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Tail Gait

Narrated by: Kate Forbes
Series: Mrs. Murphy, Book 24
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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New York Times best-selling authors Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown continue their fan-favorite Mrs. Murphy cozies with Tail Gait. Here spring comes to Crozet, Virginia, with a bang when a professor is gunned down in broad daylight. Now it's up to kitty sleuths Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with crime-solving corgi Tee Tucker, to sniff out the killer.

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Book 24 Tail Gate is First in 4 connected novels

I have listened to almost all of this series in order and have just finished the last available book, #27. I feel it very important to let listeners know that all 4 - from Tail Gate, Tall Tail, A Hiss Before Dying and Probable Claws should actually have one title followed by 1,2,3,4 as they are intricately connected. If you try to listen to anything out of order you will be lost.
The stories go back and forth in time to connect people and events. History - both US and Virginia - are at the core along with all the social, economic, political, environmental, issues of the day, The stories are woven together and I applaud the author for skillful writing, however, to accomplish this she had to limit considerably time we spend with Harry and her animals. I was drawn to the series initially because of the unique relationship Harry had with her animals, the farm, her friends, and the wonderful little post office in Crozet. As the series progressed, I loved the addition of many critters at her farm and all the wildlife in the area. I missed them a lot as the author moved into more complex stories which necessitated time spent more on the story than Harry and the animals. All that said, I think these 4 books were very good if you are up for a challenge to follow all the events and people over 200 years.

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Rita and Sneaky Pie Do It Again

Since discovering the amazing talents of Rita Mae Brown, my favorite genre and author changed. No longer a romance fan, mysteries became my go to read. Hardback, paperback, eBook or audio; if Rita - with or without Sneaky Pie has a new release it goes in my library.

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another great one

narrator was ok. I'm still adjusting to books on audio and it takes sometime to get use to hearing the story from another person's voice. the story itself was good , although I found myself a bit lost in the beginning with the flashback chapters.

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A Beautiful Pair Of Stories

Having read every book from her series this far, I can say this is one of my favorites. The characters kept me invested until the very end, and upon the closing of the final chapter, I was smiling with joy. I highly recommend it.

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Not bad

It was a close call between a three or a four star rating. Not the best in this long running series, and a farfetched motive for the murders to put it mildly. It was nice to have Herb Jones back, however briefly, but several things did not make sense. The people in Susan's golf threesome heard the shots of the first murder, but said they had no information when questioned. Why? The homeless denizens of Charlottesville's Downtown Mall are remarkably mobile, getting around the area with little difficulty. There were also multiple mispronounced names that were jarring - Sabato, Taliaferro, Cabell, and, most inexplicably, Monticello. The story lacks the high energy RMB generally brings to her stories. Still, it was enjoyable enough to while away a lazy Saturday.

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Not enough of the animals

Great history, but as with last few books in series, too little of animal interaction

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lots o' fun<br />

Rita Mae Brown is one of my favorite authors. Beautifully grounded in both superior storytelling abilities and classic whodunit construction, this is an extremely entertaining mystery. The narrator is equally excellent
- probably one of the best that I have ever heard. I can hardly wait for Ms. Brown's next book to be available on Audible.

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

Yes

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Although I understand why the Revolutionary War part of the book is important, I buy these books because I love Harry and the other main characters. I miss her friends being a big part of the story. I miss Miranda. I miss the others. I did not want so much of the book to be taken up with the War story. Disappointed in that.

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

Yes, I really love her narration.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I probably would, but others are better.

Any additional comments?

Get back to the main characters we come to love.

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Slow

This book was way to slow for my liking. There was nothing exciting or intriguing to keep me interested. I don't believe I will continue on with these books.

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