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True love never dies. Well…almost never.Though unalike as snowflakes, sisters Patricia Anne and Mary Alice share a sympathetic heart for their distraught cousin Luke—known affectionately in his boyhood as “Pukey Lukey,” because of his penchant for getting sick in moving vehicles. Luke is desperate to hunt down Virginia, his wife of forty years, who has run off with a houseTrue love never dies. Well…almost never.Though unalike as snowflakes, sisters Patricia Anne and Mary Alice share a sympathetic heart for their distraught cousin Luke—known affectionately in his boyhood as “Pukey Lukey,” because of his penchant for getting sick in moving vehicles. Luke is desperate to hunt down Virginia, his wife of forty years, who has run off with a housepainter/snake-handling preacher named “Monk.” And the sisters have graciously agreed to accompany their stricken kinsman on his search…in Luke’s car, of course.But, while practical “Mouse” and flamboyant “Sister” are unable to find their runaway cousin-in-law among the asp-loving faithful on Chandler Mountain, they do manage to stumble upon the corpse of a pretty young redhead who was prematurely sent to her eternal reward. And before you can say “anaconda,” they are hot on the serpentine trail of a killer who’d like nothing better than to sink a pair of poisonous fangs into two meddling Southern sisters!...

Title : Murder Carries a Torch
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ISBN : 9780380809387
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Murder Carries a Torch Reviews

  • Ed
    2019-02-22 20:59

    Sister and Mouse in this outing run up against a murder in a snake handling folks's church. They aren't sleuths in the strict sense of the word, but they figure out whodunit in their smart and funny way. I love how they two sisters interact with each other, and their very different personalities. A fun series by the late Anne George is one of my favorite cozy mystery reads.

  • Mary Beth
    2019-03-04 15:20

    4.5 STARS! This has to be one of the best cozy mystery series out there. The sisters are hilarious. Patricia and Mary Alice are sisters and they solve mysteries. They received a phone call from their cousin Luke (whose nickname is Lukey Pukey because he had car sickness when he was a child) and he is frantic because his wife Virginia ran off with the painter /snake. handling preacher. He wants them to track down Virginia who has disappeared. They find out where the preacher lives. Virginia is no where to be found but they do find a dead body of a pretty red head at the church on Chandler Mountain. The search goes on for Virginia. I laughed and kept on guessing who the killer was until the end of the book. What a crazy family!Miss George is a gem of an author and it is a shame she has passed away. I recommend to read this series from the beginning, because the southern sisters are hilarious!

  • Barb
    2019-02-19 19:06

    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 me, they were thoroughly enjoyable. I only wish Anne George had lived long enough to write a few more.

  • Jane
    2019-03-08 17:04

    I am very sad that this author has passed away. This is the last one that I get to read - and probably the best. There are snake handling religious folks, a wife that leaves her husband to go to a dance competition with and Internet acquaintance and another love interest for Aunt Sister. Both sisters are so interesting and the family is so warm and close. I'll miss reading about them.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-03-17 15:25

    Cozy mystery about two elderly sisters. Not what I like, but it might fit your mood.It reminds me of the Steel Magnolias movie - women in a small southern town who get together and laugh, cry, and discuss their lives. Although instead of crying, there is a mystery to solve. It’s a folksy story about two sisters in their 60s and their families and neighbors. Lots of everyday dialogue with humorous conversation.I was not drawn in. Characters and events were not unexpected or unusual enough for me. This is a personal preference, and I don’t want to rate it down when it can be good for others. There is no blood and guts, if that matters.I liked what Mary Alice did in the car at the end.This is book 7 in the 8 book series.DATA:Narrative mode: 1st person Patricia Anne/Mouse. Story length: 260 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual content: none in the half that I read. Setting: current day southern U.S. Copyright: 2000. Genre: mystery.

  • Luann
    2019-03-15 14:10

    I recently read an old interview with Anne George where she gives a great summary of Murder Carries a Torch: "Patricia Anne and Mary Alice's cousin, Pukey Lukey, is in trouble. His wife has run away with a snake handling preacher from Chandler Mountain who has been been found dead. The girls to the rescue."This would be in my top two or three favorite of the Southern Sisters mysteries. I found myself bursting out with laughter quite a few times while reading this. Patricia Anne and Mary Alice were in great form - and even Fred got in some great dialogue. Highly recommended for fans of cozy mysteries with a southern flair. Although I honestly don't read these for the mysteries. It's the relationships between the characters that I enjoy the most.

  • Dharia Scarab
    2019-02-27 17:58

    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 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author.5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  • Amy Paul
    2019-03-16 19:03

    I’m usually a fan of cozy mysteries, and being a Southern gal myself, I expected to love this book. Sadly, I didn’t. There is some humor and some southern heart, but not much story. What few clues relate to the mystery get repeated instead of new clues being learned. Mostly, it’s emails exchanged between Patricia and her daughter in Europe, which doesn’t relate to the story. When the culprit is revealed, it comes out of left field, as if the writer remembered she needed to provide a perpetrator. The cuteness of the characters couldn’t save it for me. I can see how a lot of people like this, it’s light and not crass. But it wasn’t my thing.

  • Sandi
    2019-02-27 15:16

    I always enjoy listening to what the Southern Sisters are up to and this installment, where the sisters try and help their cousin find his wife, was no exception. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by Ruth Ann Phimister who does a great job with all the characters.

  • Hope
    2019-03-08 19:12

    I loved this installment of the lives of our main characters and their family. Unfortunately, the mystery resolved poorly. We didn't even get a diagram of the problem.

  • Terri
    2019-03-10 20:22

    Another great by Anne GeorgeI really enjoy all the books in this series, and this one did not disappoint! In this book, Patricia Ann and Mary Alice are helping their cousin (pukey lukey) locate his wife. This cozy mystery is funny, with well developed characters. I highly recommend this!

  • Barbara
    2019-03-17 16:10

    Well, this time the Southern Sister get involved with a religious sect that deals with rattle snakes. Also, Pukey Lukey is hunting for his wife. So the sisters get involved and meet some very interesting woodsy types, plus Mary Alice meets a new love interest.

  • Jane Chizmar
    2019-03-15 19:04

    This is my first read with the Southern Sister but it certainly will not be the last. Delightful!!!

  • Nese
    2019-02-16 20:59

    I loved reading this book because of the warm and authentic way it describes the colorful and quirky characters and their loving relationships with the friends and family. Two main characters in the book are relatable and so hilariously funny and reading about their relationships is like watching a funny sitcom. Not only the story flows so smoothly, but it has a steady pace with unexpected twists and turns. What is most entertaining is the descriptions of the paradoxes and humor in intimate relationships. The book does such a good job of describing the physical environment that it felt like I was there with the sisters living the events instead of reading about them. At the end of the book, I was sadden to find out the author had passed away in 2001 and there are only eight books in this series which I intend to read all. (The only thing made me cringe while reading the book is the mention of the snakes often but I learned a lot about the people from the mountains who handle snakes as part of their religious worships and their belief systems.) This a true Southern mystery written by a Southern author. Exceptional writing and five stars all around.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-23 19:13

    Patricia Ann and her husband have just returned from Christmas in Warsaw with her daughter, when her cousin Luke shows up claiming his wife Virginia has run off with their house painter. He inveigles Patricia Ann and her sister Mary Alice to help him look for Virginia by finding the house painter's home on Chandler Mountain. Turns out he's also a preacher, and not only is he not there, but when Luke goes into the church to look for Virginia, he ends up knocked out and bleeding on the floor next to a dead woman. Patricia Ann and Mary Alice--who have been bickering for sixty years--have to try to solve the murder, what happened to Luke, where Virginia is, and what happened to "Monk," the preacher--and that doesn't even take the snakes into account.This is a fun series--always makes me laugh. I don't have a sister, but I can so see how the sisters' relationship is perfect--they love each other and drive each other crazy, on purpose. It's also nice to see older women taking the lead, and not being embarrassed about their age or about things like falling asleep at 8 pm in front of the TV. The plot is convoluted and interesting (snakes!), though of course somewhat over the top (snakes!), and the characters are well-drawn and there's good world-building. Fun and different.

  • Janice
    2019-03-15 14:20

    I continue to love this series; in this one, sisters Mary Alice (Sister) and Patricia Ann (Mouse) are trying to help their cousin Pukey Lukey track down his wife, who has run off with a house-painter/snake-handling preacher. Now the preacher (Monk) is dead, and the wife (Virginia) is missing. The bantering between these two sisters, ages 61 and 65, sometimes sounds like the sibling spats I had with my sisters when we were kids--these two continue their love/irritation for each other even as they share love for their families and friends.

  • Diana
    2019-02-24 21:22

    A light murder mystery. Two sixtyish sisters, Patricia Anne and Mary Alice become involved in the murder of two people. It starts when their cousin, Pukey Lukey, wife runs off with a painter who is painting their home. This man is not only a house painter, but a snake handling snake handler. Story takes place in a "mountain" area of Alabama. Everyone in the story is a little flaky. Ends up there are 2 murders. This is a story you can read when you are weary from stories that are so heavy that you are afraid to turn off your light at tnight.

  • ☯Emily
    2019-02-17 17:12

    Easy 3.5 book. Delightful cozy about two 60ish sisters who live in Birmingham, AL. Their cousin's wife has disappeared and he asks them for help to track her down. That leads to a discovery of a murder in a small Alabama church. I thought the two sisters, who are polar opposites, were hilarious in their relationship with each other and with others in their family. The author of this series died in March 2001, so many of the other books in this series are getting hard to find. I hope to find a few more so I can continue reading about these two sisters.

  • Jan
    2019-03-08 21:02

    Mouse and her husband, oh and Sister, have barely gotten back from Poland, when cousin Pukey Lukey enlists their help in finding his wife who has run off with a snake handling, house painting minister. Fighting jet lag, the sisters search for the missing wife turns up a couple of dead bodies and (cring) snakes. I hope you will try this series. It is less about the mystery and more about the wonderfully fun and a bit crazy family. Enjoy

  • Kristen
    2019-03-08 17:22

    I'm down to my final four 2008 crossover books. I'll finish 2 more next week and the last two two weeks from here. Hooray! Then it'll be January books and some February ones, until I can request more real soon. Will let you know. Although this is the second to the last one in the series and I missed ones in between before this, I'll do more later this year. A great read for three days with adventure and drama for this cozy.

  • Beth
    2019-03-07 21:10

    I love these southern sisters! Sister and Mouse are out to help their cousin, Pukey Lukey find out what happened to his wife. They get more than they bargained for when they stumble upon a murder.These two sisters had me laughing all the way through the book. Mary Alice reminds me so much of my great aunt who will say whatever comes to mind, which keeps the family entertained. I enjoyed the writing in this book and I'm officially a fan of Ann George now.

  • Massanutten Regional Library
    2019-03-16 13:56

    Natalie, Village patron, June 2016, 4 stars:I found this book enjoyable. The main characters are two sisters that are quite comical in the situations they find themselves in. The book ended quickly after identifying the murderer and did not end quite like I thought it would. However, I will probably look for others by this author with these quirky sisters - Patricia Anne (Mouse) and Mary Alice (Sister).

  • Susan
    2019-03-02 19:56

    Cousin Luke begs sisters Mary Alice and Patricia Anne to find his missing wife, who seems to have run off with a part-time preacher/house painter. They do locate his church, but there's a strange woman dead in one of the pews. Luke's wife Virginia is nowhere to be found--so why should the sisters keep investigating? Well, there's curiosity, of course, and Mary Alice thinks the local sheriff would make an ideal fourth husband.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-17 14:25

    Another enjoyable read in the Southern Sisters Mystery series. While this one is not as good as the books in the beginning of the series, it is still a lot of fun to ride along with Mouse and Sister as they bumble their way through murder mystery after murder mystery. I am looking forward to seeing what happens with the family in the next book since I know that it is the last in the series. Gonna miss these two characters and their families when I am done.

  • Linda
    2019-02-28 17:55

    I have loved all of the books that Anne George wrote. It saddens me that there will never be any more from this gifted author since she left us too soon. She had a way of writing that just drew the reader right into the story and I felt that I knew the two sisters and loved their humor. Every book I started reading made me laugh at the beginning and continued throughout. There was some serious situations however and the way the sisters solved murders was ingenious. Totally delightful.

  • Rob
    2019-03-08 21:17

    The first of these novels I read. I was hooked. For one thing, I have relatives like Luke. For anotherFor my review of the series, see Murder on a Girls' Night Out.

  • Peggy Sinden
    2019-02-16 20:12

    Wow, the southern sisters are in for duration of this storyline. Runaway bride, snake handlers, snake handlers dying, rattle snakes in the back seat of the car, Debbie has a healthy baby boy, Haley in in Rome with the Pope and Patricia Anne and Mary Alice are right there in the middle of it all. You got to read it!

  • Jodi Pruett
    2019-02-24 18:24

    I have just found this author Anne George. These are shorter stories that are full of fun and laughs along with a "cozy mystery". I was looking for something that was a little mystery and a little funny. An easy read. The stories are told from one of the southern sixty something sisters point of view. Very enjoyable.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-01 20:25

    I love the sisters so these books can't do much wrong. However, the ending came very quickly and some pieces weren't matched up. (Like why was Susan acting suspiciously toward the cameo necklace? Why is the father still pretending he can't walk?)I thought the emails between Haley and Patricia Anne were unnecessary but it does flesh out the relationship between mother and daughter.

  • Moon Stumpp
    2019-03-02 20:19

    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.