Petite, quiet Patricia Anne Hollowell,
or "Mouse", has been married to the same man for
decades and has just retired from teaching for nearly as long. She is
the epitome of the staid Southern Lady.
Big and brash Mary
Alice Crane, or "Sister", is setting out to find husband
number four, has dabbled in several different types of work, and changes her hair
color every week. She's no staid Southern Lady.
polar-opposite sisters find themselves stumbling into dozens of Alabama's
strangest crimes, always managing by solve them with a bit of wit and lot
of luck before the local law enforcement can.
worked for me:
I liked the sisters'
realistic relationship, especially their uncanny way of reading each other's thoughts.
The rest of the family was very likable as well.
The author had a real
way with words and was able to pull off some very silly lines without
pulling me out of the story in annoyance.
Size-wise Patricia Anne is tiny and Mary Alice is tall and
What didn't work for me:
I've noticed this type of scenario in other books besides those by this
author, but I've decided to address it here: Why is it a
250 lb man can be seated in a chair and no one thinks a thing of it, but
if the person being seated in that same chair is a 250 lb woman,
people hold their breath to see if the chair is up to the job? I
mean, do folks really think that furniture strength is dependent upon the
height/weight ratio of the folks seated in it rather than their weight alone?
This is a cute,
light-hearted cozy series with quirky characters and intriguing mysteries
solved by snoops rather than sleuths. I recommend it to anyone
looking for a fun, breezy read.
If you liked
"The Southern Sisters" mystery series
you might also enjoy
the Odelia Grey mystery series, "Death for Dessert"
or "The Gumshoe Girls".
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