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

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,981 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Murder on a Bad Hair Day

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 arguin
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by Avon (first published September 1st 1996)
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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
Moon Stumpp
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.
Lindsay Boitnott
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
A nice cozy mystery. Easy read with good writing. Enjoyed the banter between the 2 sisters.
Teresa Collins
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
Diane Perry
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.
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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.
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.
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
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 :))
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.
Deana Pittman
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!
VaLinda Miller
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
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.

The main protagonists in this series are two sisters from Birmingham, AL. During the course of the story the sisters solve a murder mystery. Not far into the story one of the ladies mentions that she can't see street signs when driving and cannot handle putting in contacts, naturally actual glasses have no place in her life. The woman with the visual problems is sixty and the reader is supposed to find the situation cute, maybe even funny. I found it silly.
Summary: Patricia Anne and Mary Alice attend a folk art show and find a former student in charge. The next day, after hearing the news that the gallery owner has died under suspicious circumstances, they find the student, Claire, huddled on the front porch claiming to have narrowly survived an attack on her own life. Eval: Enjoyed this one as much as the first one. These girls really are a hoot and a half!
Dharia Scarab

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
Caroline Mathews
Fast and fun, featuring the southern living of not so very long ago. A little contrived - Birmingham rings true but now "where will we stick in the funny quotes, examples, and throwback language of Alabama and the Gulf states?" Would be two stars except that I laughed so hard.
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
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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
Katie Graham
If you liked Nancy Drew you'll like the Southern Sisters Mysteries. Fun women with whom you'd like to be friends having all kinds of adventures. These mysteries will still be read in 100 years, right along with Agatha Christie!
I listened to this book and loved it! These two southern sisters are a hoot. Can't wait to listen to the others in the series. ...more
Shelia Timmons
I really liked this book. It was an easy read. I liked the setting, because it was in Alabama, and I just recently moved here. So I found out a lot about Alabama that I did not know.
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
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
Light mystery/comedy. Kind of a waste of time.
Melissa W
I love the subplot about the art.
Very good. Likeable characters.
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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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