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Readers concerned about breast cancer will welcome Brown's 19th Mrs. Murphy mystery (after 2010's Cat of the Century). While Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen copes bravely with a diagnosis of stage one breast cancer, a sad discovery distracts her from her illness. Shortly before the 5K Run for Breast Cancer Awareness, Harry and her pets find the corpse of well-liked OR nurse Paula Benton, one of the event's organizers, who appears to have died of anaphylactic shock from a hornet's sting. But was it murder? Paula had been having problems with Thadia Martin, a former addict turned drug counselor at Central Virginia Medical Complex who was jealous of Paula's friendship with Dr. Cory Schaeffer. Brown sensitively depicts Harry's cancer treatment as the paw-biting action, which includes Schaeffer's almost fatal electrocution (via electric car), builds to the revelation of a surprising killer. (May)
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“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Rita Mae Brown] reunites the reader with beloved characters, supplies a wealth of local color and creates a killer whose identity and crimes are shocking.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“The paw-biting action . . . builds to the revelation of a surprising killer.”—Publishers Weekly
Happy that Harry is okay, this mystery is quite different from the others Rita Mae Brown has written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by natalie71
I'm afraid that this series: The Mrs. Murphy Mysteries, has gone off the rails and may not come back to its days of glory. Read morePublished 2 months ago by N. Wallach
while some parts were very predictable especially if you have read the other novels in the series it still is very enjoyable and well worth readingPublished 4 months ago by shelly myers
I completly agree with Julienne's review--like she said, Rita Mae pack up your soapbox and ship it out! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lady Jane Bookworm
The 19th installment in this series, "Hiss of Death", is a variation in style & theme for this series that has at times been all over the place. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul L.