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At any moment a perfect summer day in Crozet, Virginia nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains might turn stormy and tempestuous, as Harry knows too well when a squall suddenly sweeps in. In a blink, Harry s pickup nearly collides with a careening red car that then swerves into a ditch. Harry recognizes the dead driver slumped over the vehicle s steering wheel: Barbara Leader was nurse and confidante to former Virginia governor Sam Holloway.
Though Barbara s death is ruled a heart attack, dissenting opinions abound. After all, she was the picture of health, which gives Harry and her four-legged companions pause. A baffling break-in at a local business leads Harry to further suspect that a person with malevolent intent lurks just out of sight: Something evil is afoot.
As it happens, Barbara died in the shadow of the local cemetery s statue of the Avenging Angel. Just below that imposing funereal monument lie the remains of one Francisco Selisse, brutally murdered in 1784. Harry s present-day sleuthing draws her back to Virginia s slave-holding past and the hunt for Selisse s killer. Now it s up to Harry and her furry detectives Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker to expose the bitter truth, even if it means staring into the unforgiving eyes of history and cornering a callous killer poised to pounce.
Praise for the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
As feline collaborators go, you couldn t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown. " The New York Times Book Review"
Mrs. Murphy mysteries are fun, sweet, and beautifully adventurous. "Bustle"
Brown is] the queen of the talking animal cozy. "Publishers Weekly""
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-28
- Reviewer: Staff
At the start of bestseller Brown’s disjointed 24th Mrs. Murphy mystery (after 2015’s Tail Gait), farm owner Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen is nearly run off the road by nurse Barbara Leader, the caregiver for ailing 96-year-old Samuel Holloway, a former Virginia governor. Barbara’s car comes to a halt, but Harry finds her dead behind the wheel. The subsequent discovery of a lethal drug in Barbara’s system intensifies concern about the former governor’s safety for Susan Tucker, Harry’s friend and Holloway’s granddaughter. The political ambitions of Holloway’s state senator grandson, Edward Cunningham, who’s Susan’s cousin, complicate matters. Flashbacks to the 18th century illustrate episodes of abuse and cruelty that may have significance in the present, where a break-in at a website developer deepens the puzzle. Though readers may be enraptured by an 18th-century corgi named Piglet, poor construction relegates vital details to an afterword instead of incorporating them into the narrative. Agent: Wendy Weil, Wendy Weil Agency. (May)