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Cat of the Century: Book summary and reviews of Cat of the Century by Rita Mae Brown

Cat of the Century

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

by Rita Mae Brown

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Cat of the Century by Rita Mae Brown
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  • Published Apr 2010
    240 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Harry’s beloved and tart-tongued Aunt Tally is about to turn the big 1-0-0. The alumnae association of her alma mater sees an opportunity to honor the event and make some loot off the centennial as well. The plan is to hold a big fund-raiser in Aunt Tally's honor to recoup some of the school revenue lost in the cratered economy. But soon there’s more at risk than investments and endowments.

First, an impending blizzard threatens to ruin the whole affair. Then a suspicious transaction is discovered in the association’s account: board member Mariah D’Angelo has mysteriously withdrawn and then replaced $25,000.
 
But was that enough to get her killed? Mariah's car is on campus, she’s gone missing, and Tucker has found human blood near the school’s stables.

What's behind the disappearance? Was it Mariah's donations to crafty politicians and crooked charities? Her rivalry with fellow board member Flo Langston? And is there a connection to the forty-year-old unsolved death of an old acquaintance of Aunt Tally’s? Using animal cunning and human canniness, Harry and her menagerie of mystery solvers must sniff out the answers or—even at a hundred years old—Aunt Talley may outlive them all.

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"Faithful fans already familiar with the characters will enjoy the cozy antics, but others may struggle to pay attention until people start dying." - Publishers Weekly

"While many of the human characters seem interchangeable in their combination of down-home folksiness and tribal-elder gravitas, her animals are witty as ever." - Kirkus Reviews

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what's happened to mrs. murphy?
As an avid fan of the Mrs. Murphy series I am very disappointed in this book. I normally cannot put these books down when a new one comes out, but I find myself struggling to finish this one. There are too many conversations concerning the woes of the world and the new characters introduced are not nearly as entertaining as some of the original characters who seem to have disappeared from Crozet. Also there is hardly any input from Mrs. Murphy, Tucker, or Pewter and really no detective work going on by the animals. For the first time its like they are only bystanders in the story instead of main characters. This book lacks the small-town charm of the earlier ones and Harry's character is nowhere near as dynamic as she used to be. I just hope Ms. Brown can get back to the original Mrs. Murphy style in her next book.

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Rita Mae Brown Author Biography

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Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of many books including Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, Southern Discomfort, Sudden Death, High Hearts, Bingo,, Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writers' Manual, Venus Envy, Dolley: A Novel of Dolley Madison in Love and War, Riding Shotgun, Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser, Loose Lips, and Outfoxed. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, she lives in Afton, Virginia.

Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on at least 14 Mrs. Murphy mysteries.

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