Rita Mae Brown is 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.
The latest collaboration (after last year's Murder on the Prowl) between Brown and her feline muse is a charming and keen-eyed take on human misdeeds and animal shenanigans. Mrs. Murphy, the cat sleuth, out for an evening prowl, spots a small plane landing near an abandoned barn. Soon after, at an Albemarle County (Va.) Commission meeting, dissension arises over plans for a new reservoir, and two murders ensue. The owner of the plane, Tommy Van Allen, disappears, only to turn up later, frozen stiff in the refrigerator of a local food plant. Next, during a Civil War battle reenactment, a local landowner, Sir Henry Vane-Tempest, is shot in the back. Mrs. Murphy, ably aided by Tee Tucker the corgi and Pewter the cat, nudges the humans around her into finding evidence to braid all these stray strands. She even orchestrates a daring rescue. Told with spunk and plenty of whimsy, this is another delightful entry in a very popular series. Illustrations by Itoko Maeno not seen by PW. (Mar.)
"Leave it to a cat to grasp the essence of the cozy mystery:
namely, murder among friends."-The New York Times Book
"Told with spunk and plenty of whimsy, this is another delightful entry in a very popular series."-Publishers Weekly
Bloodshed at a Civil War reenactment.