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Murder on a Bad Hair Day (Southern Sisters #2)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  2,434 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
It’s hard to believe practical, petite ex-schoolteacher Patricia Anne and amiable, ample-bodied, and outrageous Mary Alice are sisters, yet sibling rivalry has survived decades of good-natured disagreement about everything from husbands to hair color.

No sooner do the Southern sisters discover a common interest in some local art, when they’re arguing the artistic merits of
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by Avon (first published September 1st 1996)
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Moon Stumpp
Feb 28, 2012 Moon Stumpp rated it it was amazing
I listened to the entire series of 8 books on audio so the books for me were like one very long book. So I will review the entire series. Listening to them on audio was a joy…I laughed myself silly a couple of times. Mouse and Sister’s adventures will put a smile on your face, no matter what age you are.
Cait S
May 25, 2015 Cait S rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

Anne George, the author of this series, was an old Southern woman. And reading these books is very much like sitting down and having a conversation with an old Southern woman.

Which is a nice way of saying I rather think she was ignorant and slightly homophobic. Not only this but she treats very heavy subjects (rape accusations, drug use, sexual assault of a child by their parent, serious mental health concerns, etc) incredibly flippantly. A line here, a line there, tossed around like
Lindsay Boitnott
Mar 19, 2014 Lindsay Boitnott rated it liked it
I read Murder on a Bad Hair Day last March, unaware that it is set during the Christmas holidays. I decided to read it despite the setting and the age of the main characters. Patricia Ann and Mary Alice are twin sisters in their early sixties. Now, I have nothing against anyone of retirement age, but I do tend to pick stories where the leads are in their late twenties and early thirties. It is just easier for me to connect with them. Well, I am glad that I kept reading, or, listening because I h ...more
Cheryl Cooper
Aug 30, 2014 Cheryl Cooper rated it it was amazing
A nice cozy mystery. Easy read with good writing. Enjoyed the banter between the 2 sisters.
Teresa Collins
Jun 23, 2013 Teresa Collins rated it it was amazing
The second of the Southern Sisters Mysteries, this book is just as enjoyable as the first. Anne George had a talent for throwing red herrings out and making you fall for them hook, line, and sinker. You think you are so smart because you have it all figured out and then, wham, she throws the curve ball, most excellently.

In this story, Mary Alice and Patricia Ann, our Southern Sisters have attended an art gallery opening in Birmingham. The owner winds up being murdered with hair mousse, hence the
Sep 18, 2010 Jeanne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
This is the first of the Southern Sisters Mysteries that I have read. I am not generally a fan of the "cozy" genre, and I found this to be just an okay read. I liked the relationship between the two sisters, but found the mystery not terribly intriguing, and the author didn't tie up a lot of loose ends. I did learn something about Birmingham, Alabama, and the book led me to look up the statue of Vulcan, so once again, I find that I learn something from every book I read.
Dec 15, 2013 ☺Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I have now read all eight of Anne George's Southern Sisters Mysteries.
I really enjoy exploring the relationship between polar-opposites Mary Alice and Patricia Anne. Each story is filled with just the right amount of good-natured sisterly squabbling, lots of sweet & silly humor, and just a touch of murder mystery to keep it interesting . . . a perfect cozy.
Another fun reread with the Southern Sisters. And whodunnit was not who I suspected (it's been awhile since I read this book, so I didn't remember at all). Perfect for bedtime reading (rereading in this case :))
Diane Perry
Sep 02, 2014 Diane Perry rated it really liked it
A nice, fun read. The banter between the sisters reminds me of me and my sister. I needed this lighthearted story after some of the heavy reading I have done recently.
Deana Pittman
Feb 03, 2011 Deana Pittman rated it it was ok
I really did not enjoy this one as much as the first one. I still love the main characters; I just thought the "mystery" part of this one was lacking!
A cute cozy mystery with two bantering sisters. Parts were hilarious and not a bad mystery, but it did not necessarily keep my attention. I had a hard time finishing it.
Anne Hawn Smith
This is a light mystery, as much about the personalities of the sisters as a mystery. If you are from the south, you will recognize all these people right away. It is a nice pleasant visit with old friends and relatives.

I agree with some that the ending was a little abrupt, but it didn't detract from the story.
Vanet Jensen
Oct 15, 2016 Vanet Jensen rated it it was amazing
I laughed while reading about these two sisters and their adventures in this delightfully charming and enjoyable murder mystery.
Mar 02, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
Patricia Anne and Mary Alice are sisters of a particular age. Okay, they’re both in their 60’s and no matter how similar they may be as sisters, individually they couldn’t be more different.

Patricia Anne (Mouse) is small and thin and very likable while Mary Alice (Sister) is over six feet tall, a woman who enjoys her food and looks it, and says anything and everything that comes to her mind no matter how rude it might be. But the sisters are very close no matter how much Patricia Anne’s husband
VaLinda Miller
Jan 21, 2015 VaLinda Miller rated it it was amazing
Years ago, while my daughter and I were driving back and forth from Charleston to DC, we would stop by the library and pick up a few books on tape. This series by Anne George seemed interesting and fun. Well, we had the best time in that car listening to the stories about two older southern sisters from Alabama. Patricia Ann (nickname Mouse by her sister), is a happily married southern woman. Mary Alice is a tall, rambunctious woman who has been married several times; each husband died of old ag ...more
Jul 23, 2008 Luann rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2008, adult
For some reason I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the other Southern Sisters Mysteries that I've read. There were still a lot of the aspects that I enjoy about the series - funny sisters humor between Patricia Ann and Mary Alice, loving husband-wife interaction between Patricia Ann and Fred, and lots of details about Birmingham. One of these days I'm going to go there and see that Vulcan statue she always talks about! In this one I also really enjoyed reading about the Outsider artists.

May 04, 2016 Guera25 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars is closer to the mark, but alas, the ratings system makes no allowance for halvsies. The mystery is a muddled, opaque, fragmented blear of loose ends and inchoate insinuations, but the characters are delightful. As I read, I recognized many of my own foibles in Patricia Anne, most notably her creeping paranoia about the dubious cleanliness of local restaurants. She's a fully-realized character with strengths, weaknesses, habits, blind spots, and biases, and who is capable of carrying t ...more
Connie N.
#2 in the Southern Sisters cozy mystery series

The sisters in this book are a hilarious duo, opposites who have learned to accept each other after 60+ years of togetherness. Mary Alice is the large, loud, outgoing sister who has married 3 times to wealthy men, and who now has a boyfriend who plays Santa at the mall. Patricia Anne is married to Fred, is a retired school teacher, and is petite and a little fussy. But they love each other and spend a lot of time together. When they attend a gallery
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Yolie Gachelin
Some days I wish I could give a book a half of a star for a review. For this book I would only give it two and a half stars. The beginning of the book, the first line in the book, not a good starter. Did not grab me and make me want to keep on reading. Very disappointed. I did find some part humorous. However, I have a hard time believing that the main characters are in their 60s. I don't any women in their 60s that act like these woman, but maybe there are a few out there in this world. The pac ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Grey853 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, holiday
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Sep 15, 2010 Ali rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this fun cosy mystery. The sisters are infectious and the author has brought Birmingham Alabama to life in humorous and affectionate way. This is in fact the second installment in the series, but not having read the first one was no problem.

The two sisters embark on a little sluething - to be honest there isn't much investigating really - after a woman is murdered following an art gallery event which they both attend. Patricia Ann - an ex school teacher meets up with a once
Apr 12, 2010 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This series is so much fun. This time out Sister (Mary Alice) and Mouse (Patricia Ann) sixty-something sisters in Alabama stumble into another murder mystery. This time an art gallery owner dies shortly after a showing of "Outsider" Alabama art. Outsider art is a passion of Mouse (our narator and retired teacher) and Sister. They get drawn into the investigation because of the involvement of one of Mouse's former students who works at the gallery. What with murders, missing persons, sick cats an ...more
Dharia Scarab
Dec 20, 2013 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Jun 07, 2011 Barb rated it really liked it
I'm going to put up this same review for the entire series. Instead of reading this set of books, I listened to the audiobook versions of the entire series. The series is about a couple of sisters that bumble onto murders and wind up solving them. I don't know if it's the books, or the reader that I liked the most. By the time I had finished a couple of the books, I felt like the reader and the characters were old friends. The stories are light, easy to follow, and not terribly complex, but to m ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Marleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
Bad hair-days happen to all of us, and maybe the author had several of those when she mapped out this storyline.
It’s not that I don’t like the main characters, Patricia Anne and her sister Mary Alice. Both in their sixties, they are so different and I like them, and love their families and dynamics: Patricia Anne has a lovely marriage to Fred; their domestic scenes are my favorite – and Mary Alice is more eccentric, married several times and not exactly settling. This was not my favorite Anne G
Alexander Elmore
This is another book I read in my Southern Fiction class. It met the qualifications: it's fiction and it takes place in the south. Somewhere along the line it fell off though, in the interest category. In my opinion this book was pretty stale. The mystery was not compelling, I didn't care about any of the characters, and it was completely void of excitement or anything remotely interesting. I did manage to make me chuckle once or twice, but other than that, nothing. Not recommended.
Jaclyn Cannon
Again, don't know if my opinion of this book is due to my mood in which I read it at the time, but I felt the characters unbelievable and bumbling. It was more than easy for me to set this book down when I needed to do something, a bad sign. Usually I have to tear myself away from books. I really only finished this book not even because I was curious how it turned out, but only because I have only not finished reading about 3 books in my life.
The books in this series are quick and humorous. It reminded me of the 'Stephanie Plum' series by Janet Evanovich when I started laughing myself into tears at one point. Mary Alice is a crazy sister who gets Patricia Anne into all sorts of trouble, but she doesn't even realize she is to blame. I enjoy the comedy between the characters, the unsolvable mysteries, and the bonds between the characters. I will definitely continue reading this series.
Jul 07, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery, southern, 2008
This is the second book of the eight book series. Although it is a mystery there are parts of the book that crack me up. I'm sure it is because it brings me back to that Southern way of life. Almost every character has characteristics of people I grew up with. The two main characters remind me of my mom and my aunt although there are a few major differences between the characters the personalities mach almost perfect. To good Southern weirdness!
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Anne Carroll George was an American author and poet. She was Alabama's 1994 state poet. George died in 2001 of heart surgery complications.

Anne George was an Agatha Award-winner and a former Alabama State Poet. She was a cofounder of the Druid Press, and a regular contributor to literary and poetry publications. She was nominated for several awards, including the Pulitzer for a book of verse entit
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