Nine Lives to Die: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Nine Lives to Die: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

Nine Lives to Die: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

  • Publish Date: 2014-06-24
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Rita Mae Brown

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Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with a mystery starring Mary Minor Harry Haristeen, intrepid kitty sleuths Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the ever-faithful crime-solving corgi. This time around, Harry and her animal friends track a killer whose trail has gone as cold as the weather in December.


Winter has come to Crozet, Virginia, bringing with it a fresh blanket of snow. Harry and her husband, Fair, are hip deep in their usual end-of-the-year activities: distributing food to needy residents, and shopping for outfits for the Silver Linings youth organizations annual fundraising gala. But buried beneath the white stuff are dark secrets from Crozets pastand Harry and her posse of pet detectives are determined to sniff them out.

Two Silver Linings mentors have been found dead in suspicious circumstances. If that werent enough to chill the bones of the locals, a pair of severed human fingers has turned up in a pencil jar in the bookkeepers office at St. Cyrils church. What does this grisly display have to do with the mysterious disappearance of Harrys voluptuous high school Latin teacher, a quarter of a century ago? Maybe nothing. But when the animals make another gruesome discovery in the woods behind Harrys farm, it becomes clear that terrible crimes have been committed in Crozetand somebodys gone to great lengths to cover them up. Its time to stop shoveling snow and start digging for clues.

The truth will be revealed. A cold case will be solved. And a twenty-five-year-old love triangle is about to get untangled. The weather outside may be frightful, but Harry and her four-legged friends refuse to be spooked off the case.

Praise for Nine Lives to Die

Witty and entertaining . . . a recipe for continued success and an engaging read.Richmond Times-Dispatch

The unabashed loves of [Rita Mae Browns] life . . . are infectious. Perhaps because they are so clearly heartfelt, its easy to be swept up in the glory of her passions.New York Journal of Books

Murder and mayhem are the order of the day in bestseller [Rita Mae] Browns well-plotted twenty-second Mrs. Murphy mystery. . . . Browns idyllic world, with its Christian values, talking animals, and sympathetic middle-aged pet owners, has understandably struck a chord with many readers.Publishers Weekly

Rita Mae Brown, along with . . . Sneaky Pie, have made Harry Harristeen and her feline companion, Mrs. Murphy, household names.Library Journal

Praise for the Mrs. Murphy mysteries

As feline collaborators go, you couldnt ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.The New York Times Book Review

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