This is the first in the well-read Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown. I read this originally 15 or so years ago, but decided to listen to the books this time. I loved it as much as before and maybe a little bit more.
The book features Harry, a postmistress in small town Crozet, Virginia, who is separated from her husband and living with a curious duo of tabby cat and corgi. Murder soon comes to Crozet, and Harry is soon on the case. The best parts for all animal lovers, of course, are when the animals interact and talk with each other. Knowing what happened in subsequent books really made me examine the relationship between Harry and Fair.
If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this one is for you.