Friday, June 17, 2022

Five Belles Too Many - A Review & Giveaway


FIVE BELLES TOO MANY by Debra H. Goldstein
The Fifth Sarah Blair Mystery 

Reality TV has come to Wheaton, Alabama. Sarah Blair is roped in to being a chaperone for her mother, Maybelle, one of the Southern Belles competing for her perfect wedding. Seeing opportunities for drama, the director has contestants with history, as well as opposing college football devotees. He's also pitting Southwind restaurant against Jane's Place. Jane's days as Sarah's nemesis may be numbered when she's discovered standing over a dead body. Yet, as much as Sarah dislikes the woman, she doesn't believe she's a murderer. As the competition continues, Sarah will not only chaperone Maybelle, but keep her eyes and ears open for a killer.

Will Jane finally get her comeuppance? Sarah Blair is a much better person than I. If I had the chance to let my nemesis sink I may not toss her a waited chain, but I might not be so quick to throw a life preserver. Sarah, however calls in her boss to help clear Jane from a murder charge.

Integrity plays a huge part in the fifth Sarah Blair mystery. So does fun. I love that Maybelle and George entered a wedding competition for a lark and love their attitude. I love that Sarah takes time to play with RahRah and Fluffy. And I love the pleasure I get from reading such a well written mystery.

FIVE BELLES TOO MANY is a fun look at reality TV, Southern manners, and murder. A colorful cast of characters combined with an intricately plotted story and an ending full of surprises make for a delightful mystery.


 Five Belles Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) by Debra H. Goldstein

About Five Belles Too Many

Five Belles Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 5th in the Series
Setting - Alabama
Kensington Cozies (June 28, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback: ‎ 336 pages

When Sarah Blair’s mother participates in a reality show competition for brides in Wheaton, Alabama, things get a little too real as a murderer crashes the wedding party . . .

Sometimes Sarah’s mother, Maybelle, can be higher maintenance than her Siamese cat RahRah. Maybelle and her friend, Mr. George Rogers, have been chosen to be one of five couples competing for a small-town “perfect” wedding and dream honeymoon on a Southern Belles reality show—and guess who has to be chaperone. Even more vexing, the producers have decided to put up the crew and participants at the restaurant/bed and breakfast owned by Sarah’s nemesis Jane Clark.

But when someone turns up dead with Jane kneeling by the body with blood on her hands, she goes from being Sarah’s chief rival to the police’s chief suspect. Neither Sarah nor her twin, Chef Emily Johnson, can stand Jane—still, they don’t think she’s a murderer. The producers vow the show must go on, but to protect their mother and the other contestants, Sarah vows to find the true killer before someone else gets eliminated . . .

Includes quick and easy recipes!

About Debra H. Goldstein

(Four Cuts Too Many, Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, and One Taste Too Many). Her novels and short stories received an IPPY award and have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion finalists. Debra served on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and was president of the Guppy and SEMWA chapters. Find out more about Debra at .

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  1. Thanks for having me as a guest today. I'm so glad you enjoyed the "fun look at reality TV, Southern manners, and murder" and found that Five Belles Too Many's "colorful cast of characters combined with an intricately plotted story and an ending full of surprises make for a delightful mystery."


  2. Replies
    1. Rita, I hope you give this book or any in the series a chance. They've been well-received and enjoyed.

  3. This story sounds so good like the rest of your books. I wish you many new followers that read and review like I do peggy clayton

    1. Thanks Peggy... here's hoping for your words to come true.

  4. Sounds like some great books.

  5. Thank you. This is a series that I've truly enjoyed writing. Five Belles Too Many, with a reality show and the South, is something you can't go wrong on.

  6. This book looks & sounds absolutely fantastic. On my TBR list. Would love to read & review this book in print format. Love book cover, title, blurb. Book just sounds like a best seller to me