|Publish Date:||Nov 1997|
|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|
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.
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.
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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