Tall Tail

Tall Tail

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

Book - 2016
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"Returning to Virginia's post-revolutionary history and to characters introduced in Tail Gait, the story follows the Garth sisters and their husbands, neighbors to a brutal slaveholder whose murder at the hands of one of his slaves is neither unexpected nor unwarranted, especially when the impetus was an attack on that slave's wife. The sisters manage to smuggle the fugitive to safety in York, Pennsylvania, while ensuring that the circumstances underlying the entire ordeal stay long buried. Until now. Harry and her animal companions come closer to drawing a link between the past and the present. And in this centuries-spanning caper, they will discover that hiding who you really are may have mortal consequences.... As the questions surrounding"-- Provided by publisher.
"There's nothing like a tail well told. Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with an all-new mystery featuring Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and ever-faithful Tee Tucker the corgi. TAIL GAIT Spring has sprung in Crozet, Virginia--a time for old friends to gather and bid farewell to the doldrums of winter. Harry and her husband, Fair, are enjoying a cozy dinner with some of the town's leading citizens, including beloved University of Virginia history professor Greg "Ginger" McConnell and several members of UVA's celebrated 1959 football team. But beneath the cloak of conviviality lurks a sinister specter from the distant past that threatens to put all their lives in jeopardy. When Professor McConnell is found murdered on the golf course the next day--gunned down in broad daylight by an unseen killer--no one can fathom a motive, let alone find a suspect. Just as Harry and her furry cohorts begin nosing into the case, however, a homeless UVA alum confesses to the crime. Trouble is, no one believes that the besotted former All-American could have done the foul deed--especially after Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker make another gruesome discovery. As the questions surrounding Ginger's death pile up, Harry's search for answers takes her down the fascinating byways of Virginia's Revolutionary past. The professor was something of a sleuth himself, it seems, and the centuries-old mystery he was unraveling may well have put a target on his back. As Harry edges closer to identifying an elusive killer, her animal companions sense danger--and rally to find a way to keep Harry from disappearing into history. Praise for the Mrs. Murphy mysteries "As feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown."--The New York Times Book Review"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553392463
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 25 cm

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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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