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Cat of the Century (Mrs. Murphy Series #18)

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Any Mrs. Murphy Anthropomorphic mystery is a special treat

Ever since Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen remarried her ex husband successful veterinarian Fair, she has been happier than she has been a in a long time; dating back to when he cheated on her during their first marriage. They live in Crozet, Virginia; a town where all the...
Ever since Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen remarried her ex husband successful veterinarian Fair, she has been happier than she has been a in a long time; dating back to when he cheated on her during their first marriage. They live in Crozet, Virginia; a town where all the animals regardless of species can talk to each other except humans. Harry's cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and her corgi Tee Tucker wish they could so they can warn her of danger and tell her where bodies are.

Several residents travel to William Woods University in Fuller, Missouri to celebrate Harry's beloved sassy Aunt Tally on her hundredth birthday. There is a lot of tension between the alumnae attending; especially between Mariah D'Angelo who owns a ritzy jewelry store and stockbroker Flo Langston. Their overt animosity divides the attendees into three groups, supporters of each and those who wish they would leave.

Things turn strange when Mariah abruptly leaves. It is learned that Flo was going to accse Mariah of selling fakes in her store. When they return to Crozet, Mariah sends threatening emails to Liz Fillmore who sided with Flo and Terri Kincaid who sells high end ceramics at her shop. When Flo is killed by a sniper and Mariah is found murdered at the University, Harry and her sleuthing menagerie investigates who the killer is and why that person did it.

Any Mrs. Murphy Anthropomorphic mystery is a special treat as affirmed by Cat of the Century. The love between Harry and Fair shines throughout especalliy as he gives her space she needs to be herself even when she investigates. There are plenty of suspects with motives in a well constructed cozy that readers will enjoy in this one sitting read.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on February 7, 2010

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I was disappointed

I have enjoyed many of Rita Mae Brown's books, not just the Mrs. Murphy books. I found this to have boring characters and way too much political commentary. I guess you could use political views to develop characters but these comments did not develop anything just fil...
I have enjoyed many of Rita Mae Brown's books, not just the Mrs. Murphy books. I found this to have boring characters and way too much political commentary. I guess you could use political views to develop characters but these comments did not develop anything just filled in space. Please fill-in space with more mystery or more humor or just more story. I will keep following the series but please try harder.

posted by DeeTeeSD on May 5, 2010

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    I was disappointed

    I have enjoyed many of Rita Mae Brown's books, not just the Mrs. Murphy books. I found this to have boring characters and way too much political commentary. I guess you could use political views to develop characters but these comments did not develop anything just filled in space. Please fill-in space with more mystery or more humor or just more story. I will keep following the series but please try harder.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    Outside the series

    This book is outside Crozet, outside the main characters (Mrs. Murphy is barely there), outside the series story lines. I did read it all, but I didn't care for it. The author does promise to return to the series with the next book. M

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    Read only if you want to be lectured on ultra conservative politics

    With each succeeding book Rita Mae Brown has become more of a soapboxer on her political views than a mystery writer. I've had enough and will not purchase any of her books again. It's not why I buy a murder mystery. If I want to read about politics I'll buy a book by someone who knows what they're talking about rather than forcing personal and biased views on unsuspecting readers. Goodbye, Rita, it was fun for a while.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    writer's personal diatribe given @ expense of characters

    one of my favorite series and although I wouldn't have missed it, I am disheartened @ the writer's lectures. Each oration brought me out of the adventure, shattering the illusion. Plus there was much less involvement of Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tee Tucker which was another disappointment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Lame

    While the mystery story was good, the animals thoughts and interjections did nothing to move the plot along. They were a distraction and could have been cut. I thought the ending was fairly abrupt too. Probably the subplot of Ralston's murder needed to be more developed because at the end it was really a "who cares" moment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 5, 2010

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