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Product Details

  • Series: Mrs. Murphy Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553591606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553591606
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Shady money dealings fuel Brown's solid 18th mystery featuring Mary Minor Haristeen and her cat pal, Sneaky Pie (after 2008's Santa Clawed). Aunt Talley Urquhart is looking forward to celebrating her 100th birthday at her Fulton, Mo., alma mater, real-life William Woods University, but all is not well at WWU. Stockbroker Flo Langston, class of '74, is sure her hated classmate, Mariah D'Angelo, who heads the WWU Alumnae Association, has mishandled university funds. Mariah misses Aunt Talley's party and vanishes. Then someone shoots Flo dead at home in St. Louis after Flo reveals that Mariah has been selling fake high-end watches. Taunting messages (e.g., Catch me if you can) begin arriving in computer in-boxes of various WWU alumnae, including Inez Carpenter, Aunt Talley's 98-year-old best friend. Faithful fans already familiar with the characters will enjoy the cozy antics, but others may struggle to pay attention until people start dying. (Apr.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

The eighteenth Mrs. Murphy mystery is far from the best of the series. Harry, no longer postmistress, but rather full-time wife and farmer, travels to WilliamWoods University with her old friend Tally Urquhart for an alumni reception and, naturally, encounters murder and mystery. As usual, Harry’s pets, Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker, travel with her and assist in the investigation. Heavy-handed dialogue intended more to deliver a message than move along the plot or develop the characters drags this one down. For dedicated series fans only. --Jessica Moyer --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sister Jane novels-Outfoxed, Hotspur, Full Cry, The Hunt Ball, The Hounds and the Fury, The Tell-Tale Horse, and Hounded to Death-as well as the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries and Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, and The Sand Castle, among many others. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.

Customer Reviews

Too much preaching and politics.
Mrs. Diane Drummond
I will miss Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker, and Pewter... but not enough to ever pick up one of Rita Mae Brown's books ever again!
Red Rabbit
No longer will I be waiting for her next book.
Night Reader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

122 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Lizz A. Belle VINE VOICE on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have loved most of RMB's earlier books. I have all of them except for this one. When she wrote "Sour Puss" something about her changed I think as a person and it caused her delightful, fun, engaging fiction to plunge into a dismal state of getting on soap boxes, complaining about the government and basically all around using her book as a political platform with an occasional cuteness thrown in with a comment from Mrs. Murphy, Pewter or Tucker. Except now she has even gone and corrupted the animals. They are truly still the most likeable of the bunch, including Aunt Tally's Gordon Setter, Doddles, and Enzo, Inez's dog whose breed escapes me.

I truly thought after "Puss" I would give up reading Mrs. Murphy's series because I figured out whodunit after 60 pages and didn't bother finishing the book. However, I had high hopes when she released "Santa Clawed", her last book, because it remaind truer to her previous wonderful stories rather than political jib jab and high horses. I had hoped sincerely with all the positive PR "Clawed" received that RMB would go back to what works. I was sadly mistaken.

In summary, I agree with most of the reviewers here who said they miss the old books with their playful banter and amature detection, rather than forums and pomposity. I am sick of the political forums, I would watch the news if I wanted that. Her dialogue has even changed where the characters now speak at each other rather than to each other. She adds qualifiers to everything! There is a part where Aunt Tally uses the word "Ain't" in a fairly well known colloquialism most anyone can recognize, but Brown points out she is just using the expression as Tally always has an excellent grasp of the English language and grammar. So unnecessary!
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By PAR... on April 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I used to really enjoy these Mrs. Murphy books, and own most of them. However, this one will be my last. Every single conversation between characters turns into a dig on the government. That is not why I read these cozy mysteries. Most of the politicizing has absolutely nothing to do with the storyline, and leaves me scratching my head as to why the author included it. Surely there is a better venue to express one's political views than a cat mystery book?
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have really tried to like her last three books but alas, I think this is it for me.
I am tired of the soap box and whatever tirade she is on at the time of her writing. The cats and dogs are the best part of the book.

If I want politics, and preaching I will turn on the all day news. they all do enough of it.
I read to escape and relax but Her latest books do neither. I know of two people that quit before the last two.

While I applaud the remarriage- Oh for the days when Harry and Miranda pushed the pets around the post office in a cart.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Red Rabbit on May 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am glad to see so many like-minded readers out there. I was afraid it was just me who found this book boring, tedious, offensive, condescending... need I go on? I am only sorry that Amazon doesn't offer the "no stars" option for reviews because this book (and I use the term loosly) deserves NONE!
I have enjoyed Brown's earlier works when I was in the mood for mindless, simple entertainment. Having a corgi and several cats myself, I could relate to her four footed characters. It has always bothered me how she felt the need to patronize her readers by explaining and labeling every other sentence, but for the most part her books have done just want I wanted them to do... offered a pleasant escape.
Until Cat of the Century, that is. I can't comment on the plot of this book because, truthfully, I couldn't find one amidst the politcal diatribe. If I wanted to listen to Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh ramble on about all the evils of liberals I would watch Fox News (I would rather have root canal without pain killers, thank you very much). What Brown spews across the pages of this book isn't worth the killing of so many helpless trees, and certainly wasn't worth my time reading the first 40 or so pages, as that is all I could slog through before I got disgusted and picked up something better.
And while I know that as Americans we have the right to free speech, there must be more appropriate forums for Brown to air her's than a cozy mystery featuring thinking, cognizant pets. I will miss Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker, and Pewter... but not enough to ever pick up one of Rita Mae Brown's books ever again!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Margaret E. Kalvar on April 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I agree with all the comments which have expressed disappointment with Rita Mae Brown's increasing use of her fiction as a political soapbox. It detracts from the writing, making it feel like an awkward polemic. It also takes up space which used to be used for character development, which I feel has fallen off sharply, to my sadness. I loved these books when I first discovered them, partly because Brown did develop real characters--not only Big and Little Mim, but Boom Boom, Miranda, Blair and a host of others. Now, she barely allows her current cast to speak for themselves!
I also loved them because I was living overseas at the time and they reminded me of things I missed about America. Now, they would remind me our acrimonious and shrill political environment!
I have had a great run with Harry and Mrs. M, but think this one may be the last polemic for me......
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