Search Results: "Rita Mae Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

OUTFOXED by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Original, funny, poignant, irresistible: Brown's best work in years. (Author tour)"
Some of the people are wise, some foolish, some murderous. Read full book review >

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LOOSE LIPS by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1999

"The frequent one-liners often seem more sitcom than novel material, going nowhere and telling less, but there are still good laughs along the way."
Brown brings back the wacky Hunsenmeir sisters attended by all the good and not-so-good folk of Runnymede (Six of One, 1978; Bingo, 1988), as middle age and war give a new edge to their chronic if overhyped sibling rivalry. Read full book review >

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A NOSE FOR JUSTICE by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Brown (Cat of the Century, 2010, etc.) has supplanted sassy cats with clever dogs, producing much the same results: a meandering mystery as much about ideology as anything else."
City dog meets country dog to solve crimes ancient and modern. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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A HISS BEFORE DYING by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"This 27th meandering cozy from Brown and her feline co-author (Tall Tail, 2016, etc.) is cluttered with too many characters too sketchily drawn. Loyal fans may be chagrined to see the franchise menagerie reduced to little more than a furry Greek chorus."
Two modern murders with ties to the 18th century excite the interest of a Virginian busybody and her animal friends, though perhaps not many others. Read full book review >

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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 >

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VENUS ENVY by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1993

"Death is like a punctuation mark, a period at the end of a sentence,'' etc.), but her sexual frankness and flippant humor are as refreshing as always. (First printing of 75,000)"
More frothy fun from the queen of southern sexual farce—this featuring a former debutante who comes out of the closet in gossipy, backstabbing Virginia. ``Dying's not so bad. Read full book review >

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THE HOUNDS AND THE FURY by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 2006

"As fast-paced as the foxhunts Brown clearly loves, with Sister an older version of Harry Haristeen in the popular Mrs. Murphy series (Sour Puss, March 2006, etc.). Though the villain's not hard to find, Brown makes the hunt enjoyable."
The quarry is human when a murderer joins the foxhunt. Read full book review >

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HOTSPUR by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Just right, as usual, for readers who like this sort of thing."
Resurrecting the gabby hounds, foxes, horses, owls, pussycats, and humans of Charlottesville, Virginia (Outfoxed, 2000, etc.), Brown has them all talking about the latest travail in the sanguinary history of the Jefferson Hunt Club: A morning ride under the auspices of Master of the Hunt, septuagenarian "Sister" Jane Arnold, accidentally unearths a corpse that's been interred for 21 years. Read full book review >

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THE TELL-TALE HORSE by Rita Mae Brown
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"More than we need to know about the lives of the rich and venal."
Fans will need a scorecard to keep track of a De Millean cast of characters—human, canine, equine, avian—in Brown's latest fox-hunting whodunit (Puss 'n Cahoots, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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RITA WILL by Rita Mae Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 1997

"But for the better-than-truth version, and to spend time with someone more likable than the real Brown, go back to Rubyfruit Jungle, the only-slightly-autobiographical novel that made her famous. (Author tour)"
A novelist's autobiography shows that truth is not always as much fun as fiction. Read full book review >