Originally, I had started reading these books out of order and decided that I would probably have a better understanding of who the characters were if I went back to the beginning. Well, apparently Ms Brown does a pretty good job in rehashing past storylines because I don't think that going back really changed my understanding of who anyone really is. So, with this series, you really can start anywhere and not be missing out on who all the main characters are.
Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet, Virginia's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her. So when Crozet's citizens start turning up murdered, Harry remembers that each received a card with a tombstone on the front and the message "Wish you were here" on the back. So with the help of her cat, Mrs. Murphy and Welsh Corgi, Tucker, Harry sets out to find who is behind the murders and what else is being covered up.
The only thing that throws me off of this series are the small sections where you can tell that Ms Brown is trying to make a political statement. I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I'm here to read a cozy type mystery, not witness the authors political views.
Over all the series is pretty good, the reoccurring characters make the books enjoyable and the easy style that Ms Brown writes in allows the reader to come and go from the storyline - what I call a great "waiting for the kids" kind of book. Easy to pick up and put down without feeling that you have to go back a couple of chapter to remember where you were.
This is the first in a great series - the characters are eccentric but real, the animal dialogue is actually believable and really funny, and the story goes along at a good pace. Once you start it, it will be hard to put down.
First book in one of my all time favorite mystery series. It is a very good read and if you love it... you will have lots of books to look forward to reading.
THIS IS A REALLY FUN BOOK, especially since the cat did the "lion's share" of the writing of it. And the cat is far smarter than her owner!!!
I really liked the main characters for this book, Mrs. Murphy (the cat) and the dog, her best friend. The book was so cute, loved it, it was a very enjoyable read. The murders were gruesome, but not in a scary way. I have the first three books in the series and I definitely am looking forward to reading them!
I liked this book. It was funny and new to me. nice perspective of human and animal. Will read the rest of the series.
Beyond the droll humor of the detective-animals, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker, lies an absorbing mystery.
A good, basic mystery. Nice touch having it seen through the eyes of the pets. Looks like it'll be a neat series to start.
Another Sneaky Pie Brown Mystery.
The first of the Mrs Murphy series. People are receiving mysterous postcards, some are dying. I love this series, can't wait for the next one!! I've read them all, except the one due out in 2007, I loved them all.
The first in the Mrs. Murphy series. Really gives you an understanding of all the characters.
The first in the Mrs. Murphy (and Harry Haristeen) series.
Very good, interesting concept with the cat and dog. Enjoyed it and hope it continues.
When postcards of cemeteries arrive with "wish you were here" messages, Harry Haristeen, Postmistress of Crozet, VA sees the cards when they arrive (hey, postcards are fair game). When recipients of these postcards are killed off after getting a card, Harry tries to help solve the crimes.
Mrs. Murphy (a tiger-striped cat) and Tucker (Welsh Corgi), blessed with communication skills between one another but not with humans, attempt to learn what they can to help keep Harry safe.
The first in a long series wonderfully captures the animals communicating with one another and shows how often they are misunderstood by humans. As they learn new clues, they attempt to communicate their finds only to be misunderstood.
Can they keep Harry safe from the killer? Will the killer be discovered in time to prevent more murders?
A book well worth the read.
Hardback "Curly Large Print" edition. From Publishers Weekly: "Crediting her cat Sneaky Pie as coauthor, Brown ( Rubyfruit Jungle ) sets the thoroughly likable heroine of this mystery, Mary Minor Haristeen, in an admirable position to figure out who is murdering, in ghastly fashion, various pillars of her community. Harry, with constant companions Mrs. Murphy, a cat, and Welsh corgi Tucker, is postmistress of Crozet, Va. Postcards are sent to a wealthy contractor shortly before parts of his body are found in a cement mixer and then to a storeowner whose corpse, tied to a railroad track, is cut in three parts by the express. The cards alert Harry and friends to a plot that will take more lives before they discover the treasure that inspires the violence. Brown's lively characterization brings merchants and first-family Virginians alive with affection and verve. Even the snippets of conversation contributed by Crozet's four-legged inhabitants are credible rather than cloying. Harry's in-process divorce of the town vet gives Brown opportunity to wax wise on issues of human relationships, feminism and the pitfalls of greed. A charming adventure, with teeth."
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Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy - and her human companion "Harry" Haristeen.
Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy - and her human companion - Harry Haristeen. Small towns are like families: Everyone lives very close together and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town - until its secrets explode into murder. Cozet's thirty-something postmistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh corgi (Tee Tucker) a pending divorce and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her. When Crozet's citizens start turning up murdered, Harry remembers that each received a car with a tombstone on the front and the message "Wish you were here" on the back.
Didn't really get into this series.
Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy--and her human companion, "Harry" Haristeen. Small towns are like families. Everyone lives very close together and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town--until secrets explode into murder. Crozet's thirty-something postmistress, mary Minor "Hrry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh corgi (Tee Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her. When Crozet's citizens start turning up murdered, Harry remembers that each received a card with a tombstone on the front and the message "Wish you were here" on the back. Intent on protecting their human friend, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker begin to scent out clues. Meanwhile, Harry is conducting her own investigation, unaware her pets are one step ahead of her. If only Mrs. Murphy could alert her somehow. Harry could uncover the culprit before another murder occurs --and before Harry finds herself on the killer's mailing list.
Harry has really come around since this first book. Syiul the story is just as enjoyable