Hiss of Death

Hiss of Death

By (author) Rita Mae Brown , Illustrated by Michael Gellatly


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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.

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  • Paperback | 311 pages
  • 107 x 175 x 42mm | 167.83g
  • 28 Feb 2012
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0553591614
  • 9780553591613
  • 145,193

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Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of several novels, including the Sneaky Pie Brown series, the Sister Jane series, a new canine mystery series ("A Nose for Justice "and" Murder Unleashed"), "Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, " and" Six of One." 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 twenty 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; Hiss of Death; "and "The Big Cat Nap"--in addition to "Sneaky Pie's Cookbook for Mystery Lovers."

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"As feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown."--"The New York Times Book Review " "Brown ratchets up the tension in a conclusion that brings Harry, the killer, both cats, the dog and two horses into the final showdown. Brown...reunites the reader with beloved characters, supplies a wealth of local color and creates a killer whose identity and crimes are shocking (in one case, particularly so)."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch" "As explained on the book's cover, it takes a cat to write the purr-fect mystery. Indeed...With a baffling mystery at hand (or paw), it might just prove to be one of [Harry's] most perplexing cases."--"Tucson Citizen" "Brown sensitively depicts Harry's cancer treatment as the paw-biting action...builds to the revelation of a surprising killer."--"Publishers Weekly ""If you love animals...and have ever wondered what your pets are saying, these books are delightful."--Briar Patch Books "From the Hard

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