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Tail Gait

(Mrs. Murphy #24)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,183 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Spring has sprung in Crozet, Virginia—a time for old friends to gather and bid farewell to the doldrums of winter. Harry and her husband, Fair, are enjoying a cozy dinner with some of the town’s leading citizens, including beloved University of Virginia history professor Greg “Ginger” McConnell and several members of UVA’s celebrated 1959 football team. But beneath the clo ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2015)
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Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was ok

This cozy series - set in Crozet, Virginia - was once a favorite of mine. The main character, 'Harry' Harristeen, was a divorced postmistress and amateur sleuth. Harry solved mysteries with the help of her 'talking pets', two cats and a corgi. The lovable animals commented on Harry's activities, philosophized about people, rode mail carts around the post office, protected Harry, and helped solve crimes. The stories also had an array of recurring characters that added fun and depth to the the tal
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cats and mysteries, what a purr-fect, cozy combo! Tail Gait, Rita Mae Brown’s twenty-third Mrs. Murphy mystery is co-written by Brown’s own tabby feline, Sneaky Pie Brown. Ms. Brown’s favorite Southern busybody and her furry friends once again poke their muzzles into some fur-ocious business in this new tail of murder and greed.

An early spring dinner party brings together a few alumni members of UVA’s acclaimed 1959 football team, a retired history professor, Greg “Ginger” McConnell and his wife
The 23rd Mrs Murphy mystery uses a different method than other books in this series: the solution for the murder of a UVA history professor has a lot to do with what happened during the American war of independence. Thus, there are two storylines, the usual one which tells about what is happening in 2015 and another one which is set during the war. The reader has to get used to two sets of characters. The ones in the 18th century are described quite well and I really liked this storyline, how it ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
My 24th Mrs. Murphy. I would have liked more Mrs. Murphy, Tucker and Pewter and less chapters set in the 1700’s, but it’s still one of my favorite series!
Kay Miller
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received an advance copy of this book through Goodreads as a First Reads winner.
I have been disappointed in the last few books in this series, but I thought I would give this one a try – since I didn’t need to spend money to buy it. I was disappointed in this one as well. The plot was predictable. Someone Harry knows is murdered. Harry risks her life solving it while the cops are a step or two behind. As soon as the crime happens it is obvious who committed it and why.
The chapters set during
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

I have not read a Rita Mae Brown book in years. I loved Harry and the animals, Tucker, the Corgie and the two cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter. I always thought it would be funny seeing someone driving around and taking their cats places, the dog no problem. Don't forget the two horses, snake and opposum in the barn . It's cute how the author has the animals talk amongst e
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had vowed when finished my last Mrs. Murphy book, to never read another - I obviously broke my vow.

While this book still doesn't live up to Ms. Browns earlier works, it is much better than the last book of hers I read. This book still tries to 'teach' us good things, but not as forcefully as the last few. There is less politicking and more about history, less about organic farming and the hazards of eating/using non-organics products and more mystery. And thank you Gods and Goddesses for this
Bonnie Drummond
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rita Mae Brown gives us a look into what went on during the Revaluation War ( Prisoner of War ) camp and how we looked after them. And on the other hand we have two murders one of a famous Professed of History ( Revaluation War Camps ) and an Ex- FootBall Star ( All American ) both dead because of the Revaluation War Camp and The Deeds to the land; if that wasn't enough add one attempted murder and another death and you have your answer GREED. GRAB A COPY AND LEARN SOME HISTORY AND FIND OUT WHO ...more
Cyn Mcdonald
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
The B story is set during the Revolutionary War, mostly in a prisoner of war camp in Virginia. The history is interesting.

The A story is average for this series.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
very enjoyable reading......I love that the 2 cats and the corgi help to. solve the!
Mary Brown
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Spring has sprung in Crozet, Virginia—a time for old friends to gather and bid farewell to the doldrums of winter. Harry and her husband, Fair, are enjoying a cozy dinner with some of the town’s leading citizens, including beloved University of Virginia history professor Greg “Ginger” McConnell and several members of UVA’s celebrated 1959 football team. But beneath the cloak of conviviality lurks a sinister specter from the distant past that threatens to put all their lives in jeopardy.
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you need another fix of a "cozy" mystery, the latest in the series featuring Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her corgi, Tee Tucker, as well as her two sleuthing cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, is out this week. It is fun, fluff and fatalities all in one!

Rita Mae Brown (and Sneaky Pie) have added a "twist" to the story set in Crozet, Virginia by adding a cast of characters who lived at the time of the Revolutionary War. Their actions intertwine with contemporary events, including multiple murd
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
1.5 Stars.

I had two major issues with this book. First, I find that Brown adds in a lot of really unnecessary details. She gets bogged down in what characters are eating or wearing or how something works or who every single person is at an event, and it really draws me out of the story. My other big issue, which I also was bothered by in the other book I have read from the series, is that Brown puts a lot of her own opinions into the story, and I don't think she integrates them particularly well
Karen B.
I really enjoyed this book because it kept switching from present day to the Revolutionary War in Virginia. I loved the history, especially the account of the prisoners of war "barracks". Harry is saddened by the murder of an old friend and then the murder of a town drunk. What did the two deaths have in common? Why would someone want both dead? Harry's curiosity once again has her on the hunt to find the relation and then to find the killer. One of the things I like about these Mrs. Murphy book ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Read as an ARC from NetGalley.

It has been awhile since I last read a book by Sneaky Pie Brown and her human (Rita Mae Brown) . This is a very enjoyable addition to the series. Beloved history Professor Ginger MacConnell is murdered on the golf course. His former students, who live in the UVA area, are mostly all successful business men. They are making money in various parts of land development, building high end homes. Harry and her pets are still sleuthing their way through these books and the
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
Over the years I have enjoyed reading about antics of Mrs Murphy, Pewter and Wee Tucker their comments between themslves and the other animals the snake, opossum, owl, coyote and fox. I like the comments on their human companions. This book did not disappointed. I found both stories extremely interesting and well written. I did not like the format as it disrupted the thread of the stories. It is a lesson on how events that occur in the pass effect what happens today. I would recommend this book ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Rita Mae Brown's Sneak Pie and his animal friends, Tee Tucker, Pewter and Mrs. Murphy, who all appear in the books. I believe that this is the 25th book in this series. I have read all of them and hope that there are many more to come. I keep thinking that the book that I am now reading is the best so far until I get to the next book and decide that this is the best ever. The introduction of all the characters that Ms. Brown takes the time to list is really very handy. This book was writt ...more
Anne Nerison
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very satisfying mystery. I do so enjoy these Mrs. Murphy mysteries. I particularly enjoyed what I believe is a new aspect in this series: two parallel stories, one taking place near the end of the Revolutionary War and the other modern-day (so we still get to see what Harry gets herself into—and what Tucker, Mrs. Murphy, and Pewter have to save her from). It was fun hopping back and forth in time, knowing the stories must be connected, but how? Rita Mae Brown (and Sneaky Pie Brown, of course), ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tail Gait is the 24th book in Rita Mae Brown Mrs. Murphy series! I think that this might be my favorite book in this series. While it's always a pleasure to catch up with all of the regular characters in Harry's world, I enjoyed this book because of it's simplicity...only a few of the regulars are in the story. With the interweaving of the two story lines and her descriptive, easy flow writing, Rita Mae has proven once again why she's an masterful storyteller. I love both this series and the Sis ...more
I love Rita May Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown's mysteries. With her companions, Tucker the Corgi, Pewter and Mrs. Murphy, the cats, she out to solve the latest murder in her neck of the woods. The long term characters are enduring and reading one of her stories set in Virginia is like visiting an old friend who has exciting news.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent crime, I just love reading about the area I've grown up in. So interesting being able to relate and know many of the places she writes about. And love the animals tboughts and inpact on each story, simply wonderful. Highly recommend these books, I can't wait to read more!!! ☺☺
Carolyn Roys
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
These books have become so preachy, and yet I always read them. Amazing that she talked about transgender with Kaitlyn Jenner coming out. Especially knowing that this book was in the works well before that happened.
Jane Irish Nelson
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who could possibly have wanted to kill beloved history professor Greg "Ginger" McConnell? Harry can't help but wonder if the answer might be buried in the past, so she digs into his research, but can't seem to find the connection, though she believes it must be related to a property where British prisoners were kept during the Revolutionary War. The present day story is interspersed with the story of some of those prisoners. The characters in both times periods are very well-drawn and believable ...more
Cameron Toney
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've been really disappointed with the last few Mrs. Murphy Mysteries I've read. They have largely gone from being charming to being flat, and sometimes rather preachy. But I'm an optimistic sort, so I keep picking them up and reading them.
This was was not as bad as the last few I read, but I found the murder motive to be an afterthought, and not very plausible. And the chapters that cut away to the revolutionary war didn't really add anything to the plot, or enhance the story at all.
I don't kn
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beloved history professor is killed, and the police are investigating everyone in proximity. But to solve this case, they will need to go back some years, actually, a lot of years. In this well-constructed mystery, Rita Mae Brown clearly illustrates that something done decades before can impact the future, in ways unpredicted. Told in past and present times, this mystery is a wondrous tale of war and greed and of true love. Truth, eventually, will come out, one way or another.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Fun read, enjoy the animals discussions! This particular book I’ve read before but was such an enticing storyline that I just kept enjoying it...... Rita Mae Brown is a convincing author with Very interesting characters. This was actually two stories, one about British prisoners in an American prison camp. A good majority of the prisoners stayed in America after the war was over. Present day story is connected to POW story by a deed.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having been in Virginia in March and having revisited the battlefield at Yorktown, I could picture certain things in this book much more vividly than if I’d read it sooner. This was an excellent and intriguing weaving of history and imagination.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like all the history in this book. I wasn’t sure I would like the shifting between the past and the present but I really enjoyed learning about a part of history that I had never thought much about. I also liked trying to guess how the two stories came together. It’s another great mystery.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this series and it's something light to read between the more intense books. This book was particularly good because of the flashback story to the Revolutionary War and how it intertwined with the present day mystery.
Elizabeth Lynn
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner

I have loved Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series for years and the new ones blending history tales as a backdrop for the modern stories are wonderful. I love her books, I love history, this blend is perfect.
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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.

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