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The Big Cat Nap | [Rita Mae Brown]

The Big Cat Nap

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-14-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A visit with Mrs Murphy"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    oreerose 04-30-12
    oreerose 04-30-12
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    "Always a Fan of Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown"
    Would you listen to The Big Cat Nap again? Why?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Rita Mae Brown before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    What does Kate Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She just has all the people down. You know as soon as she starts to talk who she is.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 04-22-12
    Susan Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Oliver 04-11-12
    C. Oliver 04-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Only for revisiting old friends"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Monterey, MA, United States 09-04-12
    Jane Monterey, MA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Love the authors"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story line is interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Murphy & Tucker. Because they are so clever


    What about Kate Forbes’s performance did you like?

    I like the way she reads the books. She brings the charters to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed listening to it multiple times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Mitchell Clarksdale, MS 38614, Mississippi USA 09-03-12
    C. Mitchell Clarksdale, MS 38614, Mississippi USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2006

    marathoner

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    "Cute story in this series. Very enjoyable."
    What did you love best about The Big Cat Nap?

    Excellent reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Love the cats and other animals.


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

    One of Kate Forbes' best performances.


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

    Harry gets her chance at a sports car.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    06-04-12
    06-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Big Cat Nap Rita Mae Brown"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if they have read the rest of the series...The Gist of the main characters are present...
    They're just a little shallow...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Cat Nap?

    Harry and her drag racing abilities...


    What about Kate Forbes???s performance did you like?

    She has read so many of the books, that she is the voice of the story...


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

    Harry's new fine Mess.....


    Any additional comments?

    I'll always enjoy Rita's books...I just like some more than others...this was enjoyable but not the best...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Niceville, FL, United States 06-03-12
    Heather Niceville, FL, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2010

    Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!

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    "Keep up with the Crozet gang!"
    Would you try another book from Rita Mae Brown and/or Kate Forbes?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Montgomery Village, MD, United States 05-11-12
    Anne Montgomery Village, MD, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Should have stopped books ago"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot. Development of characters - new or old.


    What could Rita Mae Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


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

    Nothing at all wrong with the reading - only what was being read.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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