A Hiss Before Dying

A Hiss Before Dying

Large Print - 2017
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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. 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. 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 killer 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432838812
Characteristics: 523 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.


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Dec 27, 2017

After reading the earlier comment July 2017, I decided this was not a book I wanted to read.

Jul 19, 2017

The latest Mrs Murphy mystery involves two stories--a contemporary one where a private investigator is found murdered and a continuation from an early book of a 1785 story from the Deep South involving runaway slaves. The contemporary story lacks the energy of Brown's earlier books. The 1785 story suffers because the characters sound like they came out of the 20th Century. But the surprise ending makes up for at least some of these failings.

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