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Whiskers in the Dark

(Mrs. Murphy #28)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  783 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Death stalks the Blue Ridge Mountains as a centuries-old mystery resurfaces and murder mars the lead-up to an annual beagle competition, in a thrilling new tale from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown.

"As feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown."--The New York Times Book Review

A massive nor'easter has hit northern
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Bantam
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Barbara
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it




Ricki Lake as 'Harry Haristeen' with Mrs. Murphy (cat) and Tucker (dog)

In this 28th book in the 'Mrs. Murphy' series, amateur sleuth Harry Haristeen investigates several unnatural deaths with the help of her cadre of 'talking pets': the cats - Mrs. Murphy and Pewter; the corgi - Tucker; and the half-grown Irish wolfhound - Pirate.





*****

The story, set in northern Virginia, ping pongs between the present (2018) and the time right after the Revolutionary War (1787).

In the present, Harry Haristeen
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Judy
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting mystery set in two time periods - present day and 1787. There are suspicious murders in both time periods. In the present day scenario Harry Harristeen and her pets - cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter (love this name for a cat) and two dogs Tucker and Pirate - investigate both the present day and the 1787 murders. The talking animals are adorable - I enjoyed them. The setting is against a backdrop of an annual Hounds F4R Heroes beagle and basset hunting competition at an estate ...more
Jean
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
As a cozy mystery, Whiskers in the Dark may seem cute with cats and dogs that talk to one another and try to help their person, Mary Minor Haristeen (known affectionately as Harry), when trouble comes her way. Having read most of Rita Mae Browns 28 books in this series, I have grown quite fond of Harry, her cats Pewter and Mrs. Murphy, and her Corgi, Tee Tucker. Now there is a new pup in the family as well, Pirate. We dont see much at all of Harrys veterinarian husband Fair in this one, but we ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
In the 28th outing of this mystery series set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, 'Harry' Haristeen and her friend Susan have joined a crew of workers who are cleaning up the weather-damaged site belonging to the National Beagle Club of America in Aldie, Virginia which is about to host an annual competition put on by Hounds F4R Heroes. Just days before the event occurs, one of the volunteer workers is found brutally murdered, but his wife insists the annual event must go on. When another ...more
Kate Baxter
3.5/5 stars

Four murders, two time periods, a lovely Virginia estate, a hunting hound competition and a bunch of retired former members of the diplomatic corps, military and CIA. Sound interesting? Sure enough, it truly was.

A fully clothed African American woman's body bedecked with a stunning pearl necklace and pearl earrings surrounded by diamonds, had been hastily buried atop two freshly buried caskets...back in 1787 in the local graveyard. In 2018, with so little information on which to draw,
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Mayda
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was a disappointment. I very much enjoyed the earlier mysteries in this series for the banter between the animals and their somewhat limited interaction with their humans, to get the humans on the right track to solve the murders. Now, the books have two storylines going, one present day and one taking place in the 1700s, and the animals are almost forgotten. The author also raises the problems of social injustices and politics, both then and now. Not what I am looking for in a cozy ...more
Coralee Hicks
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rita Mae Brown is so much more than just a writer of mysteries. Social commentator, rabble rousing feminist, and long time resident of Virginia. She brings a great depth to her long running Mrs Murphy series. All lovers of this series know it is co-authored by Sneaky Pie Brown (her cat.)

The 28th volume of the Mrs Murphy Mysteries is set primarily at the headquarters of the National Beagle Club in Aldie VA. The Beagle club will soon be hosting a fundraiser called Hounds F4r Heroes. This is an
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Merrilee Gibson
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of the Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown from the very beginning, and I always look forward to the latest story.

As with several recent Mrs. Murphy books, this one features a dual story line: a new, current story in April, 2018, the other an ongoing story from September 1787, resulting in a multi-layered, multi-century piece that brings historical perspective to the present day.

The historical material is thought-provoking. For me, it strikes a chord as
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Laura
Rita Mae Brown has a very loyal following. Her mysteries have been enjoyed and loved for years.
Her characters have been adopted by readers. Especially endearing to them are the chattering animals.

This book fits the Amateur Sleuth genre, but has elements of a harder, classic mystery. With elements of historical fiction, political intrigue, it tells the tale of two time periods. The reader does have to focus and may need to read between the lines. In the end, each reader must draw their own
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Betty
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found an easy to read text and a nice flow between the the two time periods. Very little about animals for which I read the series. There are a number of excellent pictures showing some of the events. The graveyard near St Luke's church is vandalized an in the grave an unburied skeleton is found with a rope of pearls around her neck.

Mary Minor Harry Harristeen joins the volunteers at Aldie, the National Beagle Club for spring clean up before the trials. There was a damaging spring storm that
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Jordan Stivers
May 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, net-galley
I just really didn't like it. For a cozy mystery, it's neither cozy or much of a mystery. A significant amount of the story was focused on teaching the reader historical facts about American history and how hound hunting works. The mystery didn't even begin until I was one-third into the book and even then it seemed to remain on the back burner until the last 20 pages or so. I really enjoyed the animals and thought the way the author wrote their dialogue alongside the humans was really neat but ...more
Helen
Jun 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I rarely DNF a book--maybe twice in several years--but I couldn't get past p. 30. The first rule of writing is, don't bore the reader, either with meaningless chit-chat between characters or by using dialogue to provide the reader with backstory or historical detail both characters already know. (It's nice the two women cutting wood know exactly how to safely use a chainsaw, but do I need to be told in an aside that this is how one does it?) This is supposed to be a mystery, but the only mystery ...more
John Presler
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mary Minor "Harry" Harristeen and her best friend, Susan Tucker, have traveled to northern Virginia to help with a clean-up effort at a local Beagle club in preparation for the annual Hounds for Heroes benefit event. The weather is definitely not cooperating and the hunt trails are in a real mess. While preparing to move a large tree root, Jason Holzknect, one of the volunteers and a club member, goes to get a tractor to haul the tree roots away from the trail area. When Jason fails to return, ...more
Randee
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am now hooked on the parallel story that runs in the last few Mrs. Murphy books about the families back in the 1700's. In this story, I was more interested in them than the goings on of Harry and Susan at the hound hunting contest. Funny how things change. The first time the story was introduced, I remember feeling a mild annoyance that the antics of Mrs. Murphy, Tucker and Pewter were being interrupted but it has grown on me to the point that I look forward to reading the latest chapter of ...more
Nora-adrienne
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Once again Miss Rita Mae has taken me on a journey of adventure and exploration into an amazing mystery. I've spent the last 24 hours reading it, because it was too good to put down. The ending will remain a mystery until you also pick up this book.
Leah
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This is more historical fiction than cozy mystery. There are two stories--one in the past and one in the present. Both end with a cliffhanger. They are connected by a necklace and a church. The animals in this story talk to each other, same as the Sister Jane series. This one has beagle and basset hound hunts, which were interesting.
Paula
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whiskers in the Dark by Rita Mae Brown has two murdersone current day and one from the eighteenth century. I loved all the animals written about and involved in this story. It took me a bit to get fully invested in the storyline, and there were several characters to keep track of, but it was relatively easy to follow. The mystery held my interest. I liked the way the author unfolded the story from current day 2018 and the older story in 1787. I enjoyed the characters in the 1787 setting and ...more
Tracy Cavanah
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A massive noreaster has hit northern Virginia, where Mary Minor Harry Harristeen joins groundskeeping efforts at the National Beagle Club at Aldie as the date for its springtime Hounds for Heroes veterans benefit approaches. Harrys fellow volunteers, including her oldest friend, Susan Tucker, comprise a spirited group of hunting enthusiasts, some former service members themselves. But things take a sinister turn when, after a routine tree cleanup along the Clubs hunting trails, retired foreign ...more
Jeanie
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It is pure delight to visit Harry, best friend Susan, and Harrys pets and horses! The setting is interesting, with the backdrop of hunting to raise funds for a worthy cause, Hounds F4R Heroes, present day Crozet, historical events, and the intriguing mysteries occurring before and after the hunts.

We visit Aldie, VA, as Susan, Harry, and a group of huntsmen prepare the National Beagle Club of America for the upcoming event that will raise money for military veterans to have sports events.
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Toni
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
This is the 28th book in the Mrs. Murphy mystery series.

I should have gone with my first instinct and passed this ARC right on by. I knew I might not like talking animals in my stories and I was right. But there was so much more wrong with this than the talking animals. The author used this as a study in American History and did a pretty good job of shoving a whole lot of it down our throats every chance that came around.

History has its place in a story, I think. But I dont think I need to
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Phyllis Barlow
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I always enjoy Sneaky Pie mysteries, but this one not as much as the others. Usually I don't really care for the switch between modern day and 18th century (even though I have learned some American History in this.) This time I thought the 18th century part was better than the modern story line.
I know RMB has strong political views, but she's letting some of them show too much in her books. She needs to remember who her target audience is; Southern women who live in the Bible Belt. I took
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Diane Hernandez
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Set at a National Beagle Association event, Whiskers in the Dark is another satisfying entry in the Mrs. Murphy cat cozy mystery series.

Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, crime solving cats, plus Tee Tucker, a Corgi dog, and Pirate, an Irish Wolfhound puppy, get clues to two mysteries from a ghostly beagle only they can see. In current day, a man is found murdered before the annual Hounds for Heroes benefit hunt. Then, a womans skeleton from the 1780s is found with a broken neck and wearing an expensive
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Karen Seibert-Combs
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another investigating adventure for Harry Harristeen and her four four legged companions and fellow investigators. Harry is helping to clean up the grounds of the National Beagle Club Grounds to prepare for the Hounds F4 Heroes competition event. Harry discovers the body of a committee member with his throat slit. Harry is convinced that the murderer is another committee member and much to her companions' chagrin she begins investigating. Meanwhile, at Harry's church a disturbed grave leads to ...more
Susan
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This mystery cuts back and forth between an historic antebellum cast of characters and a current storyline featuring amateur detective Harry Harristeen and her band of pets. Even with the interwoven plot, each side of the story fell a little short as if they did not have enough substance to stand on their own. I did appreciate that one storyline was left open at the end of the book, and the illustrations are a nice touchI wish more adult authors would follow suit.
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Sonia Azaravich
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Reading this book was like watching an episode of a sitcom in the middle of a season. The character descriptions given at the beginning of the novel seemed to be an attempt to make up for the lack of depth in each character. Maybe I need to read the other 27 books in this series for it to be more meaningful. Or maybe this "meow-der" mystery genre is just not for me.
Catherine
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Always love the little history in a story. The animals make for an interesting read. A murder mystery that is relaxing to read. But I this case, does anyone really get punished for murder. We will never know.
Bethany Vaughn
I've never read a cozy mystery before, and I thought this one was sweet. I enjoyed the dual timelines and found the investigations in both to be enjoyable. I wasn't as satisfied by the ending as I would hope to be, but overall it was an entertaining read!
Sherry
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the twists and turns and how they were highlighted with trips to the past
Mary
Aug 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime, abandoned
I am sick to death of this spoiled lesbians genteel portrayal of slavery as an out-of-date but benign institution. ...more
Ann
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This is book 28 in the Mrs. Murphy series and I love the concept of the animals taking such an important part of the books. Unfortunately this may be my last book in the series I read because of the politics and strong opinions of Ms. Brown. This book again features the duel time lines with a murder from the past becoming intertwined with a murder in present day. I wish the books would go back to the original premise of a good murder mystery without all the preaching about politics and current ...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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  • Murder at Monticello (Mrs. Murphy #3)
  • Pay Dirt (Mrs. Murphy, #4)
  • Murder, She Meowed (Mrs. Murphy, #5)
  • Murder on the Prowl (Mrs. Murphy, #6)
  • Cat on the Scent (Mrs. Murphy #7)
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