by Dixie Cash

June 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-082974-2
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Trade Paperback

Life is full for Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina Perkins-Martin in Salt Lick, Texas. They own a beauty shop and are also partners in Domestic Equalizers as private-eyes. Their reputation as PIs has spread past small town Texas and they are invited to speak at the National Association of Private Investigators in New York City. At first they are a bit nervous, but an all expense paid trip to New York is just too much to resist.

Once they make it to "the Big Apple", Debbie Sue and Edwina meet Celina who has taken a vacation from her librarian job in tiny Dime Box, Texas, to attend the convention in the hopes of looking into a more exciting career. The duo take young Celina under their wings after they discover she has been robbed of most of her travel money. Shy, naive Celina attracts the attention hot homicide detective, Matt McDermott, who is a participant at the convention. Debbie Sue and Edwina are not sure if the should act as matchmakers or protectors. Matt just seems a little too smooth.

Debbie Sue and Edwina feel like "fish out of water" at times in New York. Unfortunately there is evil everywhere and their sweetness and openness has them in the middle of a serial murder investigation in a way that is a bit too close for comfort.

Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes is the fourth novel is a series that is as delightful as all of the clever titles, which always seem to fit just perfectly. Dixie Cash is the pen name of two sisters who grew up in West Texas and know small town life. With each book, the reader learns more about Debbie Sue and Edwina and they start to feel like friends instead of just fictional characters. Celina is a charming character and the budding romance between her and Matt adds spice to the novel's mix of murder, mayhem and laugh out loud humor. This book tells some of the back story, but to truly appreciate all the zany inhabitants of Salt Lick, Texas, you need to start with Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash .

In the extras section at the end of this current tale the authors promise to keep writing about Debbie Sue and Edwina as long as readers keep buying the books. They certainly have my support.

Reviewed in July 2008 by Roberta.

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