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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reprint edition (30 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553575414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553575415
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Normally nothing exciting occurs in Crozet, Virginia. However, when something happens, usually Harry Harristeen ends up in the middle of the action due to the activities of her three pets. Crozet is a unique hamlet where the pets, unbeknownst to their human counterparts, are as intelligent, if not more so, than their Homo Sapiens "owners".
Harry's trio include the ingenious Mrs. Murphy, who must have been Machiavelli in a previous life, Pewter, and Tucker. The trio shares a curiosity beyond that of a typical and happy pet.. Thus, when someone is actually shot during a Civil War reenactment, the trio of feline detectives begins to investigate. Meanwhile, another person is murdered and a business is burned to the ground. Harry's roommates feel the three incidents are related. They place their owner in protective custody as they go try to ferret out the identity of the culprit.
CAT ON THE SCENT is a whimsical cozy filled with an amusing Dr. Doolittle aura within a well-designed who-done-it. Readers will believe that animals can talk, relate, and do cognitive thinking and inductive reasoning as well an any amateur sleuth. Like their previous "Cat" tales, Rita Mae Brown and her feline consultant Sneaky Pie Brown craft an entertaining novel that meets the high standard of excellence expected from this dynamic duo.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought this the day it came out and read it immediately, as I do with all of Rita Mae Brown's books -- and of course I loved it because of Mrs. Murphy, Pewter (who reminds me of my kitty Jasper), Tucker, Harry and the whole gang, and of course the comfort and homey feeling of Crozet that always comes through in these books. I withheld 1 star because one of the things I have always loved about RMB's writing, and which is missing in this book, is the assumption that her audience is intelligent enough to figure out the subtleties and nuances without her having to spell them out. I was bothered by the few instances in this one where the reader is TOLD something rather than being allowed to have our imaginations figure it out. Is RMB aiming for a different audience in this book ... ? This new style doesn't appeal to me as much. I also thought Blair lost a lot of his appeal as just another womanizer with testosterone poisoning ... I hope Harry doesn't fall for him, he's too materialistic and he'd break her heart just like Fair! :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
A great book, but I only highly recommend it to those of you who have read and loved all of the previous Mrs. Murphy novels. You should appreciate the long way Harry's come. The plot, the animals, and Crozet were all pleasing. This is quite possibly the best book in the series. My only question: Will Blair ever admit his hidden love for Harry??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I don't have much new to add to the previous reviews, except to say that I, too, have read all of the previous Mrs. Murphy books as well as Riding Shotgun and Rita Will. For some reason this story was strangely lacking. Maybe because she went a little over the top at the end and I couldn't suspend my disbelief as willingly as usual.
If this book had been the first one I read, I'm not sure I would come back for more. I also think the new illustrations are jarring after the previously wonderful ones. Growing up, Marguerite Henry was my favorite author (because she wrote about horses), but the books would have not been complete without Wesley Dennis' illustrations. I feel the same way about Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, Tucker without Wendy Wray.
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By A Customer on 1 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you liked the other books in the series, you'll like this one. Fair warning: if you're expecting this to be a nice "cozy" where everything comes out right in the end, you're going to have to be satisfied with partial justice. There are two mysteries in this one, the minor one that's ridiculously easy to solve, and the major one that's quite a bit harder. The debates between characters with different viewpoints are interesting, as usual. Long-time readers can tell that the rehabilitation of Miranda, who was rather obnoxious in the first book, is complete -- the handy cast listing has dropped that line that she thumps her own Bible. (Of course, it was easy to tell that the authors decided they really liked her when they started to describe her as plump instead of fat. The Browns follow a modern trend in writing where nice fat characters are described using euphemisms for fat. The dreaded three-letter word is reserved for fat characters who aren't nice.) Those readers who consider Fair a jerk, as I do, will be pleased that he hardly shows up. I wish the authors would introduce a man worthy of Harry. Notes: The illustrations are usually accurate as well as attractive, so it's surprising that Pewter is in the dam-crossing one when the text states that she stayed home. Was there a change to the original draft? The publisher might wish to look at the fourth paragraph from the bottom on p.30. Unless "scared cow" is Virginian for "sacred cow", they might wish to correct that for the paperback.
Ann E. Nichols
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Format: Hardcover
I've always enjoyed Brown's light mystery work, but this one was strangely unsatisfying. I realized in reading it how little character development we ever get in these sagas -- Hardy's "bags of bones" walk through this book but leave us strangely unaffected. Wish Brown would get off her drugs as the source of all evil kick, but I do like her gov't as the real source of all evil tirade, so I'll forgive her.
I read this book in the page proofs, so I'm curious to know whether the horrible, egregious, glaring error was ever corrected -- when what's his name is showing off his uniform at the post office and what's her name tells him it was "spun on a hand loom." My eight year old daughter choked w/laughter at that one -- even she knows we spin on a spindle or wheel and weave on a loom.
I hope the Browns will work on developing their characters more in the next volume -- we know Rita Mae can do it!
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