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Puss 'n Cahoots

(Mrs. Murphy #15)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,074 ratings  ·  123 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 theyll 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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 15 was entertaining to me especially because Pewter and a monkey named, Miss Nasty, loathe each other and trade amusing insults through out the story. Pewter is the comic relief of the regular cast and reminds me so much of my own naughty (but lovable) cats. There is not a doubt in my mind if my cats could talk, they would echo Pewter's sarcasm and spite. This story takes place at a horse show in Kentucky and I would say that of the first 15 books in the series, this is definitely one of ...more
This was not one of Browns 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 didnt particularly care that the victim was murdered, and I was only lukewarm when the bad guy got his comeuppance. Ive noticed Brown has started using her books as ...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.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am hooked. Love Mrs. Murphy and her animal friends. They seem smarter than the average human.
Judy Hall
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
Newly remarried, Harry and Fair take their fur babies to the annual Shelbyville Horse Show as a belated second honeymoon. They are visiting Harry's friend Joan and her husband Larry, one of the top trainers at the show. They are having a wonderful time when there starts to be drama, from a stolen luck brooch to a raid by INS to murder.

Harry can't help herself and works to solve all the mysteries.

This was a decent entry in the series. It made me curious about Saddlebreds and even gave a shout
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 ...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 ...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
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.
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.
This is one of my favorite series. I love all the characters in this series and the story line is always fun to read.
James Garman
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
First of all, a disclaimer. I didn't know what to expect with this novel. It is a mystery at a horse show in Shelbyville, Ky and the list of characters are all involved in the horse show.

This particular book is the 15th in a series and some of the characters are continuing, some may be "one time" appearances. It is a caste of Harry and her new once again husband going from their home in Virginia to Kentucky to support Harry's friend Joan who runs a horse training farm. In the same area there are
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the nod to Karin Slaughter in this books epilogue; she loves monkeys, and so Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown created the character Miss Nasty for her. Miss Nasty is aptly named, although you cant help but feel sorry for her. Booty Pollard named her in honor of his ex-wife, and even though he spoiled her, she was destined to be mean.

This title in the Mrs. Murphy series centers on a Saddlebred competition, and so most of the story is equestrian-based. As a reader utterly unfamiliar with
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To be perfectly honest, I found this book to be quite tiresome. I read the very early Mrs. Murphy mysteries--nearly 30 years ago now--and enjoyed them, but I haven't read any in a very long time, so I don't know whether I would now find the first few tiresome too, or whether the writing has gotten tired after trying to stretch out a basically cute, but not very robust, gimmick. The dialogue in this book is pretty dreadful (page 88: exchange about whether a man can use the word "potty" is a good ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Mary Minor "Harry" and Fair Haristeen have re-tied the knot. This time around, instead of a traditional honeymoon they choose to attend the saddlebred horse show in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Pretty much from the start, strange things happen. An heirloom pin goes missing from one of Harry's friends. Then a prize mare disappears into thin air. When a murder occurs things really become serious.

Ex-spouses, volatile trainers, jealousy, deception can be found among the suspects.

Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker and
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Instead of a typical honeymoon, Harry and Fair are in Shelbyville, KY, attending a Saddlebred horse show, so right off the bat, this book has two of my favorite things in the world, cats and horses! I'm in heaven before I get past the first page! But there's trouble on the horizon, of course, and Harry finds herself dealing with stolen jewelry, a stolen horse, a body or two, and one small-ish explosion! Readers will find the "whys" pretty straight-forward, but the "whos" are elusive up until the ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
An interesting mystery. I feel like I learned a lot about the horse business and Saddlebred horses, which Id never heard of before. Im not sure I love the monkey but all the other people and animal characters are great. ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cats, dogs
The next installment in the "Mrs.Murphy" mystery series has Harry and Fair attending a horse show. When someone gets killed and a prized horse goes missing, the cats and dogs help their humans solve the mystery. Recommended.
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
Erika Harris
Pretty political, but enjoyable.
Amy "the book-bat"
Murder and deception at a horse show... should have been fun and interesting, but I was BORED. Too much about the horses, away from Crozet and the usual characters, it just fell flat for me.
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.
Vicke Denniston
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery good, politics tiring

I have loved these books for years, but the politics do get old after a while. I need four words
Terralyn Brown Barfield
3 1/2 Stars. I love the human and animal characters in this series and Im very picky when they have speaking parts in particular. A fun read. ...more
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.
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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Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
She kept the anti-government speechifying to a minimum in this one, not too intrusive. I liked having a different setting with some new characters. But I felt bad for the monkey. (Thats all I can say without creating a spoiler.) ...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 ...more
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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.

Starting in the fall of 1962, Brown attended the

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  • Pay Dirt (Mrs. Murphy, #4)
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