Southern Sisters Books In Publication Order
- Murder on a Girls’ Night Out (1996)
- Murder on a Bad Hair Day (1996)
- Murder Runs in the Family (1997)
- Murder Makes Waves (1997)
- Murder Gets a Life (1998)
- Murder Shoots the Bull (1999)
- Murder Carries a Torch (2000)
- Murder Boogies with Elvis (2001)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Wild Goose Chase (1985)
- This One and Magic Life (1999)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Spraying Under the Bed for Wolves (1985)
- Some of It is True (1993)
- The Map That Lies Between Us (2000)
Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- Not Quite Cricket (2019)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- A Baker’s Dozen (1988)
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Anne George Books Overview
A Different Kind of Sister Act
Patricia Anne ‘Mouse’ is respectful, respectable, and demure, a perfect example of genteel Southern womanhood. Mary Alice ‘Sister’ is big, brassy, flamboyant, and bold. Together they have a knack for finding themselves in the center of some of Birmingham’s most unfortunate unpleasantness.
Country Western is red hot these days, so overimpulsive Mary Alice thinks it makes perfect sense to buy the Skoot ‘n’ Boot bar since that’s where the many times divorced ‘Sister’ and her boyfriend du jour like to hang out anyway. Sensible retired schoolteacher Patricia Anne is inclined to disagree especially when they find a strangled and stabbed dead body dangling in the pub’s wishing well. The sheriff has some questions for Mouse and her sister Sister, who were the last people, besides the murderer, of course, to see the ill fated victim alive. And they had better come up with some answers soon because a killer with unfinished business has begun sending them some mighty threatening messages…
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 arguing the artistic merits of some well coiffured heads at a gallery opening. A few hours later, one of those pretty ladies ends up dead with not a hair out of place. The other shows up on Patricia Anne’s doorstep dazed, disheveled, and telling a wild tale of a narrow escape from some deadly cuts. Now the sisters are once again combing for clues to catch a killer with a bizarre style in art and murder.
Mary Alice has spared nothing for her only daughter’s wedding from seventy five yards of bridal train to gourmet food for over three hundred guests and enough glittering elegance to make Mary Alice think about finding herself a fourth rich husband to pay for it all. Practical Patricia Anne has put away her aunt of the bride blue chiffon and settled back into domesticity when fun loving Mary Alice calls to say they have a post wedding date with a genealogist from the groom’s side of the family. Lunch is a fascinating lesson on the hazards of finding dirty linens in ancestral boudoirs that ends abruptly when their guest scurries off with the local judge, leaving the sisters with their mouths open and finishing their luncheon companion’s cheesecake when the police arrive. Their mysterious guest has taken a plunge from the ninth floor of the courthouse building an apparent suicide. But given the scandals a nosy genealogist might have uncovered, the sisters are betting that some proud Southern family is making sure their shameful secrets stay buried…
along with anyone who tries to dig them up.
Those hilarious southern sisters, who prove that sibling rivalry never ends, are heading for a vacation at the beach. Mary Alice’s flamboyant behavior aside, serious, sensible Patricia Anne looks forward to relaxing at her sister’s beachfront condo in Destin, Florida, so she kisses her ever loving spouse Fred god bye, reminds him to water the plants and feed the dog, and the girls head south for some fin in the sun. Mary Alice loses no time in making the acquaintance of just about everyone in sight, so watching the sun go down on the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico is a welcome respite as far as Patricia Anne is concerned…
until a dead body washes up in the waves and the victim turns out to be one of Mary Alice’s newfound friends. With no witnesses t the crime except a few great blue herons, the sisters have no choice but to bypass the clueless police and follow their own instinct to find the killer. Before long they_re on a murky trail of dirty real estate deals, giant turtle habitats, and a sea of evidence pointing to a mammoth motive for murderer.
Patricia Anne can’t imagine why Mary Alice is in such an uproar over her son Ray’s new bride. Sunshine Dabbs is Ucute as can be,’ even if she is a bit unconventional, which should hardly come as a shock to Mary Alicc given that she’s the one who raised her boy. But with all her motherly instincts, Mary Alice is sure that this sweet little blonde Barbie doll who met her son in Bora Bora after she won the trip on Wheel of Fortune thinks she’s found herself a fortune in Ray’s hefty wallet. The sisters can’t wait to get a look at Sunshine’s family, and quite a look it turns out to be. As soon as Meemaw Turkett invites Mary Alice and Patricia Anne into her cozy trailer on the family compound they stumble over a corpse, and Meemaw’s best hog butchering knife is stuck in its chest. Meemaw, a Cabbage Patch look alike and Sunshine’s grandmother, guardian, and the family matriarch is shocked to pieces and immediately summons the family to her trailer. Pawpaw, a lovable bearded grump has his own trailer, and their grown kids each enjoy a private home away from home on the five trailer compound. The discovery of the mysterious body brings in Mary Alice’s nemesis, good ol’ boy Sheriff Reuse, who, she knows from her experience at the Skoot ‘n’ Boot, is nothing but trouble. Within minutes, the compound is strewn with a weird collection of friends, neighbors and relatives. There’s Meemaw’s spooky channeler, ready to give guidance as needed; Sunshine’s jilted boyfriend skulking around; a bunch of dogs ready to attack…
and Kerrigan, Sunshine’s mostly absentee mama, who stars in the kind of video flicks that might even shock Mary Alice. Patricia Anne can’t imagine why Mary Alice is in such an uproar over her son Ray’s new bride. Sunshine Dabbs is Ucute as can be,’ even if she is a bit unconventional, which should hardly come as a shock to Mary Alicc given that she’s the one who raised her boy. But with all her motherly instincts, Mary Alice is sure that this sweet little blonde Barbie doll who met her son in Bora Bora after she won the trip on Wheel of Fortune thinks she’s found herself a fortune in Ray’s hefty wallet. The sisters can’t wait to get a look at Sunshine’s family, and quite a look it turns out to be. As soon as Meemaw Turkett invites Mary Alice and Patricia Anne into her cozy trailer on the family compound they stumble over a corpse, and Meemaw’s best hog butchering knife is stuck in its chest. Meemaw, a Cabbage Patch look alike and Sunshine’s grandmother, guardian, and the family matriarch is shocked to pieces and immediately summons the family to her trailer. Pawpaw, a lovable bearded grump has his own trailer, and their grown kids each enjoy a private home away from home on the five trailer compound. The discovery of the mysterious body brings in Mary Alice’s nemesis, good ol’ boy Sheriff Reuse, who, she knows from her experience at the Skoot ‘n’ Boot, is nothing but trouble. Within minutes, the compound is strewn with a weird collection of friends, neighbors and relatives. There’s Meemaw’s spooky channeler, ready to give guidance as needed; Sunshine’s jilted boyfriend skulking around; a bunch of dogs ready to attack…
and Kerrigan, Sunshine’s mostly absentee mama, who stars in the kind of video flicks that might even shock Mary Alice.
Patricia Anne would swear that either she or her sister Mary Alice were switched at birth, except they were both born at home. Flashy, flirtatious Mary Alice is one foot taller, twice the body weight of Patricia Anne, and three times as likely to do something completely off the wall. But now Mary Alice’s impulsive behavior has land them both in the Birmingham jail!
It all begins with a call from their good friend Mitzi Phizer, who’s starting an investment club kind of a Beardstown Ladies group. Patricia Anne is willing to make a small, conservative investment in a thriving chain of HMOs; Mary Alice is hot to trot to put her money on Via*gra. But before the club idea gets off the ground, the sisters spot Mitzi’s supposedly faithful husband in a chummy little huddle with a redhead and the next thing they know, Arthur is accused of murdering the mystery woman. Nothing about the whole sordid story fits the kind, gently Arthur, and Patricia Anne is doing her best to console her good friends. But when their house catches on fire, and Arthur is shot in a place that won’t allow him to even sit down at his own murder trial, the sisters know they have to stand up for the poor fellow. And that means checking out everyone from low down cads to highbrow bank presidents to find a no good gun toting arsonist who believes big money is to kill for.
Siblings couldn’t be more opposite than Anne George’s hilarious southern sisters. Flamboyant, much married Mary Alice, with her empress sized figure and matching libido, is always on the lookout for her next rich husband, while prim, proper, pint sized former schoolteacher Patricia Anne is perfectly happy with her one and only, good old Fred. Yet with the sisters’ penchant for stumbling upon dead bodies and matching their wits against the killers, this pair has turned solving murders info an uproariously funny partnership. Murder Carries a TorchJust back from vacation where Patricia Ann spent quality time with her married daughter Holey and Mary Alice spent money on a pair of outrageously sexy hot purple boots the sisters are greeted by cousin Pukey Lukey who’s in a terrible state. Pukey got his nickname from his childhood addiction to carsickness, but now poor Luke’s problem is heartsickness. His wife of forty years, Virginia, has run off with a housepainter/preacher. Cousin Luke is so miserable the sisters agree to drive to the top of Chandler Mountain in search of Virginia and her newfound man of God. But no sooner do the three start snooping around the deserted grounds when Luke goes into the rundown old church and doesn’t come out. Mary Alice and Patricia Anne rush in to investigate, and there’s Luke on the floor moaning and holding his injured head. Next to him is a pretty young redhead who isn’t making a sound. She’s dead. Luke is taken to the hospital; Sheriff Virgil Stuckey is called to investigate; the sisters find out the faithful are into snakehandling and the sheriff falls instantly in love With Mary Alice and her purple boots. But all is not heavenly at the Church Of Jesus Is Our Life And Heaven Hereafter. A venomous struggle forsuccessor to the head holy man causes some to suspect the killing is the work of the legendary Chandler Mountain Booger, the region’s own version of ‘Bigfoot.’ But Mary Alice and Patricia Anne suspect there’s a real live murderer on the loose and they have plenty of questions to ask including who killed the redhead and bopped Luke, who committed murder by snake, how does Luke’s still missing wife fit info the picture and who tossed a live rattlesnake into the sisters’ very own car?
The Southland’s most mismatched set of siblings flamboyant Mary Alice and prim and proper Patricia Anne are back and ready to boogie in a King sized story of hip shaking mayhem and murder most tacky. At an age when most women are slowing down, oversized, over the top Mary Alice a.k.a. ‘Sister’ is always on the lookout for the next good time…
and the next husband. Now Sheriff Virgil Stuckey is in line to become Sister’s Mister Number Four, which has practical Patricia Anne’s level head filling to the brim with a million and one prewedding details. But first there is another important occasion the sisters are looking forward to attending: a gala benefit to raise money for restoring one of Birmingham’s unnatural wonders, a towering metal monument to the god Vulcan lately fallen into disrepair. The grand finale is thirty sequined Elvis impersonators high kicking in unison. Enjoying the show from the front row, Patricia Anne and Mary Alice are in the line of fire when one of the dancing Kings keels over dead right into the bandstand. It seems this Elvis clone, one Griffin Mooncloth, has not only left the building…
he’s left this life!At first the sisters figure that the cause of death was a massive heart attack induced by one too many pelvic gyrations. But the unfortunate Mooncloth’s very dramatic demise is soon discovered to be the result of a switchblade knife plunged into his back. The plot thickens when the murder weapon is discovered in Patricia Anne’s very sensible purse. The perennially law abiding ‘Mouse’ is understandably all shook up and mortified to find herself the prime suspect in this bizarre case of Elvis elimination. And with Mary Alice’s well coiffed head in a sunflower yellow and magenta cloud over her impending nuptials, Patricia Anne’s the one who will have to get herself out of very hot water indeed.
In the deep South, where love and hatred run deep and close, dissension often summers just beneath the surface. When a family gathers for a funeral as its old homestead above the waters of Mobile Bay, it must carry out the last wish of the aunt and sister whom it has come to mourn. It is a wish that will unearth a terrible secret, one that will either tear her siblings and their offspring apart or allow them to accept buried memories, wounds , and love.
In This and Magic Life, Anne Carroll George has created as brilliant portrait of a Southern family in all its glory, captured in a moment of searing intensity and lyric truth. Rich with wisdom and deep understanding this compelling saga the twentieth century and tells a story that is truly timeless.
Anne Carroll George, one of the South’s best loved writers, has always been a poet at heart. In this book, she shares with us the magic of the places she has been, the things she has done, and the people she has loved. Her style is simple and unpretentious, the touch of a master.