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Puss 'n Cahoots (Mrs. Murphy Mysteries)

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ISBN13: 9780553803648
ISBN10: 0553803646
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Instead of a proper second honeymoon, the newly remarried Harry and Fair Haristeen leave cozy Crozet, Virginia, for Shelbyville, Kentucky, site of the famous saddlebred horse show. There they'll visit dear friends Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge and enjoy a week among some of the finest horses, trainers, and riders in the country.

But soon after they arrive, events veer mysteriously — and murderously — off course. First, Joan's ruby and sapphire horsehead heirloom pin is stolen from her private box at the fairgrounds. Next, a young film star's prize three-gaited mare disappears into thin air. There is no lack of suspects, from hotheaded trainers and jealous rivals to vicious ex-spouses. Then a body is found flagrantly murdered and it's obvious to Harry that someone at Shelbyville is sending a strong message: winning is only secondary — first prize is survival.

As Harry searches for clues, rediscovers life as a married woman, and deals with her upcoming fortieth birthday, her four-legged detective friends are already on the case. But is animal instinct any match for human depravity? Especially with two humans to protect and a killer on the prowl?

Review:

"The charming 14th Mrs. Murphy mystery (after 2006's Sour Puss) finds ex-postmistress and sometime-detective Mary Minor 'Harry' Haristeen accompanying her veterinarian husband, Fair, to an equestrian extravaganza in Kentucky. The mishaps begin when Harry's good friend Joan loses a beloved pin — or is the treasured piece of jewelry stolen? Then Jorge, a groom at Joan's farm, is found murdered, a pair of crosses cut into his palm. As if murder's not enough, an aging movie star's horse goes missing, and INS officials show up, hunting illegal aliens. Throughout, Harry's menagerie — cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter as well as corgi Tee Tucker — cleverly sniff out wrongdoing. Though some readers might find the anthropomorphized animals' italicized dialogue a bit much, the novel's tight pacing, combined with intriguing local color, make this mystery a blue-ribbon winner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The charming 14th Mrs. Murphy mystery (after 2006's Sour Puss) finds ex-postmistress and sometime-detective Mary Minor 'Harry' Haristeen accompanying her veterinarian husband, Fair, to an equestrian extravaganza in Kentucky. The mishaps begin when Harry's good friend Joan loses a beloved pin — or is the treasured piece of jewelry stolen? Then Jorge, a groom at Joan's farm, is found murdered, a pair of crosses cut into his palm. As if murder's not enough, an aging movie star's horse goes missing, and INS officials show up, hunting illegal aliens. Throughout, Harry's menagerie — cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter as well as corgi Tee Tucker — cleverly sniff out wrongdoing. Though some readers might find the anthropomorphized animals' italicized dialogue a bit much, the novel's tight pacing, combined with intriguing local color, make this mystery a blue-ribbon winner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Not the Browns' best mystery, but fans of the cunning animal sleuths will enjoy their antics and the spot-on descriptions of the horse-show circuit." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Harry Haristeen and Mrs. Murphy, feline sleuth extraordinaire, are back in this latest adventure. When Harry and Fair are robbed the first day they arrive on their long-delayed honeymoon, Mrs. Murphy pounces on solving the mystery.

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of several books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, she lives in Afton, Virginia.Sour Puss; Wish You Were Here; Rest in Pieces; Murder at Monticello; Pay Dirt; Murder, She Meowed; Murder on the Prowl; Cat on the Scent; Pawing Through the Past; Claws and Effect; Catch as Cat Can; The Tail of the Tip-Off; Whisker of Evil; and Cat's Eyewitness, in addition to Sneaky Pie's Cookbook for Mystery Lovers.

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Anna Creech, March 5, 2007 (view all comments by Anna Creech)
Meh. I've been a fan of the Mrs. Murphy series from book one, and this is the first to disappoint me. The author spent more time describing the setting and the technical elements of saddlebred horse shows than on character development or suspense. Normally this wouldn't be a problem because most of the rest of the books take place in one area (Crozet, Virginia) and with some of the same characters throughout.

Brown usually has only a handful of newcomers to introduce and maybe one or two new locations. However, this time all of the action takes place in Kentucky, and the only constant characters are Harry, Fair, Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker. Everyone else is new, and frankly by the end of the story I could care less about what happens to them.

I guess this is one problem with long-running book series -- there is an expectation that each book will be as good as or better than the last one, but sometimes the author can't deliver on that promise.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553803648
Subtitle:
A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Author:
Brown, Rita Mae
Author:
Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
Author:
Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
Author:
Brown, Sneaky Pie
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Cat Sleuths
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Mrs. Murphy Mysteries
Publication Date:
20070227
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 B/W DRAWINGS
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.22x6.40x.91 in. 1.05 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group - English 9780553803648 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The charming 14th Mrs. Murphy mystery (after 2006's Sour Puss) finds ex-postmistress and sometime-detective Mary Minor 'Harry' Haristeen accompanying her veterinarian husband, Fair, to an equestrian extravaganza in Kentucky. The mishaps begin when Harry's good friend Joan loses a beloved pin — or is the treasured piece of jewelry stolen? Then Jorge, a groom at Joan's farm, is found murdered, a pair of crosses cut into his palm. As if murder's not enough, an aging movie star's horse goes missing, and INS officials show up, hunting illegal aliens. Throughout, Harry's menagerie — cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter as well as corgi Tee Tucker — cleverly sniff out wrongdoing. Though some readers might find the anthropomorphized animals' italicized dialogue a bit much, the novel's tight pacing, combined with intriguing local color, make this mystery a blue-ribbon winner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The charming 14th Mrs. Murphy mystery (after 2006's Sour Puss) finds ex-postmistress and sometime-detective Mary Minor 'Harry' Haristeen accompanying her veterinarian husband, Fair, to an equestrian extravaganza in Kentucky. The mishaps begin when Harry's good friend Joan loses a beloved pin — or is the treasured piece of jewelry stolen? Then Jorge, a groom at Joan's farm, is found murdered, a pair of crosses cut into his palm. As if murder's not enough, an aging movie star's horse goes missing, and INS officials show up, hunting illegal aliens. Throughout, Harry's menagerie — cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter as well as corgi Tee Tucker — cleverly sniff out wrongdoing. Though some readers might find the anthropomorphized animals' italicized dialogue a bit much, the novel's tight pacing, combined with intriguing local color, make this mystery a blue-ribbon winner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Not the Browns' best mystery, but fans of the cunning animal sleuths will enjoy their antics and the spot-on descriptions of the horse-show circuit."
"Synopsis" by , Harry Haristeen and Mrs. Murphy, feline sleuth extraordinaire, are back in this latest adventure. When Harry and Fair are robbed the first day they arrive on their long-delayed honeymoon, Mrs. Murphy pounces on solving the mystery.
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