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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Sept. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553572350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572353
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By Atheen on June 16 2000
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I enjoy the Mrs Murphey series on the whole, although I've found lately, that I don't always read through all of the animal "dialogue" like I did with the first few books; which of course makes it much faster reading! I particularly enjoy the display of equestian knowledge, because I've taken dressage lessons in the past, and find it reinforces some of what I learned. I found the logic of the plot of this particular book just slightly flawed, although I'm not certain that everyone will discover that flaw or even that those who do will necessarily care. I also found the attempt to defend the reputation of Jefferson a little cloying at times. Jefferson needs no defense; for one thing, he's dead (and therefore cannot speak in his own defense), and for another he was a man of his times and rose head and shoulders above many of those of his times with respect to his moral character, productivity, contribution to mankind, intellectual achievements, etc. To try the past seems a wasted effort; better to make certain the present lives up to it's ideals. As usual the staple characters of Croiset are a never failing delight. I always enjoy spending time with them. They've become old friends, and I read these books as much to "visit" with them as to solve the mystery.
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This, like all of the other Mrs. Murphy mysteries, was very entertaining and was an exciting read. There are a few problems, however. The author expects us to know Thomas Jefferson's entire life history, all of his relatives, all of his slaves, and everything ever written about Monticello. Raise you hand if you know these things! There is a family chart at the front of the book, but, if you're like me, it hinders more than it helps. Also, as I said earlier, "Old Sins" is correct. Most of the book is about discovering who murdered a man 175 years ago. What are they going to do when they find out who did it? Prosecute the murderer?

The main thing holding this novel together is the banter between the people of the town. By this point in the series, Brown has really gotten a grasp on her characters, and they've become more fleshed out and enjoyable.
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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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By A Customer on 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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