Catch as Cat Can: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Feb 4 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Springtime, romance and murder all visit the peaceful little town of Crozet, Va. home of Mary Minor Hairsteen ("Harry"), her trio of feline and canine sleuths, a cast of familiar supporting characters and, of course, a few new ones. Brown's cozy formula, honed over nine previous books in the series (Claws and Effect, etc.), includes Southern traditions, romantic rivalries and gentle humor typified by the talking animals, whose commentary on human foibles provides much amusement. While the Crozet social whirl revolves around the upcoming Dogwood Festival, the theft of some unusual hubcaps sets in motion an escalating series of crimes that, inevitably, catches the interest of Harry. And Harry's old rival, BoomBoom Craycroft, does Harry the peculiar favor of fixing her up with a very handsome diplomat from Uruguay. While Harry juggles her duties as postmistress of Crozet, her farm chores and the romantic attentions of ex-husband "Fair" Hairsteen and the suave Diego Aybar, her pets the comfort-seeking, fat cat Pewter; the brave little Welsh corgi, Tee Tucker; and the wise and cunning Mrs. Murphy, a gray tiger cat apply their various talents to protect "Mom," as they call Harry. Brown's proven brand of murder and mayhem played out against a background of Virginia gentility and idealized animals is once again up to scratch. (Mar. 5)Forecast: Like its predecessors, this should find a comfortable perch on bestseller lists.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
When Roger Roger O'Bannon is found dead at the Wrecker's Ball, "Harry" Haristeen and feline friend Mrs. Murphy suspect it wasn't gin that done him in.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
As a fan of every previous Mrs. Murphy mystery, I eagerly awaited my chance to read Rita Mae Brown's CATCH AS CAT CAN, and I was not in any way, shape, or form, disappointed in the outcome. As always, Mrs. Murphy is more enjoyable than ever, with her quirky dialogue, and, at times, attitudish personality. Harry is more curious than ever in this installment in the series, as she is determined to find the killer before anymore innocent lives are taken. Fans of the previous Mrs. Murphy mysteries will enjoy the chance to travel back to the cozy town of Crozet, Virginia, and catch up with some of their old friends in CATCH AS CAT CAN.
As a Murder mystery, I think Rita mae Brown did a FABULOUS job. It kept my attention, and it was very descriptive; I could put a clear picture in my mind of what the setting and things looked like.
On the other hand, when the pets talked during the story, it kept me feeling, even thogh it was cute, that the book was getting a little juvinile. I mean, when adults read the book, they don't want to read about what the animals have to say. Frankly, I would expect animals to be talking in third graders books, not adults. In saying this, I would think that you, Rita, should consider cutting the animals talking in next books, because it is going to get old fast, and the adults will not read it anymore.
HOWEVER, the complete and utter laziness and lack of insight into the fact that people who read mysterious have certain degrees of sophistication, and that a show on forensic science enjoys number one ranking on TV, why does Ms. Brown speak to her her audience as if she was talking to little old ladies who wear Dr. Scholls oxfords and still think it is 1949?
Even the cats and other animals are annoying.
I guess Southern Cats are dumber than California cats (who don't give a prrr about human relationships, and sure don't give a meow about what their human welfare wagon does as long as the cat chow feeds flowing.) Anthropromorphising animals is obnoxious enough, but why make these poor helpless creatures as vapid and as simpering as the humans that populate Brown's redneck and plantation paradise.
So a guy who runs a chop shop dies after drinking TEA? No autopsy. Why should we care who done it? The people who live in Brown's little phony balony hamlet sure don't. When there is coon hunting to be done....that is!
I quit in disgust for time which will never return to me.
Most recent customer reviews
Having followed the Mrs. Murphy mysteries over the years, I am sorry to say that this volume leaves me wanting... wanting a good mystery! Read morePublished on May 25 2003 by Catherine, the Music Junkie
Sorry to say this story is not up to par, it reminds me that the writter is tired of this story line and only tells this tail for the money. Read morePublished on April 12 2003 by Janet Hill
If you are looking for junk to read this is the book to do it with. The only descent thing about it is that darling Rita has finally gotten around to calling Cynthia Cooper a... Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2002
Catch As Cat Can is the 10th Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae [and Sneaky Pie] Brown, and this time Mrs Murphy, Pewter [the cats], and Tee Tucker [the dog] are helping their... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2002 by Bruce Crocker
I was surprised when I read this book described as a "cosy." It's hard to envision the author of "The Hand that Cradles the Rock" as cosy. But the Mrs. Read morePublished on July 19 2002 by Marilyn Mor
This book can not decide whether to focus on the murder mystery at hand or the social lives of its characters. Read morePublished on July 2 2002 by Noah Stern
I have read Rita Mae Brown's mysteries but this one is my favorite so far.Very good book for someone who likes murder and animals!!Published on June 8 2002