Murder on a Girls' Night Out by Anne George
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is the first book in the "Southern Sisters" cozy mystery series. Set in Birmingham, Alabama, the protagonists are Patricia Ann, a retired school teacher, married to the same man for many years, and her sister Mary Alice, who's on her 4th husband. They are as different as chalk from cheese in both physical attributes and personality. Mary Alice impulsively buys a road house. The former owner, who has stuck around to help with the transition, is found murdered in the club's wishing well. The two sisters, along with a supporting cast of former employees, including Bonnie Blue Butler, go to work solving the mystery. Despite the gruesome murder, it's a lighthearted and at time humorous book. One of my favorite lines: "You called Fred to tell him Jed said Ed was dead?" I liked the way the sisters' relationship is portrayed. It's realistic, showing their frustration and exasperation with each other's foibles, as well as the deep bond of love they share. I am looking forward to reading more of the series.
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