HISS OF DEATH by Rita Mae Brown


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The Browns, human and feline (Cat of the Century, 2010, etc.), roll out another rambling tale.

Mary “Harry” Haristeen has had her share of troubles, so she thinks it’s her turn to give back by gathering her group of womenfolk together to organize the Central Virginia Hospital’s 5K Run for Breast Cancer Awareness. With her friends Susan Tucker and BoomBoom Craycroft by her side, Harry feels good about what she’s accomplishing, even if she is the group’s resident tightwad. When Harry finds fellow organizer Paula Benton dead next to a hornet, she’s as shocked as everyone else. While the poor nurse was allergic to bees and afraid of needles, she would never have been too scared to give herself a shot if it would save her life. En route to figuring out what’s so suspicious about Paula’s death, Harry gets some surprising news from the hospital and finds that she may need more help than she’s ever asked for. With her stalwart husband Fair by her side, Harry must face up to unexpected personal challenges. Luckily, she’s got the company of a few good animals (though “familiar” might be more precise than “good”). Mrs. Murphy, sassy Pewter, Tee Tucker and the rest of the gang are back to make sure no harm comes to their favorite human. Can they help protect her from her biggest threat while helping her solve the mystery to boot?

More likely to appeal to fans of sermons and Harry’s personal life than to mystery mavens.

Pub Date: May 3rd, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-553-80708-0
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Bantam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2011


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