Sour Puss (Mrs. Murphy Series #14)

Sour Puss (Mrs. Murphy Series #14)

by Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown
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Sour Puss (Mrs. Murphy Series #14) by Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown

Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner-in-crime-detection, Sneaky Pie Brown, return to the scene of their bestselling crimes—picturesque Crozet, Virginia. Love is in the air as spring comes to the small town, but no sooner has Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen remarried than she is rudely interrupted—by murder. And no sooner does the trouble start than curious cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with corgi Tee Tucker, sink their claws into the case.…

After an unexpected rekindling of their romance, Harry and her veterinarian ex-husband, Fair Haristeen, have happily remarried. But the excitement of their nuptials is quickly overshadowed by the murder of Professor Vincent Forland, a world-famous grape and fungal expert who was in town visiting the local vineyards.

Within days of giving a lecture on how distilled fungus and cattle diseases are the current basis of chemical warfare, Forland’s decapitated body is discovered. After their initial fright, the residents of Crozet believe that this was a political murder and settle back into their routines–until a local is also found dead, killed in the same gruesome manner as Professor Forland. Now residents can’t help wondering, is this really the work of an outsider—or one of their own?

No longer working in the post office, Harry had just planted a quarter acre of grapes, which fuels her natural curiosity over just what the two murder victims knew and had in common. Once the warmth of spring arrives, the grapevines blossom and Harry’s furry entourage discovers the first critical clue. But how can they show the humans what they’ve learned? And how can they—or anyone—stop the killing?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553586817
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2007
Series: Mrs. Murphy Series , #14
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 576,860
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.
 
Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on numerous Mrs. Murphy mysteries—in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers and Sneaky Pie for President.

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Sour Puss (Mrs. Murphy Series #14) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
SarahAnn3 More than 1 year ago
My favorite books to read are those that take you away to a beautiful place you can picture in your mind. They need to be funny, a good plot twist and I don't want to have to figure anything out after I finish reading it. I used these books while I was in the process of quitting smoking. They gave ma a light escape from the world, took my mind off of wanting a cigarette and made me laugh out loud many times in each book. These are simply fun books to read. They are not heavy in thought and no descript violence. I am waiting for the next book to come out in paperback in November. Can't wait! I recommend the entire series, but start at the beginning if you can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading and enjoying the first 13 books in the Mrs. Murphy series, I must say #14 is a real disappointment! Most of the characters didn't even have the same 'personality' that we have come to know. Terrorists, chemical warfare, grapes and their diseases it read like she published her research papers. It really didn't have her style of writing. If some one else wrote it, they should have asked for a little more help from 'Sneaky Pie'!!!
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taliessa More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Mrs. Murphy and Rita and this book didn't disappoint me!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There was the potential for a good story here, but between all the bioterrorism talk & the usual brand-name-dropping (I hope Brown gets paid extra for it at least), this book was more headache than entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was just me until I ready the other reviews. This book is extremely boring. Ms. Brown seems enthralled with Patricia Kluge (a very real person) to the point she obviously wrote the book entirely for her and not the reader. The book was all about snobbery and very little to do with the characters we all have come to know and like.This book seemed to have its own agenda. I hope she gets back on track in the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's aboout time Harry and Fair remarried.I most say I had a feeling(he)was the one who killed them but I didn't think(he)would try to frame Fair and try to kill Harry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I looked forward to the latest book but once started it I was very disappointed. The foul language and the topic of bioterroism went on and on. I hear enough of both on TV and in the movies, I don't want to read it in one of my favorite series of books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually love these book but this is the worst book I have ever read. I did not even finish it. I am not sure what happened, but hope the next one in the series is back to old Rita Mae Brown.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fun, interestng, filled with great characters and timely subject matter. Harry and the other characters are growing. And by having Harry leave the Post Office to devote all her energies to farming, Ms. Brown has broadened her territory. This book is both fresh and familiar. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Among the top writers of cat mysteries are Lillian Jackson Braun, Shirley Rousseau Murphy and, of course, Rita Mae Brown who co-authors with her tiger cat Sneaky Pie Brown. Each of these authors has gained a loyal following with their warm, witty, suspenseful tales grounded in the relationship between humans and their felines. Titles in this genre are often called ¿cozy mysteries¿ because of the lack of graphic violence. They¿re books that one can almost cuddle up with and enjoy the repartee between felines and their masters. Of course, all of these cats are gifted with speech so they speak freely between themselves and humans. Their opinion of human thought, customs and life is not always flattering but each knows where his or her next dish of tuna is coming from. In the case of ¿Sour Puss¿ readers again find themselves in the small town of Crozet, Virginia, where a wedding is taking place. Mrs. Murphy, a tiger cat belonging to Mary ¿Harry¿ Hairisteen, and Pewter, a rotund gray cat are viewing the joining of Harry and Fair, the local equine veterinarian. Tucker, a corgi, watches the exchange of vows from a bench next to the organist. Marriage to the cats is just one more puzzling aspect of human behavior. As Pewter observes, ¿Why do people get married? We don¿t. It¿s such an expense, a big public display......Can¿t they just pair off and be done with it?¿ Nonetheless, they patiently wait for the reception which means food, one of their prime interests. All went well at the ceremony until Pewter and Mrs. Murphy engaged in a swatting match that propelled Pewter off the balcony and onto the organist¿s bench. That wasn¿t the only interruption to Harry and Fair¿s new state of wedded bliss - a renowned horticulture expert, Professor Vincent Farland, is found dead in a field. Harry well knows that there¿s more to this than a body in a field, so with the help of Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tucker she begins her investigation. Readers of Rita Mae Brown¿s cat mysteries find as much enjoyment in the antics of her feline characters as they do in the crime solving. The author does offer a helpful cast of characters at the outset. First time readers would do well to acquaint themselves with this listing as characters, both two and four-legged abound. If you like cat capers this one¿s for you. - Gail Cooke