- Series: Southern Sisters Mystery (Book 4)
- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (June 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380784505
- ISBN-13: 978-0380784509
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
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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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After reviewing the first three books in this series, it's getting difficult to review without repeating myself, but each one has been a true delight; like a favorite dessert you eat all the time but just can't resist. I love Ms George's writing style. She doesn't throw out all these red herrings yet still manages to surprise you when you find out who the guilty party is. She also avoids one of my pet peeves: having the hero/heroine/detective have myriad information the reader doesn't. Everything Patricia Anne uses to solve the mysteries (and so far she's the one who always does) has been revealed previously in some part of the story.
I know that a large part of my enjoyment of the series comes from the fact that it is set in my hometown and familiar surrounding areas. However, I don't think not being from Birmingham would hamper someone's enjoyment of the books at all. Once again, a great, light, enjoyable read.
As much as I love this series this fourth entry fell flat for me. Destin, Florida just didn't have the great local color that the other books (based in Birmingham) were crammed with. The story was bogged down with too many characters, many of them so similar they were hard to keep straight. The plot was hopelessly convoluted and the author really had to stretch the ending to tie up all the loose ends. Even though the protagonists are in their sixties, I've always felt that the characters had an ageless appeal, but not so in this book. With the setting a `Seniors Community' and most of the "cast of thousands" qualifying for memberships in AARP, I doubt this would appeal to a younger audience.
I hate that 3 stars will be viewed as critical, but this really was just an "OK" read for me. The dialogue between the sisters is smart and funny and Patricia Anne's clever narrative saves the storyline. It's pleasant enough but lacks the wit and unique appeal of the earlier books. If you are new to the series don't judge it by this one - start at the beginning with "Murder on a Girls' Night Out"; you won't be sorry!
No swearing or sexual content.