Reader reviews for Murder Carries a Torch

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
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Sister and Mouse, the Southern Sisters from Birmingham, are at it again, finding dead bodies where they least expect it. This time, they are looking for their cousin, Pukey Lukey's (so named from an unfortunate case of car sickness when they were all kids) wife of forty one years, Virginia, who has apparently left him for a preacher they hired to paint their house. Their search leads them to a small mountain church where an odd group of snake-handlers meet. Of course, they find a body, this time a beautiful woman with a broken neck, laid out nicely on the front pew, but no Virginia. The mismatched sisters (Mouse -- or Patricia Anne -- is a sensible petite retired English teacher and Sister -- Mary Alice -- is the six feet tall, flamboyant and impulsive three-time widow with dyed hair) are off and running to find Virginia and get the other side of this strange story. When Virginia's car is found in Tennessee with the dead body of the itinerate preacher draped across the front seat, a victim of multiple snake bites, the plot thickens and it becomes obvious that they have to find Virginia while she's still alive. What in the world was she thinking to fall in with a bunch of kooks like these snake-handlers?These two sisters are what my mother always called "as common as cornbread" (which means home folks) and I quickly felt that I'd known these ladies for years. The book is written with humor and not a whole lot of suspense, but it makes for a nice little cozy read and I enjoyed it. I'll give it a 4, since I figured out whodunit before they did. LOL
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This story got off to a slow start for me, but by the end I liked it. The sisters make a pretty good team, and I liked the Alabama backdrop. The narrator did a good job with the voices and accents.
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