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on June 7, 2002
It is a good thing I didn't bother with the 15 reviews preceeding mine before I read through this book. As of this date the majority of those who have read these reviews and bothered to vote on them have not found any of them helpful even though the book has received a perfect, stellar, rating. And it is also a rather good thing that I am able to get this "mystery" series in the paperback swap section of my local library. It certainly isn't worth spending good money on. Rita is the only mystery author I know of who has the audacity and mendacity to give a sales pitch for merchanise tie-ins at the end of every book in her series. Bad form.
Just exactly who is dear Rita trying to kid with the likes of Jody Miller? Jody's behavior is at the very least outragious and nobody bothers to find out why. Nor is there any indication that serious efforts were made to find out who really gave her that shiner. It must really be nice being a juvenile delinquent in Rita's version of Crozet.
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on June 29, 1998
I'd recently read about the author who collaborates with her cat, so when I saw this book in the new arrivals section, I decided to give the series a try. I thought the illustrations charming and the mystery interesting. I liked the way the authors gave us plenty of warning that the killer is definitely Not Nice (I'm not giving anything away here because several characters turn out to be Not Nice). I approve of the fact that Harry is in no hurry to get back with her ex-husband. I don't care about his reason for the affair. I don't care about his claim that he still loves her. Sexually transmitted diseases are a reality and condoms are not foolproof. Fair didn't just betray Harry, he put her health and life at risk when he chose to commit adultery. Now he's asking for sex before she feels ready to marry him again? The guy may be learning, but he's still putting himself first. Until he loves her more than his pleasure, she should keep him at arm's length. Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading the earlier books. It was a risk buying the hardcover of a series I didn't know, but I think I got my money's worth. [note to the publisher: before you put out the paperback, please check that chapter (don't have my copy with me, sorry) that starts by describing the sheriff's stubble against the original manuscript. The chapter mentions the contrast between the color of his beard and hair, but they're both described as (light?) brown, so that's probably a mistake.]
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on March 2, 1998
In Cozet, Virginia, the best kept secret is that all the animals fully comprehend English to the point of being able to talk to each other and read the language. Humans are unaware of this ability. When the headmaster of a local school, a film director, and a female assistant are all murdered, Mary Minor "Harry" Harristeen and her two cats (Mrs. Murphy and Pewter) and her dog (Tucker), independently investigate the killings.
Rita Mae Brown with the help from her own feline, Sneaky Pie Brown, demonstrates why she is such a popular author. She creates an exciting mystery series that deftly anthropomorphizes animals so that readers believe in the fantasy world she has devised. MURDER ON THE PROWL is a particularly well constructed mystery that is a brilliant blending of The Lady And The Tramp with Ms. Jessica Fletcher.
Harriet Klausner
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on January 21, 2002
MURDER ON THE PROWL is one of the better novels in Rita Mae Brown's popular "Mrs. Murphy" series, and like all books in the series it is set in Crozet, Virginia--a small town where cats and dogs occasionally set out to help their humans solve whatever murders occur in their midst, which in this story center around a private highschool.
The premise is extremely whimsical, and the plot is scarcely the tightly structured creation found in classic detective and mystery fiction; in fact, most readers could safely float a battleship through some of the holes. But even so, Brown's talent for creating entertaining, likable characters makes for an extremely enjoyable read, and if you're able to accept the premise and overlook the plot's foolishness you'll have an extremely good time.
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on May 22, 2001
Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie have teamed up once again to write another wonderful mystery. In this mystery one fake obituary put in the paper really gets the small town of Crozet in uproar. Especially when they find out that the guy isn't really dead! Only Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker figure out who it is before their misteress Mary Minor( Harry) Hairsteen figures out who it is. This book will keep you guessing who it is every chapter. As usual the first two or three chapters are boring but once on the fourth the chapter the story will have already got your interest and you won't want to pu the book down! I would rate this book 10 stars if I could. So Happy Reading!! :)
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on March 20, 1999
In Crozet, Virginia, the sleazy headmaster of the private school gets a nasty surprise when someone puts his obituary in the newspaper (false of course). Sometime after, his best friend also gets one sent to him. As predicted, they both are eventually murdered. The problem comes in when there are suspects, but little motive for murder. Mrs. Murphy and her partners decide to do some of their own investigating. The results are comical. Excellent plot overall. I just wish Rita Mae Brown had gone into more detail of the cause of the headmaster's death. There was little said about it. Despite a strange motive for the murders, the story is an enjoyable romp.
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on October 1, 2002
When phony obituaries begin appearing in the Crozet, Virginia's local newspaper Harry knows that something strange is going on. But when dead bodies start turning up, she begins investigating. But even before she can find out what's going on her furry companions, Tee Tucker (Welsh Corgi), and Pewter and Mrs. Murphy (cats) are on the case trying to find out who will turn up murdered next, and trying to keep their owner out of danger.
Rita Mae Brown has done it again. This is one of the best Mrs. Murphy mysteries to date, and a must-read for fans of the cat-cozy genre.
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on July 9, 2002
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle this isn't, but nonetheless the book does manage to entertain the reader for its duration quite well. Although it does follow the standard Sneaky Pie Brown construction, the actual mystery is really little more than a vehicle for the inspired, witty commentary of the animals that inhabit Brown's Crozet, VA. The book is enjoyable for the one-liners, and teasing dialogue between the all the characters, but the mystery is of little challenge, (and should have been more easily resolved by the characters within). Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable read.
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on August 2, 1998
Sneaky Pie has done it again. This is another good mystery from the paws of a very intelligent cat. My only real complaint is that Mrs. Murphy and Tee Tucker don't give the humans enough credit. Lassie could always get people to follow her when she needed help and I think that Tee Tucker, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter should try a little harder to get Harry to listen to them and follow them when needed.
I recommend this to all who like to talk to the animals.
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on May 5, 2000
What a well constructed plot! The characters seem to be living persons! I have never read anything like this. Whereas plot and setting remind you of the traditional English mystery, the animals are a brilliant new idea. Even more ingenious is the idea that animals can understand human beings but not vice versa. This gives the plot a lot of dramatic irony. This was my first Mrs. Murphy novel and I am going to read them all!
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