Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rest in Pieces (Mrs. Murphy #2)” as Want to Read:
Rest in Pieces (Mrs. Murphy #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Rest in Pieces (Mrs. Murphy #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,438 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Mrs. Murphy thinks the new man in town is the  cat's meow.... Maybe she should think again.  Small towns don't take kindly to strangers--unless  the stranger happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous and  seemingly unattached male. When Blair Bainbridge  comes to Crozet, Virginia, the local matchmakers  lose no time in declaring him perfect for their  newly divorced postmistress, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 347 pages
Published July 1993 by Bantam Books (first published August 1st 1992)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Rest in Pieces, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Rest in Pieces

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I liked that this book's ending was a twist that I was not expecting. Some mystery books solve the mystery in the middle and then spend the rest of the book trying to hunt the bad guy/gal but it's nice to be kept in suspense until the very end.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

Another reviewer spoke of "sophomore slump"; I call it "second novel syndrome." Many years ago, I read the first Mrs Murphy novel, and then the third, and enjoyed them both. My friend didn't have No. 2, so I was interested to see what came next when I ran across it. I almost wish I hadn't wasted the reading time. So why finish it? you ask. I dunno. Because it was there. Brown was obviously riding the wave the the popularity of the first novel, maybe this one was rushed to press or something
Molly Cline
This is book 2 of this series however you DO NOT have to read these in order; but I feel you could understand everyone's relationships better if you at least read the first book in this series as it explains who every one is and who everyone is within the community. I had to skip book 2 and read book 3 and I was a little 'lost' to minor issues that wasn't a big deal in the story. Reading them in order you get to 'know' the characters little quirky things about them but it doesn't spoil the stori ...more
Paul Lunger
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From 1992, "Rest in Pieces" is one of the earliest books in this series & perhaps one of the best. When body parts start turning up at random in Crozet, Virginia a murderer must be on the loose especially with a local matchmaker is in town. The stories in this series always work best when both animal & human interaction & this book is a clear example where it works. There's also a plot involved this time with the matchmaker & the attempt to get Fair & Harry back together. It' ...more
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Quite a good one. Good plot and I love the characters! I've read several in the series and I really enjoy them although my hubby didn't like the fact that the animals talk to each other - I kind of enjoy that and it moves the plot along! I think they are really fun cozy mysteries and I will continue on til I finish the series. I also like her other books.
Stef Rozitis
I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was in some ways just another provincial American town with murders and romance and fluffiness sort of a book that usually irritate me, and it had some of the flaws of that genre (being very middle-class and aspiring-rich oriented in terms of character and somewhat romantic-consumerist) but the animal factor actually added interest and piquancy.

Even though I did not find all of Mrs Murphy's antics entirely believable (she loves being raced around in a m
3.25 stars

“Harry”, the town’s (female) postmistress and a farmer, has a dog, Tucker, and a cat, Mrs. Murphy. The pets talk to each other and other animals in this series (and help solve mysteries). In this one, shortly after an attractive man buys the neighbouring farm to Harry’s, a (non-local) man is found, murdered and in pieces.

It took a long time for this one to get going for me, I wasn’t really interested until about 1/3 of the way in (or maybe a bit further). There was a lot of descriptio
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listened to this one a few weeks ago,

I thought the story in the first book was better. The writing in this book was better.

The animals seemed to act more like animals in this one, but still didn't seem ridiculous. If that makes sense.

23 more to go. I figure I will listen to them all. It's just a matter of time.
Marbeth Anne
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I especially liked the animals antics! Some truly funny things they did made me laugh out loud! I also liked this story better than the 1st 1 in the series!
Jennifer Butala
Suprise ending , very interesting!
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**May include spoilers to latter books.**

I have read a lot of the Mrs. Murphy mysteries and this is my very favorite. The mystery was really fun and I really enjoyed the sweet, budding romance between Harry and Blair. For the life of me I have no idea why Rita Mae Brown chose to go the other route and hook her back up with her jerk of an ex. I never felt the growth of the character of Fair. I never felt any chemistry between the two. this book is the perfect mix of cozy mystery, romance and holi
Roxana Griffith
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rita-mae-brown
I'm not through all of them yet.
Book Concierge
Book # 2 in the Mrs Murphy mystery series featuring Mary “Harry” Haristeen and her menagerie – Mrs Murphy (a grey tiger cat), Tucker (a Welsh corgi), and Simon (an opossum living in the hay loft), as well as two horses, and a four-foot black snake. As glorious fall color paints the trees around Crozet, Virginia, a handsome new man is refurbishing the neighboring farmhouse. But when a dismembered corpse is discovered, suspicion turns to Blair – the new man in town has a tragic secret in his past, ...more
Pearl Drolet
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mystery fans who dote on their pets will welcome this second tale of murder co-authored by Brown and her cat, Sneaky Pie. A follow-up to the duo's Wish You Were Here, it reintroduces characters and settings in the tiny town of Crozet, Va. Central to the tale are postmistress and knowledgeable farmhand Mary Minor Haristeen (Harry), her cat Mrs. Murphy and her Welsh corgi Tee Tucker. Mrs. Murphy, as it happens, ``bears an uncanny resemblance to authoress Sneaky Pie,'' and virtually every reference ...more
Laurel Bradshaw
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reread on audio.

Not a review. These notes are for my own reference and may contain spoilers!

Crozet, Virginia. October. About 15 months after the last book. The Fall Harvest Festival features prominently. Continues through Christmas

Harry's divorce has been final about 6 months.
Fair is now dating Boom Boom Craycroft.
A newcomer, Blair Bainbridge, has bought Foxden, the farm next to Harry's. He is a mysterious, rich male model from NYC.
Mrs. Hogendobber is growing prize pumpkins. The Holy Light Churc
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Sometimes a cozy mystery is a bit more than just that and in this, the second of the Mrs. Murphy series, was one of those books. Ms. Brown delved a bit into environmentalism and the meaning of real and lasting friendships. I will probably wind up reading this whole series. Harry, aka Mary Minor Haristeen, is a recently divorced attractive young woman and postmistress of the small town of Crozet, VA. She feels it is perfectly within her rights to read postcards. After all, if the sender had wante ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I thoroughly enjoyed Rest in Pieces, the second book in the Mrs.Murphy series. The mystery was interesting (though this was not the very strong point of the story). The strongest point of the story was the characters. The citizens of Crozet and their goings-ons were what captured and held my attention - sometimes the human ones, but mostly the animal ones - I love Mrs.Murphy and Tucker. Even Pewter has grown on me, as has the timid Simon.

We also learn more about the human residents of Crozet,
May 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat/dog lovers, fluffy mystery lovers
Recommended to Samantha by: Judy Ward!
Another cattabulous read from the Mrs. Murphy Murder Series! I absolutely love the writings of Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown! In this installment, the quaint town of Crozet, VA is thrown into a tizzy by the arrival of a sexy NY male model. Shortly after his arrival, body parts are found scattered all over town making everyone wonder if the towns new hottie is a killer. In some parts it's 'gruesome'...though not like Stephen King gruesome, but still kinda gross for a fluffy, afternoon read. Harry ...more
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I REALLY needed something warm and uplifting after reading incredibly depressing books for an Apocalyptic Literature course. This was the perfect remedy! Since I started them out of order, this, the 2nd book in the series, is actually the 3rd I've read. Granted, these are not epic literature, but I find them some of the best of the "cozy mysteries" genre. The talking animals might sound a little juvenile ('a la Charlotte's Web) when you first consider the series, but it's done very well. If you' ...more
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I'm giving this book 4 stars not because of the mystery story itself, but because of the characters and the setting. I love Mrs. Murphy and Tucker! This book had some bonus animal characters that were central to the story as well. What isn't cuter than talking animals? I think the author really gives these animals believable "person"alities -- I like to think a few of my own cats are as smart and sassy as Mrs. Murphy. The mystery was good as well, with a little hint of romance and plenty of town ...more
Aug 04, 2011 added it
This is an excellent murder mystery series. The two cats and the Corgi dog are important characters in the book that help solve the mysteries. But of course they aren't understood by their owners and often comment on how difficult it is to get the humans to understand them. Some clues are discovered by the animals and reveals to the reader, but not to Harry, the heroine. It's a fun concept that works really well. The heroine, Harry, is a down to earth woman who lives in the small down of Cozet. ...more
Jun 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
The good, the bad, the profound....GOOD: entertaining cozy mystery; I enjoyed the verbal conversation between the animals, particularly the animals analyzing humans' strange habits. The BAD: the descriptive fox hunt (Chapter 33) seemed endless and overkill in details. I also thought the author could have penned a better, more-believeable method in apprehending the killer. The PROFOUND: There are many thought-provoking statements made by the author throughout the novel. For example, the main char ...more
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
This murder mystery based in a small town with a few cats and a dog helping solve the crime, sounded a little goofy to me initially. After reading a few chapters, I was hooked. The mystery was complex enough that although I could figure out some parts before they were revealed, I did not solve the puzzle before the solution was nearly at hand. Even then, I didn't have the motive without explanation. Enough details were held back, and twists were employed to make the read enjoyable. A fair amount ...more
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy_mystery, 2010
I enjoy this series, even if the discussions between the animals about the moralities of humans are a little tiring. The whole "what makes humans so civilized when they go around killing each other" theme could stand to be a little less blatant. Regardless, what you end up with here is a humorous, entertaining, well woven story. Maybe a little more humorous than the author intended, because the climax of the novel comes off a little like the Keystone Cops. Though I wasn’t surprised by who the mu ...more
Deborah Darsie
A tad slow, a bit cumbersome reaching the point where "enough" new people in town and body pieces had accumulated to bring this story to a head.

Harry came to several important realizations during this holiday season - and we learned another few bits of her life story.

Harry's ex-husband becomes disenchanted with his new wife and shares his concern with Harry. Thank goodness she has some really good friends.

I do enjoy the idea of the animal heroes who help r...... (Ooops, almost spoiled something!
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich bin rundum begeistert von diesem Buch. Die Autorin hat hier ein kleines Meisterstück vollbracht. Der Krimi ist spannend bis zum Schluss und wartet mit einigen erstaunlichen Momenten auf. Harry und ihre Tiere sind natürlich die Stars dieser Reihe allen voran Mrs. Murphy, die Tigerkatze mit dem detektivischen Spürsinn und ihr bester Freund Tee Tucker, ein mutiger Corgi. Neu auf Harrys Farm ist das Opossum Simon, dass mein Herz im Sturm erobert hat.

Eine ganz dicke Empfehlung an alle Wohlfühlkri
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book due to an old Disney movie that was loosely based on this called "Murder, She Purred." I relatively remembered who the killer was based on that movie but seeing how differently it all unfolds was awesome.

It's such a page-turner and reading these books put me in a very therapeutic mood and I find myself getting so involved in the story and characters. Rita Mae Brown captures a perfect setting and fills it with humor and mystery throughout. I highly recommend this bo
Sandra Knapp
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good! I certainly enjoyed it. I love the dialogue between the cat and dog and other "critters" on the farm and with whom they come into contact with, and how they are always trying to engage the humans in their conversations. More than once I found myself laughing out loud, to something one of the animals had supposedly said.

Always a good mystery too, but the interaction with the pets and other "beasts" are what make these stories so appealing to me. It's just a jolly good time reading on
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
It was hard to read an animal's point of view and conversation interspersed with that of a human. A lot of times I was confused and didn't know if it was an animal or human talking. I almost put it back on the shelf but thought I'd give it 50 pages and see if it improves.

Well, I got over the confusion and finished the book. It was a good story though not something someone else had done before. I had an idea who the killer was very early on in the story so there was no suspense in that. Not my k
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Play Book Tag: Rest in Pieces / Rita Mae Brown. 3.25 stars 6 10 Jun 15, 2017 07:40PM  
  • Pussyfoot (Midnight Louie, #2)
  • The Cat Who Went Underground (Cat Who... #9)
  • Cat on the Edge (Joe Grey, #1)
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 Un
More about Rita Mae Brown...

Other Books in the Series

Mrs. Murphy (1 - 10 of 26 books)
  • Wish You Were Here (Mrs. Murphy, #1)
  • 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)
  • Pawing Through the Past (Mrs. Murphy, #8)
  • Claws and Effect (Mrs. Murphy, #9)
  • Catch as Cat Can  (Mrs. Murphy, #10)
  • The Tail of the Tip-Off  (Mrs. Murphy, #11)

Share This Book

“small log cabin once stood near the creek, but as the Jones family’s fortunes” 1 likes
“Spending is worse than pain, she thought; it lasts longer.” 0 likes
More quotes…