The Big Cat Nap: The 20th Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 3, 2012 - Fiction - 240 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review 
 
It’s mid-May and murder is once again in full bloom in Crozet, Virginia—or so it seems to Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen. The trouble begins when Harry’s dear friend Miranda Hogendobber takes her on a leisurely drive that ends in a narrow drainage ditch. The chaos continues when the Very Reverend Herbert Jones’s Chevy pickup also abruptly goes kaput. But these vehicular mishaps are nothing compared to the much more distressing state of a mechanic discovered by Harry in a local repair shop: His head’s been bashed in. Despite numerous warnings from her much-loved coterie of friends, human and otherwise, Harry quickly surmises that the time has come to pop the hood and conduct her own investigation. Her animal companions see disaster fast approaching but can do little except try their best to protect their foolishly intrepid human. Harry’s race to the truth leads straight to powerful forces determined to avoid scrutiny at any cost—even if it means running Harry Haristeen off the road for good.
 
Includes a preview of Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown’s next Mrs. Murphy mystery, The Litter of the Law.

“Harry and her pals are on the case. . . . [Brown] fills the series with rich central Virginia color, and readers will greet the recurring characters with fondness.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“[A] delightful book.”—Huntington News
 

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User Review  - hklibrarian - LibraryThing

this was an incredibly mediocre book and proof that rita needs to stop writing this series and go on to something else. too preachy and who gives a damn about cars is my opinion and it took a lot to get thru it. what got me thru it was the cat conversations--that is ALL! Read full review

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User Review  - drsyko - LibraryThing

I have read every book in this series and enjoyed all of them. The Big Cat Nap keeps up the tradition of quality writing. And it does so with only some of the unnecessary, rather biased and somewhat ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
13
Section 4
22
Section 5
31
Section 6
47
Section 7
52
Section 8
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 23
180
Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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About the author (2012)

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.
 
Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on numerous Mrs. Murphy mysteries—in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers and Sneaky Pie for President.

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