- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Paperback | 299 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 170mm x 28mm | 159g
- Publication date: 25 January 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0553591606
- ISBN 13: 9780553591606
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, frontispiece
- Sales rank: 122,206
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.
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Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of many novels, as well as the memoirs "Animal Magnetism" and R"ita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser." An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia. Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on nineteen Mrs. Murphy mysteries: "Wish You Were Here; Rest in Pieces; Murder at Monticello; Pay Dirt; Murder, She Meowed; Murder on the Prowl; Cat on the Scent; Pawing Through the Past; Claws and Effect; Catch as Cat Can; The Tail of the Tip-Off; Whisker of Evil; Cat's Eyewitness; Sour Puss; Puss 'n Cahoots; The Purrfect Murder; Santa Clawed, Cat of the Century, " and "Hiss of Death"--in addition to "Sneaky Pie's Cookbook for Mystery Lovers."""
"As feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown."--"The New York Times Book Review " "Reading a Mrs. Murphy mystery is like eating a potato chip. You always go back for more. . . . A deserving bestselling series."--"The Midwest Book Review" "[Rita Mae Brown's] animals are as witty as ever."--"Kirkus Reviews"