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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rita Mae Brown Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mrs. Murphy Series Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781440708688
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Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy—and her human companion, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen. Small towns are like families: everyone lives very close together … and everyone keeps secrets.

Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town—until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet’s thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her. When Crozet’s citizens start turning up murdered, Harry remembers that each received a card with a tombstone on the front and the message “Wish You Were Here” on the back. Intent on protecting their human friend, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker begin to scent out clues. Meanwhile, Harry is conducting her own investigation, unaware her pets are one step ahead of her. If only Mrs. Murphy could alert her somehow, Harry could uncover the culprit before the murder occurs—and before Harry finds herself on the killer’s mailing list.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rambunctious and wacky.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “It should delight cat fancier…Sassy, silly, and plenty of fun.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Brown’s lively characterization brings merchants and first-family Virginians alive with affection and verve. Even the snippets of conversation contributed by Crozet’s four-legged inhabitants are credible rather than cloying. Harry’s in-process divorce of the town vet gives Brown opportunity to wax wise on issues of human relationships, feminism, and the pitfalls of greed. A charming adventure, with teeth.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The witty dialogue of humans and pets enables readers to know and identify with the unique residents in small-town America, and the attractive line drawings depict the industrious animal detectives. This is the first in a crime series; readers will eagerly await the opportunity to scent out the clues in the second.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan | 2/20/2014

    " This book is the first of a series I collect. My nana got me hooked. All the books are great fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cass | 2/10/2014

    " Hilarious, twisted and fun. Given to me by a really good friend. Read 3-4 times over the years. Very lighthearted for a murder mystery. "

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

    " Yes, this was so bad I didn't finish it. It has the unlikely combination of gruesomeness and talking animals. The series "The Cat Who..." has feline detective partners, but at least they don't talk--their human imagines their thoughts. I can't seriously read a book where cats and a dog "talk" in English, even though the humans don't understand them. I like that she is the postmistress in a small town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 2/6/2014

    " Fun read! Loved that the dogs and cats in the book "talk" to each other. Entire chapters had just the animals in conversation. I know this series has been around awhile- but I am just now getting to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs.Y. Yeingst | 1/27/2014

    " These wonderful Mrs. Murphy mystery books are written from the point of view of two cats and a Welsh Corgi dog! I have read them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/24/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. I figured it out before the end, but it was fun to read. I will keep reading this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/22/2014

    " This was my first mystery book by Rita Mae Brown; I read Rubyfruit Jungle in college which is a rather different kind of novel indeed. I loved this mystery novel! I'm sure it has a lot to do with my own love of cats, but I adore the sassy, snooty Mrs. Murphy and her silly dog friend Tucker. The heroine of the book, Harry Haristeen, is a wonderfully strong and courageous female character without the toughness and (lonely) independence of female characters like Warshawski, Millhone, or Plum. Don't get me wrong, I love a tough female lead character, but it's refreshing to have a more friendly and warm main "detective". I laughed out loud several times reading this book, mostly at the antics of Mrs. Murphy and Tucker, and the mystery plot was decent as well. The mystery wasn't especially challenging to figure out before the reveal, but it was well-done, and wrapped up nicely. I've got Mrs. Murphy #2 checked out from the library and will be reading it soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthanne | 1/20/2014

    " Another series, this one co-written by Rita Mae Brown and her cat Sneaky Pie, that is entertaining and engaging. The female protagonist and all the citizens of Crozet grow al ton through the many books of this mystery series, although Rita Mae Brown states that 4 books equals 1 year in the lives of her characters. I love the fact that the animals in the series help solve the mysteries and that they talk to each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Salyards | 1/13/2014

    " I love all of the SneakyPie books, and I have even visited Crozet Va. where most Harry and her animals live. Beautiful town but I kept looking on the side of the road for a dead body lol. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/5/2014

    " Fun first in series. The animals comments about the humans is hysterical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kea | 12/6/2013

    " I love animals. This murder mystery series is perfect for corny animal lovers like me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/1/2013

    " Light mystery series (Mrs. Murphy) - main character is a small town postmistress with two cats and one dog (a corgi). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 11/14/2013

    " I like cats, I like mysteries, I like small towns, and yet, I remained indifferent. It wasn't painful, but I wasn't eager to read a sequel. Oh course, I don't care for The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 10/29/2013

    " Wish You Were Hear by Rita Mae Brown. Good Book first of the series. If you like the Cat Who Series you should like these. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 10/12/2013

    " Set just up the road in Crozet, VA, this looks light and fun. It was okay, kinda silly. I wouldn't bother recommending it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 9/20/2013

    " Harry and her tiger cat Mrs. Murphy try to solve a murder spree in Crozet "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoDee | 5/8/2013

    " Adorable series. You fall in love with the creatures, both human and non. Like most series it is sweet in the beginning, then wonderful a few books in as you really build relationships with the characters, then later on as the story must change you get less fond of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie Carruth | 5/1/2013

    " Just read all the Sneaky Pete and Rita Mae Brown books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Harrison | 2/9/2013

    " I love the Mrs Murphy series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn | 1/25/2013

    " Mystery written by the author's cat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/16/2013

    " I'm in love with Mrs. Murphy, Tucker and Pewter. The interactions among the animal and human characters is so tender and realistic. It's made me wonder what my cats are saying when they get chatty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 10/11/2012

    " Love the series and will read more of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/28/2012

    " This was a really cute and fun mystery. I enjoyed not just the human sleuths, but also the animal ones! Can't wait to get into the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sebastian Hagedorn | 9/20/2011

    " Not bad, but I don't particularly feel like reading more books in that series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/11/2011

    " I'd give it a 3.5. The characters were just hard to care about. It did become compelling, but maybe that was just me wanting to know who the killer was. And there was swearing, even by the cat, which I don't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 6/2/2011

    " Fun, quick read. I was surprised by the animals talking, not too sure how I feel about that yet. The kitties were a bit sassy, compared to the loving, pleasant cats that I know. Definitely enjoyed how involved the animals were in solving the mystery, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi Ferdig | 5/21/2011

    " My FIRST Sneaky Pie Brown story and I've been reading ever since... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 5/17/2011

    " This was my first Mrs. Murphy book I read, loved it and continued to read most all of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/22/2011

    " This series is just a fun read...will never win the Pulizter but will make you smile, especially if you love and appreciate animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/16/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Klocke | 4/11/2011

    " Good, easy to read mysteries that are light hearted. I like to read them after a semester just finished, because they are easy on my brain and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoDee | 4/6/2011

    " Adorable series. You fall in love with the creatures, both human and non. Like most series it is sweet in the beginning, then wonderful a few books in as you really build relationships with the characters, then later on as the story must change you get less fond of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 2/5/2011

    " I had nearly given up on this book by chapter 7 as there were so many characters that it became confusing. I decided to stick with it and am so glad that I did. Once I overcame my lack of familiarity, it turned out to be a great read and I am now looking forward to reading others in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/6/2011

    " I'd give it a 3.5. The characters were just hard to care about. It did become compelling, but maybe that was just me wanting to know who the killer was. And there was swearing, even by the cat, which I don't like.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 11/12/2010

    " This was a quick read -- rural post-mistress solves murder with assistance of her cat & dog. I was looking for something fluffy and I got it. It was enjoyable while reading but somewhat forgettable -- would make a nice beach read. "

  • 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/18/2010

    " it was okay...not the best but entertaining enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 8/16/2010

    " Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown was an ok read. I enjoyed the characters very much and the story was ok. "

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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.