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Pay Dirt (Mrs. Murphy #4)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  2,821 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
The residents of tiny Crozet, Virginia, thrive on gossip, especially in the post office, where Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen presides with her tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy. So when a belligerent Hell's Angel crashes Crozet, demanding to see his girlfriend, the leather-clad interloper quickly becomes the chief topic of conversation. Then the biker is found murdered, and everyone i ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Bantam (first published 1995)
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Aug 03, 2015 Trish rated it really liked it
Been a while since I read any of the books in this series. I'd forgotten how much I liked them - especially the snarky cat - even if I figured out who the murderer was about half-way through the book.
Mar 17, 2017 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't love a mystery series with a dog and 2 cats.
Dec 25, 2016 Cheri rated it really liked it
I kinda had this one figured out but it was still a good read.
Harry Addington
Mar 16, 2017 Harry Addington rated it really liked it
Cozy with a dog and 2 cats who help their owner solve murders. Have to love it.
Rosa Cline
4 star

This is book 4 of this series however you DO NOT have to read these in order; but I feel you could understand everyone's relationships better if you at least read the first book in this series as it explains who every one is and who everyone is within the community.

This was a really good mystery. If you enjoy animals-are an animal lover then you will really enjoy how the author(s) incorporated the main characters dog and cat as main characters. The humans talk and work together and so doe
Molly Cline
Jan 14, 2016 Molly Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-4, 2016, death
4 star

This is book 4 of this series however you DO NOT have to read these in order; but I feel you could understand everyone's relationships better if you at least read the first book in this series as it explains who every one is and who everyone is within the community.

This was a really good mystery. If you enjoy animals-are an animal lover then you will really enjoy how the author(s) incorporated the main characters dog and cat as main characters. The humans talk and work together and so do
Rosa Cline
4 star

This is book 4 of this series however you DO NOT have to read these in order; but I feel you could understand everyone's relationships better if you at least read the first book in this series as it explains who every one is and who everyone is within the community.

This was a really good mystery. If you enjoy animals-are an animal lover then you will really enjoy how the author(s) incorporated the main characters dog and cat as main characters. The humans talk and work together and so doe
I won't deny that I do enjoy the Mrs. Murphy series, it's just that I like some of them more than others. This one falls closer to the meh side of the scale. Pay Dirt just didn't have enough of what I usually like - or rather it had too much of stuff I didn't really like.

I usually enjoy the sense of community in these books - but it just seemed everyone was coming together a little too conveniently. I also could've done without the love triangles. I have a feeling I know who Harry's going to e
Feb 12, 2015 Fiona rated it liked it
Cute story.

Harry is one of the two postmistresses in Crozet, Virginia. She has a cat, Mrs Murphy, and a corgi, Tucker. The other postmistress is Mrs Hogendobber (Miranda) who really doesn't care to much for animals but has no choice since Mrs Murphy & Tucker go wherever Harry goes. Crozet is not far from Ash Lawn, the home of the late President James Monroe. The docents at Ash Lawn are many of the characters in this story and who live in Crozet.

A Hells Angel-type biker rolls up to Ash Lawn &
Mar 02, 2011 Baseni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimis
"Crozet, die Kleinstadt in Virginia, erhält Besuch durch einen Hell’s Angel, zumindest gibt er sich alle Mühe diesem Klischee gerecht zu werden. Es sucht eine Gewisse Malibu, allerdings will sie niemand kennen. Die Suche wird durch den Fund seiner Leiche gestoppt, gleichzeitig verbreitet sich aber ein Virus in den Computern der Banken, auch die örtliche Bank bleibt nicht verschont, dies zeigen nachträgliche Kontrollen. Der Leiter des Rechnungswesen, nebenbei durch seine kürzliche Heirat in einem ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Oceana2602 rated it really liked it
Ok, I'm going to do a standard review for the rest of the Mrs. Murphy books I read, because I really can't think of something smart to say about every single one of them. Actually, it's hard to come up with something smart to say about any one of them, because they are not really smart books.

Though, no, that's not true. They aren't trivial as such, they aren't too easy - or, in other words, they don't hurt my brain while I read them. But I think we can all agree that they are also not "great li
Paul Lunger
Mar 08, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it it was amazing
What do a biker & a bank virus have in common? More than you might realize in this very enjoyable early entry in the Mrs. Murphy series of books. The story begins as a Hell's Angel arrives at Ash Lawn (the home of James Monroe) looking for his girlfriend. When he turns up dead a search for clues ensues across the usual range of characters. In a rare twist for this series there is also a report of money missing from the Crozet National Bank due to a computer virus called Threadneedle that has ...more
Jul 19, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
This was my first Rita Mae Brown book. I love mysteries, but this one is different than what I'm used to reading, mainly because of the "talking" animals throughout the book. That part is at the same time silly but likable. I'm a huge animal lover and have had cats and dogs my entire life. The author really captures the mannerisms that any cat or dog owner is very familiar with. As to the animals' dialog, it's in italics, which makes it a little easier to follow. Of course, the humans can't unde ...more
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Maria Dolores
Dec 29, 2012 Maria Dolores rated it liked it
Animals also have a role in our society. Although we can't understand them most of the time, pets will try their best to communicate and protect their parents. This, I think is what Rita Mae Brown is trying to portray in her Mrs. Murphy series including Pay Dirt. As for the book review, this book is great for readers who love the mystery niche and want a unique touch of talking animals. Framing one character of 2 murders is quite ok. But,it was written in a way that you will automatically know t ...more
Pearl Drolet
Apr 25, 2013 Pearl Drolet rated it it was amazing
Once again murder and mayhem have come to Brown's (Wish You Were Here, LJ 11/1/90) sleepy little town of Crozet, Virginia, heralded by the arrival of a leather-clad biker who storms up to historic Ash Lawn (James Monroe's home) demanding to see the "thieving slut" Malibu and upsetting the docents. Later, when the biker's body is found in Sugar Hollow, postmistress/detective Harry Haristeen, accompanied by the incorrigible cat Mrs. Murphy and Welsh corgi Tee Tucker, finds herself in the middle of ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Jaime rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy_mystery, 2010
This book was an improvement over the last Mrs. Murphy novel. The danger and the crimes got personal again, as the lives of more than one Crozet resident are affected. There was also less of the animals waxing rhapsodic about human nature. The true identity of the missing Malibu wasn’t that much of a secret to me, but I enjoyed watching everyone else try to figure out what was going on. We get a little more about Harry’s personal life here, as Blair and Fair (a name combo that drives me insane) ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Trisha rated it it was amazing
OOOOO, this one was good. Love triangle, missing money, dead people. What else could you ask for? I don't know where the ideas come from, but keep em coming. Very interesting, couldn't wait to finish it. I find myself throughout the day wondering what Harry, Mrs. Hogendobber and the gang are up to and can't wait to pick up the book and see! As a reader, that's what keeps me coming back. I most assuredly will continue with this series. The characters are becoming dear friends of mine (or they rem ...more
Laurel Bradshaw
May 12, 2016 Laurel Bradshaw rated it really liked it
Not a review. These notes are for my own reference and may contain spoilers!

Reread on audio.

July/August (15 months later? ~ ca. 1994 ~ Harry is ca. 36)
Blair is back from Africa, and he and Fair are fighting over Harry.
Action revolves around Ash Lawn, the home of James Madison. Harry is a docent.
News is abuzz about the Threadneedle computer virus, due to strike on August 1.
A black leather-wearing motorcyclist storms into Ash Lawn looking for his former girlfriend, named Malibu. A few days later h
Michaela Osiecki
Aug 25, 2014 Michaela Osiecki rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
I didn't realize this was #4 in the Mrs. Murphy series until I started reading, but even so, jumping into Pay Dirt didn't leave me with too much confusion and I was able to keep track of all the different characters rather easily.

It was a cute read, I loved the conversations between the animals and how believable their behaviors were. Didn't feel too much connection with the human characters, but this didn't bother a lot.

If it weren't for Mrs. Murphy and her furry friends, I would probably just
Nov 20, 2009 Noria rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, suspense, deutsch
This was my first book by Rita Mae Brown and therefore my first Mrs. Murphy Mystery. And I really enjoyed it.

The human characters of Crozet versatile and most of them are really loveable. The animal characters are perfect. Their behaviour has been watched really carefully and the comments they make show a lot of insight but are never to humanised.

The crime story was suspenseful and not to obvious. This hasn't been the last Mrs. Murphy Mystery I have read. That's for sure.

And I really liked the i
Cameron Toney
Jun 10, 2014 Cameron Toney rated it it was ok
You go to Crozet for the charm, not the crime.
I have a soft spot in my heart for these books, mainly because I love corgis, and a corgi is one of the detectives in this story.
Crozet is charming, full of big characters and funny animals, and I like spending time in the little town. But you dont read these for a deep or complex mystery.
Before the body was even dead I knew who the murderer was (in these books, watch out for characters you dont know from before!) and the motivations seemed a bit wa
May 28, 2010 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I love Rita Mae Brown, and I love this light-hearted series of books, and I ADORE Tucker. :) I was looking forward to an enjoyable summer read. This book did not grab me like the others - I had trouble keeping up with all the characters being introduced at the beginning of the book, and I often felt like the author was going off on a tangent (political or otherwise) through the characters, and so their voices did not ring true. Not saying I disagreed with those tangents :) it just didn't seem in ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Fraukelientje rated it really liked it
I began this book a bit skeptical because I am not a huge fan of speaking animals in books and also in movies. But the story surprised me and the animals speaking to each other added some originality to the story in a funny way. I have loved every page of the book! The characters are described very well before the actual story starts, what makes the reader being more into the story and more involved in what happens next. I recommend this book to everyone who loves a good mystery novel!
Michelle Beteta
May 28, 2016 Michelle Beteta rated it really liked it
If you love to read mysteries and series and if you are an animal lover (a preference for cats doesn't hurt), you will love the Mrs. Murphy Murder Mysteries. The books are fun and easy to read. The author allows the reader to continue getting to know the characters that are recurring throughout the book series in funny, quirky plots - animals and humans alike.
Jun 08, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
A bike is left by Crozet post office and all residents, Mrs Murphy, Tucker and Pewter are curious about it and it owner. The owner is later found dead. Blair is back on his farm and playing attention to Harry much to Fair's dismay. The Threadneedle virus has every one up set. These books are a delightful relaxing read.
Carol Layton
One thing I can say about Rita Mae Brown...there is no sameness to the plot. True, someone gets killed and Mrs. Murphy ( the cat) and Tucker (the dog) save the day, but the pathway which connects these events is never the same. This story wanders from Europe to the streets of San Francisco to Virginia to make a good read...
May 19, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Rita Mae Brown may have been the first to write adult mysteries with animals as her main characters. I don't know. But when I read these series of books, I was amused to watch how well she captures the characteristics of cats and dogs and their relationships to their human friends. The mysteries are Agatha Christie-esque to boot!
Jul 29, 2015 Islay added it
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
I have read a good portion of the Mrs. Murphy series and have enjoyed them all. They are wonderful light reading and Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown write with a lovely sense of humor. The characters are engaging and the you always learn a little something about the south with every book. Great books to get your mind off your troubles.
Jan 20, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Guilty pleasure books. Though I'm constantly made fun of for reading these, I like them too much to stop. It's a good, entertaining, and quick mystery, and reading one is almost like taking a mental vacation away from the city to a farm in Virginia (which I totally want to visit). This mystery is pretty good, not the best, but certainly not her worst.
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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.

Brown was born illegitimate in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She was raised by her biological mother's female cousin and the cousin's husband in York, Pennsylvania and later in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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