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The Purrfect Murder

The Purrfect Murder, February 2008
Mrs. Murphy #16
by Rita Mae Brown

Featuring: Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen
272 pages
ISBN: 0553803654
EAN: 9780553803655
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"Four-legged sleuths help maintain law and order!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Purrfect Murder
Rita Mae Brown

Reviewed by Morgan Chilson
Posted January 15, 2008

Mystery Pet Lovers | Mystery Woman Sleuth

Harry Haristeen and her band of pets are back and working to clear their friend, architect Tazio Chappers, of any suspicion of murder. Tazio may have occasionally felt like killing Carla Paulson, a rich, snooty and extremely difficult client, but she wouldn't have done the deed -- despite the fact that she was discovered standing over Carla's body, holding a bloody knife.

Harry and her pets can't keep their nose out of mysteries, despite admonitions from friends and new husband Fair to let the police handle the situation. And it's a good thing they're on the case, too.

Brown has written her usual winning story that captures small-town America and the indomitable personalities of pets. A fun, light read.

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New York Times bestselling authors Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, return with a new mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker. But are they any match for a killer who’s made an entire town suspect by committing…

Autumn has arrived in cozy Crozet, Virginia, and that means the town’s inhabitants are hard at work in home and garden preparing for winter. Harry is planning to harvest her first crop of Petit Manseng grapes along with her beloved sunflowers. Meanwhile, her recent marriage to Fair and her friendship with Deputy Cynthia Cooper, who’s rented nearby Blair Farm, are flourishing. But even when peace descends on the idyllic countryside, murder is lurking.

Mrs. Carla Paulson is one of the diamond-encrusted “come-here” set who has descended on Crozet with plenty of wealth and no feeling for country ways. She’s determined to make her new house the envy of all her well-heeled friends—and enemies—and she’s hired architect Tazio Chappers to build it.

From the start, the project—and Mrs. Paulson— turns into a major headache relieved only by a side trip to study Thomas Jefferson’s extraordinary summer home at Poplar Forest. Harry couldn’t foresee that a day later Mrs. Paulson would be found stabbed to death at a gala fund-raiser with Harry’s friend, Tazio Chappers, standing over her, holding the knife.

Now Harry must solve what seems to everyone else an open-and-shut case. Every other human, that is. For her four-legged friends see it Harry’s way. But will they have to choose between catching the purrfect killer or saving Harry?

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