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.
The 12th novel in this bestselling cozy series from Brown and her feline collaborator (after 2004's Whisker of Evil) offers the usual irresistible mix of talking animals and a baffling murder or two. After she decides to quit her job as the Crozet, Va., postmistress because her animal companions-cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and corgi Tee Tucker-are no longer permitted to accompany her to work, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and best friend Susan Tucker retreat to a Blue Ridge Mountains monastery, where a statue of the Virgin Mary suddenly begins to bleed from the eyes. This curiosity, which attracts national media attention after a local reporter, Nordy Elliott, files a short piece on it, becomes more of a concern when Susan's beloved great-uncle, a monk, turns up dead at the foot of the statue. While Harry, her two cats and her dog investigate, Elliott becomes the next murder victim, in a symbolic manner linked to the supposed miracle. Though the culprit's identity is fairly obvious and some exposition borders on the simplistic ("If a person's last name began with `A,' their large package would go on the `A' section," we learn as Susan sorts packages at the PO), the animals' wry observations on human nature and beliefs amuse as ever. Michael Gellatly's charming illustrations perfectly complement the text. Agent, Wendy Weil. (Feb. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Brown and her feline collaborator, Sneaky Pie, offer the 12th in their mystery series featuring postmistress "Harry" Haristeen (and her own feline and canine collaborators). In the upscale Virginia landscape of horse farms and Range Rovers, a local monastery's statue of the Virgin Mary has started crying tears of blood; shortly after, one of the order's brothers and a local journalist are murdered. Harry and her friends, both human and otherwise, can't resist being drawn into the mystery. The reading by Kate Forbes is quite good, but the story itself is thin, and for those uninitiated to this long-established series, it is disconcerting to have animal characters with their own dialog and breathtaking that they carry on the involved philosophical discourses that comprise this novel. Recommended only for hard-core fans.-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Entertaining....Readers of this series...will anxiously be awaiting the next installment."