The Big Cat Nap

The Big Cat Nap

The 20th Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery

Average Rating:
Rate this:
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the beloved Mrs. Murphy mystery series, Rita Mae Brown and her intrepid feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with a charming claw-biting tale starring Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Of course prowling faithfully at Harry's side are the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy, ever wise, and Pewter, reliably cranky and always primed with a razor-sharp quip. Fiercely loyal and on the alert, corgi Tee Tucker is also never far behind. This time, Harry and her menagerie throw a wrench into the gears of a killer of grease monkeys. It's mid-May, and Crozet, Virginia, is heating up fast, or so it seems to Harry. The town's beloved ex-post mistress is never idle, dividing her time between raising this year's bounty of crops; taking care of her veterinarian husband, Fair; indulging her passion for classic cars; and adding further to her reputation as a nosy neighbor. It starts when Harry's dear friend Miranda Hogendobber takes her on a leisurely drive that ends in a narrow drainage ditch. The chaos continues when the Very Reverend Herbert Jones's Chevy pick-up also abruptly goes kaput. But these vehicular mishaps are nothing compared to the much more distressing state of a mechanic discovered by Harry in a local repair shop: His head's been bashed in. Despite numerous warnings from her much-loved coterie of friends, human and otherwise, Harry rather quickly surmises that the time has come to pop the hood and conduct her own investigation. Her animal companions see disaster fast approaching but can do little except try their best to protect their foolishly intrepid human. Harry's race to the truth leads straight to powerful forces determined to avoid scrutiny at any cost--even if it means running Harry Haristeen off the road for good".
"When a series of inexplicable car accidents are attributed to driver error, Harry Harristeen knows that something is amiss. Together with her intrepid team of feline, canine, and equine helpers, she begins to investigate, giving readers another charming, nail-biting Mrs. Murphy mystery"--
Publisher: Bantam,
ISBN: 9780345530448
Branch Call Number: AF BROW


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
B2K2rEaD Jan 25, 2013

Good easy reading, as usual.

Dec 06, 2012

Pretty good until the end. Story fell as flat as a wet noodle.

Aug 11, 2012

As always, I say don't be put off by the talking animals. For once, they don't save Harry, she badasses her way out all by herself in this one! I love the way this author makes the characters real, with a past, present, and future, big things like weddings and little things like doctor visits all described with such love.

Jun 05, 2012

Agreed with below! Same old, same old - at least if you are speaking about the style of the recent offerings in the series. No suspense! Just a string of adages. An average rating is actually disappointment for this author.

bookfanatic1979 Apr 27, 2012

I am puzzled as to why I keep reading these books. Maybe I'm still hoping the style and action of the early books will suddenly come roaring back. Even the animal characters--usually by far the most charming part of the story--are starting to annoy me.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors


Subject Headings


Find it at LCCL

To Top