Books by Sneaky Pie Brown

PROBABLE CLAWS by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"Beautiful illustrations bring the pet personalities to life."
A friend of Virginia postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, who anchors this long-running series (A Hiss Before Dying, 2017, etc.), is gunned down by a motorcyclist. Could the reason be tied to 18th-century tales of corruption? Read full book review >
THE LITTER OF THE LAW by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An animal-centric cozy that settles for educating rather than preaching, a nice shift from Brown's recent outings (Sneaky Pie for President, 2012, etc.)."
Murders in a small town leave an armchair detective and her pet family with too few motives, or perhaps too many. Read full book review >
THE BIG CAT NAP by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 2012

"Brown (Cat of the Century, 2010, etc.) spins a thin mystery in which top honors go to the author's love for her beloved Virginia countryside and for her animal characters, who as usual steal the show."
A Virginia farmer and her remarkable pets celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first appearance in print with—what else?—yet another case of murder. Read full book review >
HISS OF DEATH by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2011

"More likely to appeal to fans of sermons and Harry's personal life than to mystery mavens."
The Browns, human and feline (Cat of the Century, 2010, etc.), roll out another rambling tale. Read full book review >
SANTA CLAWED by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Brown's legion of pet-smitten fans will no doubt overlook the preachiness of her latest in their eagerness to spend more quality time among her fearless feline and clever canine sleuths."
The holiday spirit takes it on the chin when a series of murders blemish picture-perfect Crozet, Va. Read full book review >
THE PURRFECT MURDER by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"While the humans philosophize over the big issues, the pets steal the limelight in a transparent mystery that will still offer pleasure to fans of animal sleuths."
The battle over abortion rights may provide a motive for a rural Virginia murder. Read full book review >
PUSS 'N CAHOOTS by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 6, 2007

"Not the Browns' best mystery, but fans of the cunning animal sleuths will enjoy their antics and the spot-on descriptions of the horse-show circuit."
Murder at a horse show is catnip for feline sleuths Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and their canine sidekick, Tee Tucker. Read full book review >
SOUR PUSS by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 7, 2006

"Perhaps too much on the burgeoning wine business, but the delightful banter between the animals is sure to please fans who don't mind watching interesting human characters take a back seat to clever critters."
Rivalries between vintners cause blood to flow like Italian red in the viticulture region near Crozet, Va. Read full book review >
THE TAIL OF THE TIP-OFF by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2003

"Charming, although as usual (Catch as Cat Can, 2002, etc.), the cats have all the best lines, and a carbo-loading possum gets the tastiest snacks."
Although they don't attend the women's college basketball game with their beloved but (by animal standards) dimwitted owner, Harry Haristeen, the postmistress of Crozet, Virginia, Tucker the soulful-eyed corgi, Pewter the prototypical fat cat, and Mrs. Murphy, feline sleuth extraordinaire, all know exactly what will happen the moment they learn that the game has ended with philandering building contractor H.H. Donaldson dead in the arena parking lot: Harry will soon be wondering (1) how that lethal bump got on his neck without anybody noticing, (2) whom he was having his latest affair with, and (3) whether archrival builder Matthew Crickenberger, pertinacious building inspector Fred Forrest, and Donaldson's long-suffering wife Anne can produce alibis. Read full book review >
CATCH AS CAT CAN by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 5, 2002

"Like its forebears (Claws and Effect, 2001, etc.): catnip to some, treacle to others."
Crozet, Virginia, divided equally between First Families who settled there soon after Pocahontas freed John Smith, weekenders from nearby Washington's diplomatic corps, and pets, livestock, and ferals who archly critique the resident humans, is gearing up for the Dogwood Festival and the Wrecker's Ball. Read full book review >
CLAWS AND EFFECT by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 6, 2001

Mrs. Murphy, the sleuthing cat who solves the murders of Crozet (Virginia) postmistress Harry Haristeen's less endearing acquaintances, pits her ninth life (Pawing Through the Past, 2000, etc.) against the miscreant who sent out fundraising letters for the hospital threatening divine retribution against skinflints who didn't contribute—and then, just to make sure the recipients got the point, killed the hospital director. Read full book review >
PAWING THROUGH THE PAST by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2000

"Sporadically interesting for people more interested in people."
Another visit to Crozet, Virginia (Cat on the Scent, 1999, etc.), and the farm where postmistress Mary Minor ("Harry") Read full book review >
CAT ON THE SCENT by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 9, 1999

"The scattershot mystery aside, human frailty is balanced against animal wisdom with the same puckish humor as in Mrs. Murphy's first six cases (Murder on the Prowl, 1998, etc.)."
Once again, parvenus are tainting the patrician neighborhood of Crozet, Virginia, not because they're running down property values—on the contrary, they're doing everything they can to drive them up—but because they're piling scandal on murderous scandal. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE PROWL by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 13, 1998

"(Author tour)"
Crozet (Va.) postmistress Harry Haristeen and her cat, Mrs. Murphy (Murder, She Meowed, 1996, etc.), share detecting honors for the sixth time in the case of a killer whose victims have to die twice - first in bogus obituaries submitted to the local newspaper, then on more emphatic, but equally cozy terms. Read full book review >
MURDER, SHE MEOWED by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"The author's loyal admirers will no doubt love every minute of this fifth in the series. (Author tour)"
Yet another visit to Crozet, Virginia, where postmistress/horsewoman Mary Minor Haristeen (``Harry'') lives with her cat, Mrs. Murphy, and a corgi named Tucker—talkative sleuths both (Pay Dirt, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"Ten pen-and-ink drawings, with nary a human face."
Ash Lawn is the Virginia home of James Madison and his wife Elizabeth, but although several of the characters work at the home as docents, there's nothing presidential about this gossipy sequel to Murder at Monticello (1994). Read full book review >
MURDER AT MONTICELLO by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

Old sins indeed—a murdered corpse is discovered buried beneath the slave quarters on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson's storied home. Read full book review >
REST IN PIECES by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 17, 1992

"An adequate mystery, with plenty of jolly chat."
Second in Brown's ``Mrs. Murphy'' mystery series. Read full book review >