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Murder at Monticello: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Rita Mae Brown
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Sept. 1 1995 Mrs. Murphy
Mrs. Murphy digs into Virginia history—and gets her paws on a killer.

The most popular citizen of Virginia has been dead for nearly 170 years. That hasn't stopped the good people of tiny Crozet, Virginia, from taking pride in every aspect of Thomas Jefferson's life. But when an archaeological dig of the slave quarters at Jefferson's home, Monticello, uncovers a shocking secret, emotions in Crozet run high—dangerously high.

The stunning discovery at Monticello hints a hidden passions and age-old scandals. As postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and some of Crozet's Very Best People try to learn the identity of a centuries-old skeleton—and the reason behind the murder—Harry's tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy, and her canine and feline friends attempt to sniff out a modern-day killer. Mrs. Murphy and corgi Tee Tucker will stick their paws into the darker mysteries of human nature to solve murders old and new—before curiosity can kill the cat—and Harry Haristeen.

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The third Mrs. Murphy mystery, coauthored by novelist Brown and her cat (Mrs. Murphy is also a feline), in which the purring detective must solve a mystery involving the discovery of a body during archeological excavations at Thomas Jefferson's old estate.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Make no bones about it, when a skeleton is discovered at Monticello, famed feline sleuth Mrs. Murphy (Rest in Pieces, Bantam, 1992) will find the murderer.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars OK BUT!! Aug. 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love the characters but, too many ...
confusing to say the least. The books would be better with less characters. Also the cats and dog need to interact more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars To Little Fuel for the Fire... March 16 2002
By Akethan
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Okay - I didn't like this story as much as the previous to. I think it was way to distracted with a thin thread of an idea that the author was interested in pursuing and so the story was built around that idea - of slave/master interbreeding - of the Jefferson debate (which was more recently tied closer to the man by genetic testing in 1998, this book was published in 1994) - of sickle cell anemia as a distinctive trait that can't be removed as proof of racial intermingling no matter how strong the prejudices of the person affected QUOTE: The results of the study established that an individual carrying the male Jefferson Y chromosome fathered Eston Hemings (born 1808), the sixth and last child born to Sally Hemings. There were approximately 25 adult male Jeffersons who would have carried this chromosome living in Virginia at that time, and a few of them are known to have been at Monticello. Nonetheless, the study's authors said "the simplest and most probable" conclusion was that Thomas Jefferson had fathered Eston Hemings.
I was a little sad that Blair was missing on a shoot somewhere. But then, Fair seems to be having some personal revelation that may bring him back into Harry's life - so good news there. I was also pleased that no more of the main characters were bumped off in this story. Near misses, but no deaths. I love Miranda Hogendobber.
On the whole, the book was an interesting idea - but a weak execution. 3 out of 5. I've been near Charlottesville, but never to Monticello. Now I have a bug to visit... thus my peeping in on the website for Monticello.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Mickey Finns anyone? Sept. 2 2001
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The closest Rita will ever get to emulating "Murder, She Wrote" is in the title of this book. The similarities end there. Anyone can write about the illicit drug trade, a subject Rita should have had the good sense to stay away from. She added nothing to the discussion worth reading. And she still doesn't know what she is talking about when it comes to law enforcemnt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Aug. 10 2001
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For anyone who has thought that maybe their pets are trying to tell them something, this is a great book. And what makes this book stand out in a series of Mrs. Murphy (that's the name of the cat) books is the amazing mixture of past and present mystery that are seemingly unrelated. Ms. Brown gives the reader a lesson on Thomas Jefferson, the human nature, and hate as well as a lively comedy between cats, a dog, an ex-husband, and a nosy small town somewhere in Virginia. All in all, it kept me amused and I learned a lot about life at Monticello as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Murphy mysteries are fantastic! July 13 2001
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Murder at Monticello is the third of the Mrs. Murphy mysteries and it might be my favorite of the 7 Mrs. Murphy's I've read because it's so different. Actually, the whole series is different. It's co-authored by a woman and her cat(mostly the cat), and the detective team is a cat and a dog. In Murder at Monticello, the first murder(of course there are a few more) took place 200 years ago, making it all the harder to figure out whodunit, or even who was killed. The characterization is as good as the plot. I especially love how all the animals talk but the people can't hear them. This is a great book in a great series and if you haven't read them you should!
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Rita took a good idea and proceeded to botch it royally in this novel. I found it difficult to follow her train of thought in explaining why a 175 year old murder had any relevance at all to the person who kills the archeologist in charge of the digs at Monticello. That person must have been exceedingly appalled at finding out their family tree is the result of Miscegenation -- and that with a slave of Thomas Jefferson. Next, I suppose, Rita will be trying to justify a forced apology by Whites to Blacks for slavery (something which none of us living today have any control over what-so-ever 136 years after it ended in this country). There are some points in the dialogue throughout the novel in which Rita was simply lecturing the reader.
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