Tall Tail

Tall Tail

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

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In this fast-paced mystery by Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her animal friends seek to solve a whodunit rooted in eighteenth-century Virginia--uncovering a shocking secret that refuses to stay buried.

TALL TAIL

At any moment a perfect summer day in Crozet, Virginia--nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains--might turn stormy and tempestuous, as Harry knows too well when a squall suddenly sweeps in. In a blink, Harry's pickup nearly collides with a careening red car that then swerves into a ditch. Harry recognizes the dead driver slumped over the vehicle's steering wheel: Barbara Leader was nurse and confidante to former Virginia governor Sam Holloway.

Though Barbara's death is ruled a heart attack, dissenting opinions abound. After all, she was the picture of health, which gives Harry and her four-legged companions pause. A baffling break-in at a local business leads Harry to further suspect that a person with malevolent intent lurks just out of sight: Something evil is afoot.

As it happens, Barbara died in the shadow of the local cemetery's statue of the Avenging Angel. Just below that imposing funereal monument lie the remains of one Francisco Selisse, brutally murdered in 1784. Harry's present-day sleuthing draws her back to Virginia's slave-holding past and the hunt for Selisse's killer. Now it's up to Harry and her furry detectives--Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker--to expose the bitter truth, even if it means staring into the unforgiving eyes of history and cornering a callous killer poised to pounce.

Praise for the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

"As feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown." --The New York Times Book Review

"Mrs. Murphy mysteries are fun, sweet, and beautifully adventurous." -- Bustle

"Brown [is] the queen of the talking animal cozy." -- Publishers Weekly


From the Hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780553392487
9780553392463
Branch Call Number: PBK MYS Brow
Additional Contributors: Brown, Sneaky Pie 1982-

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Jersey_Girl
Aug 24, 2016

I enjoyed this book very much. The latest in the series with Harry Fairstine and her pets, Pewter, Mrs. Murphy and Tee Tucker. But I also agree with some of the earlier comments. Ms. Brown does seem to be getting tired of this series. I usually don't enjoy the going back and forth in time, but, I have to admit, this time I became much more involved and enjoyed the story from the 1700's more than the current one taking place near Crozet. This was the latest in this particular series. I'm wondering what Ms. Brown will do with this series next time.

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pokano
Aug 11, 2016

Book felt like it had been written to meet a deadline. Very little character development and the plot didn't hang together very well.

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djcowden
Jul 16, 2016

another wonderful story and do like how she chooses to use words concisely

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glennainkc
Jun 09, 2016

I agree with first comment. I personally didn't like the back and forth for the historical aspects of the book. The other characters could be given new story lines. This is one of my favorite series and one my first cozy mysteries I ever read. I love anticipating the books but was sad at being disappointed when reading the book.

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cardigramma
Jun 05, 2016

Not as good as earlier books in this series. I think Ms. Brown is tired of the characters.

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