Wish You Were Here: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (Mass Market)

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This is book number 1 in the Mrs. Murphy series.

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You Were Here
Rita Mae Brown begins the series featuring Mrs. Murphy, a cat, Tucker, a corgi,
and Harry the postmistress of Crozet Virginia. 
Rita Mae credits her cat Sneaky Pie Brown as co-author so it is no
surprise that Mrs. Murphy is the smart cookie in this series.  She sounds just like I suspect a cat would
sound, definitely calling the shots and leading sweet Tucker into all sorts of
mayhem.  It is all in a good cause; the
two friends Mrs. Murphy and Tucker, have to be on their game to keep their
human, Harry, out of trouble.  Harry has
a few troubles and woes of her own, beyond becoming embroiled in hunting a
killer.  Her husband left her for another
woman leaving her humiliated and blue. 
Postcards herald trouble in this yarn. 
A local developer receives a postcard then ends up in his cement mixer,
in pieces.  A shop owner receives a
postcard and he ends up in pieces on the railroad track.  The animals are fun but not overly sweet,
Harry is a very likable character, and the series has many books to enjoy.

— Deon Stonehouse


Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy--and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen.  Small towns are like families:  Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets.  Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town-until its secrets explode into murder.  Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her.  When Crozet's citizens start turning up murdered, Harry remembers that each received a card with a tombstone on the front and the message "Wish you were here" on the back.  Intent on protecting their human friend, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker begin to scent out clues.  Meanwhile, Harry is conducting her own investigation, unaware her pets are one step ahead of her.  If only Mrs. Murphy could alert her somehow, Harry could uncover the culprit before the murder occurs--and before Harry finds herself on the killer's mailing list.

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, 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.

Praise For…

"It should delight cat fancier. . .sassy, silly, and plenty of fun."--The Baltimore Sun
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553287530
ISBN-10: 0553287532
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: October 1st, 1991
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Mrs. Murphy