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Rest in Pieces

(Mrs. Murphy #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,675 ratings  ·  202 reviews
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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
Mass Market Paperback, 347 pages
Published July 1993 by Bantam Books (first published August 1st 1992)
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Rosa 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
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. ...more
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
Christine (KizzieReads)
I really do love this series. The characters are great and the banter with the animals is quite amusing. Having cats, it's fun to see what they might be thinking at times. Didn't see the ending coming at all and I loved it! ...more
Anna Hanson
Jul 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing

Harry, Mrs. Murphy, Tucker and the rest find themselves putting together a grisly puzzle, as discovery of human remains on the neighbor’s farm leads to a surprising revelation, involving all the critters who call Harry “mom”.
Anika O.
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
A little slow up until the very end, but definitely entertaining :)
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
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's a rare balance bet ...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. ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm impressed! I didn't see the whodunnit coming at all on this one. Looking back, I can see hints, but I didn't catch them at the time. I really enjoy the animals in this series a lot. I'll be back for them (and, truth be told, the human interactions, too). Ms. Brown writes fun stories. ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rita Mae Brown keeps you on your toes. I love the connection Harry has with her pets. And the gross murders were hard to solve. It took me almost to the end to realize who the murderer was. I am hooked on this series.
Sherry Sharpnack
May 02, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rita Mae Brown and her cat, Sneaky Pie, write the Mrs. Murphy series of mysteries. Mrs. Murphy is a tiger-striped cat, and w/ her friend Tucker the Corgi, she helps her human, Mary "Harry" Harristeen, solve crimes in their small town of Crozet, Virginia.
In this outing, Tucker finds a pair of hands and legs in the cemetery near Harry's house. The fingerpads have been removed from the hands. Harry and her new neighbor, Blair - a male model, are yucked out by this and of course get the sheriff inv
Katie Coren
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now that I know where the "cozy mystery" section is, I had a much easier time locating the second installment of Harry, Mrs. Murphy, and Tee Tucker's (mis)adventures in lovely Crozet. Or is it lovely when people keep turning up murdered?!? There's pretty much the same cast of characters as in the first book, with a couple of additions (gotta keep it fresh), and the characters you have already met, you get to learn more about. Standard. I enjoyed the second book as much or more than the first, th ...more
Maggie Anton
Apr 11, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
After starting off with Book 5 of Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy feline murder mystery series, I decided to read the others more or less in order. I enjoyed this one also, although the deaths were rather grisly and the “surprise” ending turned out to be a bit cliché. But the relationships between the talking animals and their human companions were just as delightful. Again, I was thankful for the character list at the front. And also thankful for the short chapters, which made it easy to keep read ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-wom, mystery
As the 'owner' of 3 cats, I know they communicate quite well with me and each other, so I don't find the anthropomorphism in this series all that far fetched. I find the antics among Mrs. Murphy, Tucker and Pewter entertaining. But then, I have dreams where my pets sit at the dinner table talking and arguing with me. I shall continue to read this series which currently numbers 25 books one after another If I like a series, I read each one in chronological order and wish all the series I like wer ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
When a dismembered body shows up scattered around the county, Cozart, Virginia, it sets the whole town on edge. Some want to take the easy way out and blame the new guy in town, Blair Bainbridge, but Harry thinks there is something else going on...or has her drop-dead gorgeous new neighbor turned her head? Harry, along with Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker, and the faint but pursuing Pewter are determined to find the matter what!
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Always enjoy these books more for the animals part than the human. Second book in series and the characters are coming along nicely.
Mahoghani 23
I was not impressed with this storyline. This book may be more suitable for juvenile readers. Talking animals, dragging plot, I barely finished the book. The book isn't all bad; just not my reading preference. ...more
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
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
Andrea Chatman
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorite Cozy Mystery series. And this my favorite book. I love the interaction between the animals and the people - with the animals more often solving the mystery and saving the day first.

It is nearing Halloween in the sleepy town of Crozet, and terrible packages are turning in unlikely spots all over town. Can Harry and her furry friends find the killer in time? Or will Harry fall victim to the killers deadly blade?
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
The second book in this cozy mystery series. The animals are delight and their talks with each other highlight the series. Parts of a body are found in Foxton's cemetery by Mrs Murphy and Tucker. Shortly other body parts turn up around Crozet, the head in a pumpkin. Enjoy fantasy and mystery together for a light easy read. ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I love this mystery series. The mysteries are interesting and the characters as well. I love the way Brown interacts the people with the animals. Also, the animals are very interesting with their observations of humans, and human cruelty.
Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a big improvement over the first one. I loved it and can't wait to read the rest. ...more
Jennifer Germanotta
Feb 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
While I very much enjoy a cozy mystery, I'm not generally one to read several series books in a row but in this case, I am enjoying Rita Mae Brown's and Sneaky Pie Brown's stories immensely. Somtimes, you just need an enjoyable, cozy place to land during the Winter doldrums.

Rest in Pieces is the second volume in the Mrs. Murphy's Mystery series. As always, taking place in Crozet, Virginia - a small, inviting town just outside Charlottesville. One of my favorite things about this series is that t
Jun 05, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, dnf
DNFed this but had to list as read.
Tried reading this years ago but was turned off by the cussing. Reread it and got past the cussing only to learn that the main character is a fancy pants fox hunter.

I am a vegan and do not wear or eat animals and my art supplies are even vegan and I even wear vegan ballet slippers.

I am not amused.

In the book previous to the long hunt scene which is interrupted when another body is found yet again in some train tunnel that the author seems to think is very inter
Sabbrin Whitethorn
Rest in Pieces is the second book in Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy Mystery series - but while Rita Mae has her name listed as the author, it's really her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown, who writes them!

Mary Minor (Harry) Haristeen can't help being in the center of the Crozet, Virginia gossip circle, being that she's the town's postmistress, and news always travels in her direction one way or another. Always at Harry's side are her faithful pet children, a feisty gray tiger cat named Mrs. Murphy, and Tee T
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
Taylor Troncin
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was pretty excited to read the second book in this series. I had found a lot of the mass market paperbacks at Half Price Books and am happy to report that it was money well spent (ignore what my husband mutters!). The only thing that felt off in this one was a couple of f-bombs. They didn’t feel natural and they sort of threw off the whole time at times. Granted there were probably only three or four, but they felt out of place. I was going to recommend this series to my mom, but she can be a ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Even better than the first book, in my opinion. The title refers to the first murder, which is discovered in pieces in a family graveyard. Mrs. Murphy, Tucker, and Pewter do their best to help the humans figure it out, although they themselves don't figure it out either until the murderer reveals themselves. They do, however, help move the investigation along with the help of an opossum and a few hounds, and, with additional help from a snake, an owl, and a pair of horses, manage to help the hum ...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.

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