Search Results: "Sneaky Pie Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

SNEAKY PIE FOR PRESIDENT by Rita Mae Brown
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Not especially funny as whimsy, no match for Animal Farm as political satire, and a mite overlong, like most speeches. You'll have to go to Sneaky Pie's real-life website, www.catprez.com, for the campaign slogan that makes the perfect punch line: 'I can't do any worse.'"
Fortified with the public-service experience he's garnered from solving 21 mysteries among his human companions (The Big Cat Nap, 2012, etc.), Sneaky Pie Brown throws his hat into the presidential ring in a tale with no mystery and very few people. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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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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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >