on 27 April 2004
Another Mrs Murphy mystery, another string of murders in America's mostunlucky community, Crozet. Die hard fans will relish this next instalment,and Rita Mae Brown sticks to the winning formula, murders a plenty, felinesleuthing and Harry still undecided about Fair, her wandering ex who wantsto woo her back. Definitely more soap in this one and less detection, butif you are delighted by the characters who inhabit Crozet this is not alet down, the one exception being Tracy Raz, Miranda's new sweetheart, whois conspicious by his absence, surely Ms Brown is not setting him up forCrozet's next psycho?
The bottom line is Mrs Murphy is the best felinesleuth around, and although the formula is beginning to feel a littlejaded (this is number 12 after all), this new instalment of life in Crozetis as delightful as the rest.
on 8 June 2004
No one in their right mind would suggest that Rita Mae Brown's "Mrs. Murphy" mystery series is in the same league with such earlier works as RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE, but doubtlessly Brown laughs all the way to the bank: the series has proven very popular, and in truth when it comes to ultra-light amusements one could do far worse than waste an afternoon in Brown's fictional Crozet, Virginia.
Like all books in the series, WHISKER OF EVIL returns us to the host of small-town characters of which we've grown so fond. Postmistress Mary "Harry" Harristein reigns supreme over the tiny town's equally tiny post office, surrounded by an amusing assortment of friends and acquaintances--not the least of which are her two cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and her dog, Tucker. And when Harry stumbles over a dying man while walking along Potlicker Creek, her animals are as curious about the situation as she.
Brown has never really bothered to construct a tightly designed plot for any of the Mrs. Murphy novels, and while the motive and means for murder prove particularly ingenious in this novel the story itself is loose even in comparison to previous titles in the series. Still, it's all in good fun, and longtime fans of the series will be greatly interested to note that with WHISKER OF EVIL Brown begins to alter the course of her characters' lives with a host of changes that come for both good and ill. Recommended for a rainy day!
GFT, Amazon Reviewer