THE PMS OUTLAWS by
Ballantine Books - September 2000
ISBN: 0345382315 - Hardcover
Mystery - Explicit content
Reviewed by Nancy
Mehl for MyShelf.com
Elizabeth MacPherson finds herself unable to deal with the disappearance
of her husband, Cameron. A marine biologist, he set out to sea to study
seal migration - and was never heard from again. Elizabeth's continued
belief that he will come back lands her in Cherry Hill Psychiatric Hospital
where she knows that she must confront the fact that he is dead.
Meanwhile, her brother
Bill and his law partner, A.P. Hill buy an old southern mansion with the
idea of turning it into a place to house their offices and themselves.
However, the mansion comes with a live-in resident, Jack Dolan. He seems
to be a harmless old man who has nowhere else to go - but appearances
can be deceiving.
A school acquaintance
of Elizabeth's, lawyer P.J. Purde, has taken off across the country with
her escaped client. Dubbed the PMS Outlaws, they seduce men - just to
leave them unclothed, handcuffed and humiliated. What is behind this unusual
crime spree and what does it have to do with Elizabeth? All three subplots
come together with some surprising twists that make this an interesting
The most compelling
part of THE PMS OUTLAWS are the other personalities Elizabeth encounters
at Cherry Hill. The issue of society's attitude toward physical beauty
is explored, but perhaps is a little overdone.
THE PMS OUTLAWS is not
McCrumb's best work - but I never lost interest. Elizabeth is an engaging
character and the loose threads were all tied up at the end, even if some
of them were a little frayed.
Nancy Mehl is the
author of Graven Images and Sinner's Song.