lunedì 3 giugno 2019

Review & Giveaway: Whiskers in the Dark by Rita Mae Brown



Whiskers in the Dark: 

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery 

by Rita Mae Brown

 

About the Book

 
Cozy Mystery 
28th in Series 
Bantam (June 4, 2019) 
Hardcover: 288 pages 
ISBN-10: 0425287181
ISBN-13: 978-0425287187 
Digital ASIN: B07H72MD6Z

Death stalks the Blue Ridge Mountains as a centuries-old mystery resurfaces and murder mars the lead-up to an annual beagle competition, in a thrilling new tale from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown.
A massive nor’easter has hit northern Virginia, where Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen joins groundskeeping efforts at the National Beagle Club at Aldie as the date for its springtime Hounds for Heroes veterans’ benefit approaches. Harry’s fellow volunteers, including her oldest friend, Susan Tucker, comprise a spirited group of hunting enthusiasts, some former service members themselves. But things take a sinister turn when, after a routine tree cleanup along the Club’s hunting trails, retired foreign services officer Jason Holzknect is found dead, throat slit from ear to ear. Soon enough, another murder in their midst jolts the preparations, convincing Harry that the killer is familiar with the Club—and must be close by, masked in plain sight.
The intrigue extends to the grounds of Harry’s beloved local church, where the identity of an eighteenth-century skeleton wearing precious pearls remains a mystery. The anonymous woman’s neck had been snapped, and marks on the grave where her body was secreted indicate that someone recently tried to remove it, leading Harry to question how well she really knows those around her.
As always, Harry’s crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Corgi share her determination to sniff out the foes among friends, even those long buried. Harry will need her four-legged companions’ help more than ever: a ghostly beagle only they can see may hold the key to the culprit.

My Review

I loved this book from the first to the last page, a truly intriguing and compelling story set between 1787 and the present day.
After a vandalism a 1787 corpse was discovered, a woman with no identity buried with a very precious necklace. It is absolutely necessary to find out who she is even though now only the bones are left. Also while there are preparations for the annual hunting basset and beagle competition hosted by Hounds For Heroes two bodies are found. Harry investigates with the help of her talking animals, two dogs and two cats. To help them there is also a ghost dog.
This is the first book in this series that I read, I had no difficulty understanding the story, the author is very good at providing the necessary information. I am very curious to read all 27 of them.
It was a pleasant and interesting read, there is a lot of historical information on plantations, slavery, civil war, really instructive. The charity event held at a fundraiser called Hounds For Heroes is also very well described.
If you love cozy mysteries with animals this book is perfect for you.


About the Author


Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; and In Her Day; as well as many other books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, and is a Master of Foxhounds and the huntsman. 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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