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Autumn has descended and crops are being harvested all over Crozet, Virginia, ideal conditions for a scenic drive for Harry and husband Fair. Bucolic views are all well and good, but Harry's nose for trouble leads her straight to a cornfield's macabre scarecrow - an all too real murder victim that frightens all but the noisy crows.

This accountant's gruesome death is only the first of many disturbing events in this normally pastoral corner of the world. While Harry tends her beloved grapes and sunflowers, a killer edges closer - as does Harry's protective menagerie of animals.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 05-19-17

Mrs. Murphy is on the hunt

This is a series I thought had finished and was surprised to find it is still on going. Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown write about murder in their small town of Crozet, Virginia.

Our protagonists are Mary Minor Harristeen “Harry” and tiger striped cat Mrs. Murphy. Harry had acquired a fat lazy gray cat called Pewter in earlier episodes. The Corgi Dog Tucker has to put up with the cats, it is his nose that follows the evil doers. In the earlier episodes, Harry was the postmistress but now she is married to equine vet Fair Harristeen. As this book opens they are all out for a Sunday drive in the country when they discover a scarecrow in a field is actually a dead man. This sets them off to solve the crime.

Brown nicely worked into the story information about the local Monacan Native American Tribe and its problems. I found the information about this indigenous tribe most interesting. I was unaware of all the problems Native American Tribes have to go through to be recognized by the federal or state governments. I enjoy the glimpse Brown provides of the daily life in Crozet. It is my opinion that the quality of Brown’s writing has declined from the earlier books in the series. But it was nice to meet up again with Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tucker.

The book is about seven hours long. Kate Forbes does a good job narrating the book. Forbes is an actress and audiobook narrator.

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This was painful

I've loved the Mrs. Murphy series for a long time, but even my long attachment couldn't disguise how bad this book is. It was more of a manifesto than a murder mystery. By the time I turned it off (I couldn't finish it) I had forgotten who was murdered because it became such an afterthought in the story. The last few books have been leaning this way and it's such a disappointing end to what started as a cute whodunit series.