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Wish You Were Here | [Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown]

Wish You Were Here

Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy - and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Small towns are like families: Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town - until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her.
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Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy - and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Small towns are like families: Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town - until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her.

When Crozet's citizens start turning up murdered, Harry remembers that each received a card with a tombstone on the front and the message "Wish you were here" on the back. Intent on protecting their human friend, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker begin to scent out clues.

Meanwhile, Harry is conducting her own investigation, unaware her pets are one step ahead of her. If only Mrs. Murphy could alert her somehow, Harry could uncover the culprit before the murder occurs - and before Harry finds herself on the killer's mailing list.

©1990 American Artists, Inc.; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    C. TAKOMA PARK, MD, United States 01-29-13
    C. TAKOMA PARK, MD, United States 01-29-13

    One-time Army Paramedic trades life of lust and danger for safer, sedentary, pursuits like knitting, reading and cats.

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    "Language of the Cats"
    What made the experience of listening to Wish You Were Here the most enjoyable?

    Admittedly, it was hard for me to get into at first. After the third chapter I stopped and started at the beginning. Looking back at it the slow beginning was paramount to the story; small town, small people but their issues are the same as the big busy city. I would have said nothing started happening until the murders, but I was wrong. Though I don’t live far from where the story is based and am not a stranger to small town Virginia, I wasn’t connecting with the characters, not even Mrs. Murphy and Tucker (the tabby and the corgi of the story), but I appreciate why by the time the murders happen the pace was necessary to the story. It became an allegory of the town itself.

    After the first two murders the story started to pick up pace a bit and was locking in my interest. There are two perspectives you have to keep in line as you read; Mrs. Murphy’ and the other animals, and Harry’s world of humans. I must admit I still don’t understand the clue Mrs. Murphy was giving Harry which is driving me crazy, but the story evolved into a wonderful Who-Done-It tale and close to the end I was screaming for the answer. Great read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Murphy was really cool, but my favorite was Pewter.


    What about Kate Forbes’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Forbes did a great job in giving each character their own unique cadence, accent and pitch. It gave me a good sense of who the character were; pompus, demure, worldly and wise, her rendition added to the experience.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Your Cat's trying to Tell you something....


    Any additional comments?

    On to book 2.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Westmount, QC, Canada 11-12-12
    Marie Westmount, QC, Canada 11-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Fluff Mystery"
    What did you like best about Wish You Were Here? What did you like least?

    This book is easy to listen so if one is distracted for a moment, one doesn't lose the plot.However, thinking and talking animals are not my thing.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Forbes?

    Narration was decent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 12-14-10
    Susan 12-14-10
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    "My Introduction to this Series"

    There are a lot of books in this series. I got this one during one of Audible's sales -- and the low low low price lets me be a little bit more positive about the book. It wasn't a bad book. It wasn't poorly written. It wasn't a bad mystery, either. But my favorite parts were the interactions between the tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker) and the cat belonging to the owner of a business near Crozet's post office. I expected the animals to play a larger role in the solving of the mystery, based on the description of the book. I doubt I will buy other books in the series unless offered during one of the Low Low Low priced sales again -- I think I will seek out the series through the local public library's inter-library loan or their online book download service (download and listen for a week for free) ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann L Dover, DE, USA 06-02-10
    Ann L Dover, DE, USA 06-02-10
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    "It's The Cat's Meow!"

    Loved reading this book.Love listening to it even more.I find I've picked up bits I missed by reading as fast as I do. Hope that "Pay Dirt" and "Rest in Pieces" can also join Sneaky Pie's list of audio books soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi 04-28-14
    Cyndi 04-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It was okay, but I didn't love this particular story. I love the series though!


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    Wendy J. Arthur 12-02-13
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    "Cute, light read"
    Where does Wish You Were Here rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can rank Wish You Were Here up there in my audiobooks - however, with over 100 titles in my library - I would prefer to rank the series (not done yet) rather than a single title.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Kate Forbes before and actually found this series by looking for other books she narrated. Kate is a fantastic narrator, she never disappoints.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is a cute, lite read – there is enough mystery to keep it interesting. I was concerned when I first realized that the animals talked – but it is endearing, if you are looking for a serious book, this is not it – the animals add comic relief without making the storyline too unrealistic. It is a great cozy mystery series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith 10-28-13
    Meredith 10-28-13
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    "Adorable and oddly philosophical and political"

    I love this series, I really do. It's animals helping people solve mysteries and I think it is sweet and funny. The one thing that at times pulls me up short with this series is that the writer almost seems to be having a political discussion with herself sometimes and some of the philosophical elements are repeated a few too many times. There are lots of instances of the characters agreeing among themselves about the disagreeable aspects of modern times and talking about the benefits of independence and minimal governing. There is also a focus on tolerance and acceptance of others that I do like in the series along with a the feminist focus of it.The cozy mystery parts of it are sweet and are done quite well. I think the characters are vivid and well rounded and I think that the writer did an excellent job with speaking from the animal perspective. I think that the narrator has done a wonderful job with the series and that she brought the characters, including the animals, alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorinda CHARLOTTE, NC, USA 03-17-10
    Dorinda CHARLOTTE, NC, USA 03-17-10
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    "GREAT TO KNOW HOW THE STORY BEGINS"

    I LOVED THE STORY. I HAVE LISTENED TO SEVERAL BOOKS ALREADY BUT KNOW KNOW HOW IT BEGINS. I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO READ MORE EARLY BOOKS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delia MORGANTOWN, WV, United States 03-29-11
    Delia MORGANTOWN, WV, United States 03-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed"

    I listened to the preview and it sounded good but once I started listening the cursing started, very disappointing.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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