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Publisher's Summary

Filled with frisky pets and fine suspense, the Mrs. Murphy mysteries are instant New York Times best sellers. Fans love the sleuthing team of spunky postmistress "Harry" Harristeen and Mrs. Murphy, her savvy tiger stripe cat.

When a phony obituary for the headmaster of St. Elizabeth's School appears in the local newspaper, the people of Crozet, Virginia are surprised, but not too concerned. For a small town, Crozet has more than its share of mischief. But when a second fake obituary is followed by a murder, local police are baffled. Now Mrs. Murphy knows she must help Harry discover the killer.

With twists and turns aplenty, and enough colorful characters to fill a dozen whodunits, Murder on the Prowl will satisfy all mystery lovers. Narrator Kate Forbes provides the perfect voices for Harry, Mrs. Murphy, and their two- and four-footed friends.

Hear talking cat-sleuth Mrs. Murphy in these other mysteries from Rita Mae Brown.
©1998 American Artists, Inc. (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Animal lovers and those who enjoy a good cozy will simply lap this one up." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • M.
  • Fort Belvoir, VA, United States
  • 05-20-05

Too many characters causes obliqueness.

This is my first Rita Mae Brown book; I purchased this book after reading a great many positive reviews of Ms. Brown's work. I also listened to the sample offered from this website. Unfortunately, my listening experience of the whole book has been, at best, scrambled. This story contains so many characters that I found it hard to isolate the main theme of the story. I am not sure if there is a theme to this story. Although there were murders, I am unable to find any relevance in the story for the murders. I think the motivation for the murders is distorted by the extreme lack of developed characters. I accept that the Mrs. Murphy character is an intrinsic part of the story. But, the vagueness in the personalities of the other characters in the story adds no true foundation to the "mystery" that is being played out. The ending does not justify the means. Ms. Brown's desire to insinuate the reason for the murders at the end of the story does not justify her obliqueness during the story.

I enjoy a good mystery! I enjoy a good story! I enjoy having a lot of interaction between the main characters of a story when I am listening to them on my way to & from work. I did not find this story enjoyable to listen too.

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Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and T. Tucker rock!

I loved this book-- but then I love all the books written by Sneaky Pie Brown! The residents of Crozet are delightful and one feels attached to certain characters right away while others take a little more time to develop. Harry, as always, is a font of curiosity. Her independent nature is softened by her reluctant vulnerability. My favorite part of the book, of course, involves the furry stars and their close brush with the bobcat. Mrs. Murphy's clever interaction with the young fox plays in nicely!

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Underwhelming and kind of insulting.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

In short: no. Sadly, while I've very much enjoyed the Mrs Murphy series up until this point, this book rubbed me the wrong way.

What was most disappointing about Rita Mae Brown’s story?

The most I can say without getting too spoilery is that the incredible amount of victim blaming in this book left me with a bitter taste in my mouth.

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

Yes! Kate Forbes's performance is flawless as usual.

Was Murder on the Prowl worth the listening time?

For me, it wasn't. If you're a fan of the series, give it a listen, but be prepared to be left feeling uneasy, and maybe even angry, instead of satisfied with the grand reveal.

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Whodunit

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I love that this story has everything, love, betrayal, revenge, mental breakdown, comedy, and murder and it's written so well.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, I thought that I could figure out who did it but it kept changing and things kept getting more suspenseful

Which character – as performed by Kate Forbes – was your favorite?

My favorite character is always Mrs. Murphy she is so cute and smart, I love her

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

It pretty much made me gasp and think 'Oh, I did not see that coming,'

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very enjoyable

I was told i would like these books due to cozy and calm. I have to say it is true. I love the interaction, the narrator and the loving kids. Puter makes me laugh. I have a male version! Excellent story. They last about two days at work so it is a bargain.