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#Giveaway Review Tall Tail By Rita Mae Brown @randomhouse 5.23

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Tall Tail (Mrs. Murphy, #25) by Rita Mae Brown
ISBN: 0553392468
Published by Bantam on May 17th 2016
Genres: Animals, Cozy, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher

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At any moment a perfect summer day in Crozet, Virginia—nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains—might turn stormy and tempestuous, as Harry knows too well when a squall suddenly sweeps in. In a blink, Harry’s pickup nearly collides with a careening red car that then swerves into a ditch. Harry recognizes the dead driver slumped over the vehicle’s steering wheel: Barbara Leader was nurse and confidante to former Virginia governor Sam Holloway.

Though Barbara’s death is ruled a heart attack, dissenting opinions abound. After all, she was the picture of health, which gives Harry and her four-legged companions pause. A baffling break-in at a local business leads Harry to further suspect that a person with malevolent intent lurks just out of sight: Something evil is afoot.

As it happens, Barbara died in the shadow of the local cemetery’s statue of the Avenging Angel. Just below that imposing funereal monument lie the remains of one Francisco Selisse, brutally murdered in 1784. Harry’s present-day sleuthing draws her back to Virginia’s slave-holding past and the hunt for Selisse’s killer. Now it’s up to Harry and her furry detectives—Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker—to expose the bitter truth, even if it means staring into the unforgiving eyes of history and cornering a callous killer poised to pounce.

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede books, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; and In Her Day, 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.


Mary Minor Harristeen AKA Harry is run off the road by the caregiver, Barbara,  for the former governor  Sam Halloway.  When Harry sees the car has stopped, she discovers that the driver is dead.  Barbara has an illegal drug in her system and that sends everyone into a tailspin that someone is after Sam. Susan, Harry’s granddaughter and her cousin, Edward,  also in politics,  become quite concerned for their own safety.  At least that is what I think is happening.  I found this sequence a little complicated and hard to follow.
At least the cats and dogs spoke to me!  In the flashbacks to the 1800 where a set of violent actions and slaves,  (trying not to giveaway too much plot details), there is a corgi named Piglet, who was just adorable.  I still couldn’t figure out parts of the plot and sequences until I read the afterword. My mother’s favorite story was Rubyfruit Jungle  and we read a lot of Rita Mae Brown’s books throughout the years, but this one was just strange for me. I did enjoy the characters and cozy mystery aspect of all Rita Mae Brown’s Books.


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  1. Linda Kish says

    I am finally going to finish The Total Package today. It’s been a while reading it. I’ve been busy lately.

  2. Sarah L says

    I’m reading On a bicycle built for two : twelve years, four legs, two wheels, five continents / by Irene Shepard.
    Thanks for the contest.

  3. Linda H says

    Just started Beyond the Ice Limit by Preston and Child. All of their books have been really, really good so I can’t wait to get into this one.