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Puss 'n Cahoots (Mrs. Murphy #15)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,820 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Instead of a proper second honeymoon, the newly remarried Harry and Fair Haristeen leave cozy Crozet, Virginia, for Shelbyville, Kentucky, site of the famous saddlebred horse show. There they’ll visit dear friends Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge and enjoy a week among some of the finest horses, trainers, and riders in the country.

But soon after they arrive, events veer myst
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2007)
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May 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, animals
This was not one of Brown’s stronger entries. Her books are always sort of “horsy,” but she usually does a pretty good job of explaining slang and the multitude of special tools and terms. This time around I was completely lost. There were so many new characters to keep up with I lost track about half-way through the story. I didn’t particularly care that the victim was murdered, and I was only lukewarm when the bad guy got his comeuppance. I’ve noticed Brown has started using her books as mouth ...more
Apr 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am really disappointed in Ms. Brown. I've enjoyed her books for quite a while now, but since she now apparently feels it necessary to pepper her character's conversations with one sided political non-discussion, I will be forced to look elsewhere for reading material.
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of my favorites, but not my least favorite, either. She bordered on tax/government-related rants again. I understand her wanting to insert her opinion about such things (it's her book, after all), but when it really has nothing to do with the plot line, it just feels clunky, disruptive, and misplaced. She also picked up a new habit that drove me nuts: the characters seem to have lost the ability to speak in full sentences. For instance, one conversation went: "Ruin your shoes." "Bought f ...more
Sean Kennedy
This series has just taken a nose-dive in quality lately. Although I appreciate the attempt to freshen this latest book by having it set outside its usual boundaries of Crozet, the story sorely missed the regular cast we have come to know and love. The new characters just weren't that interesting. Plus, there is an undercurrent of meanness in this book that hasn't ever really been apparent before. To top it all off, for a book that features animal characters and a love for all animals above ever ...more
This book in the series felt less like a mystery and more like a book about horses, and the world of saddlebred horses, in particular. There were a murder, a stolen heirloom, and several suspicious characters, yet that arc almost felt like the background. The four-legged heroes of our story are front and center, which I enjoyed quite a bit. They are very entertaining to follow.

(I wish I had written this review when I had finished this book. I know there was a few things I wanted to discuss, but
Aug 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this story. In fact, I didn't even finish the book, which is extremely rare for me. It's a shame, because it has all the things that I like: cats, mystery, a book written by a cat. But I found the writing to be sub-par. The dialogue felt unrealistic, very forced. And the story itself didn't flow for me; it felt stilted.
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Rita Mae Brown is surely one of my favorite authors--a great storyteller with wit to spare. Her Sneaky Pie mysteries are among my favorite of the cozy mysteries. The reason I don't give it 5 stars is because although the mystery happens in an interesting and different setting, I missed the richness of the missing regular characters.
Karen Holman
This cozy mystery has a unique cast of characters including animals that give the reader hints as to who did what. The setting is Kentucky and the ending lets the reader know that there will be more books in this series. copy right 2007
Barb Flory
Just as fun as ever.
Fred Nachbrunn
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a mystery

A great who done It with a lot of class.
Written to befuddle Even the best amateur arm chair sleuth.
Jan Sjostrand
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another great read Mrs Murphy and pals are in Kentucky for a horse show when trouble happens, along with a murder. really enjoyed the story and learning more about horses.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Warning – this is going to be a rant, no major spoilers ahead but click ahead at your own peril.

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Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimis
"Mrs. Murphy hat es diesmal mit einer verschwundenen Brosche, einem entführten Pferd und dem Mord an einem Stallburschen zu tun. Mary Minor ""Harry"" Haristeen besucht nämlich mit ihren Katzen Mrs. Murphy und Pewter, dem Hund Tucker und ihrem Wiederehemann eine mehrtägige Pferdeschau. Hierzu mußten sich die Protagonisten von Virginia nach Kentucky begeben und dort treffen sie, wie bei Rita Mae Brown üblich, eine Vielzahl von Personen. Kenner der übrigen Romane um Mrs. Murphy werden sich leichter ...more
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: cat-lovers, people already used to Brown's writing
Speaking of guilty pleasures... (not that we were). I finally read Puss'n Cahoots, the not so new book in the Mrs. Murphy series of Rita Mae Brown (yes, I waited for the mass-market paperback, sue me). I was, well, I can't say I was diappointed, because for being disappointed you have to have real expectations, but I wasn't fully satisfied. My only expectations for Mrs. Murphy books are
1) smart, talking animals; (*hides*)
2) horses;
3) dogs;
4) cats;
5) mystery (with at least 1 peron dying, because
Sep 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually like this series, but I'd almost swear this was written by a different author. If this had been the first of the series I'd read, I would never have picked up another one. So much time is spent having the various characters espouse political views that there is little time left for sense of place, character development, or plot. At the moment I don't have the book handy to check the publication date, but it MUST have been written during an election year or something. It's not even that ...more
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've consistently rated Brown's Sneaky Pie mysteries 3 stars -- not great, but quick and fun to read. I can't decide whether they're getting worse or I'm getting tired of them, but one of those things has certainly happened. I really didn't enjoy this one at all. For one thing, all the dialogue that didn't advance the plot, but served only to tell the reader things about horses and horse competitions, got rather wearing. And, since I didn't know anything about Saddlebred horses, I would've expec ...more
I have loved Rita Mae Brown since first I picked up her first book. And then along came Rubyfruit Jungle, and I was gathered in!

Along came this mystery series, written with her cat, no less, and Harry Minor Harristeen could do no wrong. As she has written more of these books, her grammar has become sloppy. Her plots are starting to read like the same story told many different ways. I think now I mostly read them because I love the animals and their conversations. It's more of a comfort read, wit
Nov 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was not my cup of tea although it wasn't an awful book or story. If it hadn't been given to me, I would never have chosen it myself. First of all, it seemed rather odd to have the animals talking to each other and helping to solve the mystery. At least the animals weren't talking to the people and the people understood them. It just didn't seem to go with the seriousness of the crimes committed - a couple of murders and talking animals? It was also set in a world I have no interest in ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry and Fair have finally rekindled their love and are giving their marriage another try. As part of their honeymoon, they travel to Shelbyville, Kentucky for the saddlebred horse show and to visit with their friends Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge. Of course, their cats and dog travel with them. There is a lot of tension at the show between the trainers, owners and riders. Joan's valuable ruby pin is stolen the first evening and then a prize horse disappears from his stall. One of the trainers ...more
May 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK - I am a sucker for Rita Mae Brown Books. if you don't find it amusing to have cats and dogs voicing their thoughts throughout the book, then this book is not for you. but if you are an animal lover who knows that your pets are sometimes trying to tell you something that you just are not understanding....then you will love the Rita Mae Brown (who writes "with" Sneaky Pie Brown, her cat) series. This one was particularly good as it was about horse shows (particularly Saddlebred) in the South - ...more
Cameron Toney
Harry and Fair are off to a horse show for their honeymoon, pets in tow, and, of course, stumble across a murder.
This book has got a lot of elements. The differences between horse breeds, a cheeky monkey, a movie star, valuable jewelry, illegal workers, and love triangles aplenty.
Eesh. The book felt longer than it needed to be, full of details that were not needed, and there were some very odd parts. For example, near the end, in the middle of a tense bit, the cats and corgi stop to talk to a ho
I have loved this series for years, and was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, had it not been for the BINGO challenge, I probably wouldn't have finished it. Brown has a tendency to work her political stances into her books, and this one was no exception. I'm glad she is politically active, but if I wanted that story, I would read her autobiography. Just give me the cats and Corgi solving the mystery, okay? I like the usual cast of characters and I missed them terribly i ...more
Jennifer Burks
Very quick read, and I loved that it was centered around the American Saddlebred. Wish she'd used proper terminology, such as "slow gait" and "rack" instead of "slow rack" and "fast rack"; and the big show in Lexington, VA is the Bonnie Blue Horse Show, not Bonnie Bell. Little nitpicky things, I know, but they make a difference to someone who's involved with Saddlebreds. Still fun to read, and it was fun to try to figure out if she was depicting certain owners/trainers with her characters. :)
Mar 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars? I enjoy this series, the smarter of the "cats and mystery" series' out there. They dialogue with the animals talking is a bit strange, but after you get used to it you see the usefulness. The authors political leanings are apparant all over her latest books, which is also a bit odd, but the stories are good, the characters are good, and you learn all sorts of interesting things about horses, foxhunting (no fox killing) and other things. I actually like her foxhunting novels better- ...more
Nov 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
a "Harry" Haristeen and her two cats and Welsh corgi mystery. This one is set in Kentucky at a saddlebred horse show instead of the the usual Crozet, Virginia setting for the series. Except for Harry and her husband, the characters are new, but still provide the usual good mystery (murder, illegal aliens, and rivalries), some humor, and it is the activities of the cats and corgi which help solve the mystery.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rita-mae-brown
Harry and Fair Haristeen head to the saddlebread horse show in Shelbyville, KY, as a second honeymoon of sorts. As usual, the two cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and the corgi, Tee Tucker, follow along. While at the show, a pin is stolen, then a horse is stolen, and eventually a groom ends up murdered. The Haristeen's pets, with their superior senses of hearing and scent coupled with their ability to communicate with other animals, solve the mystery first. Will their humans ever catch up??
Mike Shoop
This mystery was what I've come to expect from Rita Mae Brown and her co-author Sneaky Pie. Cute, witty, interesting characters and setting, Virginia connections, puzzling little mystery. Funniest character in this story was Miss Nasty, a monkey whose name aptly describes her, and whose owner dressed her in outfits that were made to mimic his ex-wife's, and who got into all sorts of bad trouble with both the humans and other animals. A fun, quick read.
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a different book in the series because the story takes place in Kentucky and none of the usual cast of characters save for Harry, Fair, Tucker, Pewter and Mrs. Murphy are included. It is interesting reading about all of the various parts of a horse show. Another good and fun addition to the series. This one also includes a monkey, Mrs. Nasty. She justifies why I have never been that wild about monkeys.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
And... you've lost me. Brown's home state pride grows tiresome, and constant bragging about how much better you are than everyone else does not exactly endear someone to readers. Add to this her attempts at showing off about how much she knows about horses, and you get one super-annoying book. I'm not impressed. I love the damn cats and the corgi, but I just don't care enough anymore to continue reading this series.
Franci Rogers
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful. I barely finished it. I liked most of her other books, but this one got so bogged down in terminology and tidbits that it was insanely tedious. The only reason I kept reading is that I am hoping the rest of the series takes an upturn. She got so lost in the horsey-ness that the characters were flat, the story-line was foolish, and the dialogue was painful. In the end I didn't care who killed who. In fact, I was rooting for more people to get killed off so I could stop reading!
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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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