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Rest in Pieces (Mrs. Murphy #2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,194 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Mrs. Murphy thinks the new man in town is thecat's meow.... Maybe she should think again.Small towns don't take kindly to strangers--unlessthe stranger happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous andseemingly unattached male. When Blair Bainbridgecomes to Crozet, Virginia, the local matchmakerslose no time in declaring him perfect for theirnewly divorced postmistress, Marry Minor " ...more
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Published March 30th 2004 by Crimeline (first published August 1st 1992)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Ugh.

Another reviewer spoke of "sophomore slump"; I call it "second novel syndrome." Many years ago, I read the first Mrs Murphy novel, and then the third, and enjoyed them both. My friend didn't have No. 2, so I was interested to see what came next when I ran across it. I almost wish I hadn't wasted the reading time. So why finish it? you ask. I dunno. Because it was there. Brown was obviously riding the wave the the popularity of the first novel, maybe this one was rushed to press or something
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Molly Cline
This is book 2 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. I had to skip book 2 and read book 3 and I was a little 'lost' to minor issues that wasn't a big deal in the story. Reading them in order you get to 'know' the characters little quirky things about them but it doesn't spoil the stori ...more
Jessie
Jul 27, 2015 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked that this book's ending was a twist that I was not expecting. Some mystery books solve the mystery in the middle and then spend the rest of the book trying to hunt the bad guy/gal but it's nice to be kept in suspense until the very end.
Paul Lunger
Aug 27, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From 1992, "Rest in Pieces" is one of the earliest books in this series & perhaps one of the best. When body parts start turning up at random in Crozet, Virginia a murderer must be on the loose especially with a local matchmaker is in town. The stories in this series always work best when both animal & human interaction & this book is a clear example where it works. There's also a plot involved this time with the matchmaker & the attempt to get Fair & Harry back together. It' ...more
Arminzerella
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Marti
Feb 24, 2015 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Sometimes a cozy mystery is a bit more than just that and in this, the second of the Mrs. Murphy series, was one of those books. Ms. Brown delved a bit into environmentalism and the meaning of real and lasting friendships. I will probably wind up reading this whole series. Harry, aka Mary Minor Haristeen, is a recently divorced attractive young woman and postmistress of the small town of Crozet, VA. She feels it is perfectly within her rights to read postcards. After all, if the sender had wante ...more
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Book # 2 in the Mrs Murphy mystery series featuring Mary “Harry” Haristeen and her menagerie – Mrs Murphy (a grey tiger cat), Tucker (a Welsh corgi), and Simon (an opossum living in the hay loft), as well as two horses, and a four-foot black snake. As glorious fall color paints the trees around Crozet, Virginia, a handsome new man is refurbishing the neighboring farmhouse. But when a dismembered corpse is discovered, suspicion turns to Blair – the new man in town has a tragic secret in his past, ...more
Christyn
I thoroughly enjoyed Rest in Pieces, the second book in the Mrs.Murphy series. The mystery was interesting (though this was not the very strong point of the story). The strongest point of the story was the characters. The citizens of Crozet and their goings-ons were what captured and held my attention - sometimes the human ones, but mostly the animal ones - I love Mrs.Murphy and Tucker. Even Pewter has grown on me, as has the timid Simon.

We also learn more about the human residents of Crozet,
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Laurel Bradshaw
Reread on audio.

Not a review. These notes are for my own reference and may contain spoilers!

Crozet, Virginia. October. About 15 months after the last book. The Fall Harvest Festival features prominently. Continues through Christmas

Harry's divorce has been final about 6 months.
Fair is now dating Boom Boom Craycroft.
A newcomer, Blair Bainbridge, has bought Foxden, the farm next to Harry's. He is a mysterious, rich male model from NYC.
Mrs. Hogendobber is growing prize pumpkins. The Holy Light Churc
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Ann
Sep 16, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a good one. Good plot and I love the characters! I've read several in the series and I really enjoy them although my hubby didn't like the fact that the animals talk to each other - I kind of enjoy that and it moves the plot along! I think they are really fun cozy mysteries and I will continue on til I finish the series. I also like her other books.
Book-a-neer
It was hard to read an animal's point of view and conversation interspersed with that of a human. A lot of times I was confused and didn't know if it was an animal or human talking. I almost put it back on the shelf but thought I'd give it 50 pages and see if it improves.

Well, I got over the confusion and finished the book. It was a good story though not something someone else had done before. I had an idea who the killer was very early on in the story so there was no suspense in that. Not my k
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Pearl Drolet
Apr 21, 2013 Pearl Drolet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery fans who dote on their pets will welcome this second tale of murder co-authored by Brown and her cat, Sneaky Pie. A follow-up to the duo's Wish You Were Here, it reintroduces characters and settings in the tiny town of Crozet, Va. Central to the tale are postmistress and knowledgeable farmhand Mary Minor Haristeen (Harry), her cat Mrs. Murphy and her Welsh corgi Tee Tucker. Mrs. Murphy, as it happens, ``bears an uncanny resemblance to authoress Sneaky Pie,'' and virtually every reference ...more
Samantha
May 05, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat/dog lovers, fluffy mystery lovers
Recommended to Samantha by: Judy Ward!
Another cattabulous read from the Mrs. Murphy Murder Series! I absolutely love the writings of Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown! In this installment, the quaint town of Crozet, VA is thrown into a tizzy by the arrival of a sexy NY male model. Shortly after his arrival, body parts are found scattered all over town making everyone wonder if the towns new hottie is a killer. In some parts it's 'gruesome'...though not like Stephen King gruesome, but still kinda gross for a fluffy, afternoon read. Harry ...more
Cassandra
Jan 15, 2014 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich bin rundum begeistert von diesem Buch. Die Autorin hat hier ein kleines Meisterstück vollbracht. Der Krimi ist spannend bis zum Schluss und wartet mit einigen erstaunlichen Momenten auf. Harry und ihre Tiere sind natürlich die Stars dieser Reihe allen voran Mrs. Murphy, die Tigerkatze mit dem detektivischen Spürsinn und ihr bester Freund Tee Tucker, ein mutiger Corgi. Neu auf Harrys Farm ist das Opossum Simon, dass mein Herz im Sturm erobert hat.

Eine ganz dicke Empfehlung an alle Wohlfühlkri
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Rhonda Pickens
Sep 26, 2013 Rhonda Pickens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY needed something warm and uplifting after reading incredibly depressing books for an Apocalyptic Literature course. This was the perfect remedy! Since I started them out of order, this, the 2nd book in the series, is actually the 3rd I've read. Granted, these are not epic literature, but I find them some of the best of the "cozy mysteries" genre. The talking animals might sound a little juvenile ('a la Charlotte's Web) when you first consider the series, but it's done very well. If you' ...more
Kelly
Apr 17, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I'm giving this book 4 stars not because of the mystery story itself, but because of the characters and the setting. I love Mrs. Murphy and Tucker! This book had some bonus animal characters that were central to the story as well. What isn't cuter than talking animals? I think the author really gives these animals believable "person"alities -- I like to think a few of my own cats are as smart and sassy as Mrs. Murphy. The mystery was good as well, with a little hint of romance and plenty of town ...more
Michelle Beteta
May 28, 2016 Michelle Beteta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Islay
Jul 29, 2015 Islay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amy
May 19, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Ingrid
This is an excellent murder mystery series. The two cats and the Corgi dog are important characters in the book that help solve the mysteries. But of course they aren't understood by their owners and often comment on how difficult it is to get the humans to understand them. Some clues are discovered by the animals and reveals to the reader, but not to Harry, the heroine. It's a fun concept that works really well. The heroine, Harry, is a down to earth woman who lives in the small down of Cozet. ...more
Carol Layton
The second book in the Mrs. Murphy series. It is better than the first but a shadow of the character development which is to come. The only disappointment is some characters causally mentioned in the first book do not appear at all, and there was a hint of future appearances in the first book.
Josh Ua
Sep 06, 2014 Josh Ua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's some vulgarity in this, the second book of the series, but not as bad as the first. I liked the fact the the series progressed without a lot of change in the characters, & that it included more drama of their daily lives. The way the truth comes out, & the twist ending, were something I didn't expect but enjoyed.
F
Jun 30, 2009 F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The good, the bad, the profound....GOOD: entertaining cozy mystery; I enjoyed the verbal conversation between the animals, particularly the animals analyzing humans' strange habits. The BAD: the descriptive fox hunt (Chapter 33) seemed endless and overkill in details. I also thought the author could have penned a better, more-believeable method in apprehending the killer. The PROFOUND: There are many thought-provoking statements made by the author throughout the novel. For example, the main char ...more
Sandra Knapp
Nov 09, 2015 Sandra Knapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good! I certainly enjoyed it. I love the dialogue between the cat and dog and other "critters" on the farm and with whom they come into contact with, and how they are always trying to engage the humans in their conversations. More than once I found myself laughing out loud, to something one of the animals had supposedly said.

Always a good mystery too, but the interaction with the pets and other "beasts" are what make these stories so appealing to me. It's just a jolly good time reading on
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Lizzy
Sep 02, 2015 Lizzy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, series
I've always been tantalized by this series. New books are constantly popping out. My library didn't have the first book so I started with the second. I found the characters to be 2 dimensional, the animals more like cartoon figures. The author gave great details to things not important to the storyline. Not the cat's meow for me.
Betty
May 08, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
The second book in this cozy mystery series. The animals are delight and their talks with each other highlight the series. Parts of a body are found in Foxton's cemetery by Mrs Murphy and Tucker. Shortly other body parts turn up around Crozet, the head in a pumpkin. Enjoy fantasy and mystery together for a light easy read.
Chaitra
I still think they're on the preachy side, but I also liked it. The whole cat and dog thing is enough, to be honest. Harry is better than I remember her too. This time the mystery is halfway decent, even if I did figure it out at some point. But the blow by blow details of the fox hunt was a bit much. Someone refers to Harry as a modern-day Noah, and hunting even ill and old foxes isn't exactly helping make that point. Still, a good enough mystery. 3 stars.
Tabitha
Jan 20, 2010 Tabitha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This murder mystery based in a small town with a few cats and a dog helping solve the crime, sounded a little goofy to me initially. After reading a few chapters, I was hooked. The mystery was complex enough that although I could figure out some parts before they were revealed, I did not solve the puzzle before the solution was nearly at hand. Even then, I didn't have the motive without explanation. Enough details were held back, and twists were employed to make the read enjoyable. A fair amount ...more
Vanessa
read in 2008. Great twists although some I guessed and some I didn't. Fitz-William was interesting and Cable Hall was hard to believe as characters.
Debbie
Jan 01, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the animals in this series. I look at my 3 doxies and one cat and try to listen to them more when they are talking to us. This is a fun light hearted series.
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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.

Starting in the fall of 1962, Brown attended the Un
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Mrs. Murphy (1 - 10 of 25 books)
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  • Murder, She Meowed (Mrs. Murphy, #5)
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