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Cat's Eyewitness (Mrs. Murphy Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

Rita Mae Brown , Sneaky Pie Brown , Michael Gellatly
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14 Mar 2006 Mrs. Murphy Mysteries
It’s no secret that cats are a mystery writer’s best friend. Just ask the bestselling team of Rita Mae Brown and her furry partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, back on the prowl with another unforgettable whodunit. This time a controversial miracle in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains sparks religious fervor–and a suspicious death. Now the indefatigable felines Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with the dogged corgi Tee Tucker, must trust their animal instincts to sniff out the worst of human nature....

With the holidays approaching, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and her best friend, Susan Tucker, take a much-needed time-out at the mountain monastery of Mount Carmel. There, under the benevolent gaze of the statue of the Virgin Mary, their worldly worries are soon overshadowed. For in front of their very eyes the statue begins to cry tears of blood.

Legend has it that Mary’s crimson tears are harbingers of crises. And though skeptical, the ever-practical Harry can already see one on the horizon. If leaked, news of the so-called miracle could turn the monastery and the town of Crozet into a circus. What Harry doesn’t foresee is murder.…

When Susan’s great-uncle Thomas, a resident monk, is found frozen to death at the base of the statue, foul play is ruled out–at first. But at Harry’s urging, the body is exhumed for an autopsy. There’s just one problem: the coffin is empty. That’s when Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker get involved. Then there’s the shocking revelation of a mystery that has perplexed the citizens of Crozet for ages.

With Christmas around the corner and the monastery overrun by the faithful, all Harry’s meddling menagerie can do is stay on her trail as she jumps knee-deep into an unofficial investigation–one that becomes more dangerous when another Crozet citizen meets an untimely demise. In this case it will be a miracle if Harry stays alive....

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reprint edition (14 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553582879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553582871
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.6 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 983,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truck obsessed 9 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Why does the author have to tell me the details of every truck that every character drives?? Quite apart from the dreadful dialogue and the talking animals the plot is thin to the point of transparency. I rarely part with books after I read them and then only to friends, in this case I'll make an exception, this book is going in the bin.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only for series loyalists 22 Mar 2005
By bookstealth - Published on
Before anyone gets upset, I enjoyed this series a lot which is probably why I had higher expectations for the latest entry. Cat's Eyewitness isn't bad, it just isn't very good either. My benchmark tends to be whether a title could attract new readers as well as hold established ones. This book wouldn't do it.

Much of the focus is on what happens in the life of series regulars. A lot happens in that area, and it's nice and all, but most of it was already telegraphed in earlier books. Frankly, not a single development suprised me in the least, either by what transpired or why--or even how. And it wouldn't matter much to new readers, so the book is only so-so on that level.

The mystery is tissue thin. Enough said.

The main charm of the series for me has been Brown's take on animals' view of the natural and human world. Her approach has slipped badly, IMO. Oh, the cats and dogs are still charming, but they've morphed into little more than mouthpieces to support Brown's various opinions--and sheesh, does she ever drone about opinions on everything from politics and religion to taxes and land use policy. My willing suspension of belief started to tank when a cat speculated about expiating sin--in those words. By the end I expected the animals to expound on the divine right of kings and FDR revoking the gold standard.

Again, Cat's Eyewitness is a passingly amusing entry in the series for hardcore fans who want to know what happens to favorite characters. Unfortunately, Brown seems to have lost the light touch needed to pull it off very well in all other regards.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who Wrote It? 13 Sep 2005
By Jane Doerr - Published on
My 17-year-old granddaughter and I have been reading all the Mrs. Murphy books for the last 6 or 7 years, and enjoy trading the books back and forth and discussing them. But - the latest one, "Cat's Eyewitness," was a disappointment. As other reviewers have stated, there was a lot of preaching and philosophical discussion between the characters, which are Ms. Brown's own opinions. And the lesbian love affair was unnecessary. The Mrs. Murphy novels have become progressively more sex-themed, be it [...]. What began as a good series for a girl and her grandmother to share, has turned into "Should I lend her this one?" Of course, she's a big girl now! But I am disappointed. The murderer's identity was very easy to spot early on. I wondered if Ms. Brown employed a ghost writer for this one. Or maybe Sneaky Pie did actually write it!
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure to read a book by this author 5 Dec 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
In a small hamlet in Virginia, animals talk to each other across species lines and the only ones unable to understand is the dumbest species: humans. Mary Minor "Harry " Haristeen loves her two cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and her corgi Tee Tucker; they reciprocate her feelings, going so far as to help her when she becomes too deeply involved in a murder investigation and puts her life in danger.

The Greyfiars Monastery's has a Virgin Mary statue on their property that starts weeping bloody tears. Many people including some of the monks think it is a miracle. Monk Thomas is found frozen to death in a kneeling position besides the statue. Harry's intuition screams murder and her four legged protectors know a cardinal witnessed the homicide. The journalist covering this phenomenon is killed when someone sticks a pen in his eye. Harry thinks the killings and the tears are linked; she investigates but it is only because of her animal friends that she doesn't become the third murder victim.

It is always a pleasure to read a book starring Harry and Mrs. Murphy but the CAT'S EYEWITNESS is particularly good as several changes in Harry's life has occurred. The heroine's ex-husband gives Harry a marriage proposal ultimatum or he will look elsewhere for love. Harry no longer works in the post office because she cannot bring her animals into the new facility. Susan, Harry's best friend, reveals a secret she kept for over two decades, and the sexpot Boom Boom finds a surprising new lover. Readers will find it impossible to figure out who the perpetrator is among the even tempered monks. Rita Mae Brown delights her fans with this fantastic feline mystery.

Harriet Klausner
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another worthy installment in the series 30 Jan 2005
By Corinne H. Smith - Published on
Checking in with Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her friends in Crozet, Virginia, is like coming home again. It's winter, and the book opens during a Thanksgiving snowstorm. This time the Piedmont community has to deal with several murders related to what appears to be a sacred miracle: tears of blood streaming from the eyes of a Virgin Mary statue at a nearby Blue Ridge mountain monastery. In addition to unraveling the story behind the story, Harry and the gang do some individual soul-searching about their religious beliefs and also over personal issues like mid-life crises and sexual orientation. Harry herself is at both a personal and a professional crossroad: she's out of a job at the post office, and her ex-husband has proposed to her again. What to do, what to do? Don't worry: by the last page, her future becomes clearer.

In the meantime, the Crozet pets talk to each other, as has become their habit. They continue to muse about the failings of humans: from their propensity to sit for hours looking at a computer screen, to the wars they wage upon each other. Some of the most insightful conversations in the book take place among the cats and dogs. After all, they are the REAL investigators in each mystery. One has to wonder why they don't mind traipsing through the snow after their masters, especially the cats. Most felines I've known would rather watch the snowflakes from a warm windowsill than set one furry paw in a snowbank. Mrs. Murphy and Pewter must be the exceptions.

Nevertheless, this is an interesting episode in the Mrs. Murphy series. Best read during a snowstorm of your own, with a cup of hot tea and a steaming buttered scone at the ready, and (of course!) a cat curled up on your lap.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mystery or political statement? 3 Nov 2005
By Lori O - Published on
I've really enjoyed the past books in this series but this one was a big disappointment. The story line was severly lacking and the political and social issues the author included were misplaced. Even though I agree with most of the authors views, I didn't like the way they were forced into the story and were so out of character with the prior books in the series.
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