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Wish You Were Here (Mrs Murphy, Bk 1)
Wish You Were Here - Mrs Murphy, Bk 1
Author: Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown
Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy -- and her human companion, Mary Minor "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. Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780553287530
ISBN-10: 0553287532
Publication Date: 11/1/1991
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 167 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Wish You Were Here (Mrs Murphy, Bk 1) on + 330 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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reviewed Wish You Were Here (Mrs Murphy, Bk 1) on + 2001 more book reviews
Very good, interesting concept with the cat and dog. Enjoyed it and hope it continues.
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I liked this book. It was funny and new to me. nice perspective of human and animal. Will read the rest of the series.
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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.

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