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Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy - and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Small towns are like families: Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town - until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her.

When Crozet's citizens start turning up murdered, Harry remembers that each received a card with a tombstone on the front and the message "Wish you were here" on the back. Intent on protecting their human friend, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker begin to scent out clues.

Meanwhile, Harry is conducting her own investigation, unaware her pets are one step ahead of her. If only Mrs. Murphy could alert her somehow, Harry could uncover the culprit before the murder occurs - and before Harry finds herself on the killer's mailing list.

©1990 American Artists, Inc. (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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Language of the Cats

What made the experience of listening to Wish You Were Here the most enjoyable?

Admittedly, it was hard for me to get into at first. After the third chapter I stopped and started at the beginning. Looking back at it the slow beginning was paramount to the story; small town, small people but their issues are the same as the big busy city. I would have said nothing started happening until the murders, but I was wrong. Though I don’t live far from where the story is based and am not a stranger to small town Virginia, I wasn’t connecting with the characters, not even Mrs. Murphy and Tucker (the tabby and the corgi of the story), but I appreciate why by the time the murders happen the pace was necessary to the story. It became an allegory of the town itself.

After the first two murders the story started to pick up pace a bit and was locking in my interest. There are two perspectives you have to keep in line as you read; Mrs. Murphy’ and the other animals, and Harry’s world of humans. I must admit I still don’t understand the clue Mrs. Murphy was giving Harry which is driving me crazy, but the story evolved into a wonderful Who-Done-It tale and close to the end I was screaming for the answer. Great read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mrs. Murphy was really cool, but my favorite was Pewter.

What about Kate Forbes’s performance did you like?

Ms. Forbes did a great job in giving each character their own unique cadence, accent and pitch. It gave me a good sense of who the character were; pompus, demure, worldly and wise, her rendition added to the experience.

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

Your Cat's trying to Tell you something....

Any additional comments?

On to book 2.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

It's The Cat's Meow!

Loved reading this book.Love listening to it even more.I find I've picked up bits I missed by reading as fast as I do. Hope that "Pay Dirt" and "Rest in Pieces" can also join Sneaky Pie's list of audio books soon.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Cute, light read

Where does Wish You Were Here rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I can rank Wish You Were Here up there in my audiobooks - however, with over 100 titles in my library - I would prefer to rank the series (not done yet) rather than a single title.

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

I have listened to Kate Forbes before and actually found this series by looking for other books she narrated. Kate is a fantastic narrator, she never disappoints.

Any additional comments?

This series is a cute, lite read – there is enough mystery to keep it interesting. I was concerned when I first realized that the animals talked – but it is endearing, if you are looking for a serious book, this is not it – the animals add comic relief without making the storyline too unrealistic. It is a great cozy mystery series.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 01-20-16

Pretty Good

This was okay book. The characters were believable and mystery was entertaining. I didn't care for the commentary of the cat and dogs but it didn't ruin the story.

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  • Marie
  • Westmount, QC, Canada
  • 11-12-12

Fluff Mystery

What did you like best about Wish You Were Here? What did you like least?

This book is easy to listen so if one is distracted for a moment, one doesn't lose the plot.However, thinking and talking animals are not my thing.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Forbes?

Narration was decent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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My Introduction to this Series

There are a lot of books in this series. I got this one during one of Audible's sales -- and the low low low price lets me be a little bit more positive about the book. It wasn't a bad book. It wasn't poorly written. It wasn't a bad mystery, either. But my favorite parts were the interactions between the tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker) and the cat belonging to the owner of a business near Crozet's post office. I expected the animals to play a larger role in the solving of the mystery, based on the description of the book. I doubt I will buy other books in the series unless offered during one of the Low Low Low priced sales again -- I think I will seek out the series through the local public library's inter-library loan or their online book download service (download and listen for a week for free) ...

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Meh

This isn't the worst book I ever read/listened to. It just isn't a great one, either.

The good:
The cats and dog had some funny moments
The characters, some at any rate, were engaging
The usual cozy sappy romance was absent
The local cops were not stupid, offensive or evil
The scene setting and plotting

The bad:
The pontificating cats..seriously when the animals broke into a discussion of war and infanticide I almost chucked the whole thing. In general, the educational level of the animals was a bit too much.
The umpteen references to the main characters divorce. It is a plot point, I get it, but oh my gosh she just went overboard.
The story seemed to meander a bit, to the point I started losing interest.

The meh:
The narrator. I did warm to her a bit as the book went on, but for the first half of the book I found her flat. Not the worst, but not great.
The crime/clues. In truth, my attention did wander a bit, but the solution didn't seem well supported. It sort of floated in out of nowhere for me. I will confess I might have missed something since I was losing interest by the end.

It is not the worst book in the world. I had heard friends gushing about the series, so I tried it. I don't share their enthusiasm. It was mediocre.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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No one cares about the humans

The dog and cat trying to solve the mystery was adorable and fun to listen to. Parts of the story held my attention, but I wasn't prepared for so much of the book to be centered on the main character's divorce. I just don't care about her failing marriage. I wanted more of a Miss Marple style mystery, so maybe I didn't enjoy it because my expectations were off. I found myself way more interested in Ms Murphy and Tucker than any of the humans in the story. The narrator did a great job, and I think if she hadn't been reading it I would have tuned out already.

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Couldn't even read the first chapter...

... so much cussing! I don't remember any in the other books I read. Disappointing. I will be crossing this author off my list.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great story, and takes place in my hometown. A+++

A great story, and takes place in my hometown. I felt like I knew the people. I loved that I could relate to the places, but even then great story. I have read the entire series and just came back to start again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful