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Puss 'n Cahoots (Mrs. Murphy #15)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,532 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Instead of a proper second honeymoon, the newly remarried Harry and Fair Haristeen leave cozy Crozet, Virginia, for Shelbyville, Kentucky, site of the famous saddlebred horse show. There they ll visit dear friends Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge and enjoy a week among some of the finest horses, trainers, and riders in the country.
But soon after they arrive, events veer mys
Paperback, 309 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2007)
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This was not one of Brown’s stronger entries. Her books are always sort of “horsy,” but she usually does a pretty good job of explaining slang and the multitude of special tools and terms. This time around I was completely lost. There were so many new characters to keep up with I lost track about half-way through the story. I didn’t particularly care that the victim was murdered, and I was only lukewarm when the bad guy got his comeuppance. I’ve noticed Brown has started using her books as mouth ...more
Not one of my favorites, but not my least favorite, either. She bordered on tax/government-related rants again. I understand her wanting to insert her opinion about such things (it's her book, after all), but when it really has nothing to do with the plot line, it just feels clunky, disruptive, and misplaced. She also picked up a new habit that drove me nuts: the characters seem to have lost the ability to speak in full sentences. For instance, one conversation went: "Ruin your shoes." "Bought f ...more
I am really disappointed in Ms. Brown. I've enjoyed her books for quite a while now, but since she now apparently feels it necessary to pepper her character's conversations with one sided political non-discussion, I will be forced to look elsewhere for reading material.
Sean Kennedy
This series has just taken a nose-dive in quality lately. Although I appreciate the attempt to freshen this latest book by having it set outside its usual boundaries of Crozet, the story sorely missed the regular cast we have come to know and love. The new characters just weren't that interesting. Plus, there is an undercurrent of meanness in this book that hasn't ever really been apparent before. To top it all off, for a book that features animal characters and a love for all animals above ever ...more
Rita Mae Brown is surely one of my favorite authors--a great storyteller with wit to spare. Her Sneaky Pie mysteries are among my favorite of the cozy mysteries. The reason I don't give it 5 stars is because although the mystery happens in an interesting and different setting, I missed the richness of the missing regular characters.
I did not enjoy this story. In fact, I didn't even finish the book, which is extremely rare for me. It's a shame, because it has all the things that I like: cats, mystery, a book written by a cat. But I found the writing to be sub-par. The dialogue felt unrealistic, very forced. And the story itself didn't flow for me; it felt stilted.
Cameron Toney
Harry and Fair are off to a horse show for their honeymoon, pets in tow, and, of course, stumble across a murder.
This book has got a lot of elements. The differences between horse breeds, a cheeky monkey, a movie star, valuable jewelry, illegal workers, and love triangles aplenty.
Eesh. The book felt longer than it needed to be, full of details that were not needed, and there were some very odd parts. For example, near the end, in the middle of a tense bit, the cats and corgi stop to talk to a ho
"Mrs. Murphy hat es diesmal mit einer verschwundenen Brosche, einem entführten Pferd und dem Mord an einem Stallburschen zu tun. Mary Minor ""Harry"" Haristeen besucht nämlich mit ihren Katzen Mrs. Murphy und Pewter, dem Hund Tucker und ihrem Wiederehemann eine mehrtägige Pferdeschau. Hierzu mußten sich die Protagonisten von Virginia nach Kentucky begeben und dort treffen sie, wie bei Rita Mae Brown üblich, eine Vielzahl von Personen. Kenner der übrigen Romane um Mrs. Murphy werden sich leichter ...more
Apr 03, 2008 Oceana2602 rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cat-lovers, people already used to Brown's writing
Speaking of guilty pleasures... (not that we were). I finally read Puss'n Cahoots, the not so new book in the Mrs. Murphy series of Rita Mae Brown (yes, I waited for the mass-market paperback, sue me). I was, well, I can't say I was diappointed, because for being disappointed you have to have real expectations, but I wasn't fully satisfied. My only expectations for Mrs. Murphy books are
1) smart, talking animals; (*hides*)
2) horses;
3) dogs;
4) cats;
5) mystery (with at least 1 peron dying, because
Yolie Gachelin
A cute book with a mix of the adult world and children's world with the talking animals. I listen to the audio book while I was in the car with my children dropping them off for school or activities or doing my errands. My kids enjoyed the book. However, the hardest part of listening to the audio book was keeping up with who was an animal and who was a human. Over all the plot of the story was a good one. Not on the edge of your seat good, but a simple relax simple read good.
Rhonda Pickens
I usually like this series, but I'd almost swear this was written by a different author. If this had been the first of the series I'd read, I would never have picked up another one. So much time is spent having the various characters espouse political views that there is little time left for sense of place, character development, or plot. At the moment I don't have the book handy to check the publication date, but it MUST have been written during an election year or something. It's not even that ...more
And... you've lost me. Brown's home state pride grows tiresome, and constant bragging about how much better you are than everyone else does not exactly endear someone to readers. Add to this her attempts at showing off about how much she knows about horses, and you get one super-annoying book. I'm not impressed. I love the damn cats and the corgi, but I just don't care enough anymore to continue reading this series.
I don't like the one that aren't set in Crozet. Ms. Brown is getting too political. Is she running out good material? It's weird that Miranda hasn't appeared in the last few books. This one wasn't set in Crozet but in the one before, Miranda was visiting her sister out of town. It's sort of like the actress/character has been unavailable due to other commitments or was under the weather.
I've consistently rated Brown's Sneaky Pie mysteries 3 stars -- not great, but quick and fun to read. I can't decide whether they're getting worse or I'm getting tired of them, but one of those things has certainly happened. I really didn't enjoy this one at all. For one thing, all the dialogue that didn't advance the plot, but served only to tell the reader things about horses and horse competitions, got rather wearing. And, since I didn't know anything about Saddlebred horses, I would've expec ...more
I had read several reviews of this book and none of them very positive. This is the 14th book of the series and I've read all of them. I agree with the reviewers that the later books are not as engaging or endearing as the ones earlier. But, I did find this book enjoyable and had no trouble making my way through it. This book takes place outside of Crozet and so many of the main, repeating characters were not in it. That is a huge part of the charm of this series...meeting up again with the prev ...more
Best thing I can say about this one - a decent cure for insomnia. I really don't know why I bothered to finish it. I keep reading editions in this series because I truly have liked some of them, if not the libertarian political rants. But I really can't think of any reason I would recommend this book to anyone. Ugh!
You have to love horses to get thru this book. Unfortunately I don't love them.
It's boring because it focuses too much on horses. Besides, there is more and more politics in Brown's books. I want to enjoy the reading not being lectured.

I don't like the series since "Sour Puss".
There are series you hate to see end....and then there are ones that continue on and out of loyalty (or book club reads) you keep reading a series...that maybe it's time to stop reading or for it to end because the story is the same story with just different names.
I have loved Rita Mae Brown since first I picked up her first book. And then along came Rubyfruit Jungle, and I was gathered in!

Along came this mystery series, written with her cat, no less, and Harry Minor Harristeen could do no wrong. As she has written more of these books, her grammar has become sloppy. Her plots are starting to read like the same story told many different ways. I think now I mostly read them because I love the animals and their conversations. It's more of a comfort read, wit
Harry and Fair have finally rekindled their love and are giving their marriage another try. As part of their honeymoon, they travel to Shelbyville, Kentucky for the saddlebred horse show and to visit with their friends Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge. Of course, their cats and dog travel with them. There is a lot of tension at the show between the trainers, owners and riders. Joan's valuable ruby pin is stolen the first evening and then a prize horse disappears from his stall. One of the trainers ...more
This book was not my cup of tea although it wasn't an awful book or story. If it hadn't been given to me, I would never have chosen it myself. First of all, it seemed rather odd to have the animals talking to each other and helping to solve the mystery. At least the animals weren't talking to the people and the people understood them. It just didn't seem to go with the seriousness of the crimes committed - a couple of murders and talking animals? It was also set in a world I have no interest in ...more
I enjoy these talking animals. Their ability to talk to other creatures has always been a question in my mind that probably will never be answered.
Off to the races! Out of the normal scenery, but several of the main characters were there. Plus, a monkey. What can go wrong? Hmmm... don't ask!
OK - I am a sucker for Rita Mae Brown Books. if you don't find it amusing to have cats and dogs voicing their thoughts throughout the book, then this book is not for you. but if you are an animal lover who knows that your pets are sometimes trying to tell you something that you just are not understanding....then you will love the Rita Mae Brown (who writes "with" Sneaky Pie Brown, her cat) series. This one was particularly good as it was about horse shows (particularly Saddlebred) in the South - ...more
These all run together, and are not very good, but still always read because they're set in Crozet.
Talking animals investigating murders is always fun!
3 1/2 stars? I enjoy this series, the smarter of the "cats and mystery" series' out there. They dialogue with the animals talking is a bit strange, but after you get used to it you see the usefulness. The authors political leanings are apparant all over her latest books, which is also a bit odd, but the stories are good, the characters are good, and you learn all sorts of interesting things about horses, foxhunting (no fox killing) and other things. I actually like her foxhunting novels better- ...more
Jennifer Burks
Very quick read, and I loved that it was centered around the American Saddlebred. Wish she'd used proper terminology, such as "slow gait" and "rack" instead of "slow rack" and "fast rack"; and the big show in Lexington, VA is the Bonnie Blue Horse Show, not Bonnie Bell. Little nitpicky things, I know, but they make a difference to someone who's involved with Saddlebreds. Still fun to read, and it was fun to try to figure out if she was depicting certain owners/trainers with her characters. :)
Harry and Fair Haristeen head to the saddlebread horse show in Shelbyville, KY, as a second honeymoon of sorts. As usual, the two cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and the corgi, Tee Tucker, follow along. While at the show, a pin is stolen, then a horse is stolen, and eventually a groom ends up murdered. The Haristeen's pets, with their superior senses of hearing and scent coupled with their ability to communicate with other animals, solve the mystery first. Will their humans ever catch up??
Franci Rogers
Awful. I barely finished it. I liked most of her other books, but this one got so bogged down in terminology and tidbits that it was insanely tedious. The only reason I kept reading is that I am hoping the rest of the series takes an upturn. She got so lost in the horsey-ness that the characters were flat, the story-line was foolish, and the dialogue was painful. In the end I didn't care who killed who. In fact, I was rooting for more people to get killed off so I could stop reading!
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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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