Novelist Anne George injects murder, mayhem, and laughs into her popular mysteries. Nominated for an Agatha Award, this hilarious tale of two “60 something” sisters reveals the deadly consequences of a hasty real estate purchase.
Retired Alabama school teacher Patricia Anne thinks her older sister, flamboyant Mary Alice, has lost her cotton-pickin’ mind. On a whim, Mary Alice bought the Skoot ’n’ Boot, the local country western night spot where she and her boyfriend hang out. Mary Alice insists it will be easy to run the club - until the previous owner is found executed, gangland style, in the club’s wishing well. Suddenly the sheriff is demanding answers, and a killer with unfinished business is sending messages even optimistic Mary Alice can’t ignore.
With her dramatic sense of timing, narrator Ruth Ann Phimister brings out both the wise-cracking fun and the nail-biting suspense.
©1996 Anne George (P)2000 Recorded Books
This book was a great break from some of the more serious reading I’ve been doing. The pace is relaxing, but not too slow and as soon as you settle into the seemingly mundane life of two older ladies, things change and you are swept into a crazy mystery with two wild women at the helm. There’s one crazy situation after another in this first book, but I won’t go into that detail here for fear of ruining the ride for you. Just trust me that things get crazy! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely enjoy reading about wild women (or wild men) with good hearts!!
At first glance the two sisters are entirely different and annoying in their own ways. One is a pedantic, persnickety, somewhat judgmental, former English teacher who insists on correcting everyone’s grammar. The other is a man-chasing, glutton who clearly sees everyone else’s faults and has no qualms about telling everyone exactly what they are doing wrong.
There are enough husbands, boyfriends, children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors to bring depth to the story. As you get to know these “annoying” ladies, you can’t help but fall in love with them. It turns out that they are funny, loving and though different, they both have equally good hearts and souls so it’s easy to overlook and actually smile at what initially seemed like annoying traits (especially for those of us who are perfect and never annoying…lol).
I am now listening to the last audio book in this series (seems there’s at least one more not in audio) and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these books. The narrator does an awesome job of bringing the 60-something pair and the rest of the cast to life. She also does a fabulous job of conveying the wry humor that’s scattered throughout and in this way she helps the author evolve our view of the women from annoying to heartwarmingly fun.
both are great.
When Mary Alice calls and says "Fred's Dead" but means "Ed is Dead".
She seems to have the perfect accent and way of saying things that just make it perfect.
I think the author is great and the reader just adds to it. I will listen to her books over and over.
I love a good story
Sort of. She did the voices well, but the mouth noises got really annoying. I wanted to her a drink of water.
With unlikely protagonist the book was told from a different viewpoint than most books these days...she of over 40 (OMG!) with a sister that keeps levity and trouble brewing. Great beach or pool read.
This is a good, fun listen.
Not on the edge of my seat, but definitely interested.
I enjoyed her narration very much.
No, but I never do.
If you like light mysteries with a comedic twist, you'll enjoy this
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This book was thoroughly enjoyable. I haven't laughed out loud like that in a long time. It catches you off guard because you're listening intently to the plot, it gets interesting and bam you're laughing. It's very witty and I'm sure a lot of people can relate to the sisters.
The author gives enough details for you to easily imagine the scenario but doesn't overdo it so that you become bored with the details and forget what was going on.
I think the narrator is perfect for this story and has the ability to keep the suspense going and in an instant with an almost English irony bring you to laugh out loud unexpectedly.
Can't wait to get started on the second book.
Patricia Ann and Mary Alice are depicted as totally inapt characters I had the misfortune to encounter. What siblings go around calling each other by their first and middle name? Ann George did not give me anything about these characters that made me invested in her book. I stopped listening to this book at least 4 times.
Then to add insult to injury the narrator Ruth Ann Phimister, needs to find another occupation, because she cannot do voices. Between the voices and the writing it was two whining inane women with voices which grated on my nerves.
DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME
I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't hold my interest. The characters are interesting and the plot is ok, but it's just not my cup of tea. After reading half of the book I started to skip chapters. I finally skipped to the end of the book. Once i found out the solution of the book I wasn't surprised. I actually had no emotion. This book just didn't grab me.
did't read the print version
yes. The author's details and Ms.Phimister's reading of the story
Made me laugh a lot
I am listening to the rest of her books. Anne George I mean.
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