotion when reading the story and he mispronounces words and names. Maybe those listening who aren’t from the coast or not familiar with the coast wouldn’t notice but for a local, it was aggravating.

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A must read

This is an incredible book. Loved every minute of it. I highly recommend this one!!

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Mississippi Mud

A sad and tragic loss for a family. I enjoyed learning more about this story. I do remember hearing about it at the time. I would have enjoyed it more if the narrator wasn’t so monotone. He made me so sleepy I had re-listen to stay focused.

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Mississippi Boy

I’ve grown up in Mississippi and have always heard the stories around the murders and the Dixie Mafia. This book was great in learning more about them!