The continuing success of the beloved Mrs. Murphy mystery series is given its proper due with the publication of this 20th-anniversary tale. When a local mechanic gets his odometer turned back—for good—Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen steps in to investigate. There’s more to the crime than meets the eye, though, and sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with faithful corgi Tee Tucker, do their level best to keep Harry out of harm’s way.
©2012 Rita Mae Brown / Sneaky Pie Brown (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I have always enjoyed this series. I feel like I just stopped by and had a visit with old friends. Mrs Murphy and Pewter were at odds with each other in this book. This story was a bit different as it had more to do with cars and mechanics than other books. Even though the other books remarked that Harry and Boom Boom were "gear heads". I could just picture the scene where Tee Tucker was pulling Harry's hand and the two cats were standing on their hind legs pushing Harry's back legs trying to get her to go where Pewter had found a dead man. I enjoy the animal conversations but at times I feel as if Rita Mae Brown is preaching at me but I started to pay attention to see just how often people make comments about or against the government or some law. I found at least in my circle we do not make as many comment at they do in the book it was more frequent than I had thought, therefore I will give her more lee way in her story. I disagree with some of the other reviewer, I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more. I one does not like animals this series is not for you.
Yes I would I enjoy the animal chatter and Harry always confuses me with the way she thinks. But she does solve the case. I also enjoy the friendships between all the women in the book.
Yes, I will listen to this again in the future sometime. I figure this one out way before Harry did and I usually don't.
She just has all the people down. You know as soon as she starts to talk who she is.
I think when all the animals were trying to get them to follow them to the body. We so often dismiss our animals, when they really have something to show or say.
I have love this series from the begining, also Sister Jane and her new series is good too. Rita Mae Brown I don't think she writes these as deep thinking (even though some have made me think hard) but for our entertainment. And I can truly say I have always been entertain.
I LOVE the Mrs Murphy novels. This one, however fell way short of the rest. Much of the time it seemed that the characters lacked any emotional caring for each other. Even the cats and dog didn't really come across as liking each other. Many of the long standing characters are barely mentioned and it leaves you to wonder just what is going on. Found this book to lack the fullness and color that I have liked so much in Ms. Brown's previous entries.
Only recommended for those who've become attached to the cast of characters in previous books. Most of the joys of this work are in the descriptions of the animals and the glimpses into the continuing lives of old friends.
Helpless in CyberSpace
I've listened to this several times. Love Mate Forbes performance. The story was not quite as good as others I've read. I thought some of the characters could have been more fully developed. Overall, a good read. I could easily recommend this book. No foul language, which is found in so many books, that would otherwise be entertaining.
Yes. The story line is interesting.
Mrs. Murphy & Tucker. Because they are so clever
I like the way she reads the books. She brings the charters to life.
I have enjoyed listening to it multiple times.
Love the cats and other animals.
One of Kate Forbes' best performances.
Harry gets her chance at a sports car.
Yes if they have read the rest of the series...The Gist of the main characters are present...
They're just a little shallow...
Harry and her drag racing abilities...
She has read so many of the books, that she is the voice of the story...
Harry's new fine Mess.....
I'll always enjoy Rita's books...I just like some more than others...this was enjoyable but not the best...
Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!
I'm a big Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown fan. I think some of the more recent books are a little weaker than the older ones, but I can still find much enjoyment in the Crozet (Harry Harristeen)series.
Kate Forbes does a wonderful job narrating. I enjoy her voice changes for the characters. Without being over dramatic, you forget that one person is reading every character's lines.
A plot. Development of characters - new or old.
1. Paid some attention to the mystery (nobody seemed to do anything about it or even much care until the last couple of chapters).
2. Avoided the "isn't life in the South wonderful" commentary.
3. Avoided social commentary that doesn't advance plot or characterization.
4. Included plot and character development.
Nothing at all wrong with the reading - only what was being read.
I really enjoyed this series - even with the far-fetched animal bits - until the last few entries. I decided to give it one last try. My mistake! The book should never have been published. I realize that a successful series must be hard to give up. Nevertheless, the publisher and the author should have the strenght of mind to bury the dead rather than cheat their fans.
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