The Big Cat Nap (Mrs. Murphy, #20)
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The Big Cat Nap (Mrs. Murphy #20)

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“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 dr...more
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Published April 3rd 2012 by Bantam
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Dear Sneaky Pie: Thank you, thank you, thank you. I wrote you earlier after reading Hiss of Death asking you to please convince Rita Mae to tone down her political rants in what are admittedly your books. I don't know if the two of you had a heart-to-heart or whether you have used your little editing paws aggressively, but the difference is impressive. While I still am aware of Rita Mae's political attitudes, I didn't feel that I was being hit over the head with them in this book. Kudos. On to t...more
First I must note that I am a great fan of Rita Mae & her animal friends; therefore, I was wildly anticipating this book, the "20th Anniversary" of Mrs Murphy, sleuth cat. However, the animals are much less involved this time around and don't even save any lives! Seriously, the cats and dog involvement here is minimal, mostly they are observers, and frankly, I find them more interesting than some of the human characters. (Oh, by the way, WHAT is with all the animal fighting in this book??? W...more
When several of Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen’s friends have minor car accidents that end up with their cars needing major repairs, Harry becomes more than a little suspicious about the repair shop. Harry, being Harry, starts asking questions but before she can learn much, one of the mechanics is murdered. Soon the bodies start piling up and Harry is determined to find out what is going on. However, she needs to be careful or her curiosity may get her killed.

I used to read Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. M...more
Suspense Magazine
It’s incredible that “The Big Cat Nap” (love the title!) is the twentieth anniversary “collaboration” between tiger cat Sneaky Pie Brown and her human, Rita Mae Brown. This delightful series has more than 4.5 million copies in print, and has frequently been on the New York Times bestseller list. With good reason.
The twentieth adventure begins with a series of inexplicable car accidents in the picturesque town of Crozet, Virginia. They’re all attributed to driver error, but lead character and sel...more
With this book and also with "Hiss of Death" Rita Mae Brown is (almost) back to her old standards again! After 5+ years of mediocre novels she has written two pretty good ones again. They still aren't as good as the very old ones - I really miss the times when Harry was still Crozet's postmistress - but the logic in the murders is back.
In their 20th adventure Harry and her feline/canine friends are confronted with several brutal murders in a local garage. Harry's passion for cars and her usual c...more
The title sums it up. I love Rita Mae Brown and this has always been a fun, comfort-read series for me. I was very disappointed in this one - almost felt like someone much less experienced was writing it. Rather than letting the characters develop there was the constant "narrating" of background and thoughts on behalf of the characters. There were also many "statements" made in the book generally on "behalf" of Harry, but even though I have to say I agreed with the various statements, they weren...more
That part in Lord of the Rings where Gandalf and the Balrog are locked in a death spiral and neither one will let go even though it means doom for them both? That's how it is with me and cat mysteries.

Too many "we interrupt this mystery for an opinion from our author" moments.
a good Mrs Murphy mystery. Typical of the genre. Brown never dissapoints.
A cute whodunnit with talking animals thrown in.
Harry is helping out at the church mowing the lawns getting ready for Flag Day celebration. The Reverend Jones pickup will not started again. It had been repaired just 2 weeks ago. The girls planting flowers around the church discuss all the recent auto accident learning about after market products. There are 3 different murders that occurred with the workers from the auto repair shop. Harry's curiosity is arouse and she is looking for answers. There are delightful scenes with Harry's animals es...more
I received this book through Goodreads Firstreads. This is the first book that I have read from the Mrs. Murphy mystery series, and I was pretty excited to start it, since I live in Virginia and am familiar with the towns and places that the author writes about. However, the book did not have much in the way of substance or depth. The writing style that the author uses reads as if she were writing for a younger audience that has not developed the language skills an adult would possess. I also fe...more
It’s early summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and more than just the weather is heating up. Miranda and Rev. Jones both have vehicles in the repair shop. When Susan and Harry go with Rev. Jones to check on his truck, they discover the lifeless body of mechanic Walt Richardson on the garage floor. Then Nick Ashby, another mechanic at ReNu automobile repair, is shot in the driveway of his girlfriend’s home. Something is connecting the two and Harry just can’t leave it alone. But can sh...more
Fans of Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown will be highly entertained by this latest mystery in the series. While animal lovers will enjoy the repartee between Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, the two cats who steal the show, along with Tucker, the faithful corgi who diligently endeavors to keep them in line, there is plenty of plot to keep the non-animal lover reading. Ms. Brown does make her own opinions known through the opinions of her characters, animal ones included, but this does nothing to detract fro...more
Paul Lunger
The 20th Mrs. Murphy mystery by Rita Mae Brown, "The Big Cat Nap" harkens back to reasons why this series works at its best. This time around we have a series of automobile accidents that land a lot of the cars at the local garage called ReNu. When one of those mechanics comes up dead via a tire iron, Harry & her band of furry friends embark on yet another mystery to solve this crime & a couple others that turn up involving other employees at the shop. The mystery itself is actually very...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Ms. Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown seen to be giving me, as a reader, more to think about besides the multiple murders in each novel. This novel introduced me to the world of Automobile insurance, repair, parts, and replacements.

Harry is out for a spin with Miriam Hogendobber, when for no obvious reason, the car's airbags deploy. Miriam, with a show of expert driving, manages to get to the side of the road. With confidence, Miriam phones her local insurance provider and he comes to their ai...more
I've been reading this series for a while (this is the 20th anniversary Mrs. Murphy mystery). The cats and dog are in rare form. If you like cars or insurance (scam) you may like this book. She gets a bit political with her comments at times (which I tend to ignore in the book as it isn't too rabid, but you have to expect this in her books as she shares her politics frequently). The mystery makes sense, one could guess who the bad guys would be early in the book, but it wasn't so telegraphed tha...more
Susan E
I have nothing new to add that other long-time readers of this series haven't already said. My current theory for the strange, social commentary all the characters regularly spout is this: Brown must be tied into some contract that requires her to produce a certain number of these books.
The latest in the Mrs. Murphy mysteries series focuses on a scam between an insurance company and a chain of repair shops in which the use of substandard knock-off parts from overseas were used instead of the American-made parts that were made for the purpose. When mechanics at one of the repair shops are turning up dead, Harry (and her animals) get curious (as usual). With a showdown at a drag racing strip where Harry has to literally drive for her life, she figures out who the murders (and sca...more
Sphinx Feathers
I don't know if this was a fluke or if this is a style change for Rita Mae Brown, but the focus seems to have shifted to the humans rather than the animals, and the are the reason I read the books. Although the book itself wasn't bad, it wasn't great either.
I've read all of the books in this series thus far, and the last several haven't left a good taste in my mouth.

I enjoy the cozy mystery and the characters, animal and human, for the most part. What bugs me are the political tangents that some characters (Harry imparticular) go off on. You end up reading mini Jeffersonian lectures about the evils of gun control, government involvement in the economy, etc... that aren't really needed to move the story forward. For me, since I don't agree with man...more
I hope the series gets back to the quality of some of the earlier books. But I'm not holding my breath. I'll probably finish it anyway.

Pretty much just more of the same, though not laid on as thick as the last several novels. That's an improvement. Also, I just found the mystery unsatisfying and rather unrealistic. (view spoiler)...more
I love all Mrs. Murphy mysteries! I've been reading mysteries for so long that many times I already have everything figured out before the end of the book. This mystery, however, stumped me. It kept me guessing till the end.
I finished this book because I have loved the others in the series and kept hoping it would get better. It did not. The story contains the usual cast of characters, both animal and human and the plot is the usual cozy murder plot. But Brown seems to be running out of steam. Many of her attempts at character development seemed tired and the plot sort of...old. At times it was as if the plot was merely an add on to the political stands Brown wants to put forward. And that's what I found most disap...more
I love this series. Through 20 years I feel like i've grown up with these characters. They're effortless and real in a way that feels genuine, even in such a contrived environment as the murder mystery can be. RMB has a gift for easy blending of topical education, cute talking animals, and southern life. You may not agree with her take on things, but then you may no agree with your neighbor's either, but you hear them anyway.

This story covers talking animals, cancer recovery & support, sport...more
It was okay for me, but I have to admit I listened to the audio version and was not giving it my full attention. I borrowed it from the public library's audio download service because it was available and had a cat on the cover! This was the first book I have read from this series so I was not familiar with the characters and did not know enough backstory to connect with them, but overall it was a fairly satisfying little small town type mystery with a few fur faced sleuths thrown in for fun and...more
I love Rita Mae. Sneaky Pie is great too - and perhaps I rate this book 5 stars because this is the one I finally met the author on! As ever, the story clips right along, and this time revolves around drag racing and the terrible practice of insurance companies and cheap parts - those non-manufacturer parts could cost you your life, if they fail and cause an accident, and this isn't just a plot twist in a light mystery, this a for real danger on the roads with you every day!

As always when I read...more
This book was poorly written with a weak plot. Much too much of the book was spent showing us the viewpoint of the main character on many issues. Not enough of the book was written from the cats' point of view, which is one of the things I liked best about the earlier books. Plus, most of the secondary characters were thrown in for no reason that I could tell, other than that fans of the series might wan them to appear. They didn't add to the plot. Also, the editors did a poor job. There were ma...more
What I enjoy about this series is that they are nice fast reads, very light. Usually the heroine stumbles upon a mystery, gets in too deep, witty banter ensues, her pets save her butt. Cheesiness is inherent to the cat mystery, and I'm down with that. I tend to read these out of order, generally according to whichever one happens to be on the library shelf, so perhaps more recent books in the series have devolved, but I was surprised by the lack of effort in this one.
It was terribly predictable;...more
Vicki V. Barcklay

loved it, couldn't put it down. I always want to see the NEXT BOOK! do we know if it's out next?
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Rita Mae Brown is a prolific American writer, most known for her mysteries and other novels (Rubyfruit Jungle). She is also an Emmy-nominated screenwriter.
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