Tail Gait (Mrs. Murphy Series #24)

Tail Gait (Mrs. Murphy Series #24)

by Rita Mae Brown

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There’s nothing like a tail well told. Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with an all-new mystery featuring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and ever-faithful Tee Tucker the corgi.
Spring has sprung in Crozet, Virginia—a time for old friends to gather and bid farewell to the doldrums of winter. Harry and her husband, Fair, are enjoying a cozy dinner with some of the town’s leading citizens, including beloved University of Virginia history professor Greg “Ginger” McConnell and several members of UVA’s celebrated 1959 football team. But beneath the cloak of conviviality lurks a sinister specter from the distant past that threatens to put all their lives in jeopardy.
When Professor McConnell is found murdered on the golf course the next day—gunned down in broad daylight by an unseen killer—no one can fathom a motive, let alone find a suspect. Just as Harry and her furry cohorts begin nosing into the case, however, a homeless UVA alum confesses to the crime. Trouble is, no one believes that the besotted former All-American could have done the foul deed—especially after Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker make another gruesome discovery.
As the questions surrounding Ginger’s death pile up, Harry’s search for answers takes her down the fascinating byways of Virginia’s Revolutionary past. The professor was something of a sleuth himself, it seems, and the centuries-old mystery he was unraveling may well have put a target on his back. As Harry edges closer to identifying an elusive killer, her animal companions sense danger—and rally to find a way to keep Harry from disappearing into history.
Praise for the Mrs. Murphy mysteries
“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Mrs. Murphy mysteries are fun, sweet, and beautifully adventurous.”Bustle
“Brown [is] the queen of the talking animal cozy.”Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553392456
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Series: Mrs. Murphy Series , #24
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 162,026
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede books, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; and In Her Day; as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown 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 numerous Mrs. Murphy mysteries—in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers and Sneaky Pie for President.

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Tail Gait 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A convoluted and lackluster plot have made this book a huge disappointment. I have read every book in the series, anxiously awaiting the release date if each, but I have seen the quality of the novels steadily diminish over the past few years. Maybe it is time for Brown to conclude the series before it gets even worse. The tone of the books has changed and the plots have become hard to take. The "hometown flavor" has disappeared from the writing and the characters no longer feel like old friends. It is just tedious now. I had to force myself to finish this one. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A pleasant time-passer, but not worth $12.99 to me. My first time reading this author and this series. Won't be standing in line for the next one ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive always enjoyed the Mrs.Murphy mysteries, because they involve the cats, dog, and assorted other recurring animal characters in the plot, and give them dialog. The pets are a passing thought in this book, and the only reason to like this would be if you enjoy historical research about war in Virginia. I'm disappointed in this series & doubt i will purcgase another now. Definitely a beat dow, could barely get through to the end.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a Mrs. Murphy story for awhile but this story is still as good as it used to be. The dog and cats are still funny and Harry is still getting into trouble by being curious as to what happens to a college professor after he is murdered. It also goes back and forth between current and Revolutionary War times, which has to do with the story. Great story. I was given a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
TessT More than 1 year ago
I love Rita Mae Brown's Sneaky Pie Brown and his animal friends, Tee Tucker, Pewter and Mrs. Murphy, who all appear in the books. I believe that this is the 25th book in this series. I have read all of them and hope that there are many more to come. I keep thinking that the book that I am now reading is the best so far until I get to the next book and decide that this is the best ever. The introduction of all the characters that Ms. Brown takes the time to list is really very handy. This book was written in two different perspectives, Harry (Mary Minor) Haristeen and from an officer in the Revolutionary War. This book was so well written that it wasn't a bit difficult to keep track of.  FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Tail Gait is a wonderful story! Once again the trio of tailed sleuths - Pewter, Mrs Murphy and Tucker - help Harry Fairsteen discover who has murdered two people in her community. There are flashbacks to the 1770's and the revolution that tie into the novel while also telling a second story that provides a bit of history. Ms Brown's writes well in a style that provides insight into the characters and describes the countryside in a way that make you feel you are there. Having read a few of the books in this series before I missed hearing more about Harry's husband and some of the other characters in previous books but was happy to read about the ones that did make an appearance. If you like an easy to read series with a mystery to be solved and a few animals that help along the way then I believe you will enjoy this well written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read like all the rest!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting mix of Revolutionary War history & modern mystery in the South
Keara More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. The background information Ms. Brown provided on the Revolutionary War was thorough and interesting especially as a part of the war that most people wouldn't even think about and isn't learned in schools, however, while it did eventually tie the story line together nearly at the end of the book, I found the flipping back and forth through the periods somewhat distracting. Maybe the history portion could have been integrated into the story in a less distracting manner. I found the story somewhat slow, it took me almost three weeks to get through it. It did keep you guessing as to who was the culprit but not interested enough that I didn't want to put the book down until I had finished it. Somewhat disappointing was the fact that the animals played almost no part in solving the mystery. It was almost as though they were just there, not really necessary to the story line. Not sure if I would read another of these books.
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catwoman101 More than 1 year ago
I'm still reading this book, but am near the end. This is another good book by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie. I look forward to reading a new one every year. I've read all of their books and feel like the characters are friends.
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Mayopets More than 1 year ago
This is the latest in the series about Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, Tucker and their human companions. It is a fun-filled, exciting mystery of murder and mayhem, true to the genre and the series. I will not fail to entertain you.
lakota12 More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable evening reading about some of my favorite book characters! I liked the historical aspect that was part of the story. Great reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A dreadful book boring and too many people going no where Bba
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age: 17/ height: 5'4"/ weight: 107 pounds/species: dog clothes: a green kimono and brown boots/ appearance: white, silky fur, floppy ears, blue eyes and a petite frame/history: she was a simple villager in the world, and that is whst she is now. She has an old sword and an old rifle for defense./ anything else, ask.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name- Miles Prower (Tails) Age- 12 Looks- A orange fox with blue eyes. He wears a pair of red and white shoes. Personality- Handy, helpful, kind, friendly Likes- Inventing, Studying, Reading, and Quietness Hates- Loud music, People who think that they are better, Overpower idiots, Lightning and Thunder Powers- Flying, Super Form, Hyper Form