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THE PURRFECT MURDER
by Rita Mae Brown

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

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Longtime readers will enjoy catching up with Harry, Mrs. Murphy and the gang in Crozet, though newcomers to this cozy series may find it dizzying keeping track of the many residents and their pets (especially when the pets are named Mrs. Murphy, Matilda and Tucker, and the humans are named Fair, Tazio and Folly). There's a lot of town dynamics and gossip, but not a lot of mystery solving in the first 100 pages.

When well-liked local doctor Will Wylde is killed, ostensibly by an anti-abortion extremist, the town of Crozet is on edge. But then one of the town's wealthy ladies who lunch, Carla Paulson, is murdered at a fundraiser.

The irrepressible Harry Harristeen, who fancies herself an amateur sleuth, is shocked when a friend of hers is arrested. With the help of cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and dog Tucker, she investigates both deaths -- and finds some shocking ties and buried secrets. (BANTAM, Feb., 272 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed By: Tara Gelsomino

Publisher: Bantam

Published: February 2008

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