The Litter of the Law (Mrs. Murphy Mysteries (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 26 Aug 2014
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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"
"From the Hardcover edition.""
About the Author
Rita Mae Brownis the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series;"A Nose for Justice"and"Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day;"and"Six of One, "as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.
Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on numerous Mrs. Murphy mysteries in addition to"Sneaky Pie s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers"and"Sneaky Pie for President.""
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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!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
When I first saw the title, "The Litter of the Law" I remembered in a previous book that Mrs. Murphy had supposedly not been spayed, just had a preparatory tummy shave...but the surgery somehow overlooked. I thought there might be complicating kittens in the middle of everything... Instead, in this book, the animal characters are cartoons of their usual selves. At the end of the book, the animal's roles were way overdone to the point of nasty.
I liked some of the new characters, such as the lady who ran the vegetable stand, but Rita threw them away, and was inconsistent with the established cast.
Overall, the Halloween theme had promise that nearly arrived, a back theme of Native American rights that never did come to life, and characters who nearly phoned in their lines. Actually, she had lined up some very interesting elderly characters, people who could have 'remembered' interesting details from the past, and old enough to be eccentric. but, they were just sleepy obstacles to her finale rather than wise if eccentric contributors. I missed the fun I usually have reading one of Rita's books.