By Rita Mae Brown
It takes a cat to put in writing the purr-fect mystery—
"People who love cats...have a pal in Rita Mae Brown," broadcasts The manhattan instances booklet Review. And nowhere is it extra seen than during this, her 6th deliciously witty foray into detective fiction written with the paws-on support of collaborator Sneaky Pie Brown, and starring that irrepressible crime-solving tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy.
As the crucial of St. Elizabeth's, an particular deepest institution that caters to Crozet, Virginia's, top households, Roscoe Fletcher has confirmed himself to be a powerful and enormously well known administrator. So whilst his obituary appears to be like within the neighborhood paper, all people on the town is disillusioned. but not anything compares to the surprise they consider after they notice that Roscoe Fletcher isn't really lifeless in any respect. anyone has stooped to placing a phony obituary within the newspaper. yet is it a ailing shaggy dog story or a sinister warning?
Only Mrs. Murphy, the canny tiger cat, senses the natural malice in the back of the act. And whilst a moment fake obit seems to be, this time of a Hollywood has-been who's Roscoe Fletcher's ally, Mrs. Murphy invitations her associates, the corgi Tee Tucker, and fats cat Pewter, to do slightly sleuthing. it is visible to this clever puss that phony loss of life notices upload as much as lethal hassle. And her thought is borne out while one of many males is fiendishly murdered.
"Harry" Haristeen, in her place as Crozet's postmistress, is the 1st to listen to all of the theories on whodunit—starting with the man's jealous spouse. Then a moment bloody murder follows, and a 3rd. everyone is losing like flies in Crozet and not anyone turns out to grasp why.
Fearlessly exploring the entire areas the place people by no means imagine to move, Mrs. Murphy manages to untangle the knots of ardour, duplicity, and greed that experience despatched an individual right into a killing frenzy. but figuring out the reality isn't really sufficient. Mrs. Murphy needs to by some means lead Harry, her favourite human, down a path that's perilous...to a killer who's deadly...and a climax that secret fans will enjoy.