Rita Mae Brown

1 Tall Tail

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2016-05-17
Description :  In this fast-paced mystery by Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and her animal friends seek to solve a whodunit rooted in eighteenth-century Virginia—uncovering a shocking secret that refuses to stay buried.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>TALL TAIL</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> At any moment a perfect summer day in Crozet, Virginia—nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains—might turn stormy and tempestuous, as Harry knows too well when a squall suddenly sweeps in. In a blink, Harry’s pickup nearly collides with a careening red car that then swerves into a ditch. Harry recognizes the dead driver slumped over the vehicle’s steering wheel: Barbara Leader was nurse and confidante to former Virginia governor Sam Holloway.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Though Barbara’s death is ruled a heart attack, dissenting opinions abound. After all, she was the picture of health, which gives Harry and her four-legged companions pause. A baffling break-in at a local business leads Harry to further suspect that a person with malevolent intent lurks just out of sight: Something evil is afoot.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> As it happens, Barbara died in the shadow of the local cemetery’s statue of the Avenging Angel. Just below that imposing funereal monument lie the remains of one Francisco Selisse, brutally murdered in 1784. Harry’s present-day sleuthing draws her back to Virginia’s slave-holding past and the hunt for Selisse’s killer. Now it’s up to Harry and her furry detectives—Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker—to expose the bitter truth, even if it means staring into the unforgiving eyes of history and cornering a callous killer poised to pounce.<br /><br /><b>Praise for the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown </b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”<b><i>—The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Mrs. Murphy mysteries are fun, sweet, and beautifully adventurous.”<b>—<i>Bustle</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Brown [is] the queen of the talking animal cozy.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

2 Hiss of Death

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2011-04-12
Description :  BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Rita Mae Brown's <i>The Big Cat Nap.</i><br /><br />Ah, spring! The brighter days and singing birds have a way of lifting people’s spirits, as well as those of their animal companions. But the season can also bring out the first blossoms of murder. As the redbuds open in Crozet, Virginia, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen is especially excited—until a health crisis sends her reeling into the forbidding world of hospitals and doctors, treatments and procedures. Surviving this journey will be tough, but Harry has her animal friends—and her ever-helpful husband, Fair—to support her. Others are considerably less fortunate: A promising nurse’s lifeless body is discovered without a mark on her. Then another hospital employee, who had seemed in perfect health, is also found dead. There’s a mystery afoot—and that’s one thing Harry and her menagerie can’t keep their noses out of.

3 The Litter of the Law

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-10-22
Description :  Rita Mae Brown collaborates with feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown in a mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the curious cat detectives Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the valiant crime-solving corgi. Halloween arrives early this year to rural central Virginia, when a twisted killer will stop at nothing to protect a multimillion-dollar scheme.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>THE LITTER OF THE LAW</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> Autumn has descended and crops are being harvested all over Crozet, Virginia, ideal conditions for a scenic drive for Harry and husband Fair. Bucolic views are all well and good, but Harry’s nose for trouble leads her straight to a cornfield’s macabre scarecrow—an all too real murder victim that frightens all but the noisy crows.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> This accountant’s gruesome death is only the first of many disturbing events in this normally pastoral corner of the world. While Harry tends her beloved grapes and sunflowers, a killer edges closer—as does Harry’s protective menagerie of animals.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Halloween’s approach brings with it bona fide terror and a beloved local tradition that threatens to become fatal. Rooting out the guilty in the treacherous center of a lucrative conspiracy requires Harry’s farmer’s wisdom—along with the quick wits and extraordinary senses of Sneaky Pie, Pewter, and Tucker. A vicious murderer may know the lay of the land far better than Harry does, but that’s about to change. It’s up to her vigilant four-footed companions to make sure that the unearthing of this plot is not Harry’s last act.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Litter of the Law </i>and the Mrs. Murphy mysteries</b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b> <br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Enchanting . . . Brown demonstrates once again why she’s the queen of the talking animal cozy subgenre.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> “As usual, the smart animals provide clues without getting in the way of the human interactions and plot. This is a strong addition to the popular series.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

4 Wish You Were Here

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1990-11-01
Description :  Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy--and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen.&#xa0;&#xa0;Small towns are like families:&#xa0;&#xa0;Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets.&#xa0;&#xa0;Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town-until its secrets explode into murder.&#xa0;&#xa0;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.&#xa0;&#xa0;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.&#xa0;&#xa0;Intent on protecting their human friend, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker begin to scent out clues.&#xa0;&#xa0;Meanwhile, Harry is conducting her own investigation, unaware her pets are one step ahead of her.&#xa0;&#xa0;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.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

5 Tail Gait

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2015-05-26
Description :  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.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>TAIL GAIT</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> 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.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> 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.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> 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.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for the Mrs. Murphy mysteries </b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”<b><i>—The New York Times Book Review<br /></i></b><br />“Mrs. Murphy mysteries are fun, sweet, and beautifully adventurous.”<b>—<i>Bustle</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Brown [is] the queen of the talking animal cozy.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

6 Nine Lives to Die

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2014-06-24
Description :  <b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>SUSPENSE MAGAZINE</i><br /></b><br />Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with a mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, intrepid kitty sleuths Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the ever-faithful crime-solving corgi. This time around, Harry and her animal friends track a killer whose trail has gone as cold as the weather in December.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>NINE LIVES TO DIE</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> Winter has come to Crozet, Virginia, bringing with it a fresh blanket of snow. Harry and her husband, Fair, are hip deep in their usual end-of-the-year activities: distributing food to needy residents, and shopping for outfits for the Silver Linings youth organization’s annual fundraising gala. But buried beneath the white stuff are dark secrets from Crozet’s past—and Harry and her posse of pet detectives are determined to sniff them out. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> Two Silver Linings mentors have been found dead in suspicious circumstances. If that weren’t enough to chill the bones of the locals, a pair of severed human fingers has turned up in a pencil jar in the bookkeeper’s office at St. Cyril’s church. What does this grisly display have to do with the mysterious disappearance of Harry’s voluptuous high school Latin teacher, a quarter of a century ago? Maybe nothing. But when the animals make another gruesome discovery in the woods behind Harry’s farm, it becomes clear that terrible crimes have been committed in Crozet—and somebody’s gone to great lengths to cover them up. It’s time to stop shoveling snow and start digging for clues.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> The truth will be revealed. A cold case will be solved. And a twenty-five-year-old love triangle is about to get untangled. The weather outside may be frightful, but Harry and her four-legged friends refuse to be spooked off the case.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Nine Lives to Die</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br />“Witty and entertaining . . . a recipe for continued success and an engaging read.”<b>—<i>Richmond Times-Dispatch</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “The unabashed loves of [Rita Mae Brown’s] life . . . are infectious. Perhaps because they are so clearly heartfelt, it’s easy to be swept up in the glory of her passions.”<b>—<i>New York Journal of Books</i></b><br /><br />“Murder and mayhem are the order of the day in bestseller [Rita Mae] Brown’s well-plotted twenty-second Mrs. Murphy mystery. . . . Brown’s idyllic world, with its Christian values, talking animals, and sympathetic middle-aged pet owners, has understandably struck a chord with many readers.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> “Rita Mae Brown, along with . . . Sneaky Pie, have made Harry Harristeen and her feline companion, Mrs. Murphy, household names.”<b>—<i>Library Journal</i></b><br /><br /><b>Praise for the Mrs. Murphy mysteries</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”<b><i>—The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

7 Pawing Through the Past

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2000-05-02
Description :  "You'll never get old." <br /><br />Each member of the class of 1980 has received the letter. Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, who is on the organizing committee for Crozet High's twentieth reunion, decides to take it as a compliment. Others think it's a joke. <br /><br />But Mrs. Murphy senses trouble. And the sly tiger cat is soon proven right ... when the class womanizer turns up dead with a bullet between his eyes. Then another note followed by another murder makes it clear that someone has waited twenty years to take revenge. <br /><br />While Harry tries to piece together the puzzle, it's up to Mrs. Murphy and her animal pals to sniff out the truth. And there isn't much time. Mrs. Murphy is the first to realize that Harry has been chosen Most Likely to Die, and if she doesn't hurry, Crozet High's twentieth reunion could be Harry's last.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

8 The Big Cat Nap

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-04-03
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /><b>“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>&#xa0;</b><br /><b>&#xa0;</b><br />It’s mid-May and murder is once again in full bloom in Crozet, Virginia—or so it seems to Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen. The trouble begins 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 pickup 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 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.<br /> &#xa0;<br /><b>Includes a preview of Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown’s next Mrs. Murphy mystery, <i>The Litter of the Law</i></b>.<br /><br />“Harry and her pals are on the case. . . . [Brown] fills the series with rich central Virginia color, and readers will greet the recurring characters with fondness.”<i>—Richmond Times-Dispatch</i><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “[A] delightful book.”—Huntington News

9 Cat of the Century

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-04-06
Description :  BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Rita Mae Brown's <i>Hiss of Death</i> and <i>A Nose for Justice.</i><br /><br />Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen’s beloved, tart-tongued neighbor Aunt Tally is about to turn the big 1-0-0, and the alumnae association of Tally’s alma mater is throwing a big fund-raising bash in her honor. The plan is to celebrate Tally’s centennial and recoup some much-needed school revenue lost in the cratered economy, but when a killer blizzard bears down and a board member goes missing, it falls to Harry and her menagerie of mystery solvers to track down the truth behind what is rapidly becoming a perfect storm of embezzlement, political corruption, and the kind of long-smoldering enmity that can explode into murder. Does the key lie in a forty-year-old unsolved death? If so, Harry and her four-legged friends better find it or—even at a hundred years old—Aunt Tally may outlive them all.

10 Rubyfruit Jungle

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Gay 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1983-04-01
Description :  <b>“The rare work of fiction that has changed real life . . . If you don’t yet know Molly Bolt—or Rita Mae Brown, who created her—I urge you to read and thank them both.”—Gloria Steinem</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Winner of the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award | Winner of the Lee Lynch Classic Book Award</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> A landmark coming-of-age novel that launched the career of one of this country’s most distinctive voices, <i>Rubyfruit Jungle </i>remains a transformative work more than forty years after its original publication. In bawdy, moving prose, Rita Mae Brown tells the story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a dirt-poor Southern couple who boldly forges her own path in America. With her startling beauty and crackling wit, Molly finds that women are drawn to her wherever she goes—and she refuses to apologize for loving them back. This literary milestone continues to resonate with its message about being true to yourself and, against the odds, living happily ever after.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for <i>Rubyfruit Jungle</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Groundbreaking.”<b>—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Powerful . . . a truly incredible book . . . I found myself laughing hysterically, then sobbing uncontrollably just moments later.”<b><i>—The Boston Globe</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br />“You can’t fully know—or enjoy—how much the world has changed without reading this truly wonderful book.”<b>—Andrew Tobias, author of <i>The Best Little Boy in the World</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A crass and hilarious slice of growing up ‘different,’ as fun to read today as it was in 1973.”<b>—<i>The Rumpus</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Molly Bolt is a genuine descendant—genuine <i>female </i>descendant—of Huckleberry Finn. And Rita Mae Brown is, like Mark Twain, a serious writer who gets her messages across through laughter.”<b>—Donna E. Shalala</b><br /><br />“A trailblazing literary coup at publication . . . It was the right book at the right time.”<b>—Lee Lynch, author of&#xa0;<i>Beggar of Love</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

11 Fox Tracks

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-11-20
Description :  <b>“[Rita Mae Brown] enlivens a timely tale with . . . amusing accounts of her four-legged creations and delightful descriptions of the central Virginia countryside.”—<i>Richmond Times-Dispatch</i></b><br /><br /><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Rita Mae Brown bounds to the front of the pack with <i>Fox Tracks,</i> the thrilling new mystery in her beloved foxhunting series featuring the indomitable “Sister” Jane Arnold and, among others, the boisterous company of horses and hounds. Now, as a string of bizarre murders sweeps the East Coast, this unlikely alliance must smoke out a devious killer who may be closer than they first think.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> While outside on Manhattan’s Midtown streets a fierce snowstorm rages, nothing can dampen the excitement inside the elegant ballroom of Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel. Hunt clubs from all over North America have gathered for their annual gala, and nobody is in higher spirits than “Sister” Jane, Master of the Jefferson Hunt in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Braving the foul weather, Sister and her young friend “Tootie” Harris pop out to purchase cigars for the celebration at a nearby tobacco shop, finding themselves regaled by the colorful stories of its eccentric proprietor, Adolfo Galdos.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Yet the trip’s festive mood goes to ground later with the grisly discovery of Adolfo’s corpse. The tobacconist was shot in the head but found, oddly enough, with a cigarette pack of American Smokes laid carefully over his heart.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> When a similar murder occurs in Boston, Sister’s “horse sense” tells her there’s a nefarious plot afoot—one that seems to originate in the South’s aromatic tobacco farms. Meanwhile, Sister’s nemesis, Crawford Howard, will stop at nothing to subvert the Jefferson Hunt Club. There’s more than one shadowy scheme in the works in Albemarle County, and some conspirators are unafraid of taking shots at those evidencing too keen an interest in other people’s business. When Sister voices her suspicions, she, too, becomes a target. Fortunately for her, the Master of the Jefferson Hunt may rely upon the wits and wiles of her four-legged friends—including horses Lafayette and Matador, the powerful hound, Dragon, and even the clever old red fox, Uncle Yancy!<br /> &#xa0;<br /> From Manhattan’s gritty streets to the pastoral beauty of Virginia horse country, Fox Tracks features the beloved characters from past Sister Jane novels in a fascinating new intrigue. This sly, fast-paced mystery gives chase from sizzling start to stunning finish!<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for Rita Mae Brown’s “Sister” Jane novels</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Brown is a keen plotter who advances her story with well-placed clues and showy suspects.”—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[Brown] succeeds in conjuring a world in which prey are meant to survive the chase and foxes are knowing collaborators.”—<i>People</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “One of the most entertaining amateur sleuths since those of Agatha Christie.”—<i>Booklist</i><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

12 A Hiss Before Dying

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2017-05-30
Description :  <b>Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown are back chasing mystery with their unique circle of Southern sleuths. And though the changing colors of fall are a beauty to behold, this year the scattered leaves hide a grim surprise.&#xa0;</b><br /><br /><b>“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”<i>—The New York Times Book Review</i></b>&#xa0;<br /><br /> Autumn is in the air in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia—and all the traditions of the changing seasons are under way. Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen cleans her cupboards, her husband, Fair, prepares the horses for the shorter days ahead, and the clamorous barking of beagles signals the annual rabbit chase through the central Virginia hills. But the last thing the local beaglers and their hounds expect to flush out is a dead body.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Disturbingly, it’s the second corpse to turn up, after that of a missing truck driver too disfigured to identify. The deaths seem unrelated—until Harry picks up a trail of clues dating back to the state’s post-Revolutionary past.<br /><br /> The echoes of the Shot Heard Round the World pale in comparison to the dangerous shootout Harry narrowly escapes unscathed. Next time, it may be the <i>killer</i> who gets lucky. But not if Harry’s furry friends Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker can help it. Lending their sharp-nosed talents to the hunt, they’ll help their mistress keep more lives from being lost—and right an injustice buried since the early days of America’s independence.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>A Hiss Before Dying</i></b><br /><br />“Clearly the cat’s meow.”<b>—<i>Library Journal</i></b><br /><br /> “Thoroughly delightful!”<b>—Red Carpet Crash</b><br /><br /> “An air of mystery, a touch of history and that undeniable voice . . . Sneaky Pie Brown is back on the prowl.”<b>—<i>Daily Progress</i></b><br /><br /> “The staccato conversation style of the contemporary chapters contrasts nicely with the more fluid prose of those set in the eighteenth century. Brown’s signature asides—on such subjects as local and national politics, traditional art, race, God, and just about anything else that strikes her fancy—give readers plenty to think about.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b>

13 Murder Unleashed

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2011-10-04
Description :  <b>The next scintillating novel in this acclaimed author’s delightful series featuring doggedly determined canine sleuths and their intrepid human companions.</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Settling into ranch life with her wire-haired dachshund, Baxter, former Wall Street trader Mags Rogers doesn’t miss the world of investment banking—because its destructive tentacles have reached Reno, Nevada, where desperate families are squatting in foreclosed homes without water or electricity. Mags and her gregarious great-aunt Jeep Reed want to help, but they’re up against corrupt officials, ruthless politicians—and a merciless murderer. After a former banker is brutally slain, Reno deputy—and Mags’s unofficial significant other—Pete Meadows finds evidence of blackmail, shady real estate ventures, and other cutthroat business practices, but the killer seems to hold all the cards. Luckily, Mags and Jeep still have a few tricks up their sleeves: Baxter; Jeep’s German Shepherd, King; and some other canine detectives are officially off the leash—and on the hunt.<br /><br />BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Rita Mae Brown's <i>Fox Tracks.</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>“Captivating . . . [Rita Mae Brown] is adept at fashioning a clever and relevant plot and filling it with amiable people—and animals. <i>Murder Unleashed</i> is no exception.”—<i>Richmond Times-Dispatch</i></b><br /><br /><b>“From murder to loveable canines, this book has it all.”—<i>Suspense Magazine</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>“A great mystery [with] quirky and incredibly interesting characters.”—Examiner.com</b>

14 Sour Puss

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2006-02-28
Description :  Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner-in-crime-detection, Sneaky Pie Brown, return to the scene of their bestselling crimes—picturesque Crozet, Virginia. Love is in the air as spring comes to the small town, but no sooner has Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen remarried than she is rudely interrupted—by murder. And no sooner does the trouble start than curious cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with corgi Tee Tucker, sink their claws into the case.…<br /><br /> After an unexpected rekindling of their romance, Harry and her veterinarian ex-husband, Fair Haristeen, have happily remarried. But the excitement of their nuptials is quickly overshadowed by the murder of Professor Vincent Forland, a world-famous grape and fungal expert who was in town visiting the local vineyards.<br /><br /> Within days of giving a lecture on how distilled fungus and cattle diseases are the current basis of chemical warfare, Forland’s decapitated body is discovered. After their initial fright, the residents of Crozet believe that this was a political murder and settle back into their routines–until a local is also found dead, killed in the same gruesome manner as Professor Forland. Now residents can’t help wondering, is this really the work of an&#xa0;outsider—or one of their own? <br /><br /> No longer working in the post office, Harry had just planted a quarter acre of grapes, which fuels her natural curiosity over just what the two murder victims knew and had in common. Once the warmth of spring arrives, the grapevines blossom and Harry’s furry entourage discovers the first critical clue. But how can they show the humans what they’ve learned? And how can they—or anyone—stop the killing?<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

15 The Purrfect Murder

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2008-01-29
Description :  Bestselling authors Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, return with a mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker. But are they any match for a killer who’s made an entire town suspect by committing…<br /><b><br />THE PURRFECT MURDER<br /><br /> </b>Autumn has arrived in cozy Crozet, Virginia, and that means the town’s inhabitants are hard at work in home and garden preparing for winter. Harry is planning to harvest her first crop of Petit Manseng grapes along with her beloved sunflowers. Meanwhile, her recent marriage to Fair and her friendship with Deputy Cynthia Cooper, who’s rented nearby Blair Farm, are flourishing. But even when peace descends on the idyllic countryside, murder is lurking.<br /><br /> Mrs. Carla Paulson is one of the diamond-encrusted “come-here” set who has descended on Crozet with plenty of wealth and no feeling for country ways. She’s determined to make her new house the envy of all her well-heeled friends—and enemies—and she’ s hired architect Tazio Chappers to build it. <br /><br /> From the start, the project—and Mrs. Paulson—turns into a major headache relieved only by a side trip to study Thomas Jefferson’s extraordinary summer home at Poplar Forest. Harry couldn’t foresee that a day later Mrs. Paulson would be found stabbed to death at a gala fund-raiser with Harry’s friend, Tazio Chappers, standing over her, holding the knife.<br /><br /> Now Harry must solve what seems to everyone else an open-and-shut case. Every other human, that is. For her four-legged friends see it Harry’s way. But will they have to choose between catching the <i>purr</i>fect killer or saving Harry?<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

16 A Nose for Justice

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-09-21
Description :  <b>The thrilling start of a tail-wagging new series!</b><br /><br />With her high-powered Wall Street job in the rearview mirror, thirty-four-year-old Mags Rogers arrives at her great-aunt Jeep Reed’s sprawling Nevada ranch to reassemble her life. In the passenger seat is Mags’s beloved wirehaired dachshund, Baxter. At Jeep’s side—to Baxter’s distress—is Jeep’s loyal German Shepherd mix, King. The growlings are mutual. Then someone pipe-bombs Red Rock Valley’s pumping station, endangering the water supply. Deputy Pete Meadows links the sabotage to a string of local murders. In her search for answers, Mags uncovers fascinating history about Jeep’s ranch, including an intriguing connection to Buffalo Bill. Drawn to each other, Mags and Pete join forces to solve various mysteries, as Baxter and King team up to protect their humans from a growing threat.<br /><br />BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Rita Mae Brown's <i>Murder Unleashed.&#xa0;</i>

17 Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-11-04
Description :  The chase is on in <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Rita Mae Brown’s gripping new foxhunting mystery, featuring the irrepressible “Sister” Jane Arnold and the wily antics of her four-legged friends. In <i>Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, </i>a century-old crime reawakens bad will—and stirs up a scandal that chills Sister to the bone.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club have traveled from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky to ride with the members of the Woodford Hounds—in the teeth of foul weather. Sister knows better than anyone that an ill wind blows no good.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> After the hunt, Sister Jane and her boyfriend, Gray Lorillard, head to a sumptuous party on a nearby estate, also home to a historic equine graveyard. The revelry is interrupted by jarring news: The discovery of grisly remains in the cemetery that are decidedly not equine.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Now Sister and her hounds are on the case, digging up clues to an old murder that links three well-connected Southern families. When mayhem follows the Jefferson Hunt back to Virginia, the deadly doings become all too real: A dear friend of Sister’s is found murdered. Sister and her animal friends must work fast to find a clever killer determined to keep deep-rooted secrets buried.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> A rollicking, riveting mystery, <i>Let Sleeping Dogs Lie</i> is a masterly novel full of colorful characters, gorgeous country landscapes, and the breathtaking thrill of the hunt.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Let Sleeping Dogs Lie</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br />“A knotty murder mystery . . . Cunning foxes, sensible hounds, and sweet-tempered horses are among the sparkling conversationalists in this charming series starring Jane (Sister) Arnold. . . . The biggest thrills are riding out with Sister and her chatty hounds on a cold, crisp morning.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br />“[Brown] combines a clever plot, cherished characters and the beauty of nature and rural life to provide an entertaining whodunit.”<b>—<i>Richmond Times-Dispatch</i></b><br /><br />“Sister remains an intriguing and challenging sleuth. . . . [Brown’s] foxhunting titles are great for readers who like gentility with a wicked little twist.”<b><i>—Library Journal</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> “Enjoyable [and] pleasurable . . . Enough with the demographics of foxhunting as most people view it; if I’ve learned one thing from reading Rita Mae Brown, it is to expect the unexpected!”<b>—<i>Huntington News</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br />“Whether you’re a fox chaser or not, Brown’s storytelling skills will keep you entertained throughout.”<b>—<i>In &amp; Around Horse Country</i></b><br /><br />“As usual, Brown is at her best when relaying the animals’ quirks and conversations, and mischievous foxes are a delight.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> “Fun . . . [<i>Let Sleeping Dogs Lie </i>takes] readers on an adventure.”<b>—<i>RT Book Reviews</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

18 Santa Clawed

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2008-11-04
Description :  Bestselling authors Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, are back for the holidays in a mystery featuring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker. Can they save the season from a killjoy who’s decided to gift the festive little town…with murder? <b><br /><br /> </b>As Harry well knows, there’s hardly a place on earth cozier than Crozet, Virginia, at Christmastime. The snowflakes drifting lazily down, the soft glow of the winter light, the sound of old carols in the streets…even cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter get into the spirit batting ornaments and climbing the holiday tree. In fact, it’s this year’s tree that Harry and her husband, Fair, have gone to fetch when they find the one they’ve chosen grimly decorated with a dead body.<br /><br /> The tree farm is run by The Brothers of Love, a semimonastic organization that tends to AIDS patients. The brothers live in a monastery atop the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Harry is surprised to find an old high-school friend associated with The Brothers of Love. Christopher Hewitt wasn’t a bad man, but good works weren’t exactly one of his priorities. But then, if even Scrooge could turn over a new leaf, certainly Chris could. And after the scandal that all but destroyed his life, there were probably few in Crozet who needed the gift of a second chance more.<br /><br /> Harry knows she shouldn’t take it personally, but it <i>was</i> her tree that someone left the corpse under. Now, as the season grows merrier, a murderer is growing bolder. One by one, prominent men of Crozet are being crossed off Christmas shopping lists and added to the morgue. And if Harry and her four-legged helpers aren’t very good—and very careful—this Christmas may be her last.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

19 Rest in Pieces

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1992-08-01
Description :  Mrs. Murphy thinks the new man in town is the&#xa0;&#xa0;cat's meow.... Maybe she should think again.&#xa0;&#xa0;Small towns don't take kindly to strangers--unless&#xa0;&#xa0;the stranger happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous and&#xa0;&#xa0;seemingly unattached male. When Blair Bainbridge&#xa0;&#xa0;comes to Crozet, Virginia, the local matchmakers&#xa0;&#xa0;lose no time in declaring him perfect for their&#xa0;&#xa0;newly divorced postmistress, Marry Minor "Harry&#xa0;&#xa0;Haristeen." Even Harry's tiger cat, Ms.&#xa0;&#xa0;Murphy, and her Welsh Corgi, Tee Tucker, believe he&#xa0;&#xa0;smells A-okay. Could his one little imperfection&#xa0;&#xa0;be that he's a killer? Blair becomes the most&#xa0;&#xa0;likely suspect when the pieces of a dismembered corpse&#xa0;&#xa0;begin tuming up around Crozet. No one knows who&#xa0;&#xa0;the dead man is, but when a grisly clue makes a&#xa0;&#xa0;spectacular appearance in the middle of the fall&#xa0;&#xa0;festivities, more than an early winter snow begins&#xa0;&#xa0;chilling the blood of Crozet's very best people.&#xa0;&#xa0;That's when Ms. Murphy, her friend Tucker, and her&#xa0;&#xa0;human companion Harry begin to sort throughout the&#xa0;&#xa0;clues . . . only to find themselves a whisker away&#xa0;&#xa0;from becoming the killer's next&#xa0;&#xa0;victims.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

20 Murder at Monticello

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1994-11-01
Description :  Mrs. Murphy digs into Virginia history—and gets her paws on a killer.<br /><br />The most popular citizen of Virginia has been dead for nearly 170 years. That hasn't stopped the good people of tiny Crozet, Virginia, from taking pride in every aspect of Thomas Jefferson's life. But when an archaeological dig of the slave quarters at Jefferson's home, Monticello, uncovers a shocking secret, emotions in Crozet run high—dangerously high.<br /><br />The stunning discovery at Monticello hints a hidden passions and age-old scandals. As postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and some of Crozet's Very Best People try to learn the identity of a centuries-old skeleton—and the reason behind the murder—Harry's tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy, and her canine and feline friends attempt to sniff out a modern-day killer. Mrs. Murphy and corgi Tee Tucker will stick their paws into the darker mysteries of human nature to solve murders old and new—before curiosity can kill the cat—and Harry Haristeen.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

21 Sneaky Pie for President

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-08-07
Description :  <b>Ask not what your cat can do for you—ask what you can do for your cat.</b><br /><br />Tired of politics as usual? Despair not: Rita Mae Brown’s intrepid feline co-author, Sneaky Pie, is taking time off from her busy schedule writing bestselling mysteries to run for President of the United States. It’s never too late to start! With help from her friends—the irascible gray cat Pewter, the wise Corgi Tee Tucker, and Tally, the exuberant Jack Russell—Sneaky crisscrosses her home state of Virginia hoping to go where no cat since Socks Clinton has gone: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. After all, who better to get the economy purring again than an honest tabby with authentic political stripes? Sneaky has an animal-friendly agenda to unify <i>all</i> Americans—regardless of whether they walk on two or four feet or even if they fly. <br /><br />Human candidates have had their chance in Washington, and nowhere does it say in the Constitution that the next president cannot be a cat. Vote Sneaky!<br /><br /><b>Includes a preview of Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown’s next Mrs. Murphy mystery, <i>The Litter of the Law</i></b> .

22 Outfoxed

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2000-01-04
Description :  From the bestselling author of the landmark work Rubyfruit Jungle comes an engaging, original new novel that only Rita Mae Brown could have written. In the pristine world of Virginia foxhunting, hunters, horses, hounds, and foxes form a lively community of conflicting loyalties, where the thrill of the chase and the intricacies of human-animal relationships are experienced firsthand--and murder exposes a proud Southern community's unsavory secrets. . . . <br /><br />As Master of the prestigious Jefferson Hunt Club, Jane Arnold, known as Sister, is the most revered citizen in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain town where a rigid code of social conduct and deep-seated tradition carry more weight than money. Nearing seventy, Sister now must select a joint master to ensure a smooth transition of leadership after her death. It is an honor of the highest order--and one that any serious social climber would covet like the Holy Grail.<br /><br />Virginian to the bone with a solid foxhunting history, Fontaine Buruss is an obvious candidate, but his penchant for philandering and squandering money has earned him a less than sparkling reputation. And not even Sister knows about his latest tawdry scandal. Then there is Crawford Howard, a Yankee in a small town where Rebel bloodlines are sacred. Still, Crawford has money--lots of it--and as Sister is well aware, maintaining a first-class hunt club is far from cheap. <br /><br />With the competition flaring up, Southern gentility flies out the window. Fontaine and Crawford will stop at nothing to discredit each other. Soon the entire town is pulled into a rivalry that is spiraling dangerously out of control. Even the animals have strong opinions, and only Sister is able to maintain objectivity. But when opening hunt day ends in murder, she, too, is stunned. <br /><br />Who was bold and skilled enough to commit murder on the field? It could only be someone who knew both the territory and the complex nature of the hunt inside out. Sister knows of three people who qualify--and only she, with the help of a few clever foxes and hounds, can lay the trap to catch the killer.<br /><br />A colorful foray into an intriguing world, Outfoxed features a captivating cast of Southerners and their unforgettable animal counterparts. Rita Mae Brown has written a masterful novel that surprises, delights, and enchants.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

23 Dolley

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1994-05-01
Description :  She had the president's ear and the nation's heart.<br /><br />She's the wife of the fourth president of the United States; a spirited charmer who adores parties, the latest French fashions, and the tender, brilliant man who is her husband. But while many love her, few suspect how complex Dolley Madison really is.<br /><br />Only in the pages of her diary—as imagined by novelist Rita Mae Brown—can Dolley fully reveal herself. And there we discover the real first lady—impulsive, courageous, and wise—as she faces her harshest trial: in 1814, the United States is once more at war with mighty Britain, and her beloved James is the most hated man in America.<br /><br />From the White House receptions she gaily presides over to her wild escape from a Washington under siege, <b>Dolley</b> gives us a legend ,made warmly human. For there has never been a first lady so testedèor one who came through the fire so brilliantly.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

24 Puss 'n Cahoots

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-02-27
Description :  Instead of a proper second honeymoon, the newly remarried Harry and Fair Haristeen leave cozy Crozet, Virginia, for Shelbyville, Kentucky, site of the famous saddlebred horse show. There they’ll visit dear friends Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge and enjoy a week among some of the finest horses, trainers, and riders in the country.<br /><br /> But soon after they arrive, events veer mysteriously–and murderously–off course. First, Joan’s ruby and sapphire horsehead heirloom pin is stolen from her private box at the fairgrounds. Next, a young film star’s prize three-gaited mare disappears into thin air. There is no lack of suspects, from hotheaded trainers and jealous rivals to vicious ex-spouses. Then a body is found flagrantly murdered and it’s obvious to Harry that someone at Shelbyville is sending a strong message: winning is only secondary–first prize is survival.<br /><br /> As Harry searches for clues, rediscovers life as a married woman, and deals with her upcoming fortieth birthday, her four-legged detective friends are already on the case. But is animal instinct any match for human depravity? Especially with two humans to protect and a killer on the prowl?<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

25 Whisker of Evil

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2004-03-30
Description :  A mysterious death in a Virginia farm town has the locals scratching their heads—while frisky feline Mrs. Murphy and her friends, fat-cat Pewter and corgi Tee Tucker, uncover clues as they curl their way around a cold-blooded killer.<br /><br />This balmy summer in Crozet, Virginia, postmistress Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen has a lot to think about. Things have been pretty cozy between her and her ex-husband, Fair and her beloved old post office is in danger of being replaced with a modern building—and modern rules. Harry’s thoughtful contemplation is shattered the day she stumbles over a dead body near Potlicker Creek. Barry Monteith, the handsome local horse breeder, has been savagely murdered. A true ladies’ man, Barry was known to have left a string of broken hearts behind him. But could a spurned lover be responsible for his untimely demise? <br /><br />The plot only thickens when an autopsy reveals that Barry was infected with rabies weeks before he was killed. As usual, Harry can’t resist doing a little digging—with Mrs. Murphy close by to warn of approaching danger. Harry makes a remarkable discovery in the creek—the class ring of Mary Pat Reines, a local woman who disappeared thirty years earlier along with her prized Thoroughbred stallion. Like Barry, Mary Pat was a successful horse breeder—and now all of Crozet is wondering if the two cases are linked. As the police struggle with the evidence, the pressure gets hotter than a June afternoon—especially when another person is found dead of less-than-natural causes. As usual, Mrs. Murphy and her crew are the first to sniff out the truth.<br /><br />But if they don’t find a way to help Harry piece together the puzzle, she could become the killer’s next target—and even Mrs. Murphy’s slinkiest moves won’t be able to save her.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

26 Murder, She Meowed

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1996-11-01
Description :  The annual steeplechase races at Montpelier, once the home of James and Dolley Madison, are the high point in the social calendar of the horse-mad Virginians of cozy Crozet. The race meet offers a cracking good time with old friends and a chance to get even—on the racecourse—with old enemies. Postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen will be in the thick of the action on this day of high spirits and fierce competition. But the glorious thoroughbreds and the pinks and greens and purples worn by the riders do not blind Harry to the dangerous undercurrents that start to surface. There's sure to be some emotional fireworks at Montpelier. Still, no one expects the day to end in tragedy. <br /><br />Found dead in the main barn is one of the day's riders, a knife plunged through the jockey's heart. The only clue is a playing card, the Queen of Clubs, impaled over the fatal wound. Within the wealthy, tight-knit world of horse owners, trainers, and jockeys, the victim had both admirers and enemies.<br /><br />Was the murderer's motive greed, drugs--a pervasive evil in the race world—or sexual rivalry? Luckily for Crozet's humans, the tiger cat Mrs. Murphy is right at home in the stable yard...and on the trail of the shocking truth. But will Harry catch on in time to stop a killer grown bloodthirsty with success?<br /><br />In <b>Murder, She Meowed</b> Sneaky Pie Brown and her co-author, Rita Mae Brown, have penned another clever and sassy mystery that probes the depths of human depravity and the heights of feline genius.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

27 Crazy Like a Fox

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2017-10-31
Description :  <b>In this thrilling new foxhunting mystery from <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Rita Mae Brown, an investigation into a missing and valuable object flushes out murder, ghosts, and old family rivalries. Now “Sister” Jane Arnold and a pack of four-legged friends must catch the scent of a killer and unearth a long-buried truth.</b><br /><br /> As the calendar turns, the crisp October winds bode well for this year’s hunting season. But before the bugle sounds, Sister Jane takes a scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Mountains for a board meeting at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting. Brimming with colorful stories and mementos from hunts of yore, the mansion is plunged into mystery when a venerable hunting horn is stolen right out of its case.&#xa0;The only clue, on a left-behind cell phone, is what seems to be a “selfie” video of the horn’s original owner, Wesley Carruthers—deceased since 1954.<br /><br /> Odder still, Wesley’s body was never found. When Sister makes a discovery that may explain his unsolved disappearance, it leads her back to the Jefferson Hunt at midcentury, with her faithful hounds at her side. But as the clues quickly mount, Sister is no longer sure if she’s pursuing a priceless artifact, a thief, Wesley’s killer . . . or a ghost. The only certainty is that someone wants to put Sister off the chase—perhaps permanently.<br /><br /> Teeming with familiar and beloved characters, intrigue, and the rich local history of Virginia’s horse country, <i>Crazy Like a Fox</i> races toward its stunning conclusion in full cry and packed with plenty of surprises. Once again, Rita Mae Brown dazzles and delights in her irresistible style, with a novel readers are certain to be crazy about.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>Crazy Like a Fox</i></b><br /><br />“If you can pick up <i>Crazy Like a Fox</i><b> </b>and recognize the voices of Comet, a wise old gray fox; Dasher, a hound at the top of his game; and Golliwog, a snippy calico cat, you qualify as a member of the pack that surrounds Sister Jane Arnold, Master of Jefferson Hunt and the sleuth in Rita Mae Brown’s enchanting novels set in the Virginia horse country. . . . Just the kind of story that adds to the charm of Brown’s whimsical mysteries, with their thrilling hunts and intelligent animals.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Brown’s animal characters, including horses, hounds, and foxes, have as much to say as the people, and Brown never misses an opportunity to interject her own social commentary. This will appeal . . . to fans of Brown’s Sneaky Pie novels.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b>

28 Cat's Eyewitness

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2005-01-25
Description :  It’s no secret that cats are a mystery writer’s best friend. Just ask the bestselling team of Rita Mae Brown and her furry partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, back on the prowl with another unforgettable whodunit. This time a controversial miracle in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains sparks religious fervor–and a suspicious death. Now the indefatigable felines Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with the dogged corgi Tee Tucker, must trust their animal instincts to sniff out the worst of human nature....<br /><br />With the holidays approaching, Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and her best friend, Susan Tucker, take a much-needed time-out at the mountain monastery of Mount Carmel. There, under the benevolent gaze of the statue of the Virgin Mary, their worldly worries are soon overshadowed. For in front of their very eyes the statue begins to cry tears of blood. <br /><br />Legend has it that Mary’s crimson tears are harbingers of crises. And though skeptical, the ever-practical Harry can already see one on the horizon. If leaked, news of the so-called miracle could turn the monastery and the town of Crozet into a circus. What Harry doesn’t foresee is murder.…<br /><br />When Susan’s great-uncle Thomas, a resident monk, is found frozen to death at the base of the statue, foul play is ruled out–at first. But at Harry’s urging, the body is exhumed for an autopsy. There’s just one problem: the coffin is empty. That’s when Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker get involved. Then there’s the shocking revelation of a mystery that has perplexed the citizens of Crozet for ages.<br /><br />With Christmas around the corner and the monastery overrun by the faithful, all Harry’s meddling menagerie can do is stay on her trail as she jumps knee-deep into an unofficial investigation–one that becomes more dangerous when another Crozet citizen meets an untimely demise. In this case it will be a miracle if Harry stays alive....<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

29 Cat on the Scent

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1999-03-02
Description :  It takes a cat to write the purr-fect mystery.<br /><br />Things have been pretty exciting lately in Crozet, Virginia—a little too exciting if you ask resident feline investigator Mrs. Murphy. Just as the town starts to buzz over its Civil War reenactment, a popular local man disappears. No one's seen Tommy Van Allen's single-engine plane, either—except for Mrs. Murphy, who spotted it during a foggy evening's mousing.<br /><br />Even Mrs. Murphy's favorite human, postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, can sense that something is amiss. But things really take an ugly turn when the town reenacts the battle of Oak Ridge—and a participant ends up with three very real bullets in his back. While the clever tiger cat and her friends sift through clues that just don't fit together, more than a few locals fear that the scandal will force well-hidden town secrets into the harsh light of day. And when Mrs. Murphy's relentless tracking places loved ones in danger, it takes more than a canny kitty and her team of animal sleuths to set things right again....<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

30 Catch as Cat Can

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2002-02-26
Description :  Spring fever comes to the small town of Crozet, Virginia. As the annual Dogwood Festival approaches, postmistress Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen feels her own mating instincts stir. <br /><br />As for tiger cat Mrs. Murphy, feline intuition tells her there’s more in the air than just pheromones. It begins with a case of stolen hubcaps and proceeds to the mysterious death of a dissolute young mechanic over a sobering cup of coffee. Then another death and a shooting lead to the discovery of a half-million crisp, clean dollar bills that look to be very dirty. <br /><br />Now Harry is on the trail of a cold-blooded murderer. Mrs. Murphy already knows who it is--and who’s next in line. She also knows that Harry, curious as a cat, does not have nine lives. And the one she does have is hanging by the thinnest of threads.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

31 Claws and Effect

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2001-02-27
Description :  CLAWS AND EFFECT<br /><br />Winter puts tiny Crozet, Virginia, in a deep freeze and everyone seems to be suffering from the winter blahs, including postmistress Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen. So all are ripe for the juicy gossip coming out of Crozet Hospital–until the main source of that gossip turns up dead. It’s not like Harry to resist a mystery, and she soon finds the hospital a hotbed of ego, jealousy, and illicit love.<br /><br />But it’s tiger cat Mrs. Murphy, roaming the netherworld of Crozet Hospital, who sniffs out a secret that dates back to the Underground Railroad. Then Harry is attacked and a doctor is executed in cold blood. <br /><br />Soon only a quick-witted cat and her animal pals feline Pewter and corgi Tee Tucker stand between Harry and a coldly calculating killer with a prescription for murder.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

32 Alma Mater

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Gay  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance  Gay & Lesbian  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2001-10-30
Description :  <b><i>Sex makes monkeys out of all of us. If you don’t give in to it, you wind up a cold, unfeeling bastard. If you do, you spend the rest of your life picking up the pieces. . . .<br /></i></b><br />At the start of senior year at William &amp; Mary, the six-foot-tall, raven-haired beauty Victoria “Vic” Savedge finds her future mapped out in detail. She will marry Charly Harrison, the son of one of Virginia’s most prominent families. Though branded by a fiery streak of independence, Vic hasn’t really considered any other options. Until she meets a woman named Chris. <br /><br />A transfer from Vermont, Chris is new to Southern mores and attitudes. Though instantly captivated by Vic, she is also drawn to the entire quirky but charming Savedge family. But the young women’s friendship is not your basic college-girl variety. For neither can resist their mutual attraction–an attraction that erupts into a passion that will forever change the course of both their lives.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

33 Hounded to Death

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2008-09-30
Description :  From New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown comes the latest novel in her enthralling series of foxhunting mysteries. Richly imagined and utterly engaging, Hounded to Death reveals the cutthroat world of competitive hound shows as both humans and animals alike try to solve a series of bizarre deaths. <br /><br />“Sister” Jane Arnold, esteemed master of the Jefferson Hunt Club, has traveled to Kentucky for one of the biggest events of the season: the Mid-South Hound Show, where foxhounds, bassets, and beagles gather to strut their champion bloodline stuff. But the fun is squelched when, immediately after the competition, one of the contestants, Mo Schneider, turns up dead–facedown, stripped to the waist, and peppered with birdshot. Universally detested by his peers, Mo had no shortage of enemies, making the list of suspects as long as the line for homemade pecan pie at a church bake sale.<br /><br />Two weeks later, back in Virginia, Sister is rocked when her friend the popular veterinarian Hope Rogers dies from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sister refuses to believe that Hope killed herself and vows to sniff out the truth. But before she can make real headway, a wealthy pet food manufacturer vanishes during the granddaddy of all canine exhibitions, the Virginia Hound Show. <br /><br />Ever reliant on her “horse sense,” Sister can’t help but connect the three incidents. And what she uncovers will make her blood run colder than the bodies that keep turning up in unexpected places.<br /><br />Thrilling adventures with horses and hounds, breathtaking vistas, furry friends, familiar faces–including Shaker Crown and the girls from Custis Hall–Rita Mae Brown weaves all these elements into a dazzling novel of suspense.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

34 Hotspur

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2002-11-26
Description :  <b>In her well-received novel <i>Outfoxed</i>, Rita Mae Brown vividly and deftly brought to life the genteel world of foxhunting, where hunters, horses, hounds, and foxes form a tightly knit community amidst old money and simmering conflicts. With <i>Hotspur</i>, we return to the Southern chase–and to a hunt on the trail of a murderer.<br /></b><br />Jane “Sister” Arnold may be in her seventies, but she shows no signs of losing her love for the Hunt. As Master of the prestigious Jefferson Hunt Club in a well-heeled Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain town, she is the most powerful and revered woman in the county. She can assess the true merits of a man or a horse with uncanny skill. In short, Sister Jane is not easily duped.<br /><br />When the skeleton of Nola Bancroft, still wearing an exquisite sapphire ring on her finger, is unearthed, it brings back a twenty-one year old mystery. Beautiful Nola was a girl who had more male admirers than her family had money, which was certainly quite a feat. In a world where a woman’s ability to ride was considered one of her most important social graces, Nola was queen of the stable. She had a weakness for men, and her tastes often ventured towards the inappropriate, like the sheriff’s striking son, Guy Ramy. But even Guy couldn’t keep her eyes from wandering.<br /><br />When Nola and Guy disappeared on the Hunt’s ceremonial first day of cubbing more than two decades ago, everyone assumed one of two things: Guy and Nola eloped to escape her family’s disapproval; or Guy killed Nola in a jealous rage and vanished. But Sister Jane had never bought either of those theories.<br />Sister knows that all the players are probably still in place, the old feuds haven’t died, and the sparks that led to a long-ago murder could flare up at any time. <br /><br /><i>Hotspur</i> brings all of Rita Mae Brown’s storytelling gifts to the fore. It’s a tale of Southern small-town manners and rituals, a compelling and intricate murder mystery, and a look at the human/animal relationship in all its complexity and charm.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

35 The Tell-Tale Horse

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-09-25
Description :  The hunt is on in this new installment of Rita Mae Brown’s clever and engaging series. Only instead of chasing foxes into their dens, the locals must track down a killer and save the life of one of the most beloved folks in town. <br /><br />It’s February, prime foxhunting season for the members of Virginia’s Jefferson Hunt Club. The girls at Custis Hall are finishing their last semester before heading off to college, the entrepreneurially shrewd Crawford Howard is still smarting from January’s breech in hound etiquette, and the Casanova Hunt Club is hosting their annual ball. New neighbors bring new friendships, and romance is in the air. <br /><br />Then a shocking event alarms the community. A woman is found brutally murdered, stripped naked, and meticulously placed atop a horse statue outside a tack shop. The theft of a treasured foxhunting prize inside the store may be linked to the grisly scene, and everyone is on edge.<br /><br />With few clues to go on, “Sister” Jane Arnold, master of the Jefferson Hunt Club, uses her fine-tuned horse sense to try to solve the mystery of this “Lady Godiva” murder. The septuagenarian still has a strong spring in her step and her wits about her, but that may not be enough. As Sister gets closer to the truth, she could become the killer’s next victim. <br /><br />But humans aren’t the only ones equipped to sniff out the trail. The local foxes, horses, and hounds have their own theories on the whodunit. If only these peculiar people could just listen to them, they’d see that the killer might be right under their oblivious noses.<br /><br />Once again, this charming southern community finds itself caught up in a bone-chilling tale of murder and greed. It’s up to everyone, two- and four-legged alike, to band together, beat the bushes, and bring to bay the evil forces that have declared the Jefferson Hunt Club fair game–because foul play is never in season.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

36 Full Cry

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2003-11-04
Description :  In the third novel of her captivating foxhunting series, Rita Mae Brown welcomes readers back for a final tour of a world where most business is conducted on horseback–and stables are de rigueur for even the smallest of estates. Here, in the wealth-studded hills of Jefferson County, Virginia, even evil rides a mount.<br /><br />The all-important New Year’s Hunt commences amid swirling light snow. It is the last formal hunt of the season; therefore, participation is required no matter how hungover riders are from toasting the midnight before. On this momentous occasion, “Sister” Jane Arnold, master of the foxhounds, announces her new joint master and the new president of the Jefferson Hunt. And her choices will prove to be no less than shocking.<br /><br />The day’s festivities are quickly marred, though, by what appears on the surface to be an unrelated tragedy. Sam Lorillard, former shining star and Harvard Law School alum, lies dead of a stab wound on a baggage cart at the old train station, surrounded by the outcasts and vagabonds who composed his social circle at the end of life. No one can remember when Sam started drinking, but the downward spiral was swift–and seemingly deadly. <br /><br />Murder is followed by scandal when Sister Jane discovers dishonest hunting practices going on in a neighboring club. Unsure whether to turn a blind eye or report the infringement to the proper authority, Sister and her huntsman, Shaker Crown, decide to investigate a little further, with the help of their trusty hounds. But when they come a little too close to the staggering truth–and uncover an unforeseen connection to Lorillard’s murder–they realize they might not survive to see the next New Year’s Hunt.<br /><br />Intricate, witty, and full of the varied voices of creatures both great and small, <i>Full Cry</i> is an astute reminder that even those with the bluest of blood still bleed red.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

37 The Hunt Ball

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2005-08-30
Description :  “A rich, atmospheric murder mystery . . . rife with love, scandal . . . redemption, greed and nobility,” raved the San Jose Mercury News about Outfoxed, Rita Mae Brown’s first foxhunting masterpiece. In The Hunt Ball, the latest novel in this popular series, all the ingredients Brown’s readers love are abundantly present: richness of character and landscape, the thrill of the hunt, and the chill of violence.<br /><br />The trouble begins at Custis Hall, an exclusive girls’ school in Virginia that has gloried in its good name for nearly two hundred years. At first, the outcry is a mere tempest in a silver teapot–a small group of students protesting the school’s exhibit of antique household objects crafted by slaves–and headmistress Charlotte Norton quells the ruckus easily. But when one of the two hanging corpses ornamenting the students’ Halloween dance turns out to be real–the body of the school’s talented fund-raiser, in fact–Charlotte and the entire community are stunned. Everyone liked Al Perez, or so it seemed, yet his murder was particularly unpleasant. <br /><br />Even “Sister” Jane Arnold, master of the Jefferson Hunt Club, beloved by man and beast, is at a loss, although she knows better than anyone where the bodies are buried in this community of land-grant families and new-money settlers. Aided and abetted by foxes and owls, cats and hounds, Sister picks up a scent that leads her in a most unwelcome direction: straight to the heart of the foxhunting crowd. The chase is on, not only for foxes but also for a deadly human predator.<br /><br />No one has created a fictional paradise more delightful than the rolling hills of Rita Mae Brown’s Virginia countryside, or has more charmingly captured the rituals of the hunt. No one understands human and animal nature more deeply. The Hunt Ball combines a rounded, welcoming world with an edge of unforgettable white-knuckled menace.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

38 Pay Dirt

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1995-11-01
Description :  The residents of tiny Crozet, Virginia, thrive on gossip, especially in the post office, where Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen presides with her tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy. So when a belligerent Hell's Angel crashes Crozet, demanding to see his girlfriend, the leather-clad interloper quickly becomes the chief topic of conversation. Then the biker is found murdered, and everyone is baffled. Well, almost everyone...Mrs. Murphy and her friends, Welsh corgi Tee Tucker and overweight feline Pewter, haven't been slinking through alleys for nothing. But can they dig up the truth in time to save their humans from a ruthless killer?<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

39 The Hounds and the Fury

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Women Sleuths 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2006-10-17
Description :  Critics and fans alike are wild about Rita Mae Brown’s richly imagined and utterly engaging foxhunting mysteries–and this latest novel promises more thrilling hunts, breathtaking vistas, and an all-new sinister scandal. <br /><br />Millions of dollars seem to be missing after a long-overdue audit of the local aluminum plant reveals a major accounting discrepancy. Company president Garvey Stokes finds himself at a loss–in more ways than one. He turns to his sharp-tongued, ornery bookkeeper, Iphigenia “Iffy” Demetrios, for an explanation, but she’s no help. Yet when the fuzzy math suddenly includes a body count, the figures can no longer be ignored. <br /><br />While the town sheriff tries to get to the bottom of the matter, leave it to “Sister” Jane Arnold, venerable master of the Jefferson Hunt Club, to rely on her keen horse-and-hound sense to follow the trail of murder and cover-up. Throwing her off the scent, however, is former hunt club donor and all-around cad Crawford Howard, who thinks he can go toe-to-toe with the beloved septuagenarian and outclass her club by grossly sidestepping hound- and-hunt etiquette. Against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a menagerie of friends, foes, and fresh new faces saddle up for the breakneck ride to unravel the conspiracy. Even the furry denizens in the fields and boroughs have a thing or two to say about these peculiar humans.<br /><br />Incomparable author Rita Mae Brown returns to the glorious hills of Virginia and its genteel foxhunting society, where how much money you have in the bank is not nearly as important as how long your family has lived on the land–and where nearly everyone has something to hide. As Sister muses, “The little secrets leak out. The big ones, well, some escape like evils from Pandora’s box. And others we’ll never know.”<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

40 Murder on the Prowl

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1998-04-01
Description :  It takes a cat to write the purr-fect mystery—<br /><br />"People who love cats...have a friend in Rita Mae Brown," declares <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>. And nowhere is it more obvious than in this, her sixth deliciously witty foray into detective fiction written with the paws-on help of collaborator Sneaky Pie Brown, and starring that irrepressible crime-solving tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy.<br /><br />As the principal of St. Elizabeth's, an exclusive private school that caters to Crozet, Virginia's, best families, Roscoe Fletcher has proven himself to be a highly effective and vastly popular administrator. So when his obituary appears in the local paper, everyone in town is upset. Yet nothing compares to the shock they feel when they discover that Roscoe Fletcher isn't dead at all. Someone has stooped to putting a phony obituary in the newspaper. But is it a sick joke or a sinister warning?<br /><br />Only Mrs. Murphy, the canny tiger cat, senses the pure malice behind the act. And when a second false obit appears, this time of a Hollywood has-been who is Roscoe Fletcher's best friend, Mrs. Murphy invites her friends, the corgi Tee Tucker, and fat cat Pewter, to do a bit of sleuthing. It's obvious to this shrewd puss that two phony death notices add up to deadly trouble. And her theory is borne out when one of the men is fiendishly murdered.<br /><br />"Harry" Haristeen, in her position as Crozet's postmistress, is the first to hear all the theories on whodunit—starting with the man's jealous wife. Then a second bloody homicide follows, and a third. People are dropping like flies in Crozet and no one seems to know why.<br /><br />Fearlessly exploring all the places where humans never think to go, Mrs. Murphy manages to untangle the knots of passion, duplicity, and greed that have sent someone into a killing frenzy. Yet knowing the truth isn't enough. Mrs. Murphy must somehow lead Harry, her favorite human, down a trail that is perilous...to a killer who is deadly...and a climax that mystery lovers will relish.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

41 The Tail of the Tip-Off

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2003-03-04
Description :  <b>The Tail of the Tip-Off<br /><br /></b>When winter hits Crozet, Virginia, it hits hard--and hangs on for months. That’s nothing new to postmistress Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and her friends, who keep warm with hard work, hot toddies, and rabid rooting for the University of Virginia’s women’s basketball team at the old stadium affectionately dubbed “The Clam.” But the usual postgame high spirits are laid low when contractor H. H. Donaldson drops dead in the parking lot. And pretty soon word has spread that it wasn’t a heart attack that did him in. It just doesn’t sit right with Harry that one of her fellow fans--perhaps even an acquaintance or neighbor sitting close by in the stands--is a murderer. And as tiger cat Mrs. Murphy is all too aware, things that don’t sit right with Harry make her restless, curious, and prone to poking her not-very-sensitive human nose into dangerous places. So the animals start paying closer attention to what the people around them are doing--and they’re the first ones to realize when the next murder occurs.<br /><br />It seems obvious to Harry that the deaths are connected--and she intends to find out exactly how. There’s no shortage of suspects, considering that H.H. was a ladies’ man who’d left a trail of broken hearts all over town--the most recent belonging to his wife-- and that the second murder victim was not very popular in Crozet.As the police launch their investigation, Harry picks up clues through savvy questioning of everyone she knows. But it’s the critters who are most attuned to trouble--they scent something wicked wafting Harry’s way on the tail of the next snowstorm. And as Harry draws closer to the truth about a brutal killer, Mrs. Murphy and her friends realize it’s up to them to make sure their intrepid mom lands on her feet.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

42 Riding Shotgun

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Action & Adventure  Books  Fiction & Literature  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1996-03-01
Description :  The author of <i>Venus Envy</i> takes you on a riotous ride back to one woman's future...<br /><br />In a delightful contemporary farce with a riotous twist, Rita Mae Brown welcomes you to Virginia's horse country, where a fox hunt is about to lead a 1990s woman, Cig Blackwood, into a 1690s adventure of the heart.&#xa0;&#xa0;Infidelity, single motherhood, family betrayal, and the thrill of the hunt (in many varieties) are hilariously and poignantly played out in this captivating novel of time travel and self-discovery.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

43 Rita Will

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Humor 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1997-10-01
Description :  When Rita Mae Brown writes, people often end up laughing out loud.&#xa0;&#xa0;So naturally, when the bestselling author of <i>Rubyfruit Jungle, Venus Envy,</i> and the Mrs. Murphy mystery series writes about her own life, it's a hoot, a rollicking ride with an independent, opinionated woman who changed literary history--the first openly lesbian writer to break into the mainstream.&#xa0;&#xa0;Now, in <i>Rita Will,</i> she tells all...and tells it hilariously.<br /><br />It is often said that the best comedy springs from hard times.&#xa0;&#xa0;And Rita Mae Brown has seen plenty of those.&#xa0;&#xa0;In this irresistibly readable memoir, she recounts the drama of her birth as the illegitimate daughter of a flighty blue blood who left her in an orphanage.&#xa0;&#xa0;The sickly baby was quickly rescued by relatives eager to adopt her but afraid she would not survive the long journey home.&#xa0;&#xa0;Her determination to live, and shock everyone by doing it, has become a metaphor for her entire life.<br /><br />Though raised by these loving adoptive parents and a wacky host of other interfering kin, Rita Mae Brown learned early on to be tough and to speak her mind.&#xa0;&#xa0;It was her refusal to be anything but herself that often brought her the most trouble.&#xa0;&#xa0;Here she tells of her tempestuous relationship with her adoptive mother, the mythic Juts of the novels <i>Six of One</i> and <i>Bingo,</i> who called her "the ill," for illegitimate, whenever she lost her temper, and who swore she'd introduce Rita Mae to the social graces, including the dreaded cotillion, even if it killed them both.<br /><br />Here, too, Rita Mae reveals how her headstrong support of social causes almost cost her a hard-earned education and her outspokenness in the early days of the women's movement got her drummed out of NOW, and how the release of her first novel, the scandalous classic <i>Rubyfruit Jungle,</i> made her an overnight phenomenon--the most famous openly gay person in America--and took her from the heights of the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller list to the surreal playhouse that is Hollywood.<br /><br />Through it all, Rita Mae has drawn strength from her profound bond with animals, from her abiding affection for the South and its native tongue, and from the great passions of her life.&#xa0;&#xa0;She writes with close-to-the-bone honesty about woman-woman love...including her love-at-first-sight relationship with a popular actor and her headline-making romance with tennis great Martina Navratilova.&#xa0;&#xa0;With her trademark humor, she unflinchingly bares her own flaws, flouting public opinion yet displaying the unflappable good sense that shows through everything she writes.<br /><br />A look into a woman's mind and a writer's irrepressible spirit, <i>Rita Will</i> is quintessential Rita Mae Brown--a book that feels like a kick-your-shoes-off visit with an old friend.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

44 Venus Envy

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  1993-04-01
Description :  At thirty-five, Mary Frazier Armstrong, called "Frazier" by friends and enemies alike, is a sophisticated woman with a thriving art gallery, a healthy bank balance, and an enviable social position.&#xa0;&#xa0;In fact, she has everything to live for, but she's lying in a hospital bed with a morphine drip in her arm and a life expectancy measured in hours.&#xa0;&#xa0;"Don't die a stranger," her assistant says on her last hospital visit.&#xa0;&#xa0;"Tell the people you love who you are."&#xa0;&#xa0;And so, as her last act on earth, Frazier writes letters to her closest family and friends, telling them exactly what she thinks of them and, since she will be dead by the time they receive the letters, the truth about herself: she's gay.<br /><br />The letters are sent.&#xa0;&#xa0;Then the manure hits the fan in Charlottesville, Virginia, because the funny thing is, Frazier Armstrong isn't going to die after all.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

45 Bingo

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Romance  Contemporary  Family 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1988-10-01
Description :  In the sequel to her beloved<i> </i><b>Six of One</b><i>,</i> Rita Mae Brown returns with another witty tale of passion and rivalry in the small Southern town of Runnymede, Maryland. Newspaper editor Nickel Smith is scrambling to save the local paper from corporate extinction, even as she is engaged in an affair that would shock the town as much as it amazes Nickel herself. Meanwhile, her mother, Julia, and her aunt Louise, the infamous Hunsenmeir sisters, who’ve set the town on its ears for decades, keep an eagle eye on Nickel. No matter that she’s a grown woman and that they’re going on ninety; they need <i>someone </i>to gossip about! Not even the town’s weekly bingo games can keep Louise and Julia out of trouble when Ed Tutweiler Walters, an eligible newcomer, arrives in town<b>—</b>and has the sisters fighting over him like schoolgirls. A telling look at the foibles of modern relationships, <b>Bingo</b> is full of wisdom about the comforts, trials, and absurdities of small-town life and especially of our own nearest and dearest.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

46 The Sand Castle

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2009-07-21
Description :  In <i>The Sand Castle</i>, beloved American novelist Rita Mae Brown (<i>Rubyfruit Jungle</i>) revisits some of her most spirited and unforgettable characters—sisters Juts and Wheezie Hunsenmeir, and Juts’s precocious young daughter, Nickel—as they come together to cope with a life-defining loss.<br />It’s August, 1952, and seven-year-old Nickel sets off for a day at the seashore with her mother, aunt, and cousin Leroy. Everyone’s excited when they reach Chesapeake Bay—everyone except for Leroy, who is recently motherless and frightened of the world around him. Nickel delights in tormenting her cousin, but, as the group lounges on the beach and begins work on a magnificent sand castle, the sisters try to coax him out of his shell. As the sun swings higher in the sky, Nickel’s taunting of Leroy escalates and the weight of family history between her mother and aunt rises to the surface—until Leroy is bitten by a crab and all of their arguments fall away. It isn’t until years later that Nickel can see that single day at the beach for what it truly was—a life-changing lesson on family and all the pleasure and heartbreak that comes with it.

47 High Hearts

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1986-04-01
Description :  From the celebrated author of <i>Rubyfruit&#xa0;&#xa0;Jungle</i> and <i>Bingo</i>&#xa0;&#xa0;comes a stirring novel of the Civil War, a tale of&#xa0;&#xa0;true love and mistaken identity. Brimming with&#xa0;&#xa0;colorful characters and vivid settings, <i>High&#xa0;&#xa0;Hearts</i> is Rita Mae Brown at her most&#xa0;&#xa0;ambitious and entertaining.<br /><br />April 12,&#xa0;&#xa0;1861. Bright, gutsy and young,Geneva Chatfield&#xa0;&#xa0;marries Nash Hart in Albemarle County, Virginia, the&#xa0;&#xa0;same day Fort Sumter's guns fire the start of the&#xa0;&#xa0;Civil War. Five days later she loses him as Nash&#xa0;&#xa0;joins the Confederate Army. Geneva, who is known&#xa0;&#xa0;as the best rider since Light Horse Harry Lee,&#xa0;&#xa0;cuts her hair, dons a uniform, enlists as "Jimmy&#xa0;&#xa0;Chatfield," then rides off to be with her&#xa0;&#xa0;beloved Nash. But sensitive Nash recoils in horror&#xa0;&#xa0;from the violence of war, while Geneva is&#xa0;&#xa0;invigorated by the chase and the fight. Can she be all the&#xa0;&#xa0;man her husband isn't? She'll sure as hell try.&#xa0;&#xa0;But there is a complication, and his name is Major&#xa0;&#xa0;"Mars" Vickers. This macho major, to his own&#xa0;&#xa0;shock and amazement, finds himself inexplicably&#xa0;&#xa0;attracted to the young soldier named "Jimmy."&#xa0;&#xa0;And this is only the beginning of a novel that&#xa0;&#xa0;moves with sureness and grace from the ferocity of&#xa0;&#xa0;battle to the struggle on the homefront, and brings&#xa0;&#xa0;passion and sly humor to a story of dawning love.&#xa0;&#xa0;<i>High Hearts</i> is a penetrating,&#xa0;&#xa0;delightful and sweeping tale that gives fresh life to a&#xa0;&#xa0;fascinating&#xa0;&#xa0;time<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

48 Sudden Death

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Women Sleuths  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  1984-03-01
Description :  Outrageous, irrepressible and endlessly&#xa0;&#xa0;entertaining, the bestselling author of <i>Rubyfruit Jungle</i>&#xa0;&#xa0;and <i>Bingo</i> spins a behind-the-scenes tale of women's&#xa0;&#xa0;professional tennis that dramtically intertwines&#xa0;&#xa0;the heart-stopping excitement of competition and&#xa0;&#xa0;the lingering heartache of intimate human bonds.&#xa0;&#xa0;Carmen Semanan loves three things passionalty:&#xa0;&#xa0;tennis, money and professor Harriet Rawls. Just&#xa0;&#xa0;twenty-four, Carmen is at her peak as one of the&#xa0;&#xa0;world's top-seeded tennis champions, determined to win&#xa0;&#xa0;the coveted Grand Slam. She is protected from&#xa0;&#xa0;everything but the grueling demands of her sport by an&#xa0;&#xa0;avericious agent and her devoted gusty Harriet.&#xa0;&#xa0;All the odds are in her favor. But there are weeds&#xa0;&#xa0;growing in her paradise patch. Carmen's vey latin&#xa0;&#xa0;brother, Miguel, parlays her succes into a&#xa0;&#xa0;financial house of cards with deals that include&#xa0;&#xa0;smuggling, forgery, and fraud. Susan Reilly, Carmen's&#xa0;&#xa0;archrival and former lover, leaks word of Carms's&#xa0;&#xa0;relationship with Harriet to the press--and tennis's&#xa0;&#xa0;best-kept secret is blown into a front-page&#xa0;&#xa0;scandal. From the French Open to Wimbledon, jealousies,&#xa0;&#xa0;ambitions and passions are set to explode. Now,&#xa0;&#xa0;with everything she cherishes on the line, Carmen&#xa0;&#xa0;must test the true depths of her feelings-both on&#xa0;&#xa0;and off the court.<br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

49 Loose Lips

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1999-07-06
Description :  If you crossed Mitford, North Carolina, with Peyton Place, you might come up with Runnymede, Maryland, the most beguiling of Southern towns. In <b>Loose Lips</b>, Rita Mae Brown revisits Runnymede and the beloved characters introduced in <b>Six of One</b> and <b>Bingo</b>, serving up an exuberant portrayal of small-town sins and Southern mores, set against a backdrop of homefront life during World War II.<br /><br />"I'm afraid life is passing me by," Louise told her sister.<br /><br />"No, it's not," Juts said. "Life can't pass us by. We are life."<br /><br />In the picturesque town of Runnymede, everyone knows everyone else's business, and the madcap antics of the battling Hunsenmeir sisters, Julia (Juts) and Louise, have kept the whole town agog ever since they were children. Now, in the fateful year of 1941, with America headed for war, the sisters are inching toward forty...and Juts is unwise enough to mention that unspeakable reality to her sister.<br /><br />The result is a huge brawl that litters Cadwalder's soda fountain with four hundred dollars' worth of broken glass. To pay the debt, the sisters choose a surprisingly new direction. Suddenly they are joint owners of The Curl 'n' Twirl beauty salon, where discriminating ladies meet to be primped, permed, and pampered while dishing the town's latest dirt.<br /><br />As Juts and Louise become Runnymede's most unlikely new career women, each faces her share of obstacles. Restless Juts can't shake her longing for a baby, while holier-than-thou Louise is fit to be tied over her teenage daughter's headlong rush toward scandal. As usual, the sisters rarely see eye to eye, and there are plenty of opinions to go around. Even the common bond of patriotic duty brings wildly unexpected results when the twosome joins the Civil Air Patrol, watching the night sky for German Stukas. But loose lips can sink even the closest relationships, and Juts and Louise are about to discover that some things are best left unsaid.<br /><br />Spanning a decade in the lives of Louise, Juts, and their nearest and dearest, including the incomparable Celeste Chalfonte, <b>Loose Lips</b> is an unforgettable tale of love and loss and the way life can always throw you a curveball. By turns poignant and hilarious, it is deepened by Rita Mae Brown's unerring insight into the human heart.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

50 Cakewalk

Author : Rita Mae Brown
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Historical  Gay 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2016-10-18
Description :  <b>Continuing in the exuberant tradition of <i>Six of One, Bingo</i>, and <i>Loose Lips</i>, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Rita Mae Brown returns to her much-loved fictional hamlet of Runnymede, whose memorable citizens are welcoming both the end of the Great War and the beginning of a new era.</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> The night a riot breaks out at the Capitol Theater movie house—during a Mary Pickford picture, no less—you can bet that the Hunsenmeir sisters, Louise and Julia, are nearby. Known locally as Wheezie and Juts, the inimitable, irrepressible, distinctly freethinking sisters and their delightful circle of friends are coming of age in a shifting world—and are determined to understand their place in it. Across town, the well-to-do Chalfonte siblings are preparing for the upcoming wedding of brother Curtis. But for youngest sister Celeste, the celebration brings about a change she never expected and a lesson about love she’ll not soon forget.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Set against the backdrop of America emerging from World War I, <i>Cakewalk </i>is an outrageous and affecting novel about a small town where ideas of sin and virtue, love and sex, men and women, politics and religion, can be as divided as the Mason-Dixon Line that runs right through it—and where there’s no problem that can’t be cured by a good yarn and an even better scotch. With her signature Southern voice, Rita Mae Brown deftly weaves generations of family stories into a spirited patchwork quilt of not-so-simple but joyously rich life.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Cakewalk</i></b><br /><br />“[<i>Cakewalk</i>] is brimming over with [Rita Mae Brown’s] distinctive Southern voice that infuses every page with merriment, which allows her vibrant characters to take over the story and touch readers’ hearts. Her depictions of the inhabitants and the era are pitch-perfect as are the many subplots. Readers will feel as if they are living in Runnymede; running around with the teenagers, eavesdropping on the matrons planning the annual cakewalk and hiding in the closet of the wealthy families. An utterly delightful story.”<b>—<i>RT Book Reviews</i></b><br /><br /> “Brown has said that the Runnymede novels, starting with <i>Six of One,</i> are the ones she was born to write. . . . This is more loving domestic comedy of small-town life when times were simpler. Recommended for fans of Brown and beyond.”<b>—<i>Library Journal</i></b><br /><b><br /></b>“A delightful romp through small-town America, with all of its gossips and laughs, passions and rivalries, and through it all the importance of the thread of family.”<b>—<i>Historical Novels Review</i></b><br /><br />“A feel-good novel told by an expert storyteller who delights in creating colorful and quirky characters.”<b>—<i>Shelf Awareness</i></b><br /><br /> “Two independent and free-thinking sisters, Louise and Julia Hunsenmeir (called Wheezie and Juts), push against the old-fashioned ways of drinking, dancing, and courting. . . . Characters were inspired by Brown’s own mother and sister, adding realism and depth to this uplifting story. Fans of Amy Hill Heath and Mary Kay Andrews will eat up this multigenerational ‘slice-of-life’ novel.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i></b><br /><br /> “There seems to be no end to [Rita Mae Brown’s] imagination, inventiveness, or storytelling artistry. . . . What is [<i>Cakewalk</i>] about? Life, love, baseball, war, peace, good whiskey, fashion, sex, religion, friendship–all in a rollicking and lively story that just keeps rolling along at a brisk pace. Ms. Brown paints such vivid scenes. . . . [<i>Cakewalk</i> is] entertaining, outrageous, thought-provoking, nostalgic, and great fun.”<b>—My Merri Way</b>



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