A Hiss Before Dying

A Hiss Before Dying

eBook - 2017
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"A Hiss Before Dying is a current contemporary mystery exploring wild animal poaching counterpointed with a historical narrative set in America's post-revolutionary past, featuring the characters readers embraced in Tail Gait and Tall Tail"-- Provided by publisher.
"Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown are back chasing mystery with their unique circle of Southern sleuths. And though the changing colors of fall are a beauty to behold, this year the scattered leaves hide a grim surprise. Autumn is in the air in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia--and all the traditions of the changing seasons are under way. Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen cleans her cupboards, her husband, Fair, prepares the horses for the shorter days ahead, and the clamorous barking of beagles signals the annual rabbit chase through the central Virginia hills. But the last thing the local beaglers and their hounds expect to flush out is a dead body. Disturbingly, it's the second corpse to turn up, after that of a missing truck driver too disfigured to identify. The deaths seem unrelated--until Harry picks up a trail of clues dating back to the state's post-Revolutionary past. The echoes of the Shot Heard Round the World pale in comparison to the dangerous shootout Harry narrowly escapes unscathed. Next time, it may be the killer who gets lucky. But not if Harry's furry friends Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker can help it. Lending their sharp-nosed talents to the hunt, they'll help their mistress keep more lives from being lost--and right an injustice buried since the early days of America's independence. "As feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown."--The New York Times Book Review"-- Provided by publisher.
When Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen--together with her feline companions--investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths in her Blue Ridge Mountain community, she discovers a trail of clues connected to Virginia's post-revolutionary past.
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9780553392500
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Brown, Sneaky Pie 1982-- Author
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Dec 27, 2017

After reading the earlier comment July 2017, I decided this was not a book I wanted to read.

Jul 19, 2017

The latest Mrs Murphy mystery involves two stories--a contemporary one where a private investigator is found murdered and a continuation from an early book of a 1785 story from the Deep South involving runaway slaves. The contemporary story lacks the energy of Brown's earlier books. The 1785 story suffers because the characters sound like they came out of the 20th Century. But the surprise ending makes up for at least some of these failings.


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