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The Tail of the Tip-Off (Mrs. Murphy Series #11)
     

The Tail of the Tip-Off (Mrs. Murphy Series #11)

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by Rita Mae Brown, Michael Gellatly (Illustrator), Sneaky Pie Brown
 

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The Tail of the Tip-Off

When winter hits Crozet, Virginia, it hits hard--and hangs on for months. That’s nothing new to postmistress Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and her friends, who keep warm with hard work, hot toddies, and rabid rooting for the University of Virginia’s women’s basketball team at the old stadium affectionately

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Tail of the Tip-Off (Mrs. Murphy Series #11) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When there is no murderer on the loose, there is no better place to be than Crozet, Virginia. It is a magical place where animals talk to each other crossing species lines. The only ones who can¿t understand the animals are the dumb human beings and the animals believe that is because have gotten away from nature. The tiger cat Mrs. Murphy, the large gray Cat Pewter, and Tucker the Corgi, owns Mary Minor Haristeen, known as Harry to her friends. The trio loves Harry and will do anything to protect her and keep her safe when she is busy sleuthing. Following a women¿s basketball game at the University of Virginia, HH Donaldson collapses and dies. An autopsy shows a one and a half-inch piercing in the back of his neck so the tentative conclusion is he was poisoned. A few days later, Mychelle Burns, a building code inspector is found in the closet inside the woman¿s basketball locker room with a knife wound through the chest. Harry, who has to be in the middle of a homicide investigation, tries to figure out who the murderer is and almost winds up as victim number three. One of the most charming facets of the Mrs. Murphy mysteries is the conversation the animals have with each other. The heroine¿s animals go to great lengths to save her from her actions and their love and tender displays of affections would warm the heart of pre-ghostly Scrooge. THE TAIL OF THE TIP-OFF is a not to be missed exciting cozy. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Co-authors Rita Mae Brown & literary cat Sneaky Pie have produced the finest book in their series starring Mary Minor 'Harry' Hairsteen, likeable postmistress -- and amateur sleuth -- of small-town Crozet, Virginia, and her loyal trio of crime-solving, four-legged friends. Crozet is a stellar setting for malice aplenty mixed with Brown's unique representation of southern charm and eccentricities. While Rita Mae & Sneaky Pie's books always make for good reads, 'The Tail of the Tip-Off' stands out as a great mystery, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the end. While Brown's narrative can occasionally come across as serving her private agenda outside the novel, she seems to have escaped most of her opining ways and stayed truer to the story than in some mysteries past. The conversations and adventures of the animals in this book are witty and fun, and add to, rather than distracting one from, the human storyline. For those readers familiar with the Crozet mysteries, if you haven't kept up with the series, now's the time to return! And even if you've never read a word by Rita Mae Brown before, this one book could get you hooked on her. If you love a mystery with a strong female heroine and interesting relationships, especially one with cats & dogs & more mixed in, this is one book that you do not want to miss!
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My eyes widen in alarm and i dash into the stream and grab velvetstars kits by the scruff and put the other kis on my back. I run int camp silently promising to come back if whitefoot needs help~daisyflame
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The brown tabby she kit hisses at the fox, latching onto its legs and biting with her needle like teeth. She lets go and runs after her brother.
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*the dove grey shecat snarled and leapt after the fox. She landed heavily on the fox's back and clawed at its fur.* "Quick! Run!" she yowled to the kits. *the shecat distracted the fox to giv the kts a chance to escape.* ~Whitefoot
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Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie have managed to create enjoyable and believeable characters and situations; the animals, especially. Their human charcaters have grown and changed over the course of the series. As someone with horses in his past, I appreciate Ms. Brown's and Sneaky Pie's honest protrayal of horse stewardship. In addition to being a fun and interesting murder mystery, this is an excellent primer on how to care for horses. I have read every one of the series and this faithful to the first and bodes well for more to come from Crozet, VA.