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Rest in Pieces: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Rita Mae Brown
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June 1 1993 Mrs. Murphy
Mrs. Murphy thinks the new man in town is the  cat's meow.... Maybe she should think again.  Small towns don't take kindly to strangers--unless  the stranger happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous and  seemingly unattached male. When Blair Bainbridge  comes to Crozet, Virginia, the local matchmakers  lose no time in declaring him perfect for their  newly divorced postmistress, Marry Minor "Harry  Haristeen." Even Harry's tiger cat, Ms.  Murphy, and her Welsh Corgi, Tee Tucker, believe he  smells A-okay. Could his one little imperfection  be that he's a killer? Blair becomes the most  likely suspect when the pieces of a dismembered corpse  begin tuming up around Crozet. No one knows who  the dead man is, but when a grisly clue makes a  spectacular appearance in the middle of the fall  festivities, more than an early winter snow begins  chilling the blood of Crozet's very best people.  That's when Ms. Murphy, her friend Tucker, and her  human companion Harry begin to sort throughout the  clues . . . only to find themselves a whisker away  from becoming the killer's next  victims.

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From Publishers Weekly

Mystery fans who dote on their pets will welcome this second tale of murder co-authored by Brown and her cat, Sneaky Pie. A follow-up to the duo's Wish You Were Here, it reintroduces characters and settings in the tiny town of Crozet, Va. Central to the tale are postmistress and knowledgeable farmhand Mary Minor Haristeen (Harry), her cat Mrs. Murphy and her Welsh corgi Tee Tucker. Mrs. Murphy, as it happens, "bears an uncanny resemblance to authoress Sneaky Pie," and virtually every reference to her is amusingly flattering. Other key Crozet denizens include the nosy, well-meaning widow Mrs. Hoggendobber; the haughty, monied Sanburne family; Harry's ex-husband and his new love interest, a woman nicknamed "Boom Boom." Gossip is at a low ebb in Crozet until male model Blair Bainbridge moves to the farm bordering Harry's. Matchmakers start to buzz, but they are rudely interrupted when assorted parts of a dismembered body are found on Blair's land. The animals, whose speech is italicized in the text and generally misunderstood by humans, form their own hypotheses about the murder, and naturally have a hand/paw in solving the crime. The Browns expertly depict small-town life, detailing holiday parties, a fox hunt and Harry's chores during a bucolic winter. Although talking, sleuthing animals may seem cloying to serious folk, this is in actuality a spooky, baffling tale complete with (Rita Mae) Brown's trademark surprise ending.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Second in Brown's ``Mrs. Murphy'' mystery series. The liveliness evident in Brown's earlier novels (Rubyfruit Jungle, Southern Discomfort, etc.) ripples on in the twit and josh among old acquaintances in the small hunt-club-Waspy town of Crozet, Virginia, but readers will need a twin tolerance: animals that talk amongst themselves, and grue piled higher and deeper as a corpse is discovered--first a hand, then more until the full corpse doth appear in--aargh!--a Halloween pumpkin. As in Wish You Were Here (1990), Harry--a 30-ish postmistress and horsewoman--leads the way in puzzling over the murders of an unknown vagrant and then a bank manager, amid mailed threats, a lost earring, and gossip about a handsome new neighbor. The animals--Mrs. Murphy the cat, Tucker the dog, Simon the possum, etc.--talk things over and save ``Mom's'' life, too. Animal-lovers know better, but will probably be hooked in anyway. An adequate mystery, with plenty of jolly chat. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars wasn't exactly thrilled... June 8 2004
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Being a fan of the Lilian Jackon Braun mysteries, and the Mitford Series, I thought I'd give these books a try for some "light reading" after seeing them displayed in Wal-Mart. I'm attracted to books about small-town living, animals, mysteries, you get the idea.
I only read 3 chapters and decided not to finish. There was an large use of profanity, both from the human and animal characters. Not just common swear words, but ones that would get Ralphie's mouth washed out with soap (referring to the movie, "The Christmas Story"). If the use of these words had been less frequent, I could've overlooked them and continued reading, but they appeared too frequently for my taste. The level of frequency was something I'd expect from ...well I don't know - I don't read books with lots of swear words.
Sorry, but I won't be recommending these mysteries to anyone I know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Mystery by Rita Mae Brown April 14 2004
By Allison
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the second book of the Mrs. Murphy series, a male model by the name of Blair moves to town. Soon, Miranda begins her matchmaking with Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and Blair.
Not long after, Tucker uncovers a hand by Blair's cemetary. Then, a torso is found in Big Mim's boathouse. Dismembered pieces of a murdered victim show up in unexpected places (my favorite part was when they found the head).
As always, Harry and her two pets try to solve who the murderer was. At the same time, a new relationship may be developing between Harry and Blair.
This book was a great read with a surprising ending. I figured out who the murderer was long before, but I had no idea as to why he murdered and etc.
Again, I highly recommend this book, or any other books from the Mrs. Murphy series for that matter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars rest in pieces March 29 2004
By stephen
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In this book that I read was kind of boring but in a weird way I liked it. They make it interesting by having a murder and it was really unexpected the way it turned out. In the story there was one obvious killer but when they make it so obvious then you kind of think its not him and it wasn't him so that was predictable. Any ways there is this lady in the book and she was married to a guy named... well I don't know his whole name they just referred to him as Fits. So any ways they get a divorce oh yea Fits was married to a girl named Harry yes Harry. Doesn't this book get weird? Just wait till the end. So a male model moves into the lame town and he likes Harry. His name is Blair and every one thinks he is the killer when body parts turn up in the town after a strange man comes to town named Tommy. Ok so there are more murders that go on, the town is super nosy and get in the way of the cops. So it all comes down to this crazy shoot out in a barn. Oh I almost for got I can't tell you the ending but I will tell you that it will make you say "that's so lame" cause it's so unbelievable, and it involves plastic surgery. So anyways that's the story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 25 2004
By A Customer
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This was the first of these Mrs. Murphy mysteries that I've read, and I just loved it. Something about the animals speaking and seeing things differently than the humans do gives this mystery an extra edge I think. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purrrrrrr March 13 2004
By A Customer
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An excellent book!! This is one of the best of the Mrs. Murphy series. As always, Tucker, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter are a riot - and in this book, we see much more of Simon the Opposum, who is another lovable character. This book has some rather grisly humor (I won't give away more) that really perked it up - as well as interesting interactions between the various humans. In these earlier books, Miranda is really a character, and she is a lot of fun that way (Brown tones her down a little too much in the later books). I would highly recommend this book - especially to pet lovers everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery for the Ages Dec 30 2003
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This book is truly a mystery for generations to come. The end is unforgetable and surprising. Harry, Murphy, Tucker and the rest really know how to get into trouble- but they know how to get back out with a bite her and a claw there. Crozet,Virginia (being French the "t" is scilent)is a small town where a lot of big events take place. Harry, newly devorced from a vet, takes her place in southern, Virginian society as the postmistress, often using her work to help solve the stage mysteries going on around her.
It's hard to put the books down once they're picked up! My brother got "Rest in Pieces" for our mom for Christmas- and she didn't get to read it until I had finished! Really, this is a book for mystery lovers everywhere- no matter where you live.
Things to remember when reading the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries:
1. it's pronounced "Stanton" even though it's spelled "Staunton" (mentioned in "Murder on the Prowl.")
2. the movie "Murder she Purred" is a direct take off of "Rest in Pieces"- is don't watch it until you've read the book. The plots are a little different and may cause confusion if you haven't read the book.
3. remember your Latin- it's thrown through out all the book.
that's all for me! happy reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for a Saturday afternoon... April 20 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The second in the Mrs. Murphy series... "Rest in Pieces" is equally as cute as the first one, "Wish You Were Here." The plot is very simple, the ending predictable... but fun nonetheless.
The relationships between the animals (and this book includes more than just the cat and the dog... but a possum, 2 horses, a snake, and an owl as well) is fun and cute to read. And the relationships between the characters are developing well... the reader is introduced to everyone in the first book... and reading the second one is like being re-united with old friends. And i am looking forward to the third one to see if the budding romance from this novel continues.
Whereas i'd hardly call this book quality literature... it was a lot of fun for a rainy saturday afternoon... and for [money] is a lot better than most of the movies in theaters now! It's a great read for animal/mystery lovers.
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