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A Hiss Before Dying: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery…
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A Hiss Before Dying: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (2017. Auflage)

von Rita Mae Brown (Autor)

Reihen: Mrs. Murphy (26)

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"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"--Amazon.com.… (mehr)
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Titel:A Hiss Before Dying: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Autoren:Rita Mae Brown (Autor)
Info:Bantam (2017), Edition: 1st, 384 pages
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I have been a fan of the Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown (with the assistance of Sneaky Pie Brown) since the very beginning when Mary Minor "Harry'' Harristeen was the postmaster of Crozet, Virginia and took her lovely pets to work with her at the post office. The series now has 26 books! Alas, I have not read all of them.....life got in the way and somewhere back just after Harry remarried her ex-husband Fair (the local vet) I lost track of the series. Now that I'm a bit older (just how old I refuse to admit discuss lol) and no longer have little ones getting in to everything, I have more time to read. I've come back to one of my most favorite mystery series! When I saw this newest book as available for review, I jumped right on it! I wanted to know just what Harry, Fair, Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker, Pewter, Boom Boom and all the other lovely folks in Crozet have been up to in my absence.

A Hiss Before Dying is a mystery within a mystery. Two men are murdered in present day Crozet. One of the men had just purchased a bronze slave pass medallion dating from the post-revolution era in Virginia. That medallion ties in with events that occurred in the 1780s. The story switches back and forth between present and past. At first it was a bit difficult keeping the characters straight with all the switching back and forth, but luckily the author included a list of all the characters in the front of the book. When I got confused about who was who in the post-revolutionary story line, I just paged back to the list and got a reminder.

While I'm not normally a big fan of stories that jump back and forth in time, I enjoyed the double-mystery. I didn't know what a slave pass (or chit) was and I found the historical information the author provided to be very interesting. The story is well-written and paced. I enjoyed how the two mysteries intertwined. The antics of Harry's furry pals are still much the same as earlier in the series, adding a bit of humor and animal wisdom to the story. Harry is still her pragmatic, hard-working, spunky self, surrounded by a cast of friends and citizens of Crozet who make these stories so enjoyable. I definitely need to backtrack a bit and read the books in the series that I missed. All 11 of them! :) I have a lot of reading to do!

It really isn't necessary to read the other books before this one. It's enough of a stand-alone story that a reader could jump in at book 26 and still enjoy the story. The series is great though, so I highly recommend reading the earlier books.

Rita Mae Brown is the author of many books including Rubyfruit Jungle and the Sister Jane series. For more information on the author and her books, check out her website: http://www.ritamaebrownbooks.com/

**I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Random House Publishing via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**



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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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This is the next book in the series of Harry, the cats and dog, and all their friends. It also continues the trend of the last several books of boing back and forth between a modern setting and the eighteenth Century. The two stories are engaging, but perhaps not as parallel as some of the earlier ones. Those already following the series will want to read this one- but it is not as engaging as some, so new folks might want to start with the earlier books.
  Helenoel | May 10, 2018 |
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This is book number 26 in the Mrs Murphy series of mysteries by Rita Mae Brown.

Two bodies are found in the Virginia woods. Of course Harry investigates with a chorus of comments from her two cats and Corgi.

There is also a second storyline from 1786 following the ancestral plantations. This one isn't really a mystery – a body does not appear until almost the end of the book and we find out who it is and what happened in the next chapter.

It's been a while since I read any from this series. I enjoy the cynical remarks by the cats and dog as well as the appearance of Harry's horses as Ms Brown is an accomplished equestrian.

But something has happened to the author since the last time I read one of her books. Ms Brown was known as an activist for blacks and gay rights.

And yet, to me, this book seems like an apology for slavery. Except for one rogue slave owner, the other plantation owners treat their slaves very well and even help runaway slaves. The only person who turns in a runaway slave is a free black who is constantly referred to as “too dumb to understand”. Even the husband of the rogue slave owner takes his wife in hand and does not let her recover her slave when she comes face to face with her.

In the modern story line, Harry is working to preserve a school house that was used originally for the children of slaves (!) and then freed blacks.

And when the mystery is solved, Cooper the investigating policeman, does some white-splaining about how hard it is for the Federal government to protect endangered species since all the Native American tribes have separate treaties about what is necessary for their separate religious practices. “A recipe for disaster” sighs Harry.

Cooper goes on to further explain that a lot of the customers for illegal parts are “Asian, recently moved here, as well as people from parts of the world we regard as primitive.” p334

Ms Brown, it might be time to hang up your word processor. ( )
  streamsong | Dec 8, 2017 |
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It is fall in Virginia and things are gearing up for fall traditions. However, finding dead bodies is not part of the fall fun! Rita Mae Brown again presents a novel that skates back and forth between present and past. As usual, the animals are involved and add to the interest of the novel. I especially like the animal comments at the end of the book. I am sure the flipping between present and past might be a source of confusion for some, but definitely heightens the interest of the novel. ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | Oct 20, 2017 |
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I do enjoy the Sneaky Pie Brown books, especially the ones, like A Hiss Before Dying, that include a parallel story from early America. For me, it's nostalgic since I spent my elementary years in southern Virginia and, of course, learned a lot of American history there. But foremost, the books tell a good story. ( )
  margitc | Sep 11, 2017 |
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"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"--Amazon.com.

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