Calamity Jayne

Calamity Jayne Tressa Jayne Turner has had it up to here with the never ending string of dumb blonde jokes and her longtime nickname Crowned Calamity Jayne by Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer Rick Townse

  • Title: Calamity Jayne
  • Author: Kathleen Bacus
  • ISBN: 9780505526656
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tressa Jayne Turner has had it up to here with the never ending string of dumb blonde jokes and her longtime nickname Crowned Calamity Jayne by Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer Rick Townsend, Tressa s out to gain a little hometown respect or die trying Unfortunately for Tressa, that may be the case She s just been handed the perfect opportunity to get RTressa Jayne Turner has had it up to here with the never ending string of dumb blonde jokes and her longtime nickname Crowned Calamity Jayne by Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer Rick Townsend, Tressa s out to gain a little hometown respect or die trying Unfortunately for Tressa, that may be the case She s just been handed the perfect opportunity to get Ranger Rick, the doubting Don Juan of the DNR, and a skeptical citizenry to finally take her seriously How By solving a murder no one else believes happenedNo one, that is, except the killer.Yup, Calamity Jayne is in it up to her hot pink snakeskin cowgirl boots and matching rhinestone belt Tressa would tell you her momma never raised no dummies, but the jury s still out on that one.

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    1. I really enjoyed this book. I thought Tressa "Calamity" Jayne Turner was a great character. The author knew her inside and out so her voice was very strong - and extremly funny. There were many moments where I laughed out loud at Tressa's view on life and her place in it. Naturally a person jumps to compare this type of book (i.e. first person/witty/funny/crime solving heroine with a hot guy she loves/hates) with Janet Evanovich. Surprisingly I felt this book stacked up quite well because Tressa [...]

    2. After discovering a body in her car, a body that immediately disappears Jayne finds herself once again the butt of all jokes. But she knows there is a dead body out there somewhere and if there is a body there must also be a killer. She sets about investigating the murder in the hope that people will finally take her seriously. I'm not really sure. The author is trying to write a snappy and snarky comic mystery novel but it's a little too much and it only works half of the time. It's also a debu [...]

    3. Janet Evanovich called, and she wants Stephanie Plum (er, Tressa "Calamity" Jayne Turner) back. Nevermind, Kathleen Bacus can keep her. Um, cute 20-something with crazy wild hair, 2 dead end jobs, crazy grandma, lackluster love life-turn love triangle, and shoe fetish finds a dead body in her trunk, but no one believes her once the body goes missing. Ranger Rick Townsend, her older brother's best friend and arch nemesis makes a good love interest, but the story is more dead body/mystery than rom [...]

    4. FUNNIEST book I've read in a along time. I loved the way her thought processes worked, her ineptitude, the characters around her and of course the story.Lots of unexpected moments that were laugh out loud funny. I have to admit I had a hard time putting it down, once I got in to reading it.Very pleasant way to spend a few hours. Can't wait to check out some of the others

    5. Stephanie Plum with cowgirl boots, hot pink cowgirl boots. Tressa Jayne Turner is a cowgirl in Iowa, she's not a ranch hand but she's had a string of career disasters and is now working at a Wallmartish store as a clerk and a Dairy Queenish restaurant as an order taker, before she gets involved in a murder or three. If you like the Stephanie Plum series you'll enjoy the humor in this series and this first book also has a decent mystery.

    6. This was a fun book but doesn't live up to it's marketing label. It was supposed to be a contemporary romance but honestly other than some love/hate name calling banter and a couple of smooches there wasn't much romance. It was more of a mystery but a weak one at that. I think the saving grace was that there were a few characters I loved. I loved the "hero's" grandpa who informed Tressa (aka Calamity Jayne) that he was the Green Hornet and she was his Kato and just needed to drive. This was befo [...]

    7. Tressa "Calamity Jayne" Turner is well named. Trouble follows her around like a lost puppy. She's the butt of jokes in town and even after finding a dead body in her trunk, which promptly disappears, and after she is threatened again and again, absolutely no one believes her. Well Tressa's had enough and takes matters into her own hands investigating the body found in her car. I found her efforts amusing and blonde or not, she wasn't half bad at her new job. I liked Rick Townsend and new immedia [...]

    8. This book was suggested by some friends who knew I loved Janet Evanovich's Plum series. Clamity is kinda like the mid-west Steph. From start to finish Kathy is a great writer and I fell in love with this series! The laughing out loud won't stop until you finish book 6!

    9. first off- apparently there is a different cover for the e book and paperback--- and you thought your luck was bad --- when i think calamity jayne i think doris day- -the only reason i started reading this book is because we will be discussing it at book club---- well happy to say i loved it --- so Jayne being so tired from working 2 jobs back to back to pay the bills gets into the wrong car- hey it started up- first finds thousands of dollars in her glove compartment - and then gets a flat tire [...]

    10. Throw in two parts Nancy Drew, one part Lucille Ball, add a dash of Stephanie Plum, shake it all up and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind amateur sleuth with a penchant for junk food and hot-pink snakeskin cowgirl boots. Tressa Jayne Turner (who begrudgingly answers to “Calamity Jayne”) is lovingly known around her small Midwestern town for being a magnet to mischief and mayhem.Calamity is fed up with dumb-blonde jokes and sets forth on a mission to give her nickname an overhaul by replacing “C [...]

    11. Part of me doesn't know what to think of this book. While I understand there's supposed to be a humorous element to Tressa's wacky hijinks, a big part of me wished she'd been able to stick it to her family for treating her so I don't quite know how to put this uncaringly. Maybe. Not that they don't love her, but she's constantly compared to her sister and it was a little painful to watch. The only time I got the feeling that anyone noticed how all the comparisons got her down was at her sister's [...]

    12. I like mysteries with entertaining comical writing so I had high hopes for this book.The description implies that it will appeal to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum fans. I like that series this is a Stephanie Plum wannabe.I really wanted to like this book. The author tried hard to be funny and sarcastic but I found at times that she tried too hard. She did a lot (a lot!!) of comparing. Here are some examples so you know what I mean It would be all over town quicker than the flu after Christma [...]

    13. Tressa annoyed the shit out of me in this book. She’s tired of her dumb blonde reputation and we see a couple of times the impact of having everyone think she’s a twit has on her. But those moments are really only quick glimpses and it only happened twice in the book. What really annoyed me is that instead of dropping the dumb blonde routine and finding a direction in life she takes up an insane quest to find the killer of a local lawyer to prove herself. That would’ve been all fine and da [...]

    14. The first book in Kathleen Bacus' A Tressa Jayne Turner Mystery or Calamity Jayne series. Tressa Jayne Turner aka Calamity Jayne is working two jobs and living next door to her parents and going nowhere. Ranger Rick doesn't help any with his blonde jokes and his constantly annoying her. Then one night she leaves work and has a flat and discovers a bunch of money in her glovebox and a dead body in the truck. But no one believes her and she must take on the investigation herself.It did remind me o [...]

    15. Calamity Jayne is the start of a series introducing Tressa Jayne Turner, aka Calamity Jayne to those familiar with her penchant for stumbling into trouble. When Tressa mistakenly drives the wrong car home from work , finds a dead body in the trunk, and when that body mysteriously disappears, the stage is set for her foray into sleuthing. Tressa's family and friends provide a bevy of likable, fun characters and provide lots of laughs along the way. Add Ranger Rick, Tressa's brother's best friend [...]

    16. Tressa Jayne Turner has the unfortunate ability to draw trouble to her like an Acme magnet in the hands of Will E. Cyote. She also has been saddled with the unfortunate nick-name of "Calmity Jane". Terea stumbles onto a dead body and a whole lot of money when she mistakenly manages to drive off in the wrong car (in her defense she drives a K car and so was the one she drove off in, so her keys worked) and gets herself in the cross hairs of a drug ring,bikers,an elderly gentleman who fancies hims [...]

    17. Loved this comedy/murder mystery. I liked the humor. Calamity Jayne is a great character who is determined and fun in spite of her propensity for disaster. She keeps discovering bodies, but no one believes there was a crime committed in the first place. The book is filled with blonde jokes and silly circumstances. It reminded me a little of the slap-stick romance comedy movies of the 1930's. There are murders, but they aren't graphic. It was a fun read. I can't wait to find the next one in the s [...]

    18. Really like this book. Enjoyed the humor,romance and the mystery. I found myself laughing out loud while reading. The book was fast paced and poor "calamity jane", just can't keep herself out of trouble. The small town thinks Calamatiy is as dimwitted as they come no matter how hard she tries to prove them wrong. I look forward to reading other books by this author especially if she keeps up her humor!

    19. This book was freaking hilarious! Kind of a small midwestern town blonde Stephanie Plum type and hi-jinks ensue. Greatly enjoyable. Made me laugh out loud multiple times. And at the bargain price of free on kindle you can't get a better deal than that! I'll definitely be looking for more from this author.

    20. One of the better Cozy Mysteries I've read in a while. Love the Protagonist and following her through this adventure. Plenty of humor without getting silly (that's a special skill not always found in this genre), good character building, and good mystery to solve. I will be looking for more if this is a series.

    21. One of the better Cozy Mysteries I've read in a while. Love the Protagonist and following her through this adventure. Plenty of humor without getting silly (that's a special skill not always found in this genre), good character building, and good mystery to solve. I will be looking for more if this is a series.

    22. This book/series is kind of like the Midwestern version of the Stephanie Plum books -- not quite as violent, not quite as fast-paced, not quite as sarcastic. There's even a from-childhood-love-interest (although it's brother's best friend rather than the neighborhood playboy).

    23. I enjoyed this book abundantly. I was suprised at several twist and loved the banter bewteen the characters. I look foward to reading the other books about Calamity Jayne

    24. All in all not a bad read, although not a great "hit it out of the park" read either. I liked it well enough despite what felt like a few discontinuities in the storyline. The writing style isn't my personal favorite but it was consistent so no real complaints there. I'm going to continue on with the next one Calamity Jayne Rides Again and see where it takes me. Is it just me or does it seem like the cover pictures don't really match the physical description of Calamity Jayne?

    25. As I was browsing the tables at my local bargain bookstore a few weeks back, I came across a series of books that had adorable little covers. Okay, I’ll admit that the covers are what first drew me to the Tressa Jayne Turner Mystery series. The woman who worked at the bookstore gave it high praises so soon enough, my admiration for the covers morphed into curiosity, which then morphed into me purchasing the first three books of the series, which led to me smacking myself because seriously MORE [...]

    26. I downloaded this ebook from Barnes and Noble when it was free. I expected a cozy mystery with a touch of screwball comedy that might be witty. I was disappointed as it is not witty; it was just dumb, annoying, and irritating. I do not reccomend this book.

    27. Gotta this for free from amazon, I truly love it. High energy, surprise ending.worth the read.Gotta this for free from amazon, I truly love it. High energy, surprise ending.worth the read. Enjoyed it, truly did .

    28. Excellent readA great chick lit cozy! The characters are extremely well developed and a strong plot that is well thought out make this a satisfying book. The story flowed well. A 5 star first of a series that I am anxious to enjoy more of.

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