Wish You Were Here
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 postmistress, Mary Mi ...more
I don't know how many …moreI was reading this at 12-13 and my parents were extremely strict about monitoring content, so it should be fine for YA readers.
I don't know how many preteens would find them interesting--I did, but I was reading 2+ novels a day.(less)
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 ...more
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 ...more
Also, was super not a fan of the weird casual racism in certain parts of t ...more
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.
Harry (Mary Minor Harristeen) is the postmistress of Crozet and has two loyal and lovable p ...more
I don't sh ...more
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 ...more
Well, the book was okay. Not great. Not worth a reread. I found it flat, actually. The characters didn’t engage me, the plot seemed weak, the setting so-so. All in all, nothing to grab and keep my interest.
Bummer, really. I really wanted
Brown also manages to weave in bits of southern history, including calling it the War of a Northern Aggression and showing the classist and ...more
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 ...more