My morbid sense of humor rejoiced while reading Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec. I laughed until there were tears, making it the perfect small-town cozy mystery.

Jed Had to Die

Jed Had to Die Review

Every time I see the title, “Jed Had to Die”, I sing it to the tune of the Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye, Earl”.  (Click or Google it.  The video is hilarious!) 

If you’re familiar with the song, you know that a woman has been hospitalized by her abusive husband and she calls her best friend for support.  One thing leads to another and the husband winds up dead.  

It’s a great song that inspired an even better book.  Jed winds up dead, but solving the mystery of how it happens unfolds in the most hilarious of ways.

Jed Had to Die Summary

Payton grew up in small-town Kentucky and skedaddled as soon as her diploma was in her hand.  She moved to Chicago, opened a coffee shop, and never looked back. 

When the best friend she hasn’t seen in 12 years calls, she is on the first flight out to help her.  After zero sleep and no coffee, Payton inadvertently insults the hot guy she doesn’t recognize from high school.  

Despite her faux pas, Leo has been harboring a secret crush for years and he’s just what Payton is looking for in a man.

I, too, grew up in a tiny town and like Payton, I could NOT wait to graduate from high school and move on to bigger and better things.  I certainly can’t blame her for wanting to get away from the busybodies who know everything about everyone in town. 

Morbid Humor with a Side of Mystery and Romance

Some of the funniest moments in Jed were due to the townsfolk and their reactions to everything happening with Jed’s death and the subsequent investigation.

My morbid sense of humor rejoiced while reading this book and I laughed until there were tears more than once.  Sivec flexes her writing muscle by injecting hilarious scenes into what could easily have been a depressing story. 

If you like romance with a side of mystery and a whole lot of shenanigans and inappropriate behavior, Jed Had to Die is definitely a winner!

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About Tara Sivec

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she'll do and naps she'll take when she ever gets spare time.

About the Book

My Rating:

date published : November 1, 2016

publisher : Self-Published

pages : 352

audiobook narrator: Amy McFadden

audiobook length : 8 hours and 11 minutes

My morbid sense of humor rejoiced while reading Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec. I laughed until there were tears, making it the perfect small-town cozy mystery.

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.

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