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A different kind of sister act Patricia Anne—“Mouse”—is respectful, respectable, and demure, a perfect example of genteel Southern womanhood. Mary Alice—“Sister”—is big, brassy, flamboyant, and bold. Together they have a knack for finding themselves in the center of some of Birmingham’s most unfortunate unpleasantness. Country Western is red hot these days, so overimpulsive A different kind of sister act Patricia Anne—“Mouse”—is respectful, respectable, and demure, a perfect example of genteel Southern womanhood. Mary Alice—“Sister”—is big, brassy, flamboyant, and bold. Together they have a knack for finding themselves in the center of some of Birmingham’s most unfortunate unpleasantness. Country Western is red hot these days, so overimpulsive Mary Alice thinks it makes perfect sense to buy the Skoot ‘n’ Boot bar—since that’s where the many-times-divorced “Sister” and her boyfriend du jour like to hang out anyway. Sensible retired schoolteacher Patricia Anne is inclined to disagree—especially when they find a strangled and stabbed dead body dangling in the pub’s wishing well. The sheriff has some questions for Mouse and her sister Sister, who were the last people, besides the murderer, of course, to see the ill-fated victim alive. And they had better come up with some answers soon—because a killer with unfinished business has begun sending them some mighty threatening messages…


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A different kind of sister act Patricia Anne—“Mouse”—is respectful, respectable, and demure, a perfect example of genteel Southern womanhood. Mary Alice—“Sister”—is big, brassy, flamboyant, and bold. Together they have a knack for finding themselves in the center of some of Birmingham’s most unfortunate unpleasantness. Country Western is red hot these days, so overimpulsive A different kind of sister act Patricia Anne—“Mouse”—is respectful, respectable, and demure, a perfect example of genteel Southern womanhood. Mary Alice—“Sister”—is big, brassy, flamboyant, and bold. Together they have a knack for finding themselves in the center of some of Birmingham’s most unfortunate unpleasantness. Country Western is red hot these days, so overimpulsive Mary Alice thinks it makes perfect sense to buy the Skoot ‘n’ Boot bar—since that’s where the many-times-divorced “Sister” and her boyfriend du jour like to hang out anyway. Sensible retired schoolteacher Patricia Anne is inclined to disagree—especially when they find a strangled and stabbed dead body dangling in the pub’s wishing well. The sheriff has some questions for Mouse and her sister Sister, who were the last people, besides the murderer, of course, to see the ill-fated victim alive. And they had better come up with some answers soon—because a killer with unfinished business has begun sending them some mighty threatening messages…

30 review for Murder on a Girls' Night Out

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    One review will have to do for all of these books, mainly because I really cannot recommend one any more highly than I do any other. They are all funny, they are all interesting, and they are all touching portraits of Patricia Anne's (the narrator) life, not because of soppy sentimentality, but because they record a real woman, her real joys, contentments, and fears, the quiet triumph that her life both has been and is, and the ups and downs of her everyday existence--or what passes for an every One review will have to do for all of these books, mainly because I really cannot recommend one any more highly than I do any other. They are all funny, they are all interesting, and they are all touching portraits of Patricia Anne's (the narrator) life, not because of soppy sentimentality, but because they record a real woman, her real joys, contentments, and fears, the quiet triumph that her life both has been and is, and the ups and downs of her everyday existence--or what passes for an everyday existence for anyone whose sister is the eccentric Mary Alice. I mourned when Anne George passed away as if I'd lost a good friend. Worse, I'd only just gotten to know her. I'd quickly devoured all her Southern Sisters series (save the last one) and was eager for more. Alas, we only got one more, Murder Boogies with Elvis. At the same time, I'm glad indeed she gave us eight wonderful novels. I suppose longing for a ninth is greedy. Read this—read all of them—and enjoy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Arlene

    When Anne George died after undergoing heart surgery, I felt badly for her family and I hated that I would never have another Sister and Patricia Anne book to read!! If you are a Southerner, you will love these two sisters who still squabble at ages 60 and 65! But they are devoted to one another and to solving crimes that occur in their hometown of Birmingham, Al. Whenever I am feeling down, I can count on the Southern Sisters to make me smile or laugh out loud. This is probably my favorite myst When Anne George died after undergoing heart surgery, I felt badly for her family and I hated that I would never have another Sister and Patricia Anne book to read!! If you are a Southerner, you will love these two sisters who still squabble at ages 60 and 65! But they are devoted to one another and to solving crimes that occur in their hometown of Birmingham, Al. Whenever I am feeling down, I can count on the Southern Sisters to make me smile or laugh out loud. This is probably my favorite mystery series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Clever and witty ! Murder on a Girl's Night Out by Anne George is a multi-layered mystery with a very strange cast of characters! This is more than a mystery, it's a study of characters! Each character is so well defined! One of the main characters, the sister to the main character, is so annoying that I am so thankful she is not my sister! Great plot, dialogue, and world building! Great job! Clever and witty ! Murder on a Girl's Night Out by Anne George is a multi-layered mystery with a very strange cast of characters! This is more than a mystery, it's a study of characters! Each character is so well defined! One of the main characters, the sister to the main character, is so annoying that I am so thankful she is not my sister! Great plot, dialogue, and world building! Great job!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cathy DuPont

    After reading an intense book, one that I pay much attention to, I find reading what's called 'cozy mystery' a needed diversion, a 'no-brainer.' Although I didn't guess the 'who dunnit it' I didn't much care, just breezed through this book. I liked the sisters, both of them, and the book was pretty good, as cozy mysteries go. Got a number of Anne George books, so I'm sure I'll pick up another one but have read some (Charlaine Harris, Snookie Stackhouse fame) that I liked much, much more. By the w After reading an intense book, one that I pay much attention to, I find reading what's called 'cozy mystery' a needed diversion, a 'no-brainer.' Although I didn't guess the 'who dunnit it' I didn't much care, just breezed through this book. I liked the sisters, both of them, and the book was pretty good, as cozy mysteries go. Got a number of Anne George books, so I'm sure I'll pick up another one but have read some (Charlaine Harris, Snookie Stackhouse fame) that I liked much, much more. By the way, apparently Harris is making so mint with the vampire series, now TV series; so much so that she hasn't written a cozy mystery in years. Too bad, she had a devoted following, myself included. My favorite character was the Aurora (Roe) Teahouse. She was a hoot and had a sex life to boot! Someone mentioned to me that cozy mysteries are called 'brain candy' and if that's a good description, this one was like black licorice for me. I could eat it, and it was kindof sweet, but wouldn't eat it again, if I had a choice.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaydee

    I'm torn about how to rate these books, because even though they are "easy-reads", they are more than fluff to me. Maybe it's because you just can't help falling in love with Patricia Anne a.k.a. "Mouse" and her crazy sister Mary Alice. Their relationship is hilarious and heart-warming. The entire series is fun, fast paced, and at times - laugh-out-loud funny. If you are familiar with the Birmingham, AL area where the stories take place, some of the fun comes from feeling like you are part of an I'm torn about how to rate these books, because even though they are "easy-reads", they are more than fluff to me. Maybe it's because you just can't help falling in love with Patricia Anne a.k.a. "Mouse" and her crazy sister Mary Alice. Their relationship is hilarious and heart-warming. The entire series is fun, fast paced, and at times - laugh-out-loud funny. If you are familiar with the Birmingham, AL area where the stories take place, some of the fun comes from feeling like you are part of an inside joke - for example, understanding the on-going debate over Vulcan's backside. I can easily say that more than the mysteries, my love of these books comes from Patricia Annes kitchen. The place she has her coffee every morning, where Mary Alice munches on cookies and gabs about her latest scheme, where everyone is invited to have a diet coke or a chicken salad sandwich... These books are like comfort food.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    The world lost a major star when Anne George passed away. I think her books are the funniest, warmest and loveliest of cozies. Patricia Ann (Mouse) and her sister Mary Alice (Sister) are two completely opposites. Mouse is small and petite and Sister weighs 250 and is big and brassy. The two get themselves mixed up in some of the craziest mysteries you can think of. In this (the first), Mary Alice has purchased a nightclub called the Boot Scoot. She and Mouse go to check the place out and find th The world lost a major star when Anne George passed away. I think her books are the funniest, warmest and loveliest of cozies. Patricia Ann (Mouse) and her sister Mary Alice (Sister) are two completely opposites. Mouse is small and petite and Sister weighs 250 and is big and brassy. The two get themselves mixed up in some of the craziest mysteries you can think of. In this (the first), Mary Alice has purchased a nightclub called the Boot Scoot. She and Mouse go to check the place out and find the previous owner has been murdered. There are plenty of suspects to look at but when they get too close the sisters find themselves the targets of the murderer. These books are wonderful and should be read by every cozy lover. I plan to re-read the whole series again and again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

    I love this series! It is one of my favorite one to re-read, which I have done. A lot. And it still can make me laugh. If you love cozy mysteries, interesting, quirky, fun characters--and a sometimes ridiculous mystery storyline with Southern charm this series is for you. Patricia Anne and Mary Alice are truly wonderful, and I find my days a bit brighter when I read this series. REALLY very much RECOMMENDED!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mailis Viiand

    Must have series i still remember with utter fondness.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    Fun, silly read with a twist

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I wanted to give this 3 1/2 stars but I rounded up to 4 because the book did what it intended to do - provide a witty, fun and fast read. Murder on a Girls Night Out was a cute, cozy mystery which was just what I was looking for when I picked it up. It's a pretty quick read, so if you're enjoying it, you might want to order the next book in the series half way through. Patricia Anne and Mary Alice are, to say the least, a hoot. These two sisters are complete opposites yet compliment each other. I wanted to give this 3 1/2 stars but I rounded up to 4 because the book did what it intended to do - provide a witty, fun and fast read. Murder on a Girls Night Out was a cute, cozy mystery which was just what I was looking for when I picked it up. It's a pretty quick read, so if you're enjoying it, you might want to order the next book in the series half way through. Patricia Anne and Mary Alice are, to say the least, a hoot. These two sisters are complete opposites yet compliment each other. Mary Alice decides to buy a Country Western club on a whim and shortly thereafter the original owner is murdered. What ensues next is a novel filled with hilarity and feel-good moments. Husbands, boyfriends, daughters, a bartender, a former student, politicians, hippies, and band members are just a few of the cast of characters. This book was cute and cozy. The sisters stumble on a murder and they sort of stumble on the murderer. It's not like some other mystery novels where the heroines set out to find the murderer. These two don't go looking for the trouble, it comes to them. I think it might have been a little more fun if they actually set out to find the culprit a la Cagney and Lacey or some other such crime fighting duo. Maybe this will come in later books. I am definitely going to find out! I'm already looking forward to Murder on a Bad Hair Day.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pattie Tierney

    I am a huge fan of the Anne George Southern Sisters series of books. Sure, they're fluffy, with more emphasis on character than plot, but that's fine with me. I have never laughed out loud while reading a mystery more than I have with this series. Small, meek, younger sister, Patricia Anne, a retired English teacher, plays the perfect straight man/woman to over-the-top, thrice-widowed, extra-large, ass-kicking, Mary Alice. I recommend the entire series. Read them in order for character continuit I am a huge fan of the Anne George Southern Sisters series of books. Sure, they're fluffy, with more emphasis on character than plot, but that's fine with me. I have never laughed out loud while reading a mystery more than I have with this series. Small, meek, younger sister, Patricia Anne, a retired English teacher, plays the perfect straight man/woman to over-the-top, thrice-widowed, extra-large, ass-kicking, Mary Alice. I recommend the entire series. Read them in order for character continuity, and prepare to smile...a LOT!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jill Jackson

    An enjoyable read. The author has a good sense of humor, and that is what made her story a page-turner for me. I found this book on the free give-away shelf at my local library, and picked it up for my mother. I'm not really a mystery novel fan, but did start reading this one out of curiosity. I immediately liked the narrative voice of the author, and was laughing at the entertaining dialogue between the two middle-aged sisters. As far as the mystery goes, I didn't really care who did it or why. An enjoyable read. The author has a good sense of humor, and that is what made her story a page-turner for me. I found this book on the free give-away shelf at my local library, and picked it up for my mother. I'm not really a mystery novel fan, but did start reading this one out of curiosity. I immediately liked the narrative voice of the author, and was laughing at the entertaining dialogue between the two middle-aged sisters. As far as the mystery goes, I didn't really care who did it or why. That wasn't the point for me. I carried on to the end of the book because I enjoyed being a part of the characters' lives.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Written in 1996, this little mystery with its snappy dialogue is still a very fun read in 2019. Two sexagenarian sisters from Alabama, Mary Alice who is large and headstrong, and Patricia Anne, small and sensible, have as much fun as and get into more trouble than teens. Mary Alice impulsively purchases the Skoot n' Boot, a line-dancing bar, but before she can occupy it it becomes the focus of one disaster after another. Murder on a Girls' Night Out was an Agatha nominated novel. Written in 1996, this little mystery with its snappy dialogue is still a very fun read in 2019. Two sexagenarian sisters from Alabama, Mary Alice who is large and headstrong, and Patricia Anne, small and sensible, have as much fun as and get into more trouble than teens. Mary Alice impulsively purchases the Skoot n' Boot, a line-dancing bar, but before she can occupy it it becomes the focus of one disaster after another. Murder on a Girls' Night Out was an Agatha nominated novel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    MURDER ON A GIRLS' NIGHT OUT - Okay George, Anne - 1st in Southern Sisters series Purchasing the local tavern in the hopes of securing her finances, impulsive widow Mary Alice and her skeptical ex-schoolteacher sister, Patricia Anne, are forced to solve a murder when they discover a body in the tavern. I loved the characters but the story was weak. MURDER ON A GIRLS' NIGHT OUT - Okay George, Anne - 1st in Southern Sisters series Purchasing the local tavern in the hopes of securing her finances, impulsive widow Mary Alice and her skeptical ex-schoolteacher sister, Patricia Anne, are forced to solve a murder when they discover a body in the tavern. I loved the characters but the story was weak.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    This is one of the best murder mystery series written. There are 8 books total (Anne George passed away) but those eight books are well written, funny, touching and just entertaining. I read this series at least once a year.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Really lovely I love this series. my mother and I started reading it together just after I graduated from UAB. every time I read these books I feel her near me. I loved them the first time, and every time after.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A cute book. Two middle aged sisters, one small and demure, one large and loud. The loud one, Mary Alice, decides to buy a bar, the Skoot n Boot. But when the prior owner shows up there dead, and then someone trashes the place, well, there's more than just line dancing going on. And Mary Alice and sister Patricia Anne (somewhat reluctantly) plan to find out what. Lots of character development going on. The relationship between the two sisters is cute, but could get a bit wearing. The mystery had A cute book. Two middle aged sisters, one small and demure, one large and loud. The loud one, Mary Alice, decides to buy a bar, the Skoot n Boot. But when the prior owner shows up there dead, and then someone trashes the place, well, there's more than just line dancing going on. And Mary Alice and sister Patricia Anne (somewhat reluctantly) plan to find out what. Lots of character development going on. The relationship between the two sisters is cute, but could get a bit wearing. The mystery had some complexities to it, which was nice. Just proves that people are not always who they seem to be. Takes place in Alabama, so lots of southern charm to go around. Wish there had been a recipe for the Angel Biscuits that were served a few times in the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mayar El Mahdy

    2.5/5 This was a let down. I loved the premise and the audio narrator made it so southern, even the names were great, but the book wasn't. The mystery wasn't strong and the detective work was mediocre. I had no interest in the story whatsoever. That being said, the general atmosphere was nice enough to give the series a second chance. 2.5/5 This was a let down. I loved the premise and the audio narrator made it so southern, even the names were great, but the book wasn't. The mystery wasn't strong and the detective work was mediocre. I had no interest in the story whatsoever. That being said, the general atmosphere was nice enough to give the series a second chance.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Great characters and dialogue. Fun plot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

    Relaxing. Fun. Cozy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mist Willingham

    Quite cute. The sisters have a fun relationship and the murderer is not readily apparent. I enjoyed it and look forward to the rest of the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cait S

    So there were some things I really liked about this and some things that drove me slightly crazy. I liked the fact that the main characters were older ladies (in their sixties.) I haven't read many books with POVs like that and it was fun. They were very funny and very sweet, it lent a lot to the relationship between the sisters and also Patricia Anne and her husband. I also enjoyed the fact that, unlike a lot of cozy mysteries, the main character here doesn't try to play detective. She doesn't t So there were some things I really liked about this and some things that drove me slightly crazy. I liked the fact that the main characters were older ladies (in their sixties.) I haven't read many books with POVs like that and it was fun. They were very funny and very sweet, it lent a lot to the relationship between the sisters and also Patricia Anne and her husband. I also enjoyed the fact that, unlike a lot of cozy mysteries, the main character here doesn't try to play detective. She doesn't try to solve the crime and suddenly, miraculously have all the answers despite not having any experience with police work at all. Bad things happen that the characters by coincidence are involved in and the story sort of unfolds around them. I much, MUCH prefer this style. A couple things I didn't like. First, Patricia Anne is a retired English teacher who constantly corrects other people's grammar. Okay, I can deal with that. But not in a book that has so many typos. Literally at one point the author misnames one of her own characters (twins named Fay and May, except at one point they become Kay and May). If you want to have a hoity toity grammar police in your book, perhaps get a decent editor. The other thing I didn't like is that Mary Alice's daughter Debbie has a Mexican nanny for her children and the way the author paints this nanny (who is a character we see a handful of times so this isn't just once) is really just...gross and racist, to be totally honest. Apparently she's shot a man, is the first to ask if she needs to bring out a weapon during a potential fight, is basically borderline incompetent at everything else. Like. All completely unnecessary. I'll keep going with the series though. Hopefully those issues are resolved within the next book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Penelope

    A Fun Read This is a fun cozy mystery. The perfect book to sandwich between say "A Little Life" and "The Gargoyle" and you just need something light and breezy where you don't have to think much. A Fun Read This is a fun cozy mystery. The perfect book to sandwich between say "A Little Life" and "The Gargoyle" and you just need something light and breezy where you don't have to think much.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

    Who says life ends when you're sixty? Not the case for Mary Alice and her often reluctant sister, Patricia Anne in this cozy mystery by Anne George... Retired school teacher Patricia Anne is happy being a housewife... making applesauce, cookies, and taking care of her husband, Fred. This all changes when her often eccentric sister, Mary Alice buys a western night club called the Boot'n Skoot and promptly tells Patricia she wants her help. Travelling to the boot themed night club, the sisters meet Who says life ends when you're sixty? Not the case for Mary Alice and her often reluctant sister, Patricia Anne in this cozy mystery by Anne George... Retired school teacher Patricia Anne is happy being a housewife... making applesauce, cookies, and taking care of her husband, Fred. This all changes when her often eccentric sister, Mary Alice buys a western night club called the Boot'n Skoot and promptly tells Patricia she wants her help. Travelling to the boot themed night club, the sisters meet the owner, a nice middle aged man named Ed, who can make his hula girl tattoo dance. Patricia isn't exactly ready to start line dancing into the act, but her sister basically volunteers her to help with the set up. It isn't until they find Ed murdered that things get really really weird and Patricia Alice starts playing private eye. Truly, this is a great book. Miss George makes you fall in love with her characters from the get go and anyone who has ever spent time in the South will laugh out loud at how well she captures the Down South lifestyle. As mysteries go, it kept me guessing right up to the end and spun each web at the right time, not giving too much away. Easily read, there is very little graphic nature in this book or vulgar language so most anyone can read it. As for the age of the characters being a factor, I am in my thirties and I thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover. So... sit down with a cup of hot tea and join the Southern sisters in their first mystery... I promise you will come back for more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    BookMaven

    Patricia Anne is a retired school teacher who has been married to and in love with her husband for 40 years. Patricia Anne likes "normal", but her sister, Mary Alice, lives in a fun, exciting, chaotic, world of partying and she has an array of husbands and boyfriends. These sisters may be polar opposites, but they love each other. Their family and friends make this book an invitation to all the best that humanity has to offer, warmth, support, love. Mary Alice has just purchased her favorite par Patricia Anne is a retired school teacher who has been married to and in love with her husband for 40 years. Patricia Anne likes "normal", but her sister, Mary Alice, lives in a fun, exciting, chaotic, world of partying and she has an array of husbands and boyfriends. These sisters may be polar opposites, but they love each other. Their family and friends make this book an invitation to all the best that humanity has to offer, warmth, support, love. Mary Alice has just purchased her favorite party spot, but she discovers that the previous owner has been murdered in her newly purchased business. Anne George weaves a funny, heart-warming tale of two sisters plunged into unknown territory, murder. The character development is excellent. There is much to love about the circle of delightful friends, neighbors, and family. Humor is on every page. This is a fun, light read . It is a who-dunnit that keeps its secret of who murdered poor Ed, the former owner of the neighborhood bar until the very end. The mystery takes a distant second to the characters' family involvement, however, and one is left with the feeling that more pages should have been allotted to the unfolding of the mystery. it is still a pleasurable read, though. I will definitely read this whole series of 8 books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holmes Girl

    When the former owner of a Country-Western bar is murdered on the premises, the new owner, Mary Alice, drags her sister, Patricia Ann into the mess. Their sibling rivalry & curiosity lead them smack dab into another murder & scandal. Patricia Ann is very detailed, conservative & practical. Mary Alice is outlandish, brash, & boisterous. They are polar opposites that play well off each other. Their repartee is funny & has a true sense of realism to it. This book has some other great quirky characte When the former owner of a Country-Western bar is murdered on the premises, the new owner, Mary Alice, drags her sister, Patricia Ann into the mess. Their sibling rivalry & curiosity lead them smack dab into another murder & scandal. Patricia Ann is very detailed, conservative & practical. Mary Alice is outlandish, brash, & boisterous. They are polar opposites that play well off each other. Their repartee is funny & has a true sense of realism to it. This book has some other great quirky characters. It's just what you would expect from a cozy mystery. The author does a fine job giving each a distinct personality & voice. The dialogue is extremely witty & well done. This, in my opinion, is the strongest part of the book. The mystery itself is weak. Little attention is paid to it and the ending resolution was rushed. Also, the author revealed details out of the blue at the end that were in no way alluded to anywhere previously in the book. While this makes it impossible to guess 'who did it', I would like to at least be able to try & figure it out. An ok read, not the worst. Characters & dialogue the strongest suit. Might give others in this series a try IF the plots are tighter.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daisy

    I love these Anne George Southern Sisters mysteries, they are such well written fun rides! This is the first of the series and I usually don't like to read series out of order but I had the opportunity to get books 2 and 7 on sale from Audible so I took them and listened to them with great joy. Luckily with this series it doesn't really matter what order you read them in. There are some reference back to previous books but not enough to really ruin anything if you read them as you come across th I love these Anne George Southern Sisters mysteries, they are such well written fun rides! This is the first of the series and I usually don't like to read series out of order but I had the opportunity to get books 2 and 7 on sale from Audible so I took them and listened to them with great joy. Luckily with this series it doesn't really matter what order you read them in. There are some reference back to previous books but not enough to really ruin anything if you read them as you come across them. It was interesting seeing the sisters here in their first outing knowing how they develop over time. Everything is there but you can definitely see George refining the idiosyncrasies of the two main characters as they progress though each adventure. I plan to read the rest in order but I'm saddened by the thought there will never be more than eight.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Connie N.

    Charming and delightful. I was happy with Patricia Anne as narrator. She has a strong sense of the ridiculous but still had a serious side. She reminded me a lot of my aunt in New Orleans--always charming but worrying and nagging about tornados and locking the doors. Mary Alice is totally opposite and very fun. She's outrageous but doesn't realize it. Secondary characters are well-developed enough to be enjoyable also--husband Fred and adult children. The obvious affection the family had for eac Charming and delightful. I was happy with Patricia Anne as narrator. She has a strong sense of the ridiculous but still had a serious side. She reminded me a lot of my aunt in New Orleans--always charming but worrying and nagging about tornados and locking the doors. Mary Alice is totally opposite and very fun. She's outrageous but doesn't realize it. Secondary characters are well-developed enough to be enjoyable also--husband Fred and adult children. The obvious affection the family had for each other was strong, and I laughed at how well the sisters were turned in to each other.The mystery kept me guessing until the end. I'll definitely read more by this author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    I had always thought these books would be too over the top for me. Too much wallowing around in excessive southernness; too much trying to convince the world that we down here in the south have our own peculiar way of doing things and we always have cornbread and maybe a secret shot of bourbon with everything we do. But Anne George, by golly, is (was, she has passed) indeed a southerner and she knows that she sure as hell doesn't have to exaggerate much to get the message across that southerners I had always thought these books would be too over the top for me. Too much wallowing around in excessive southernness; too much trying to convince the world that we down here in the south have our own peculiar way of doing things and we always have cornbread and maybe a secret shot of bourbon with everything we do. But Anne George, by golly, is (was, she has passed) indeed a southerner and she knows that she sure as hell doesn't have to exaggerate much to get the message across that southerners ARE different, just not in the way you usually see in the far flung world of TV or Movieville. Craig and I listened to this audiobook on a road trip and we'll listen to more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I love comedic mysteries and I don't know how I missed this series. It is a light fun read. The (mis)adventures of two sixty something sisters; I can relate to several things. Mouse is a retired English teacher and as I am also an English teacher, I appreciate the literary references. I also relate to the sister aspect and can almost picture my sister and I in these roles in 25 years. I definitely plan to read all the books. I love comedic mysteries and I don't know how I missed this series. It is a light fun read. The (mis)adventures of two sixty something sisters; I can relate to several things. Mouse is a retired English teacher and as I am also an English teacher, I appreciate the literary references. I also relate to the sister aspect and can almost picture my sister and I in these roles in 25 years. I definitely plan to read all the books.

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