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Murder on a Girls' Night Out: A Southern Sisters Mystery (Southern Sisters Mysteries Book 1) by [George, Anne]
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From Publishers Weekly

A refreshingly different heroine, retired Alabama schoolteacher Patricia Anne Hollowell, is drawn into a murder investigation after her colorful sister, Mary Alice, buys a country-western club. When the previous owner is found gruesomely murdered, the suspects include the club's cook, one of Patricia Anne's former prize students. Sprightly dialogue and a humorous eye for detail get this mystery off to a promising start. However, once the offbeat characters are introduced, they and their relationships fail to change or deepen. The dialogue becomes repetitive, and the telling domestic observations lapse into trivia. Clues accumulate more through coincidence than through investigation, with the conclusion weighed down by a welter of implausible connections and old secrets.
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"Anne George may be may favorite discovery of the year... The Patricia Anne and Mary Alice mysteries are wonderful confections that prove life is funny and poignant on the other side of 60".

New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Truly delightful, laugh-out-loud fun. I wish Patricia Anne and Mary Alice were "my" sisters. I'd love to hang out with them."-- Jill Churchill"Anne George may be my favorite discovery of the year...The Patricia Anne and Mary Alice mysteries are wonderful confections that prove life is funny and poignant on the other side of 60." -- "New Orleans Times-Picayune"


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  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (February 19, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 24, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001TJ2Y8W
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By Pamela A. Poddany VINE VOICE on September 24, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
OK, OK, I am reviewing all eight books in this one sitting! Anne George wrote a series WINNER with these eight books. You need to read them in order and they are as such --

MURDER ON A GIRLS NIGHT OUT

MURDER ON A BAD HAIR DAY

MURDER RUNS IN THE FAMILY

MURDER MAKES WAVES

MURDER GETS A LIFE

MURDER SHOOTS THE BULL

MURDER CARRIES A TORCH

MURDER BOOGIES WITH ELVIS

I have lent these books out to so many friends/family that they are in need of repair. These books should be read in the above order.

Unfortunately, Anne George has passed on, so this is it for this series. You will LOVE every single book. The main characters are two sisters who could not be more different than day and night. Mary Alice weighs two hundred pounds and the word flamboyant does not even begin to describe her. People who know and love her call her Sister. She is loud, border-line obnoxious, and into getting married - over and over again. She is someone you would adore in real life.

Her sister, Patricia Anne, is a retired school teacher and the more serious of the two women. She is lovingly known as Mouse. She has been in a steady marriage for years, has grown children, and is the more sensible of the two. You will love them both. The books are set in Alabama, so the books are full of Southern flair and charm. The characters in each book are funny, sad, sweet, nasty -- you will meet a whole cast of characters in each book.

I cannot emphasize enough how much you should treat yourself to these eight books!

Each book deals with a murder mystery that these two senior girls just seem to keep falling into.
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Mary Alice (Sister) is excited when she bursts in on her sister Patricia Anne (Mouse) to announce that she's bought the Skoot 'n' Boot, a local dance bar she's been enjoying going to. But her excitement turns to horror the next day when the previous owner is found murdered in the establishment. Vowing to stay out of it, Mouse keeps getting drawn in by various people, including one of her former students. Things get personal when the killer starts making threats. Will these sisters be able to figure things out?
This is a fun, cozy book. The pace is slow and steady with plenty of time given to the sister's antics, yet I never got bored with the storyline. I often found myself chuckling at a line or scene, and a couple times laughed out loud. The two sisters are very different, but what could have been caricature was capably turned into character development by the author. The rest of the characters filled their rolls quite well.
I'm looking forward to getting to know these sisters and their family and friends better over the course of the series. This is a fun debut that promises great things in the books to come.
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By A Customer on November 22, 1999
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This is the first in a series set in the South, with two sisters who couldn't be more different. The dialogue is a riot, and the rapport between the sisters is very realistic. The plot is interesting and credible as the sisters stumble onto several murders and try to get themselves out of a crazy situation. I couldn't wait to read each chapter, and I look forward to the other books in the series. This is highly recommended.
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Patricia Anne and Mary Alice are sisters but there the similarities end. Patricia Anne (Mouse) is a sixty-year old retired schoolteacher who has been married to the same man (Fred) for forty years and she weighs one hundred and five pounds soaking wet. Mary Alice (Sister, Aunt Sister to Mouse's children) is sixty-five, weighs two hundred and fifty pounds and has outlived three husbands. Mouse is well grounded, tries to eat a healthy diet and always votes Democratic. Sister is flighty, claims that Mouse doesn't eat enough and always votes Republican. The fertile mind of Anne George dreamed up this pair, put them in position to solve a mystery and neither Alabama or the mystery world will ever be the same again.

Sister and her boyfriend Bill are into line dancing and when the owner of their favorite honky-tonk decides to sell Mary Alice decides to buy. The day after the sale closes however the former owner is found dead in the bar's wishing well and from then on Sister's investment is jinxed. The sisters don't really set out to catch the killer but instead are trying to help a former student of Patricia Anne's who is a suspect in the crime. The more they delve into matters though the deeper they find themselves and before it is all said and done one of the sisters finds herself on the wrong end of a gun. Since this is the first book in the series it is easy to assume that the endangered sister survives but you'll never guess who saves the day.

As with most cozy mysteries the characters tend to overshadow the plot and the hero figures don't actually solve anything but just sort of blunder into the solution. The characters are so much fun though that you will hardly notice when the plot happens to disappear.
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