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Hiss of Death (2011)

by Rita Mae Brown

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Too many political rants in the mouths of her characters, but not as bad as other recent books in the series. Could do with more mystery and less of that. The cancer part was interesting, but predictable. ( )
  eclecticlibrarian | Jan 7, 2014 |
Ms. Brown is still using her fiction to beat her readers over her head with her political views. I still love Tee Tucker, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, but the subplot was both unrealistic and annoying. When Harry is diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer, does she cry and scream and rage at the unfairness? Nooooo, she goes and works out and solves multiple murders. ( )
  Jammies | Mar 31, 2013 |
There’s a whole lot to like about “Hiss of Death”, the nineteenth “collaboration” between tiger cat Sneaky Pie Brown and her human, Rita Mae. This series is guaranteed to tackle some tough issues and the latest one doesn’t disappoint. It gives readers an inside look into what happens when a woman—in this case, lead character Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen—is diagnosed with breast cancer.
The book opens with Harry and several friends from Central Virginia Hospital gearing up for the annual race to raise money for breast cancer research. The story takes a dark turn when Harry finds one of the committee members dead. And Harry’s yearly mammogram reveals suspicious cells, which a biopsy confirms are malignant. Brown guides readers along Harry’s treatment path with gentleness and compassion. Her insights into the importance of a cancer support group are right on the money.
Then, the killer strikes again. And Harry suspects that something sinister is going on at the hospital.
With the help of her animal friends: Tucker the corgi and cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, Harry unmasks the killer and almost gets herself killed in the process.
This is a serious subject that is handled well and Brown is careful to say at the end of the book that Harry’s treatment path is fictitious and real cancer survivors may have an entirely different course of treatment.
“Hiss of Death” is a good read and I was glad to see that Pewter the cat finally got the last word after being the butt of jokes for eighteen books!
Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author of “Moving can be Murder” for Suspense Magazine ( )
  suspensemag | Oct 11, 2011 |
I just loved this book! And sometimes that is NOT the case with Rita. She didn't get on her soapbox as much in this book. It was entertaining although the ending was so farfetched it was almost like something out of Disney. You just had to laugh. A quick read and a job well done. ( )
  hklibrarian | May 26, 2011 |
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Shortly before the 5K Run for Breast Cancer Awareness, Harry and her pets find the corpse of well-liked OR nurse Paula Benton, one of the event's organizers, who appears to have died of anaphylactic shock from a hornet's sting. But was it murder?

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