The Big Cat Nap by Rita Mae Brown

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Another way the Browns keep these books fresh is by letting Harry and her friends and associates have real lives rather than become more or less frozen in time and situations.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review 
 
It’s mid-May and murder is once again in full bloom in Crozet, Virginia—or so it seems to Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen. The trouble begins when Harry’s dear friend Miranda Hogendobber takes her on a leisurely drive that ends in a narrow drainage ditch. The chaos continues when the Very Reverend Herbert Jones’s Chevy pickup also abruptly goes kaput. But these vehicular mishaps are nothing compared to the much more distressing state of a mechanic discovered by Harry in a local repair shop: His head’s been bashed in. Despite numerous warnings from her much-loved coterie of friends, human and otherwise, Harry quickly surmises that the time has come to pop the hood and conduct her own investigation. Her animal companions see disaster fast approaching but can do little except try their best to protect their foolishly intrepid human. Harry’s race to the truth leads straight to powerful forces determined to avoid scrutiny at any cost—even if it means running Harry Haristeen off the road for good.
 
Includes a preview of Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown’s next Mrs. Murphy mystery, The Litter of the Law.

“Harry and her pals are on the case. . . . [Brown] fills the series with rich central Virginia color, and readers will greet the recurring characters with fondness.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“[A] delightful book.”—Huntington News
 

About Rita Mae Brown

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Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; the first two books in her new Nevada series: A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, 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 twenty previous Mrs. Murphy mysteries: Wish You Were Here; Rest in Pieces; Murder at Monticello; Pay Dirt; Murder, She Meowed; Murder on the Prowl; Cat on the Scent; Pawing Through the Past; Claws and Effect; Catch as Cat Can; The Tail of the Tip-Off; Whisker of Evil; Cat's Eyewitness; Sour Puss; Puss 'n Cahoots; The Purrfect Murder; Santa Clawed; Cat of the Century; Hiss of Death; and The Big Cat Nap, in addition to Sneaky Pie's Cookbook for Mystery Lovers.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Bantam. 241 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

Brown. . .spins a thin mystery in which top honors go to the author’s love for her beloved Virginia countryside and for her animal characters, who as usual steal the show.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 27 2012

Amusing exchanges among the cats and dog and their commentary on the humans around them will please series fans.

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Huntington News

Excellent
Reviewed by David Kinchen on Apr 01 2012

. . .you'll find that Sneaky Pie Brown and her human are up to their usual high writing standards.

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Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner

. . .a charming and enchanting mystery that affirms the Crozet cozies remain fun tales. . .

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Curled Up

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Hulka

This particular book is a little bit weak in the plot. . .

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Briar Patch Books

Good
Reviewed by Linda Brinson on Apr 04 2012

Another way the Browns keep these books fresh is by letting Harry and her friends and associates have real lives rather than become more or less frozen in time and situations.

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