Cat of the Century

Cat of the Century

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

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Acclaimed authors Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, are back with this new mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker. And this time they must catch a killer determined to turn a birthday party into a funeral.

Harry’s beloved and tart-tongued Aunt Tally is about to turn the big 1-0-0. The alumnae association of her alma mater sees an opportunity to honor the event and make some loot off the centennial as well. The plan is to hold a big fund-raiser in Aunt Tally’s honor to recoup some of the school revenue lost in the cratered economy. But soon there’s more at risk than investments and endowments.

First, an impending blizzard threatens to ruin the whole affair. Then a suspicious transaction is discovered in the association’s account: board member Mariah D’Angelo has mysteriously withdrawn and then replaced $25,000.
 
But was that enough to get her killed? Mariah’s car is on campus, she’s gone missing, and Tucker has found human blood near the school’s stables.

What’s behind the disappearance? Was it Mariah’s donations to crafty politicians and crooked charities? Her rivalry with fellow board member Flo Langston? And is there a connection to the forty-year-old unsolved death of an old acquaintance of Aunt Tally’s? Using animal cunning and human canniness, Harry and her menagerie of mystery solvers must sniff out the answers or-even at a hundred years old-Aunt Talley may outlive them all.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780553807073
9780553591606
Branch Call Number: BROWN
Characteristics: 219 p
Additional Contributors: Gellatly, Michael

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7mary7
Sep 10, 2013

Thanks for the heads up. Weary of politics bashing. I won't read this one.

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srumfeldt
Oct 19, 2010

Not really a good read. It was very American--guns, taxes, violence. The writing was understandable but terse with little embellishment. The cats didn't really come in to play when they should have. The characters are very wooden like cardboard cutouts.

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Palomino
Sep 23, 2010

Right away, I realized I've read this one before, but I didn't mind.

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22950009541673
May 09, 2010

Very good, as this series is, but the author could have eliminated the environment preaching and the politics bashing. It would not have affected the story at all, and it would save the readers a lot of time.

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