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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (26 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345530497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345530493
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Just great! Love the Murphy Mysteries!!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x961dd720) out of 5 stars 214 reviews
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96197258) out of 5 stars Half-hearted 24 Oct. 2013
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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!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x961974a4) out of 5 stars The charm is gone, the writing is bad, the pontificating too obvious 22 Mar. 2014
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As I see from other reviews,I am not alone in recognizing this story as but a pale shadow of the previous. In this case there is a particular soapbox that the author expounds on, actually two or three of them, but then leaves them behind and swerves away to neatly and Insufficiently wrap it up. It doesn't have that satisfying ba da BUM in the end. I will always love Mrs Murphy and friends but will return to the beginning of the series to reread in a few years when I need a dose of charm. thank you for those
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x961976e4) out of 5 stars It was ok 24 Oct. 2013
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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?)
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96197888) out of 5 stars Too much history 26 Oct. 2013
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While history was an important part of the story there was far too much unnecessary lecture. Dialog stilted. Little to no investigation.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9619775c) out of 5 stars Litter- Box- of the Law 31 Oct. 2013
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This latest Mrs. Murphy book has promise, but it never really arrives. It has an unfinished feel, as if this were the 'proof' copy rather than the final published story. It concerns Native American rights as defined by the state of Virginia and the Federal government about a tribe I'd never heard of before. The story talks about the fact that land and culture are tied, but doesn't actually tell us anything about this tribe or specifics of why its important, or exactly how land was viewed by this tribe. No specific ideas are given to this culture. Did they live in long houses? How much did the tribes in the area contribute to the 'three sisters' of corn, beans and squash? How did they see the area and life itself? Specifically how did they lose their land? Backing England during the Revolution? Or the French during the French and Indian Wars? Bad treaties?
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.
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