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Wish You Were Here (Mrs. Murphy #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  6,815 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy--and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Small towns are like families: Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town-until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Bantam (first published 1990)
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Stephen
I picked this book out on a whim...didn't know what to expect at all. Virginia Beach Public Library had it as one of the Staff Picks on their e-book collections, so I thought, why not?
Most of the books in this series take place in Crozet, Virginia (which also intrigued me, since I go by Crozet every time I go see my family in Ohio and West Virginia). This first book in the series I found a little crude at first (a lot of unnecessary swearing), but it gets better throughout the story. Another th
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 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
I really wanted to love this one because of the Corgi dog in the story. However sadly I did not. I am not a huge fan of cat's so I really didn't care too much for Mrs. Murphy. Although I do have to admit the interactions between the animals were so cute! There were several things however that I didn't like about the book:

1. The very first thing that was very annoying to me in the beginning was all the characters thrown in the first chapters so soon. It was kind of hard for me to keep up with who
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Paul Lunger
If only this series could have kept up along the way it began is the main thought I had while reading the initial book in the Mrs. Murphy series - "Wish You Were Here". The story introduces us to the world of Crozet, Virginia our animal friends & even provides us with a background on the founder of the town which is a very nice touch. When the first crime to affect the town in nearly 2 decades happen, the citizens get a tad concerned & our cast of characters very carefully spring into ac ...more
Glimmerfee
01. Schade, dass du nicht tot bist
o2. Ruhe in Fetzen
03. Mord in Monticello
04. Virus im Netz
05. Herz Dame sticht
06. Tödliches Beileid
07. Die Katze riecht Lunte
08. Rache auf leisen Pfoten
09. Mord auf Rezept
10. Die Katze lässt das Mausen nicht
11. Maus im Aus
12. Die Katze im Sack
13. Da beißt die Maus keinen Faden ab
14. Die kluge Katze baut vor
15. Eine Maus kommt selten allein
16. Mit Speck fängt man Mäuse
17. Die Weihnachtskatze
18. Die Geburtstagskatze
19. Hiss of Death
20. The Big Cat Nap
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Samantha
May 05, 2009 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cat/dog lovers, mystery lovers
Recommended to Samantha by: Judy Ward
I absolutely love this series of books. I started the series with the first book "Wish You Were Here" in week 39 of my pregnancy. I needed something light and fluffy and fun to read and, most importantly, something that would be easy to pick back up were I to suddenly 'calve.' (Love you Judy!) Wish You Were Here takes place is beautiful, tranquil Crozet, VA (not too terribly far from where I am typing this review) who's tranquility is shattered by a string of murders. The Postmistress (and Smith ...more
Rebecca
These books clearly have a number of devoted followers, but I barely made it through this first one. This is largely due to expectations of tone - when a cat and dog are trying to solve crimes, I would expect a fairly light read. However, I found most of this book pretty depressing. The characters are largely unlikeable, the main character's divorce drags down both the speed of the narrative and the overall mood, and the animals spend most of the time philosophizing about the horrors of the huma ...more
Tabitha
Disappointed....I like this series but didn't enjoy the first book as much as others. Comparatively, the author lacked the twists and character development that were present in books 2 and 3. The story does give some character background not present later but the needed background and depth of character is contained without boredom to the reader in the books that follow. As far as the mystery went, I was able to figure out the culprit early in the reading. I recommend this series...but would sug ...more
Book Concierge
2.5***

Two gruesome murders / mutilations have the residents of Crozet, Virginia in a tizzy. Postmistress Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen has the only clue – a day or two before they were killed, each of the victims received a postcard of a famous cemetery or tomb with a “Wish you were here” inscription. This book introduces the Mrs Murphy mystery series. Mrs Murphy is a tiger cat, whose “mommy” is Harry. Along with her Welsh corgi companion, Tee Tucker, the animals help Harry find the killer.

When
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Christyn
I finally got around to reading this book, it's been in my TBR pile for a while and I'm not quite sure where to start - I think this is actually a fairly decent start to a series. I loved the animal characters but the human ones took a while to get used to. For a cozy it wasn't as light-hearted or well cozy as I'd expected (it wasn't dark). The mystery was fairly easy to figure out and I managed it less than halfway through the book. It could have used more descriptions (I still don't really kno ...more
Chelsea
I decided to read this book based mainly on the fact that the main character owned a welsh corgi. I own a corgi, so of course I had to look into the story. I was a bit disappointed though. The characters did not seem well developed to me, and what is with all of their names being so odd..(boomboom craycroft, anyone?) The "mystery" was not very mysterious. It was an extremely quick read, and i still plan to try and read the next couple books in the series, as i have heard they are a bit better th ...more
Debbie
This is a great series if you like animals involved with the story. Mrs Murphy and Tee Tucker are great. Pewter is fun to, I think her sister might live at my house.
Catherine Thompson
Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen is the postmistress of the small Virginia town of Crozet. Crozet is one of those towns where everybody knows everybody, and everybody's business. A quiet town, where the most important events are births, funerals, and weddings. But sometimes, small-town life can be murder...

Kelly Craycroft, the local construction magnate, is found ground to hamburger in one of his own cement mixers. No one in town can believe that anyone had a murderous grudge against Kelly; he was a
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Christie
Mary Minor Haristeen, Harry to her friends, trotted along the railroad track.

The town of Crozet, VA is much like other sleepy, Southern small towns. Everyone know everyone's business and nothing much ever happens. Suddenly, though, citizens are turning up gruesomely murdered. The town's postmaster Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen remembers that each of the victims received mysterious postcards before turning up dead and takes upon herself to solve the murders along with her furry friends Mrs. Murp
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Rena
A fun ride!
Gremlin
Sometimes, you just need a silly little mystery snack - and this fit the bill.

Small southern town - lots of small southern town characters. Apparently folks in this town take their animals with them everywhere! (My kind of town). Animals communicate with each other. Animals understand humans. Humans are clueless about all of this.

Downsides: Too many characters introduced in the first chapter, so I couldn't keep them all straight. (I kept turning back to read things again). Also, the murderer was
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Gloria
This is the first book in the "Mrs. Murphy" series. It is not exactly what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting a cozy mystery featuring a cat, Mrs. Murphy. Mostly this is true. A small town in Virginia has first one then two murders on their hands. There are two sets of characters: people and animals. The animals have conversations just as people do and are critical to solving the crime. While it is 98% a cozy mystery, there is some bite to this book with regular cuss words sprinkled t ...more
Garrison Kelly
In the teeny tiny town of Crozet, Virginia, everybody knows and trusts each other, which is what makes the murders of several townsfolk easy for the killer to cover up. It could literally be anyone. Aside from the local police, on the case is Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, a divorcee mail sorter with a tiger kitty named Mrs. Murphy and a Welsh Corgi named Tee Tucker. Harry believes she’s getting closer to the truth behind the murders, but not nearly as close as her own pets, who have more sense t ...more
Nicole
First book in a very, very long series! But I guess that means that these books are great. Well, I have to say, I certainly enjoyed this first!

The writing style is great, loved the interaction between the animals. I am always curious how animals play a part in a book and how one learns what they are saying/thinking. Really liked how this was done in this book. I myself have 2 cats and 1 dog and I could relate to Harry seeing her animals do things and having no real clue what they meant. I also v
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Laura
I'm not big on mystery for mystery's sake, but I do enjoy animals and have enjoyed quite a few novels where animals converse.

A long time ago I used to read children's mystery novels--the kind where you could technically figure out the mystery and had to flip to an appendix to discover the solution. Encyclopedia Brown broke me on mysteries. The solutions were so hidden that they never revealed enough clues for you to even remotely guess what the answer truly was. These mysteries broke me on ever
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jan 03, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those Who Like Anthropomorphized Cat
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I didn't get far in this one before giving up. This novel fits the subgenre of "cozy mystery" which I'm not very fond of. Basically, the kind of mystery that could fit a network movie of the week or series without anything graphic or too dark, and an amateur sleuth who finds so much murder landing at the doorstop of her small town you'd think the FBI would put her on a list of suspected serial killers.

And, of course, such a work needs a gimmick. Herbs, dogs, recipes, quilts... The gimmick in th
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://lasrmystery.blogspot.com/2012/...


Murder isn’t exclusive to big, crowded cities, as the residents of Crozet, Virginia are about to discover for their own. When the citizens of the small town start turning up dead, the local post mistress thinks the odd postcards they’d received just before their murders might be a clue. She’s soon off to the races, with the help of her tiger cat and Corgi. Will small town life in Virginia ever be the same?

Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen
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Ann
An enjoyable, fun, who-dunnit. Fast paced plot with a fist full of inventive characters, including a cast of clever cats and dogs who get mixed up in small town mysterious, & deadly crimes. When I first started reading Rita Mae Brown Ms. Murphy series, I was hooked. Granted, I was much younger, and hadn't been as well read in the mystery/thriller genre as I am today. Most of today's novels I read are on different levels of crime solving, many intense thrill rides of mystery, that start with ...more
Angela
This is the second in the series of cat books given to me by my cats for Christmas. I liked this, but couldn't help but compare it to "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards", which was much better in every way.

Not that they deserve comparison - Wish You Were Here is a modern mystery, written in a sassy style, where "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards" is more of a cozy mystery. But they both prominently feature cats, and they are mysteries, so there you go.

As a mystery, I was a bit annoyed by a couple
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Chaitra
In the sleepy town of Crozet, Virginia, murder lurks. The pesky postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen of the little place knows most of the goings-on and is curious about everything else. She also has a curious tiger cat Mrs Murphy and a little dog (Corgi?) to help her. There are also the town's other animals to help them. And of course, colorful characters abound, including the scumbag soon-to-be ex-husband of Harry.

I have a curious and intelligent tiger tabby myself, so I love the idea of
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Kelly
This was my first mystery book by Rita Mae Brown; I read Rubyfruit Jungle in college which is a rather different kind of novel indeed. I loved this mystery novel! I'm sure it has a lot to do with my own love of cats, but I adore the sassy, snooty Mrs. Murphy and her silly dog friend Tucker. The heroine of the book, Harry Haristeen, is a wonderfully strong and courageous female character without the toughness and (lonely) independence of female characters like Warshawski, Millhone, or Plum. Don't ...more
Deon Stonehouse
Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown begins the series featuring Mrs. Murphy, a cat, Tucker, a corgi, and Harry the postmistress of Crozet Virginia. Rita Mae credits her cat Sneaky Pie Brown as co-author so it is no surprise that Mrs. Murphy is the smart cookie in this series. She sounds just like I suspect a cat would sound, definitely calling the shots and leading sweet Tucker into all sorts of mayhem. It is all in a good cause; the two friends Mrs. Murphy and Tucker, have to be on their game ...more
Sarah Sammis
Buellton is another one of those cities on our list of "pit stops." Before I married Ian, I had never been to Buellton except when en route to it's next door neighbor, Solvang. Solvang was on my family's short list of vacation spots when I was a child.

Meanwhile, Ian grew up going to Buellton en route to other places to stop at Pea Soup Anderson's for the Traveler's Special. So when we were making our initial move up to the Bay Area from South Pasadena we ate a lot of soup at Pea Soup Anderson's
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Alleluialu
I chose this book because it takes place in Crozet, VA not far from Charlottesville. I love that area and the author, Rita Mae Brown actually lives in the area, so I was intrigued by that. Secondly, my book club decided to read a "cat mystery" for July AND I love my cat. The mystery of the murderer lasted to the very end of the book and it wasn't obvious until...say...3/4 of the way through. I liked that. The murders were kind of gruesome, however they weren't described in detail and you found o ...more
Melissa
Stumbled on this book. I am not a big cat fancier, but I do love a good mystery novel so I checked it out. My overall impressions were positive.
The murders were a bit gruesome, but the tone somehow remains cozy.

The names were interesting and sometimes hilarious.
A male contractor is name "Kelly," which isn't that odd. But his wife is named "Boomboom." Harry (the protagonist), is female. Her ex-husband is named "Fair." There is also a female dog named "Tee Tucker."
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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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Mrs. Murphy (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Rest in Pieces (Mrs. Murphy #2)
  • Murder at Monticello (Mrs. Murphy #3)
  • Pay Dirt (Mrs. Murphy, #4)
  • Murder, She Meowed (Mrs. Murphy, #5)
  • Murder on the Prowl (Mrs. Murphy, #6)
  • Cat on the Scent (Mrs. Murphy #7)
  • Pawing Through the Past (Mrs. Murphy, #8)
  • Claws and Effect (Mrs. Murphy, #9)
  • Catch as Cat Can  (Mrs. Murphy, #10)
  • The Tail of the Tip-Off  (Mrs. Murphy, #11)
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