Murder, She Meowed

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Murder, She Meowed

Format:  Paperback,

300 pages

Edition: Bantam Paperbac

Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: Nov 1997

ISBN-13: 9780553572377

ISBN-10: 0553572377

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The annual steeplechase races at Montpelier, once the home of James and Dolley Madison, are the high point in the social calendar of the horse-mad Virginians of cozy Crozet. The race meet offers a cracking good time with old friends and a chance to get even--on the racecourse--with old enemies. Postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen will be in the thick of the action on this day of high spirits and fierce competition. But the glorious thoroughbreds and the pinks and greens and purples worn by the riders do not blind Harry to the dangerous undercurrents that start to surface. There's sure to be some emotional fireworks at Montpelier. Still, no one expects the day to end in tragedy.
Found dead in the main barn is one of the day's riders, a knife plunged through the jockey's heart. The only clue is a playing card, the Queen of Clubs, impaled over the fatal wound. Within the wealthy, tight-knit world of horse owners, trainers, and jockeys, the victim had both admirers and enemies.
Was the murderer's motive greed, drugs--a pervasive evil in the race world--or sexual rivalry? Luckily for Crozet's humans, the tiger cat Mrs. Murphy is right at home in the stable yard...and on the trail of the shocking truth. But will Harry catch on in time to stop a killer grown bloodthirsty with success?
In Murder, She Meowed Sneaky Pie Brown and her co-author, Rita Mae Brown, have penned another clever and sassy mystery that probes the depths of human depravity and the heights of feline genius.


Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Nov 1997
ISBN-13: 9780553572377
ISBN-10: 0553572377
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 300
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 6.75 x 1.0

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Biography of Brown, Rita Mae

Rita Mae Brown was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, on November 28, 1944. She received an associate's degree from Broward Junior College in 1965, a B.A. in English and classics from New York University in 1968, a Cinematography Degree from the School of the Visual Arts in 1968, and a Ph.D. in English and political science from the Institute for Policy Studies in 1976. She was the writer-in-residence at the Women's Writing Center of Cazenovi College and a visiting instructor teaching fiction writing at the University of Virginia.

After publishing two books of poetry, she published her first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle, in 1973. Her works include The Hand that Cradles the Rock, Sudden Death, Venus Envy, Loose Lips, and Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser. She writes the Mrs. Murphy Mystery series and Foxhunting Mysteries series. She also writes screenplays and teleplays including Sweet Surrender, Room to Move, Table Dancing, and The Long Hot Summer. Her work on TV earned several Emmy nominations and she received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Variety Show in 1982 for I Love Liberty.


Review by Library Journal (1996-08-01)

Brown continues her cozy mystery series (e.g., Pay Dirt, LJ 10/15/95) wherein both human and feline detectives investigate murder. Here, a jockey is done in at the Montpelier steeplechase, and the four-legged Mrs. Murphy sneaks into the stable to ferret out the truth.

Review by Library Journal (2003-04-01)

Every public library will have people lining up to listen to the latest exploits of Sneaky Pie, Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker, and the other residents living with postmistress Mary Minor Haristeen. Those loyal listeners will know that Sneaky Pie and Mrs. Murphy are cats with unusual talents and that Tee is an incorrigible Corgi. This fifth appearance of "Harry" and her animal companions involves the high-stakes world of steeplechase racing and the murders of two prominent jockeys who died with playing cards stuck to the daggers plunged into their hearts.

Brown has a wonderful way with words and can skewer pretentious wealthy snobs and show the darker side of genteel Southern society with skill and wit. Of course, much of the action is carried out by the animals and how they assist in discovering the guilty parties, providing a humorous and unique variation on the typical mystery. Buy this audiobook, read by Kate Forbes; it won't stay on the shelves long enough for Sneaky Pie to cough up a fur ball.

-Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA

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