Bubba and The Dead Woman has been on my Kindle since the last few years. I think it was one of the first books I downloaded. But somehow, newer books kept taking shelf space and this one slipped my mind. Also, I had no idea what to expect from it. suffice it to say I was pleasantly surprised.
The book is set in small town Texas. Bubba is a veteran who is now back home living on his family estate just across from his mother. They own an antebellum mansion, and their ancestors are well known in the small town, but they are what you call cash poor. They own acres and acres of land, but it is mostly swamp land or fallow. Bubba’s mother, Miz Demetrice, is a force to reckon with. She runs a poker club that meets secretly, and even the new pretty police deputy is part of it.
Bubba works at the gas station and also is a car mechanic. One fine day, Bubba returns home to find a woman dead in his front yard. Turns out she used to be his fiancé, but he ditched her when he caught her cheating with his officer. So of course he is suspect number 1. There are funny goings on at night, and the mansion is raided. There are ghosts, or people who act like ghosts.
Bubba is dating the waitress at the local diner, but he also finds himself drawn to the pretty new policewoman. It seems like Bubba is being framed big time. initially, he comes across as an ordinary person who just works the cash register at the gas station convenience store, but we slowly learn more aspects of his personality.
Bubba is slow and methodical and does not react to anything much. He stays calm even when he is put in prison. The whole small town jail scene is funny, where the inmates get food from the local diner, and the jailer benevolently takes care of them.
As if all this intrigue wasn’t enough, the local madam enters the story. Seems her ancestor had a thing with Bubba’s ancestor.
Bubba and The Dead Woman is not just a good mystery that will keep you turning pages. It will also make you wonder at the caprices of small town life, and make you laugh at some dark wit.
I loved reading this book and love the character of Bubba. A must read, with two thumbs up!