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Murder, She Meowed

(Mrs. Murphy #5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,764 ratings  ·  106 reviews
The annual steeplechase races at Montpelier, once the home of James and Dolley Madison, are the high point in the social calendar of the horse-mad Virginians of cozy Crozet. The race meet offers a cracking good time with old friends and a chance to get even—on the racecourse—with old enemies. Postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen will be in the thick of the action on t ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 3rd 1997 by Bantam (first published 1996)
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Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
It was okay; not really a favorite.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is now five for five. Among my many reading goals, one is to read all the books in the 'Mrs. Murphy" series in chronological order. This story was especially good (although I've liked the previous four) or I am becoming more and more vested in Mrs. Murphy, Tucker, Pewter and their friends with each book. It would be hard not to be more entertained as I get to know them and their adventures better. What I truly enjoy about this series is the banter between the animals. They are quite the comed ...more
Lois Keller
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it
You know how people are always looking for a light hearted read after a depressing and intellectually challenging book? This is the PERFECT (or should I say, PURRFECT) book for those situations.

There isn't a whole lot of depth to this book, and the logical train of the thought gets derailed in the first chapter. You'll often find yourself reading about random tidbits here and there that are completely irrelevant; i.e. certain characters cooking abilities, interjections by the animals, and many
Cualquiera que tenga gatos sabe que es prácticamente imposible escribir nada sin su "colaboración", así que me parece muy bien que Rita Mae Brown incluya como coautora a su gata atigrada, Sneaky Pie. Murder, She Meowed es una novela de misterio, asesinatos y unos detectives muy particulares: unos cuantos gatos y un Welsh Corgi. Normalmente no me hacen mucha gracia las historias que humanizan a los animales y los hacen hablar, pero aquí la autora lo hace desde la convicción de que ellos son más i ...more
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ok, I'm going to do a standard review for the rest of the Mrs. Murphy books I read, because I really can't think of something smart to say about every single one of them. Actually, it's hard to come up with something smart to say about any one of them, because they are not really smart books.

Though, no, that's not true. They aren't trivial as such, they aren't too easy - or, in other words, they don't hurt my brain while I read them. But I think we can all agree that they are also not "great li
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a delightful read. And Rita Mae Brown's characters come to life on the page. As usual it is up to the animals to steer the humans in the right direction to solve these murders. The backdrop is a a Steeples chase. Also, something was mysteriously buried in one of the horse stalls. When Ms Murphy and her owner Mary Harristien (Harry for short) get tangled up in the murders, well you know you are in for a ride. The writing is very colorful and the characters believable-but what makes ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep forgetting how much fun this series is. And I'm sure the animals are getting sassier.
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for the dead body books and this one was unique. You get to try and solve the mystery with the help of the assorted animals and it really works. My first but not my last.
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Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Review first posted on My Blog.

It's the day of the annual steeplechase and Mary 'Harry' Haristeen is enjoying helping down at the track with her dog, Tucker. It's a day that the entire town looks forward to and the races this day are good, except for an altercation between two of the jockeys during one race where Linda whips at Nigel and he retaliates. Harry dutifully reports it but no one thinks anything further about it, until Nigel is found dead later that night, stabbed through the heart wit
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another delightful title in the Mrs. Murphy series, and I enjoyed it as much as the first four. I especially liked the details of steeplechasing in this novel, of which I knew nothing before, and so it was neat to learn about the dramas and illegalities that can go along with the sport.

The characters continue to evolve and their relationships among one another are constantly changing and growing. In this title, the saucy Boom Boom Craycroft, a widow and once-lover of Harry's ex-husband F
Lora Shouse
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a re-read for me. But reading about Harry Harristeen and her friends and pets is always interesting, even the second time around.

This time there has been a murder following the Montpelier Steeplechase event. One of the jockeys is found at the end of the day in one of the horse barns with a knife in his chest, plunged through a playing card.

There are a lot of possible connections. He owed money. He did drugs. There was his girlfriend, another jockey who was also an heiress about to
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone in Crozet is excited about the upcoming steeplechase races. However, the murder of one of the jockeys puts a damper on things. As speculation runs wild, another jockey is murdered in a similar fashion. The police are at a loss as to who is committing murder in the sleepy little town of Crozet. However, Mrs Murphy is on the case. She enlists the aid of other animals in the area, including cats, horses, and even mice. Harry puts her own sleuthing skills to work, and she unearths a clue th ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The beginning was a bit slow for me, as I'm not that interested in horse racing, but when the murders started and then the first clues - I was hooked! A very suspenseful book. I liked the chapters where the animals (primarily cats and dogs) do some digging (pun intended) on their own, but I would've liked if there was a bit more 'interaction' between the humans trying to solve the murders and the animals, instead of the animals trying to get the human's attention and getting ignored. There are s ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the last one, and this time, even though I had the murderer down to two possibilities pretty quickly (I suspect this was by design) I wasn't certain which one it was until just before the big reveal. I was disappointed in the ending because it seemed a little forced to me. It just doesn't seem likely that a person with his background and training would lose his cool over a confrontation with someone who had neither a badge nor, as far as he knew, proof. It was a little too pat, ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a nice light read. Think will try to pick up the other books for this series. It's interesting to read the two different conversations, one by the humans and the other by the animals. I liked the little bio of the cast of characters at the beginning of the book also, it helped to be able to jump into the story knowing how everyone relates to the other.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a nice, cozy mystery. There’s a lot of fluffy extra that made the book drag a bit. The animals talking - but the people not understanding them - was a bit distracting but after I got use to it added to the charm. The mystery itself was good, I didn’t figure it out until near the end which is always nice. I would read more in this series.
Amy Webster-Bo
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
was not as good as I liked her others, I don't do races, and am not interested in them but I love the cat and mary
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The thing I like best about this series is the continuing characters. This mystery is centered around the world of steeplechase so that’s interesting too, because I know nothing about that.
Karen Newby
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely a page Turner!! Loved it!
Susan A Horton
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story line was well-developed, a fresh mystery. Use of animals giving clues had me shouting to the humans to pay attention. Nice
Fred Nachbrunn
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mystery to challenge

A mystery full of plot twists. A cast of suspects and characters.
A true challenge for every armchair sleuth.
Try to solve the mystery.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best book I've read but it was still good. Found to be slow at the beginning.
Terralyn Brown Barfield
4 Stars. I love the human and animal characters in this series and I’m very picky when they have speaking parts in particular. A fun read.
I don't know what it is about these books but they are so addicting. They're terrible books. But I seriously cannot get enough of them.
Wise Cat
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Wise Cat by: Online friend
I was really disappointed with this book. An online friend recommended the books in the "Mrs. Murphy" series because she said the animals talk to each other. That sounded cute, esp. about how they help solve mysteries.

It was 50 pages before I came to any animal dialogue. And on that note, the WHOLE book is 99% dialogue but between the humans. So, that made the characters very two-dimensional, meaning NO character devlopement at all. There's no descriptions of the environment such as someone's ho
Dec 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
After reaching 100 hundred pages in this book, I had to stop. It was all too boring. I am sorry, I am a country girl, but I cannot take this much horse talk. Brown also wrote like the reader had no grasp on modern language. As an example, she has to explain Harry's use of the word "trolling," when referring to a promiscuous Boom Boom. There were repeated instances of redundant definitions.
Up until this point I was able to ignore the little incongruences, but now I really cannot get over them.
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimis
"Renntag auf Montpelier, dem Landsitz des 4. Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten, James Madison. Mary Minor Haristeen, genannt Harry, dient als Hindernisrichterin, was sie jedoch nicht davon abhält, Informationen zu sammeln. Ihre Corgihündin „Tucker“ darf sie begleiten, Mrs. Murphy, ihre Katze, mußte zu Hause bleiben, wo sie einen Rachefeldzug an der Wohnzimmereinrichtung ausführt. Soweit die Ausgangslage. Dieses kann jedoch nicht verhindern, daß eine zukünftige Millionenerbin ihren Freund verli ...more
I think Murder, She Meowed is one of the better Mrs. Murphy book I've read in a while. This one focuses more on the mystery/setting than playing catch up with all the characters. I enjoyed the horse racing aspect of the book, so it was interesting seeing something I know absolutely nothing about. I read these books because they're nice light reading when you don't want to think too much or need something to clean your palette so to speak.

The mystery - well it wasn't difficult to figure it out,
Dec 13, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5 This mystery featuring postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her crime solving animals Mrs. Murphy(tiger cat) and Tee Tucker (corgi) is set in the world of steeplechase racing. When the murder of a jockey leads to clues in a five-year-old mystery, Harry becomes involved in the search for a cold-hearted killer hidden amongst her circle of friends.

I am enjoying this series, and MURDER, SHE MEOWED is another fun installment. Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker, and the other animals steal the show
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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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