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Cat on the Scent (1999)

by Rita Mae Brown

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Cat on the Scent is the Mrs. Murphy mystery that went overboard on what the cats and corgi managed to accomplish. Luckily, the authors paid attention and the animal sleuths' abilities were toned down again.

This is also the book in which we learn a deep secret about Aunt Tally. Her father may have thought he was doing the right thing, but I suspect he got a nasty surprise after he died.

I enjoyed the narration.

Overall, it's a nice enough entry in the series, but I think the wrong persons got murdered. ( )
  JalenV | Dec 1, 2014 |
Enjoyable and light-heartedIf the humans could understand the animals what a better world this would be. Sneaky-Pie Brown could write books solo! For light-hearted reading these books are a delight. The animal characters are consistent book to book, as are the human characters. This is not to say the characters stagnate, they grow and evolve throughout the series. But for solving even the animals make mistakes sometimes. When bodies begin to show up, the animals' "Mom", "Harry" Haristeen knows something is being missed, but can't quite get it. "Mrs. Murphy" has a lot of knowledge to impart, but even she has to rethink the situation and recovers the ground. This story has a lot of twists and turns and we learn a great deal more about the wonderful characters of Crozet. ( )
  readerbynight | Jan 30, 2009 |
Seventh in the Mrs. Murphy and Tucker “pet” mysteries set in small-town Crozet, Virginia and also featuring Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen, the town’s post mistress. This one featured Civil War re-enactment stuff, which dropped it down a bit on my enjoyment scale, as the Civil War is one topic/time period that I just have never been interested in, nor enjoyed much. A prominent local is shot for real during a re-enactment battle and of course there are numerous folks who wouldn’t have minded him dead. This was a typical book in the series, a light mystery “listen” although the series isn’t really ‘cozy’ per se—it certainly touches on many of the sordid bits of small-town life. I do enjoy the characters in the series and certainly will be carrying on, probably listening to them, mostly. The reader for this series seems to be particularly delightful so I’m hoping she continues to read all the books ( )
  Spuddie | Oct 3, 2008 |
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The animals in Crozet, Virginia, are a lot smarter than the humans, which will come as no surprise to the devoted fans of Rita Mae Brown's mysteries featuring Mrs. Murphy the tiger cat, the luxury-loving feline known as Pewter, and Tee Tucker, a curious corgi. In their seventh outing, they're leaps and bounds ahead of Harry Haristeen, the spunky postmistress they call Mom. Long before anyone else knows what's going on, they've figured out the connection between the shot fired at wealthy Sir Henry Vane-Tempest during the reenactment of a Civil War battle and a missing airplane hidden in Tally Urquhart's barn. They're better at finding evidence trampled underfoot at a crime scene than any detective is, and they know just whose lap to drop it in. While they might not understand exactly why county commissioner Archie Ingram is so exercised about Vane-Tempest's plans for development in Albemarle County--particularly when it promises to make him as wealthy as the husband of the woman he loves--they've sniffed out the sexual shenanigans that threaten to derail the private pact between Crozet's leading citizens. If Harry and her friends knew what the animals know, there'd be no mystery about it; there'd only be a charming and lighthearted story of chicanery in the new Old South with plenty of local color, the scent of lilacs wafting through every page, and the deft prose of a writer on top of her game. But then, there'd be no raison d'etre for the liveliest scene in the book, wherein Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee take a turbo-charged Porsche for a breakneck ride through Virginia's verdant hills and dales. By the end of the book, the only mystery is whether Harry and Fair, her favorite ex-husband, will manage to get back together again in the next installment--or the one after that--of this popular series. --Jane Adams

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When a local pilot disappears hours before the town's Civil War reenactment, it is up to Mrs. Murphy and her cat friends to find the man before it is too late.

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