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The Purrfect Murder (Mrs. Murphy Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

Rita Mae Brown , Sneaky Pie Brown , Michael Gellatly
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27 Jan 2009 Mrs. Murphy Mysteries
It’s autumn in cozy, idyllic Crozet, Virginia—a time for golden days, crisp nights…and murder. Mrs. Carla Paulson is one of the diamond-encrusted “come-here” set who has descended on Crozet with plenty of wealth and no feeling for country ways. She’s determined to make her new house the envy of all her well-heeled friends—and enemies —and she’s hired architect Tazio Chappers to build it. From the start, the project—and Mrs. Paulson—are a major headache for all involved. But no one could foresee that it would end with Mrs. Paulson stabbed to death at a gala fund-raiser with Harry’s friend Tazio standing over her, holding the knife. Now Harry must solve what seems to everyone else an open-and-shut case. Her four-legged partners —sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and corgi Tee Tucker—see it Harry’s way. But will they have to choose between catching the purrfect killer and saving Harry?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (27 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553586831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553586831
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rita Mae Brown's Mrs Murphy stories are my favourite series and I have every one of them. For anyone who loves animals (especially cats and dogs)and crime mysteries they are a must. I love the way Ms Brown's narrative includes "conversations" between her animal characters and the way they help their human, Harry, to solve the crimes. In this story, Harry sets out to prove that her friend, Tazio, is innocent of murder - even though she was found standing over the body holding the murder weapon. Her two cats, Mrs Murphy, Pewter and Tee Tucker, a corgi, conduct their own investigations and play their part in ensuring justice is done and also help to save Harry's life.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I still enjoyed this book 6 Mar 2008
By Michael O. Byrd - Published on
I miss Miranda a lot. I miss the post office. These, to me helped provide so much of the charm in this series. The charm more than anything seems to be diminished since Miranda got a beau and Harry quit the p.o.

I'm always game for a little kitty/doggy rescue squad action, but I agree with other's in that I think now that Harry is getting careless in allowing herself to come to harm. For which we then get an obligatory rescue complete with ankle biting and the jumping on of backs.

I was a little disappointed that by the end it started rushing to conclusions. It felt a little more like a 5 minute ending on a t.v. show than the well crafted end of a good mystery book.

I'm a little mixed on the political infusion in recent books. As a flaming liberal I'm not opposed to Ms. Brown's politics so much as I feel awkward about them being in these books. I share these books with several friends who range from liberal to conservative, older to younger. I'm waiting for the more conservative or older friends to come screaming at me about lesianism and abortion being dealt with so directly. (Though oddly enough it hasn't actually happened.)

That said, perhaps these are things that should be in these books as they are ideas which should be discussed and debated more openly in our society. These books have always had a pastoral and virtuous charm and I think some people feel that liberals have no claim on pastoral virtue. It's refreshing to see good wholesome people who don't quite fit into that right-leaning ideal of country life.

In the end, this book is still witty and fun albeit a tad political, but unlike another cat series I won't mention, they are still a great deal of fun to read. I can't wait for the next one.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fast & fun, a bit sloppy 4 Feb 2008
By desert_gal - Published on
I've been reading this series since it started, and it's been a fun ride most of the time. While I do agree that Brown has begun to use her books as a soapbox for her views on current events--oh, well, c'est la vie. That's her choice, and it also can make the characters come more alive. I do concede that she'd be better off sharing most of her opinions in essays or a blog, however. These books are not quite the correct vehicle.

In this latest installment, Harry is once again intrigued by mysterious events, especially since her good friend Tazio Chappers seems to be the cut-and-dried murderer of a wealthy newcomer--and Harry does not for a second believe Tazio did it! I always find Harry's interest in solving crimes and her love for her friends and community endearing. The sloppiness of the plot comes from its transparency and its too-fast ending. Brown spent a lot of time on her soapbox that could perhaps have been better spent properly developing the plot and the characters in question.

I also wanted to see a bit more of the old coziness of Crozet and its townfolk. For instance, while I love Harry's new life with Fair, growing her grapes and sunflowers, not struggling quite as much for money any longer, I do miss seeing the relationship she had with Miranda, her time at the post office, etc. Seems all the characters are getting new interests that go outside of Crozet and into the wider world. Not that that's a bad thing, at all--people need to grow. But could they grow while still retaining their closeness to their home and its people?

Overall, this was a typical fun Sneaky Pie mystery, with the same loving animals, uniquely Southern name-calling (Mrs. Murphy and Pewter get into a hissy fight in the back of a car around a discussion of their nether regions, which is hilarious--I think my cats have done the same thing), and small-town community connections I've become accustomed to. Perhaps just a bit more focus on tightening the plotting of the actual mysteries in the future would be in order? This ending was not quite as dramatic as some in the past. But I'm still going to keep reading the series!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a few holes. 11 Feb 2008
By S. Schwartz - Published on
I have been finding that the Mrs. Murphy mystery series is getting a bit sloppy. There appears to be a lot of holes in the plot in this one as well. The book starts out with two storylines, that appear to meld together, and then ends up with two storylines again. It makes it a bit difficult to follow the plot. But we do have the people of Crozet (although not so much of Miranda), and that helps, and we have the animal characters which help to carry this story along. I just feel a bit disappointed because the book seemed rushed, and so much didn't make sense. I do hope that Ms. Brown will pick up in the next book because I have enjoyed Harry and her animal companions.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Impurrfect Murder 25 Mar 2008
By Mikell L. St Germain - Published on
How very disappointing, another great series that has completely lost it. The older books in the series made you feel as though you were a part of the town and a part of all of the character's lives. "The Purrfect Murder" felt like the author couldn't wait to finish it, and neither could I. The plot was weak, the characters shallow, our heroine turned totally stupid, and there was not enough of the animals. I'm not sure that I will waste money on the next book.
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quit reading on page 57 11 Feb 2008
By Victoria - Published on
That is as far as I could charitably get in this clunker. I have read every book in this series, many of which were delightful, but I have observed that the plot lines have gotten weaker as the political rhetoric has become stronger. I can handle the occasional comment, but in this volume, the author just droned on and on with her personal politics. Misbegotten comments such as "...isn't it (abortion) better than just outright killing girl babies like they do in India and China?" Hmm, is that the alternative? In the same pro-abortion discussion, the reader is also treated to "Global warming is caused as much by overpopulation as by cars." Right-wing legislators were referred to as "opportunistic buffoons." And what she says about the current administration, I dassent repeat in polite company. All that in fifty-some pages. I can only imagine what comes after. Yes, I am finished with the series. More's the pity, since the pets are charming.
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