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The Big Cat Nap: The 20th Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  “As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review  It’s mid-May and murder is once again in full bloom in Crozet, Virginia—or so it seems to Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen. The trouble begins when Harry’s dear friend Miranda Hogendobber takes her on a leisurely drive that ends in a narrow drainage ditch. The chaos continues when the Very Reverend Herbert Jones’s Chevy pickup also abruptly goes kaput. But these vehicular mishaps are nothing compared to the much more distressing state of a mechanic discovered by Harry in a local repair shop: His head’s been bashed in. Despite numerous warnings from her much-loved coterie of friends, human and otherwise, Harry quickly surmises that the time has come to pop the hood and conduct her own investigation. Her animal companions see disaster fast approaching but can do little except try their best to protect their foolishly intrepid human. Harry’s race to the truth leads straight to powerful forces determined to avoid scrutiny at any cost—even if it means running Harry Haristeen off the road for good.  Includes a preview of Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown’s next Mrs. Murphy mystery, The Litter of the Law.“Harry and her pals are on the case. . . . [Brown] fills the series with rich central Virginia color, and readers will greet the recurring characters with fondness.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch   “[A] delightful book.”—Huntington News
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review 
 
It’s mid-May and murder is once again in full bloom in Crozet, Virginia—or so it seems to Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen. The trouble begins when Harry’s dear friend Miranda Hogendobber takes her on a leisurely drive that ends in a narrow drainage ditch. The chaos continues when the Very Reverend Herbert Jones’s Chevy pickup also abruptly goes kaput. But these vehicular mishaps are nothing compared to the much more distressing state of a mechanic discovered by Harry in a local repair shop: His head’s been bashed in. Despite numerous warnings from her much-loved coterie of friends, human and otherwise, Harry quickly surmises that the time has come to pop the hood and conduct her own investigation. Her animal companions see disaster fast approaching but can do little except try their best to protect their foolishly intrepid human. Harry’s race to the truth leads straight to powerful forces determined to avoid scrutiny at any cost—even if it means running Harry Haristeen off the road for good.
 
Includes a preview of Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown’s next Mrs. Murphy mystery, The Litter of the Law.
“Harry and her pals are on the case. . . . [Brown] fills the series with rich central Virginia color, and readers will greet the recurring characters with fondness.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“[A] delightful book.”—Huntington News
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        "As feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown."

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        February 27, 2012
        Brown’s 20th Mrs. Murphy mystery marks a welcome return to cozy form after the didacticism of 2011’s Hiss of Death. A car accident strikes Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the postmistress of Crozet, Va., as a little odd. Harry’s suspicions grow as more accidents and a few murders occur, all involving a local auto repair shop and perhaps a nearby racetrack. Harry, whose “flaming flaw is she’s much too curious,” turns for help to her four-footed companions—cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and Corgi Tee Tucker—who have their own theories about the crimes, especially after Pewter discovers a body. Harry’s pets are mostly concerned that her snooping will once again land her in trouble and, of course, it does. Amusing exchanges among the cats and dog and their commentary on the humans around them will please series fans. Agent: Wendy Weil, the Wendy Weil Agency.

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        A Virginia farmer and her remarkable pets celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first appearance in print with--what else?--yet another case of murder. Mary Minor Haristeen, aka Harry, and her husband, equine veterinarian Fair Haristeen, both enjoy the hard work and the many pleasures of farming in Crozet, Va. Born and bred there, former postmistress Harry has many friends, but her closest companions are her cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and her brave corgi, Tee Tucker. A minor car accident with her friend Miranda reminds Harry that the local ReNu, one of a chain of collision repair shops run by Victor Gatzembizi, is popular for its low repair costs. ReNu is also a favorite with another local businessperson, Latigo Bly, the owner of Safe & Sound insurance. A trip to ReNu to pick up the Very Reverend Herbert Jones' truck leads to the shocking discovery of the body of a mechanic, brutally murdered with a tire iron. The Sheriff and Harry's friend Deputy Cynthia Cooper know that the ever-curious Harry won't be able to leave the case alone. When more mechanics are murdered, Harry continues to investigate in between her farm chores and her work for the community. Her pets have pulled her out of danger many times in the past, but this time they have their paws full. Brown (Cat of the Century, 2010, etc.) spins a thin mystery in which top honors go to the author's love for her beloved Virginia countryside and for her animal characters, who as usual steal the show.

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        April 1, 2012

        Suspicious car accidents leave "Harry" and her four-legged friends (Hiss of Death) pondering the causes. Drag racing ensures a speedy read. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/11.]

        Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"As feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown."--The New York Times Book Review

It's mid-May and murder is once again in full bloom in Crozet, Virginia--or so it seems to Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. The trouble begins when Harry's dear friend Miranda Hogendobber takes her on a leisurely drive that ends in a narrow drainage ditch. The chaos continues when the Very Reverend Herbert Jones's Chevy pickup also abruptly goes kaput. But these vehicular mishaps are nothing compared to the much more distressing state of a mechanic discovered by Harry in a local repair shop: His head's been bashed in. Despite numerous warnings from her much-loved coterie of friends, human and otherwise, Harry quickly surmises that the time has come to pop the hood and conduct her own investigation. Her animal companions see disaster fast approaching but can do little except try their best...

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