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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Sisters Mysteries (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; 1st edition (June 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380801493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380801497
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 3.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

George's Southern Sisters mysteries, which launched in 1997 with the Agatha Award-winning Murder on a Girl's Night Out, feature two siblings, sensible Patricia Anne Hollowell and rich, erratic Mary Alice Crane. These lifelong residents of Birmingham, Ala., may be in their 60s, but they are still up for a lively bout of sleuthing. As this sixth series entry (after Murder Gets a Life) opens, Arthur Phizer, Patricia Anne's next-door neighbor of 40 years, is accused of murdering his ex-wife by poisoning her at a local restaurant. Patricia Anne can't believe that her mild-mannered neighbor is really a fiendish killer, so she determines to find out who is framing him for murder. Then someone tries to burn down Arthur's house, and a sniper shoots him in the buttocks. George has a sure touch for creating comedic dialogue and believable characters. Her predilection for filling the narrative with brand names can annoy, but this light, amusing romp of a mystery makes good use of the tradition of Southern eccentricity, exuding a properly cozy atmosphere and a nifty web of subplots and domestic complications. Author tour. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Mary Alice is a large, ladylike woman, even if she has buried three husbands and keeps revising her age downward. Her younger sister, Patricia Anne, tiny, brazen, on the far side of 60, has been contentedly married to the same man for decades. In a Birmingham, Alabama, world full of families who have known each other forever, the two sisters find themselves looking for the real culprit when Patricia Anne's longtime neighbor finds himself accused of murdering his first wife. In other events in this southern honey-flavored cozy, Patricia Anne finds her son's wife camped in her living room when her son strays and is coaxed into e-mail when her daughter moves to Warsaw; and Mary Alice lies outrageously about her age to impress a new British suitor. Woofer the dog tangles with a possum (and loses), old newspaper articles provide vital clues, and iced tea and food of all sorts figure mightily. GraceAnne A. DeCandido --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Anne George (c.____ - 2001) was the Agatha Award-winning author of the Southern Sisters mystery series which culminate in Murder Boogies with Elvis, publishing in August 2001. Like Patricia Anne, she was a happily married former school teacher living in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. George was also a former Alabama State Poet and a regular contributor to literary publications. During her lifetime she was nominated for several awards, including the Pulitzer. Being a true lady of the Old South, her date of birth will forever be a mystery.

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I could hardly put the book down.
IRENE S. HENDRICKS
Since I enjoy these stories for their humor and great characterization the lackluster mystery plot didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.
L. Burns
If you anyone wants to read a fun, entertaining mystery I highly recommend all eight of these books.
Cindy Loera

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
These sisters keep you laughing, make you think and truly make you miss your sister or wish you had one. This book just keeps you looking for the next one---and makes you re-read the others while you wait.
The best gift I've given my friends, according to them, was an introduction to this series of books
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Anne George is one of my favorite authors. The Southern Sisters are hilarious. Patricia Anne, the skinny retired teacher, once again teams up with her sister Mary Alice, the widowed three times sister to solve a murder.
In this story there is a complicated cast of characters that Anne George manages to gather together in a murder mystery. The long time next door neighbor is under suspicion for murder and their house burns down. Throughout all of this the sisters manage to join an investment club, solve the murder, and deal with a daughter in law who moves in. In the end, everything turns out just fine.
I laughed out loud at Mary Alice's story of what happened of Ruffner Mountain
Enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Traci Bell on January 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
That is exactly what happened when I read a particular paragraph in the book about the funeral of the woman Mitzi's husband is accused of killing. I have read all of Anne's books, and although it is difficult to choose, I think Murder Shoots the Bull is my favourite. It is rare that I buy a hardcover, but I take exception with the Southern Sisters mysteries. I love the 'girls' and the talent of their creator, Anne George. I love a good light hearted mystery, and it doesn't hurt that I actually learn something in each of them...be it about folk art or endangered animals. In this one, I learned it's not a good idea to be entomed on a windy day! Thanks Anne, for another great book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have read and re-read both Stout and Wodehouse. I agree with Wodehouse about the true test of a book is its re-readability (Is there such a word? I, like Patricia Anne, have taught English much too long.) and whenever I need a laugh I read one of George's books again, generally the first two in the series.
These books have fast-paced plots, funny observations about life, and if you are southern, or if you have a sister, absolutely on target as far as characterization goes. I am always sorry when I come to the end of one, and simply can not wait for another to come out. I pay Ms. George the supreme compliment of buying her books in hard back, which is a compliment indeed, since I own well over 2000 books and room is limited in my home. There are few authors that rate having their books kept in hard back in my house, so possibly one can judge from this how much I hold her work in esteem. I like this book better than her previous one, and feel that it is indeed holding up to the standard of writing she set in the first three.
I can not call Mary Alice predatory. Mary Alice is a true free spirit who enjoys life and all it has to offer, both good and bad, with a verve that I envy. I think her approach to life is certainly seen in this book. Please give this series a try! I feel that many of you who have a sense of humor would truly love the books.
I know that I have not given this book justice in this review, but feel that we all owe ourselves a treat now and then. Let this be one of your personal treats.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Galligar Chance on May 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The ol' gals are at it again! Sweetly Southern and sassy, mystery-solving sisters Mary Alice and Patricia Anne have a good puzzler in their target sights and they are determined to hit a bulls-eye with this one. Alabama author Anne George returns to treat her readers with the hilarious sixth installment of the zany Southern Sisters mysteries, "Murder Shoots The Bull.
As a frequent visitor to the Birmingham, Alabama area, where the Southern Sisters' mysteries are set, I find the local references to charming, it's just like a trip back home.
This delightful book is no less charming and entertaining than its predecesors, and should guarantee that the "sixty-something sisters with attitude" are sure to be around for a long time to come.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By abnaki@concentric.net on April 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I had the great pleasure of reading an advanced copy of this book and enjoyed every minute of it! Fans of Anne George will be happy is see that the series is still fresh and funny as Patricia Anne tries to get a next door neighbor out of a murder charge after his ex-wife is poisoned. Sister Mary Alice is along to provide her usual unflappable asides. Besides that, the sisters are involved in a group starting a stock market investment club and marriage trouble pops up in Patricia Annes' family. Throw in a little of Mary Alices' romantic hijinks and you have quite a brew. Y'all give this one a try.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Murder Shoots the Bull offers plenty of opportunities to wonder whodunit, but there's very little gore involved, particularly considering the number of bodies Patricia Ann and Mary Alice happen upon. Like the rest of Ms. George's Southern Sisters books, this one is fun and, quite often, laugh-out-loud funny. It's also fast-paced and driven with some delightful dialogue. There's lots of good-natured sniping between the sisters, as well as a certain degree of harmless irreverence. And to the delight of local audiences, there's always plenty of local color in these books. For those of you not fortunate enough to live in Birmingahm, AL, yes, it's really like this! And, yes, the Piggly Wiggly does have good fried chicken.
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