- File Size: 5368 KB
- Print Length: 241 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (April 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2012
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005DXOPIM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Big Cat Nap: The 20th Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery Kindle Edition
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Now, however, the books have become a grandstand for RMB's thoughts on various topics. Even the animals mostly discuss these issues, though how they get the information, apart from hearing Harry discuss it, is beyond me. I appreciate that part of the point of these books is to illustrate that animals are more perceptive than humans, but would they really care about non-dealer car parts?
The writing, as well, is less well-editing than in earlier of her novels. For one, there are too many adjectives--even about the same thing in the same sentence! In addition, in order to clarify information for the readers, RMB includes information when she could just write "Harry said"; instead, we get so-and-so "citing" a highway. (Not really a proper use of the word cite.) In many of these cases, they readers can figure out what is meant based on the content of the quote (for example, so-and-so complained).
Further, there is unnecessary information in that RMB inserts extra lines about how the characters feel about each other when she has already shown this in both this and previous books. In one case, a chapter begins with Cooper being described as envying Miranda, mostly for her garden and her skills in it; this would lead readers to believe that Miranda would play a role in the chapter. Instead, we get a description of Cooper's struggle with a burdock root and then a visit with Harry and Susan. So that first paragraph had no relation to the novel.
Finally, and this is less about this particular novel and more about all of them, is that she puts her animals at risk taking them for rides. (I sure hope all of them were hiding in the well behind the front seat during the chase scene in this book--and that if she had raced around the track, she would have taken them out first.) In general, it's not safe to have animals able to roam around the car. During a short stop or an accident, they can be thrown into or through the windshield or even hit the driver; even the small weight of the cats becomes a lot of velocity. Sneaky Pie's only caveat to this is that one begin this practice with cats when the cats are very young. Okay, that's the end of my grandstand--and of my review.
You will love the story of Harry and her husband Fair and their friends who all live in a little farming community in Virginia filled with love and all the other human frailities. The stories can be read independently but my suggestion is to begin with the first Mrs. Murphy and go forth and laugh and cry as you will!!
The scenes of grizzley murder left me wondering if the people of cental Virginia; the characters that have been in my life for decades, had grown so desensitized to a man being beaten to a pulp that they could stand in the ReNu garage and casually discuss the "brains" and blood as if they had come upon a sad piece of roadkill. Where were the emotions of the main characters? I understand the mechanics flat faces, but I expected my "friends" to react normally.
Product advertisements within novels have been around for a few years now, but in this book not only did the writer (I still can't believe it was Ms. Brown) not only rave about Chevy and Ford trucks, but also bad-mouthed other brands and companys. Must we get into product pissing contests in our mystery genre?
I gave the book three stars because, as always, the plot and the crimes were interesting, even if the conclusion was somewhat obvious. I also learned about "aftermarket" parts and the problems they pose to American drivers. I was disappointed to see actual people portrayed in the illustrations as I have my own versions of the character's features. The illustrations were well done, as in the past. Sorry Ms. Brown - this book was not up to your standards.
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