If, on the night before your wedding, while celebrating at the rehearsal dinner with all your closest friends and family, you happened upon your husband-to-be having sex with your maid-of-honor, what would you do?
Well, if you're Keeley Murdock, you'd throw a whopper of a hissy fit.
So starts HISSY FIT, by Mary Kay Andrews. Keeley becomes the talk of Madison, Georgia when she not only cancels her wedding 24 hours before the big event, but also trashes her father's club on the night she discovers her fiancé's infidelity. Her ex's family --- embarrassed that Keeley has dumped him, wealthy, influential and incredibly vengeful --- begins to play havoc with Keeley's professional reputation as a high-end interior designer. As jobs start to disappear, Keeley and her aunt begin to despair that they will be ruined. But, hey, this is the South, and the kindness of strangers abounds.
The new guy in town --- the redheaded stranger who bought the dilapidated bra factory --- hires Keeley to revive a run-down, antiquated mansion in just six months! The task is Herculean, but Keeley's reputation is at stake, so she dives in. Little did Keeley know that the new job and the kind stranger would lead to a mystery at the heart of the town.
With Mary Kay Andrews's trademark sense of humor, HISSY FIT is a funny and quirky satire of class, etiquette and southern sensibilities. A hilarious lead character, combined with the hints of a mystery and lavish and luxurious decorating hints, make for another hit from Andrews.
Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara on January 22, 2011