Catch as Cat Can
Bantam, March, 2002.
Hardcover, 320 pages.
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In this tenth outing, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her very smart animals, gray tiger cat Mrs. Murphy, hefty gray cat Peweter and Tucker the Welsh Corgi, must face a crime wave in the tiny Virginia hamlet of Crozet, where Harry serves as postmistress. When a dead woodpecker shows up on Harry's front porch, Mrs. Murphy senses that there is trouble ahead. She's right: first Mrs. Hogendobber's hubcaps are missing, and things escalate from there with three mysterious deaths. Harry also has a very interesting new beau on the horizon, although there may be more to him than it appears at first glance.
If you can suspend disbelief long enough to accept the concept of intelligent, talking animals, Rita Mae Brown is sure to hook you within the first chapter of this witty and entertaining cozy. The little town of Crozet is peopled with some very interesting characters indeed (human and animal) and Rita Mae Brown's sense of humor adds a sharp flavor to this ultimate cozy tale.