Search Results: "Rita Mae Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

CRAZY LIKE A FOX by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"The book begins with a multipaged cast of characters, which includes sections for humans, American foxhounds, horses, foxes (red), foxes (gray), birds, and Sister's house pets and a separate glossary of useful terms. These should help identify potential readers who will enjoy a mild mystery filled with lovingly painted details—while deterring the uninterested."
An older community of Virginians competes with exhaustively detailed descriptions of fox hunting to investigate the mysterious return of one of their own. Read full book review >

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HOUNDED TO DEATH by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Yet another chatty tale of anthropomorphic pets and the beauties of Virginia hunt country (The Tell-tale Horse, 2007, etc.) with more obvious rewards for animal lovers than mystery lovers."
More than foxes are marked for death in and around a central Virginia hunt club. Read full book review >

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CAKEWALK by Rita Mae Brown
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Happy families, alike or not, do not electrifying fiction make."
Southern girls gone mild figure in Brown's nostalgic paean to a town bifurcated by the Mason-Dixon Line. 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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RIDING SHOTGUN by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Brown's meticulously researched descriptions of Virginia's colonial life, as well as her dead-on ridicule of modern-day bad behavior, bring vigor to a tale that's otherwise not a coherent whole."
The prolific Brown (Pay Dirt, 1995, etc.) takes a high-risk plot device—time travel—and attempts to meld it with reincarnation, romance, and contemporary satire. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 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 >