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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mrs. Murphy Series Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781449802141
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When the dead body of building contractor H.H. Donaldson is found in the parking lot during a basketball game, felines Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with Tucker the Corgi, know just what will happen next. Harry Haristeen can’t help but try to solve the puzzle. Who could be the killer? Is it a mistress, an archrival, or Donaldson’s ailing wife? Leave it to Mrs. Murphy and her gang to lead Harry right to the missing piece.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The author breathes believability into every aspect of this smart and sassy novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/20/2014

    " I'm really enjoying the books by Rita Mae Brown. They're very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie Flanigan | 2/16/2014

    " These are all just silly, but enjoyable, if you're from Virginia or just like Virginia and or you like cats and dogs. Quick fluffy reads. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 2/8/2014

    " Too many characters, convoluted story, mediocre at best writing, and just overall weak. But I did read the whole thing! And I have to admit I like how the animals help solve the mystery and get the bad guys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 2/1/2014

    " Clever dialogue among animals who do their best to help their owners solve mysteries. Light and delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/18/2014

    " Another fun romp with Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker and company. This was mediocre as a mystery went (I had it figured out with the animals rather than with the people) but it was a fun adventure with good friends and set up thing in the characters lives for the next portion of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Jenkins Kleager | 1/13/2014

    " Any in this series are excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Kennedy | 1/12/2014

    " One of the more enjoyable Mrs. Murphy books recently, although Harry seemed to be pretty stupid in this one, deliberately putting her life on the line without letting anybody know what she was doing. Good thing she's got three exceptional pets on her side! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/2/2014

    " a good read as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlith | 12/15/2013

    " I always enjoy her Mrs. Murphy books. The way the animals talk to each other and try to get get their humans to hear them just makes me smile. Her books are a bit predictable, but they're fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/11/2013

    " It's taking me a while to get used to (and like) Rita Mae Brown's style of writing. At times, it's a bit corny, especially the parts when she has her animals talking to one another. (I thought, "Gag me!" at first, and now I'm thinking, "Really...") "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 10/26/2013

    " Bk. #12. Murder at University of Virgina women's basketball game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 9/26/2013

    " Easy beach books. This one was in the rental so read it and liked it enough to look for the first one in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gena Lott | 3/23/2013

    " Not nearly as fun as Lillian Braun's series of "Cat Who. . ." books. In fact, for me, this book bordered on fantasy because the author gets into the cats' and dog's heads, discusses their conversations and explores their motives as much as the human characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/14/2012

    " Better than the last Mrs Murphy I read, but not as good as the early ones. And Harry seemed a bit cranky and foolish in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Martin | 10/23/2012

    " Entertaining summer read. Good plot twist at the end! I like the talking animals - amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/17/2012

    " Started this series many years ago...it's a guilty pleasure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 8/26/2012

    " This series of light mysteries are a delight! You miss the characters when the story ends. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tarah | 8/25/2012

    " Picked this book up for free and thought I'd give it a try. Cats solving crimes.... okay. But I just couldn't get into it. The cats giggle a hell of a lot. And they're cats, for shit's sake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/15/2012

    " Two murders occur in the small town of Crozet, VA. Both after the women's basketball game at the University of VA. The murderer can be found in just a handfull of folks... but who did it? Leave it to Harry Harristeen and her two cats and one corgi to find out the answer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 7/30/2012

    " I do enjoy the soap opera storylines of this series, but I must say that the mysteries are just so-so and the mystery in this one was really corny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dimps | 7/27/2012

    " Pretty good one. Looking forward to reading more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Smith | 6/14/2012

    " The cat's insights are better than some humans I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallie | 11/8/2011

    " What can I say, I LOVE these mysteries - especially Mrs. Murphy, Tucker and Pewter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/16/2011

    " This series of light mysteries are a delight! You miss the characters when the story ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallie | 4/8/2011

    " What can I say, I LOVE these mysteries - especially Mrs. Murphy, Tucker and Pewter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/2/2010

    " Started this series many years ago...it's a guilty pleasure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 7/6/2010

    " Entertaining summer read. Good plot twist at the end! I like the talking animals - amusing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tarah | 5/8/2010

    " Picked this book up for free and thought I'd give it a try. Cats solving crimes.... okay. But I just couldn't get into it. The cats giggle a hell of a lot. And they're cats, for shit's sake.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 4/8/2010

    " These are all just silly, but enjoyable, if you're from Virginia or just like Virginia and or you like cats and dogs. Quick fluffy reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 2/1/2010

    " One of the more enjoyable Mrs. Murphy books recently, although Harry seemed to be pretty stupid in this one, deliberately putting her life on the line without letting anybody know what she was doing. Good thing she's got three exceptional pets on her side! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/6/2010

    " Clever dialogue among animals who do their best to help their owners solve mysteries. Light and delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 6/24/2009

    " It's taking me a while to get used to (and like) Rita Mae Brown's style of writing. At times, it's a bit corny, especially the parts when she has her animals talking to one another. (I thought, "Gag me!" at first, and now I'm thinking, "Really...") "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 5/2/2009

    " I do enjoy the soap opera storylines of this series, but I must say that the mysteries are just so-so and the mystery in this one was really corny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/1/2009

    " Better than the last Mrs Murphy I read, but not as good as the early ones. And Harry seemed a bit cranky and foolish in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dimps | 11/26/2008

    " Pretty good one. Looking forward to reading more. "

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About the Author
Author Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series, A Nose for Justice, and the Sister Jane novels, as well as Rubyfruit JungleIn Her DaySix of OneThe Sand Castle, and the memoirs Animal Magnetism and Rita Will. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, with cats, hounds, horses, and big red foxes.

About the Narrator

Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actress who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, she completed an MFA at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career.