I have to admit that MudCat Moon by Cliff Yeargin is one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time. This one has it all. Not having had the opportunity to read either of the first two books, I found the characterization to be outstanding. Jake and his friends come off as strong, funny, sarcastic, likable and a little strange, or maybe a lot strange. The plot is simple, easy to follow and predictable, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Often a plot doesn’t need dozens of twists and turns to be enjoyable. The reader may know what to expect, but the fun is finding out how to get there. As I read this book, I found myself reading not as a reviewer, but as a fan. That’s about the highest praise I can give.
Paul F. Johnson for READERS FAVORITE
If you love mystery, sports, Southern food and spicy humor, this is a book to cherish. Terrifically authentic good ol’ Southern mystery that has just that right balance of off the cuff humor mixed well with Southern drawl dialogue that could only blossom this well in the south.
Cliff Yeargin is becoming a significant voice in American writing.
Grady Harp/ Amazon 5 Star Review
What wonderful details this book has. You can feel the characters love for baseball and football. The story moves quickly and it doesn’t take the reader long to find they have been swept away by the telling of this story. I really felt like I was part of the story and I wanted to know how it would end. I found this to be a difficult book to put down once I started to read it.
This book feels alive. Every page seems to breathe with life and atmosphere. The inside of Jake’s head is a wonderful place to be. He’s smart but knows he’s a working class stiff. He’s old fashioned, but adaptable. Jake Eliam moonlights as a private eye and his contemplative, easy-going style is a refreshing contrast to the bitter veteran that seems to be the standard for private detective fiction. Even if you are not from the deep south, anyone who enjoys the simple life will find a kindred spirit in the characters of this book.
The BookWorm Speaks
SOLID BACKWOODS SOUTHERN DETECTING
I chuckled in many spots in Hoochy Koochy as Yeargin threw barbecue, baseball, Southern rock, shagging and snakes into one action-packed, clue-hunting mystery dripping with Georgia culture. It started in a full run with a detective getting rather sloppy yet succeeding with a small case. A PI who loves baseball, carves real bats, and rubs elbows with a dearth of characters created from quite an imagination. I caught myself picking up the story whenever I had a minute, squeezing in a chapter or two, until I binged the last third. If Mr Yeargin is half the personality of his role players, I bet he’s a hoot and a half. Quite the enjoyable read.
C. Hope Clark
Author of The Edisto Island & Carolina Slade Mysteries
Good Stuff. Easy going style of writing. Light-hearted, casual, not too deep.
I enjoyed the climactic scene against the bad guys.
Brayton's Book buzz
I love the language, the dialogue thick with southern twang, and the eccentricities of each and every person in this series. Super fun read, love it!
Mommy 28 New Hampshire
Really enjoyed it. Reminded me of James Lee Burke. Yeargin is a true son of the south.
Jeff Duckett Atlanta, GA
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it! Move over Sue Grafton. Loved Jake, Chance, Catfish, and Toot was my hero.
Linda Fox Fallston, Maryland
Captures Soul of the South! Quirky characters and distinctive sense of humor. With characters as strong and intriguing as the story they move through, it was easy to read cover to cover without coming up for air.
Bob Koenig Baltimore, Maryland
Rabbit Shine is a fun, breezy yarn utilizing excellent character development and good old fashioned southern storytelling. Baseball fans will especially enjoy the author's insights into the lead character's association with America's Pastime.
David Steele Orlando, Florida
This is a fun little read full of southern language and culture. Jake Eliam is the right kind of reckless, and all the other characters are well written, namely Catfish! If you like a little murder mystery with your sweet tea and cornbread, this is a book for you!
"If you’re hungry for a good old-fashioned undercover PI mystery, with a healthy dose of baseball and southern charm, BirdDog Boogie: A Jake Eliam ChickenBone Mystery by Cliff Yeargin is a surefire home run. Beside a deranged and delightful cast of side characters, Jake Eliam is an unexpectedly amusing hero, with a quick wit that keeps him one step ahead of trouble. Cliff Yeargin blends the ridiculous with the addictive, making this a wild little story that’s perfect for an afternoon escape." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★
Chalk full of cotton picking fun and adventure with a southern mix of suspense and humor!
This is a fun little read full of southern language and culture. Jake Eliam is the right kind of reckless, and all the other characters are well written, namely Catfish!
If you like a little murder mystery with your sweet tea and cornbread, this is a book for you!
Ashley, GoodReads Powder Springs GA