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The PMS Outlaws by Sharyn McCrumb

The PMS Outlaws

by Sharyn McCrumb

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This book is really all over the place. Elizabeth MacPherson checks herself into a mental institution to deal with the fact that her husband is presumed dead, lost at sea. Her brother Bill buys an old house for his law practice with a resident 90 year old bootlegger. His law partner becomes involved in chasing the PMS Outlaws, her former college roomate and a woman she broke out of prison who humiliate men and steal their money. These plots never really come together and I can't really say what the point of the book was. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
Silly but fun. This was a library discard which I took home for a rainy day. We were without power here in Connecticut and this book was a nice diversion - well written but slight. ( )
  ccayne | Nov 9, 2011 |
Two interweaving stories. One is forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson deeply depressed and in denial about her husband's death, lost at sea. The other is her brother Bill and his law practice partner, A.P. Hill, drawn into a 'Thelma & Louise' crime spree. It doesn't sound like they could intersect, but they do, most pleasingly.
  mulliner | Nov 14, 2010 |
The latest in McCrumb's Elizabeth McPherson series, McCrumb's wit and humor shine. The series is lighter than the Appalachian ballad series, but the writing is just as fine and the characters are just as memorable. ( )
  ptaylor12 | Sep 12, 2009 |
In the last Elizabeth MacPherson novel (so far, at least), our usually irrepressible heroine has been installed in Cherry Hill, an exclusive mental hospital where several family members have spent time, after expressing suicidal thoughts over the loss of her husband. There, she stumbles across a mystery revolving around a beautiful old house her brother Bill has bought as his law office. Seeing a picture of the house, a fellow patient mentions that the original owner, Jack Dolan, died in a car crash in the 50s. The problem is that Jack, now in his nineties, is still living in the house! Meanwhile, A.P. Hill is dealing with her own troubles; a law school friend has gone on the lam with a defendant and the two are luring men into secluded spots with unspeakable suggestions, then handcuffing and robbing them. With A.P. distracted and out of town, Elizabeth institutionalized, and Bill loveably clueless, it’s up to Cousin Geoffrey to put things right—not only as regards the mystery, but as regards the interior decoration of Bill’s new acquisition. Though Elizabeth’s grief lends a dark edge, this is another entertaining, satisfying entry in the series with all the familiar characters coming off well by the end—even Bill has a chance to shine. ( )
  jholcomb | Jun 2, 2009 |
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Hospitalized for depression over her missing husband, forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson is pleased to discover that insanity liberates one from polite hypocrisy. Out in the real world, Elizabeth's brother, Bill, has bought a stately old mansion to use as his law office, only to find that the house comes with a charming codger-in-residence who is far too old to be a dangerous outlaw ... isn't he? Meanwhile, Bill's law partner is trying to track down the PMS Outlaws - an escaped convict and her fugitive attorney - who are cruising pickup joints and wreaking a peculiar vengeance on lust-crazed men.
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Forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson (Highland Laddie Gone, Lovely in Her Bones) is dealing with death, but not at her usual scientific remove. She's checked herself into Cherry Hill Psychiatric Hospital in an attempt to come to terms with her husband's recent death. Meanwhile her brother Bill, a Virginia lawyer, is attempting to soothe the ire of his partner, A.P. Hill, by purchasing a Tara-like mansion in the hopes of attracting a better class of client. Unfortunately, the mansion comes complete with a resident character, one Jack Dolan, the 90-year-old former owner who refuses to leave. But Hill is uninterested in Bill's nesting efforts. She's intent on understanding a former law-school rival's sudden embarkation on a life of crime. P.J. Purdue has broken a client out of prison and the pair, dubbed "the PMS Outlaws" by the press, are terrorizing all manner of male chauvinists. They seduce the men, convince them to disrobe and submit to handcuffing (with promises of tantalizing escapades to come), and then flee with the dupe's clothes and wallet. It's amusing in the abstract, until Purdue begins using A.P.'s name as an alias and the cops come knocking on her door.

The two narratives both feature deeply cynical women and tedious moralizations on the unfairness of using physical beauty as the standard by which to judge women. Unfortunately, McCrumb's attempts to link them are largely unconvincing. Elizabeth's story merges feebly with Bill's when a fellow patient, a former cop, recognizes a picture of the house and hints at dark secrets in its owner's past. Elizabeth recruits her cousin Geoffrey, the most interesting character in this outing, to unearth what he can about Dolan. Securely ensconced in Bill's new offices as an interior decorator-cum-sleuth, Geoffrey faxes amusingly arch updates to Elizabeth, a welcome distraction for the reader from her grief, which feels clumsy and out of place.

The PMS Outlaws flounders in an uncomfortable net of cozy mystery, social commentary, and introspection. Let's hope McCrumb soon returns to the form that captivated readers of her Appalachian novels (She Walks These Hills, The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, The Rosewood Casket). When she's on top of her game, she's absolutely unbeatable. --Kelly Flynn

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Forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson and her brother are on the trail of the "PMS Outlaws"--an escaped convict and her fugitive attorney who attack men in pickup joints.

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