Tall tail A Mrs. Murphy mystery

Rita Mae Brown

Book - 2016

"Returning to Virginia's post-revolutionary history and to characters introduced in Tail Gait, the story follows the Garth sisters and their husbands, neighbors to a brutal slaveholder whose murder at the hands of one of his slaves is neither unexpected nor unwarranted, especially when the impetus was an attack on that slave's wife. The sisters manage to smuggle the fugitive to safety in York, Pennsylvania, while ensuring that the circumstances underlying the entire ordeal stay lo...ng buried. Until now. Harry and her animal companions come closer to drawing a link between the past and the present. And in this centuries-spanning caper, they will discover that hiding who you really are may have mortal consequences.... As the questions surrounding"--

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Series
Brown, Rita Mae. Mrs. Murphy mystery.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Bantam Books [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xvi, 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780553392463
0553392468
Main Author
Rita Mae Brown (author)
Other Authors
Sneaky Pie Brown, 1982- (author), Michael Gellatly (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The intrepid feline Mrs. Murphy helps Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen solve the murder of a home-care nurse in this latest in Brown's long-running pet mystery series. The story travels back and forth from the murder of the nurse, who was caring for Harry's best friend's grandfather, the former governor, and another murder involving slaves in post–Revolutionary War Virginia. The stories are connected, with the present-day murder having roots deep in the past. The legacy of racism is a theme throughout—in the slavery story, of course, but also in the governor's own past as a one-time defender of segregation. Keeping the characters and plotlines straight can be taxing but proves more than worth the effort for the richness of the story and especially its fascinating conclusion. As always in this series, there are plenty of humorous pet asides to leaven the proceedings. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In their 25th outing (after Tail Gait), Harry and best friend Susan Tucker are embroiled in a mystery rooted in 18th-century Virginia and the murder of a horrific slave owner. [Page 53]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

At the start of bestseller Brown's disjointed 24th Mrs. Murphy mystery (after 2015's Tail Gait), farm owner Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen is nearly run off the road by nurse Barbara Leader, the caregiver for ailing 96-year-old Samuel Holloway, a former Virginia governor. Barbara's car comes to a halt, but Harry finds her dead behind the wheel. The subsequent discovery of a lethal drug in Barbara's system intensifies concern about the former governor's safety for Susan Tucker, Harry's friend and Holloway's granddaughter. The political ambitions of Holloway's state senator grandson, Edward Cunningham, who's Susan's cousin, complicate matters. Flashbacks to the 18th century illustrate episodes of abuse and cruelty that may have significance in the present, where a break-in at a website developer deepens the puzzle. Though readers may be enraptured by an 18th-century corgi named Piglet, poor construction relegates vital details to an afterword instead of incorporating them into the narrative. Agent: Wendy Weil, Wendy Weil Agency. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Returning to Virginia's post-revolutionary history and to characters introduced in Tail Gait, the story follows the Garth sisters and their husbands, neighbors to a brutal slaveholder whose murder at the hands of one of his slaves is neither unexpected nor unwarranted, especially when the impetus was an attack on that slave's wife. The sisters manage to smuggle the fugitive to safety in York, Pennsylvania, while ensuring that the circumstances underlying the entire ordeal stay long buried. Until now. Harry and her animal companions come closer to drawing a link between the past and the present. And in this centuries-spanning caper, they will discover that hiding who you really are may have mortal consequences.... As the questions surrounding"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When a confidante to the former governor of Virginia dies under suspicious circumstances, Harry and her furry detective cohorts look for answers in the eighteenth century, where they discover a secret ancestry that originated in brutality and silence.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When the governor of Virginia passes away from a telling disease, Harry and her furry detective cohorts look for answers in the 18th century, where they discover a secret ancestry that originated in brutality and silence. By the author of the "Sister" Jane Arnold Outfoxed series.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In this fast-paced mystery by Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and her animal friends seek to solve a whodunit rooted in eighteenth-century Virginia—uncovering a shocking secret that refuses to stay buried.  TALL TAIL   At any moment a perfect summer day in Crozet, Virginia—nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains—might turn stormy and tempestuous, as Harry knows too well when a squall suddenly sweeps in. In a blink, Harry’s pickup nearly collides with a careening red car that then swerves into a ditch. Harry recognizes the dead driver slumped over the vehicle’s steering wheel: Barbara Leader was nurse and confidante to former Virginia governor Sam Holloway.   Though Barbara’s death is ruled a heart attack, dissenting opinions abound. After all, she was the picture of health, which gives Harry and her four-legged companions pause. A baffling break-in at a local business leads Harry to further suspect that a person with malevolent intent lurks just out of sight: Something evil is afoot.   As it happens, Barbara died in the shadow of the local cemetery’s statue of the Avenging Angel. Just below that imposing funereal monument lie the remains of one Francisco Selisse, brutally murdered in 1784. Harry’s present-day sleuthing draws her back to Virginia’s slave-holding past and the hunt for Selisse’s killer. Now it’s up to Harry and her furry detectives—Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker—to expose the bitter truth, even if it means staring into the unforgiving eyes of history and cornering a callous killer poised to pounce.Praise for the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown   “As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review   “Mrs. Murphy mysteries are fun, sweet, and beautifully adventurous.”—Bustle   “Brown [is] the queen of the talking animal cozy.”—Publishers Weekly