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Murder on a Girl's Night Out

By: Anne George
Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
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Publisher's Summary

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

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I adore this whole series.

Where does Murder on a Girl's Night Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

God bless the talent of Anne George and Ruth Ann Phimister. This series is the reason I joined Audible. I have literally listened to 100's and 100's of audio books and I revisit this series regularly. The characters are so good I wish I could blink them into existence. So sorry Mrs. George left this world way too early.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on a Girl's Night Out?

One conversation between sisters Patricia Ann and Mary Alice is about Patricia Ann's husband, Fred, describing the gusset in his boxer shorts as the "ball room"! Too funny.

What does Ruth Ann Phimister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice interpretation of the characters is brilliant!! The talent of the narrator makes the books characters leap off the page.

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The books are funny, original, southern and loveable. Through Anne George's mysteries I have learned about genealogy, sea turtles, snake handlers -and- that a great book can be interesting, endearing, funny and all without salty language, explicit sex scenes etc.!! And I am a fan of kick butt, action, hard core detective novels!

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Darker than Expected

To be fair, I expected southern comfort food. This is more like southern gothic. The mystery is unmemorable, but savagely bloody, just inexplicably brutal. The retired sisters were not comfort-food type southern ladies, more like Scarlett O'Hara all grown up, the sort of infuriating person who gets the vapors at the thought of blood, but is otherwise completely unaffected by a gruesome murder of an acquaintance. The second they're over the vapors they start playing power games with the sheriff because they don't like him. They carry on planning the renovation and re-opening of the bar, playing matchmaker, and shopping for clothes. The ostensibly more level-headed one gets all gooey over a handsome politician.

The mystery is bizarre. The murders are so violent as to imply something really horrible behind them. There's foreshadowing or the appearance of clues that are never followed up on, and the secrets at the bottom of it all, which our detectives never really figure out, but have to be told in two long narrations, hardly merit the crime at all. I still don't understand the whos and whys of some of the deaths.

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A laugh you can relate to!

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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.

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Fun chicken soup for the ears

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.

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As good as the print edition!

It’s not so often that I enjoy an audiobook more than the print edition. But in this case, the narrator did such a fantastic job, that the book came to life in a special way for me.

This is a great series of books. Real cozy mysteries. Funny. But, where as somebody does get killed, nobody really gets hurt.

It’s wacky, like Stephanie Plum, but without Morelli and Ranger, and with 2 sisters in their sixties. Try it!

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Not for me

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.

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I have read the book and heard the book on tape.

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on a Girl's Night Out to be better than the print version?

both are great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on a Girl's Night Out?

When Mary Alice calls and says "Fred's Dead" but means "Ed is Dead".

What does Ruth Ann Phimister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She seems to have the perfect accent and way of saying things that just make it perfect.

Any additional comments?

I think the author is great and the reader just adds to it. I will listen to her books over and over.

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Pass on this!!

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

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Party On with Family!

Read the whole series a few years back and Laughed so hard! Mystery wrapped with much family humor - Southern Charm! Listening to the story still sends me into chuckles and lots of laughter. Lighthearted mystery for an enjoyable listen!

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Good book, narrator mouth noises annoying.

What didn’t you like about Ruth Ann Phimister’s performance?

Sort of. She did the voices well, but the mouth noises got really annoying. I wanted to her a drink of water.

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