Oh happy days! I finally got to read a mystery. This one is for Maggie's Southern Reading Challenge. Only one more book to go and only 5 days to finish it. With that in mind I'm going to read the 2nd in this series, which is Murder on a Bad Hair Day.
Murder on a Girl's Night Out gave me a real feel for the south. It's about two mature women (in their sixties) who are sisters. The oldest, Mary Alice, is large, brassy, and bold while the other, Patricia Anne nicknamed Mouse, is petite and demur. Mary Alice has had 4 or 5 husband and now a male "friend". Mouse has been married to Fred forever.
Two of my favorite lines are from Mouse as she describes her feelings for her husband.
"He smiled when he saw me coming and waited for me. At that moment I loved him. I mean, I knew I loved him, which is something entirely different. One of the things you learn in a long marriage is that these moments happen. You'll see him standing in line at the movie waiting to buy tickets, or walking toward you at the Winn-Dixie with a gallon of milk, squinting at it to is if the date is okay, and you thinking, Hey, I love this man. You also learn not to take these moments for granted. So we didn't."
The next one comes a few pages later.
"I tried to remember that I had loved him a couple of hours ago."
This cozy mystery contained a fairly good who-done-it along with lots of laughs and a few insightful glimpses into relationships - husband/wife, mother/daughter, sisters and friends. An enjoyable, quick, easy-going read. I'll enjoy reading more in this series.