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Murder at Monticello: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by [Brown, Rita Mae]
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From Publishers Weekly

The third Mrs. Murphy mystery, coauthored by novelist Brown and her cat (Mrs. Murphy is also a feline), in which the purring detective must solve a mystery involving the discovery of a body during archeological excavations at Thomas Jefferson's old estate.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Make no bones about it, when a skeleton is discovered at Monticello, famed feline sleuth Mrs. Murphy (Rest in Pieces, Bantam, 1992) will find the murderer.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1055 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553572350
  • Publisher: Crimeline (March 30, 2004)
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2004
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1MB4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was/am a big fan of "The cat who.." series. These are from a different perspective and quite entertaining and oddly informative.
Start from book one to get the feel of the characters first, they grow on you and life changes them. A good series.
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Is this old murder from 1803 connected to the new one that just occurred in present day Crozen? Harry and her friends think so, so they begin to dig deep into old records and letters to find out what the connection could be. Can some knowledge be that great that it covers two centuries? Apparently so because it appears that someone really wants some old secrets kept secret. I enjoyed this book actually more than the previous two because I found that the two murders separated by almost 200 years were very well connected by the author. I still find the "talking" done by the animals in this series a little off-putting, but the mysteries are quite good in spite of this.
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In the 3rd installment of the Mrs. Murphy and Tucker Mystery series, a body has been discovered in the slave quarters of the home of Thomas Jefferson. Since Jefferson has been dead for 170 years, it is impossible to question him about the man found dead from a blow to the dead. And when another recently murdered body is discovered, it becomes apparent that someone wants the secrets that have been buried with the body to remain so. Coming into question is the practice of slavery, and the descendants of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had been rumored to have fathered a child by one of his slaves, and it appears that the man found murdered may have been also been involved with one of the slaves. The citizens of Crozet band together to prove that their beloved Jefferson had nothing to do with the murder or cover-up, and while doing so they unearth secrets that have been hidden in the town for over a century.

I have become a big fan of this series, and enjoy the banter between the animals. The relationships between the members of the town have been evolving, and I like the way that Harry is loved and embraced by the people who have known her all of her life. She works hard, cares for her animals, and genuinely cares for the town and its residents. I look forward to future books in the series, and am hopeful to see more of Blair as a potential love interest for Harry.

The first book in this series is called "Wish You Were Here". Enjoy!
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I kept wanting to look at the date this book was written. The plot line only works if one's values are at least 100 years old. And the artifact of the animals talking and being main carriers of the plot line working is just really stupid.
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The Harry and friends are investigating a murder that occurred in the 1800s at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home. Archaeology of the slave housing is occurring and a body is found under the foundations. The cold case is well written and interesting and how relates to present. Mrs Murphy, Tucker and Pewtor are secondary characters to the main plot.
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As always, Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown have written a full-length book with a plot and sub-plots, lots of twists and turns, and the cats and dog solve the mystery first. If only the humans would listen! These books are great, I highly recommend the Mrs. Murphy series.
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This is my first book in the series, and I found the mystery part interesting. But the amount of cursing surprised me. It just didn’t seem to help the story, having animals swear. For people who like a lot of cursing, I can’t imagine they’d be interested in talking animals, and vice versa. The story went long stretches without it, then a bunch would spring up as if the editor had reminded the author to fill some quota.

The mystery itself was compelling—once the author finished showing off how much research she’s done on Monticello and the equine anatomy. I know research can be fascinating, but readers don’t need to know everybody’s second cousin’s best friend’s gardener’s uncle’s roommate. Yes it’s a Southern setting and these are ‘genteel’ folk, but it’s also a murder mystery. The body needed to drop much sooner than it did, and when it did, you saw it a mile away. It’s a given that whoever stumbles across some prime piece of information is about to get whacked. That felt like lazy writing.

As an African-American, I rolled my eyes when the author brought up sickle-cell anemia. There are many diseases that affect specific races, like osteoporosis and cystic fibrosis, which mainly affect people of northern European heritage. Yet sickle-cell anemia gets all the press for being a ‘black people’s disease’. The ultimate message of the book was 'we love you but don’t even think about tainting us with your diseased blood’. My own family goes back to 1661 (arrived in Rhode Island, bought our freedom from indentured servitude and owned many acres in our own right) and not a single one of us has ever had sickle-cell anemia, or any of the illnesses by which it was mislabeled.
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For anyone who has thought that maybe their pets are trying to tell them something, this is a great book. And what makes this book stand out in a series of Mrs. Murphy (that's the name of the cat) books is the amazing mixture of past and present mystery that are seemingly unrelated. Ms. Brown gives the reader a lesson on Thomas Jefferson, the human nature, and hate as well as a lively comedy between cats, a dog, an ex-husband, and a nosy small town somewhere in Virginia. All in all, it kept me amused and I learned a lot about life at Monticello as well.
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