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The Purrfect Murder (Mrs. Murphy Series #16)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Regional Escapism, Universal Truths

What makes this novel a treat to read is the author's delight in the regionalism of rural Virginia and the characteristics of the "characters" inhabiting Crozet. The novel unbashedly tackles concerns that are important to a changing United States, issues like homosexua...
What makes this novel a treat to read is the author's delight in the regionalism of rural Virginia and the characteristics of the "characters" inhabiting Crozet. The novel unbashedly tackles concerns that are important to a changing United States, issues like homosexuality, the incursion of big box homogenity into rural communities, and the importance of diversity and acceptance. Crozet, and its inhabitants, act as a microcosm of controversal issues debated in communities today. What I love about Brown is her skill in reminding the reader that issues have real people behind them, with real feelings, lives, etc. The message to love the person even if you don't agree with life choices overrides all petty concerns. The mystery, while entertaining, is pretty weak; however, I encourage readers to look more deeply into the nuances of what it means to be a citizen in an increasingly pluralistic society.

posted by 233958 on March 19, 2010

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

I had to stop on page 33

I too am glad I got this from the library instead of buying it. After having read every other book in this series I couldn't even make it past page 33. What began as an exciting mystery series with a lovable cast of characters has turned into the author's political agen...
I too am glad I got this from the library instead of buying it. After having read every other book in this series I couldn't even make it past page 33. What began as an exciting mystery series with a lovable cast of characters has turned into the author's political agenda with a weak storyline on the side. I thought I was sitting down with another murder mystery not pro-abortion propaganda. When abortion came up at a vestry meeting that was enough for me. Even if you are pro-choice you will find the pages of abortion dialogue nauseating and over the top.

posted by Anonymous on March 20, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    I had to stop on page 33

    I too am glad I got this from the library instead of buying it. After having read every other book in this series I couldn't even make it past page 33. What began as an exciting mystery series with a lovable cast of characters has turned into the author's political agenda with a weak storyline on the side. I thought I was sitting down with another murder mystery not pro-abortion propaganda. When abortion came up at a vestry meeting that was enough for me. Even if you are pro-choice you will find the pages of abortion dialogue nauseating and over the top.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Worst book I ever read!

    Read all the reviews of the people who gave this one star! This book is very political and definitely liberal leaning, from abortion (the ongoing theme) to global warming to Carl Rove. It was hard to get past that to get into the story itself. The only good thing I have to say is that the illustrations are very well done, and very cute. This is the first book I have read by Rita Mae Brown, and definitely the last. Too bad, because mysteries are usually my favorite! If you want to read good books including the cat theme, try Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." series.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Rita Mae Brown's Purrfect Murder

    I have read many of Rita Mae Brown's murder mystries over the years. Her mystery Purrfect Murder was a message for abortion. The plot line was terrible and her desire to blast Christians made it a very bad read. I have enjoyed her books upto now, but now that she is pushing her political views through a work of fiction, I will drop her from Authors I want to read. Don't waste your money on this propaganda piece. It's poorly written and spends all its time defending abortion. Pass on this left wing book. I liked her better when she kept her political views to herself. I have had several other mystery readers share their disdain of this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    Not good

    I have read all the books in this series and this one to put it mildly "Totally Sucked"! We want mysteries, not personal agendas. It basically was a book about abortion. I know the writer is against it and I still don't care!!! What happened to her? She started this series off with a bang and now I'm not sure if I'll ever read another one of her books. Sad day for what used to be a good writer. I'd skip it if I were you. Not worth reading for any reason!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Way too much "politics" for me

    I have read about 50 pages and am already sick of the political slant of the book. I like to read to escape, not rehash the evening news. Love this series, but really dislike this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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