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“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review
It’s mid-May and murder is once again in full bloom in Crozet, Virginia—or so it seems to Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen. The trouble begins when Harry’s dear friend Miranda Hogendobber takes her on a leisurely drive that ends in a narrow drainage ditch. The chaos continues when the Very Reverend Herbert Jones’s Chevy pickup also abruptly goes kaput. But these vehicular mishaps are nothing compared to the much more distressing state of a mechanic discovered by Harry in a local repair shop: His head’s been bashed in. Despite numerous warnings from her much-loved coterie of friends, human and otherwise, Harry quickly surmises that the time has come to pop the hood and conduct her own investigation. Her animal companions see disaster fast approaching but can do little except try their best to protect their foolishly intrepid human. Harry’s race to the truth leads straight to powerful forces determined to avoid scrutiny at any cost—even if it means running Harry Haristeen off the road for good.
Includes a preview of Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown’s next Mrs. Murphy mystery, The Litter of the Law.
“Harry and her pals are on the case. . . . [Brown] fills the series with rich central Virginia color, and readers will greet the recurring characters with fondness.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“[A] delightful book.”—Huntington News
Brown's 20th Mrs. Murphy mystery marks a welcome return to cozy form after the didacticism of 2011's Hiss of Death. A car accident strikes Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, the postmistress of Crozet, Va., as a little odd. Harry's suspicions grow as more accidents and a few murders occur, all involving a local auto repair shop and perhaps a nearby racetrack. Harry, whose "flaming flaw is she's much too curious," turns for help to her four-footed companions cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and Corgi Tee Tucker who have their own theories about the crimes, especially after Pewter discovers a body. Harry's pets are mostly concerned that her snooping will once again land her in trouble and, of course, it does. Amusing exchanges among the cats and dog and their commentary on the humans around them will please series fans.