- Publisher: Bantam USA
- Format: Paperback | 300 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 28mm | 159g
- Publication date: 3 November 1997
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0553572377
- ISBN 13: 9780553572377
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Illustrations note: Illustr.
- Sales rank: 195,139
The annual steeplechase races at the historic house of James and Dolley Madison bring the horsey set of Crozet, Virginia together for a cracking good time with old friends, and a chance to get even--on the racecourse--with old enemies. There's sure to be some emotional fireworks at Montpelier--but no one expects the day to end in murder!Dead in the main barn is one of the day's riders. Nigel Danforth, still wearing his red silks and blue sash, has a knife plunged through his heart. The only clue is a playing card, the Queen of Clubs, impaled over the fatal wound. Left behind are pretty, rambunctious, young Ace Valiant, Nigel's lover, who has a history of backing a long string of losers; her brother Clark who never had much use for the English jockey; and Linda Forloines who engaged in some very unsportsmanlike conduct during the most hotly contested race of the day. But could one of them be the murderer? Harry is stumped. But Mrs. Murphy, Harry's corgi Tee Tucker, and their over-fed grey cat friend Pewter will use their animal instinct to trace a killer who's intent on leaving a trail...of corpses. And when Harry herself ends up a target, it's not the long arm of the law, but a pair for sharp claws that can save her.In "Murder, She Meowed, " Sneaky Pie Brown and her co-author Rita Mae Brown have penned another fast-moving, exciting mystery thriller that probes the depths of human evil and the heights of feline genius.
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Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of several books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, she 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 fourteen previous Mrs. Murphy mysteries: Sour Puss; 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; and Cat s Eyewitness, in addition to Sneaky Pie s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers. "
Authors of "Murder at Monticello" and "Pay Dirt." A Mrs. Murphy Mystery. "A tricky whodunit...as feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown." "--The New York Times Book Review" "The Browns once again blend plot, character and atmosphere with plenty of wit and charm to create a delightful entertainment." --"Publishers Weekly"
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. 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. 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? In "Murder, She Meowed 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.