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The Litter of the Law (Mrs. Murphy Mysteries) [Hardcover]

Rita Mae Brown , Sneaky Pie Brown
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22 Oct 2013 Mrs. Murphy Mysteries
Rita Mae Brown collaborates with feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown in a new mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the curious cat detectives Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the valiant crime-solving corgi. Halloween arrives early this year to rural central Virginia, when a twisted killer will stop at nothing to protect a multimillion-dollar scheme.
 
THE LITTER OF THE LAW
 
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.
 
Halloween’s approach brings with it bona fide terror and a beloved local tradition that threatens to become fatal. Rooting out the guilty in the treacherous center of a lucrative conspiracy requires Harry’s farmer’s wisdom—along with the quick wits and extraordinary senses of Sneaky Pie, Pewter, and Tucker. A vicious murderer may know the lay of the land far better than Harry does, but that’s about to change. It’s up to her vigilant four-footed companions to make sure that the unearthing of this plot is not Harry’s last act.

Praise for The Litter of the Law and the Mrs. Murphy mysteries
 
“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Enchanting . . . Brown demonstrates once again why she’s the queen of the talking animal cozy subgenre.”Publishers Weekly
 
“As usual, the smart animals provide clues without getting in the way of the human interactions and plot. This is a strong addition to the popular series.”Booklist

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  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (22 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345530489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345530486
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 751,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like Reading a Textbook 31 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover
If you want to learn about crimes against indigenous tribes , organic gardening or certain types of politics instead of reading a cozy mystery, then this will be a great book for you.

I have stayed away from Ms. Browns work for a while now ever since she started taking the books into a new direction and infusing them with the authors opinions on politics, world views, religion et al.

I thought I would give this author one more try. I am sorry I bothered. We are back to the political rants and raves of previous books but with the added thrill of ranting about the environment. Yes, I know Harry is farmer now so environmental concerns are important, but they really do not make for an interesting and cozy (what this series is supposed to have been)mystery read.

People are dying and the corpses are being arranged in gruesome and very public manners. Of course, Harry and Fair stumble accidentally on the first corpse. (Big mistake to take the postmistress job away from Harry, however that came about, it makes for weaker less believable story lines now). It takes about 60% of the novel and a thin novel it is already, for anything interesting or even resembling a clue, to happen!

I usually love the animals, but this time I found their dialogue tedious at best - plain old word filler at worse.

It was a huge struggle for me to finish this book. I used to be able to just sit there and gulp them down in one sitting, but no more.
Reading this supposed cozy mystery novel, was more like being in school and reading a textbook.*ARC Supplied by Publisher*

Good luck readers!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for foreigners 30 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I wanted to read this because I like the persons in the book, and have read all the former parts in the series. This one was rather full of details that are not interesting enough to a foreigner, rather US stuff. Perhaps all about Harry has now been told; also the animals could have had a bigger part. I love Tucker and Mrs Murphy, but the fat cat has begun to bore me.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like Reading a Textbook 24 Oct 2013
By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you want to learn about crimes against indigenous tribes , organic gardening or certain types of politics instead of reading a cozy mystery, then this will be a great book for you.

I have stayed away from Ms. Browns work for a while now ever since she started taking the books into a new direction and infusing them with the authors opinions on politics, world views, religion et al.

I thought I would give this author one more try. I am sorry I bothered. We are back to the political rants and raves of previous books but with the added thrill of ranting about the environment. Yes, I know Harry is farmer now so environmental concerns are important, but they really do not make for an interesting and cozy (what this series is supposed to have been)mystery read.

People are dying and the corpses are being arranged in gruesome and very public manners. Of course, Harry and Fair stumble accidentally on the first corpse. (Big mistake to take the postmistress job away from Harry, however that came about, it makes for weaker less believable story lines now). It takes about 60% of the novel and a thin novel it is already, for anything interesting or even resembling a clue, to happen!

I usually love the animals, but this time I found their dialogue tedious at best - plain old word filler at worse.

It was a huge struggle for me to finish this book. I used to be able to just sit there and gulp them down in one sitting, but no more.
Reading this supposed cozy mystery novel, was more like being in school and reading a textbook.*ARC Supplied by Publisher*

Good luck readers!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Half-hearted 24 Oct 2013
By PS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this series, but this book was just like a textbook. The earlier books are much better. She could do so much more with Harry and Fair then she does. The characterization in this book is terrible. She got Tazio's boyfriend's name wrong. Where is her proofreader? She is making more mistakes like this in both of her series. It seems like now that she just gets an interest and builds a book around it. I am very disappointed!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok 24 Oct 2013
By Victoria - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was an ok read. I think her earlier books were better and more in-depth. This one feels like a half hearted attempt. There is a lack of continuity with the characters storyline from book to book (e.g. Tazo was engaged to Mim's horse trainer, Paul deSilva, previously. In this book the horse trainer is her boyfriend and he has a different last name. Is it the same man?)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much history 26 Oct 2013
By Karen Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While history was an important part of the story there was far too much unnecessary lecture. Dialog stilted. Little to no investigation.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Halloween rights 5 Nov 2013
By LaDean DeuPree - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sneaky Pie is filling more pages with political views with each new book. They are valid views, however. But I read for enjoyment and to escape into the mystery.
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