Hiss of Death

Hiss of Death

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Beloved authors Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-conspirator, Sneaky Pie Brown, sow the seeds of an all-new mystery featuring Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and that incorrigible corgi Tee Tucker. This time around, the onset of spring ushers in more than hay fever as the animal friends must come to the aid of an ailing Harry to sniff out the season's first blossom of murder.

Ah, spring! The redbuds open, the robins return, and the days lengthen. People's spirits lift--as do those of their animal companions. As a wave of tilling and planting sweeps over Crozet, Virginia, Harry is especially excited: This year is her first harvesting grapes to sell. But then a health crisis sends her reeling into the forbidding world of hospitals and doctors, treatments and procedures.

Surviving this journey will be tough, but Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker will do their best to steer Harry in the right direction--as will her ever-helpful husband, Fair. Others will have worse luck: An especially 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. It's clear there's a mystery afoot--and that's one thing Harry and her menagerie can't keep their noses out of.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553807080
Branch Call Number: BROW
Characteristics: x, 217 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gellatly, Michael


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jan 21, 2012

Agreed that the characters' opinions about life interfere with the pace of the later books in this series - including this one. There was not much compelling suspense in this installment. I keep reading the series, but I did feel like I plowed through this one just to finish it.

Sep 25, 2011

Three health care providers who work at the same hospital die, two of apparently natural causes and a third of electrocution in his electric car. Always a pleasure to read about Harry Haristeen and her furry friends, Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker. But sometimes the story lines are hard to believe and this is one of them.

Jun 22, 2011

Loved the early books, but recent ones are heavy on political/topical digressions. Characters go off on random half-page speeches about all sorts of things - health insurance, steroids, electric cars. I own the whole series, in hardback, except for the last few - not many series make that cut. I'll still keep reading the series, but I don't think I'll buy them automatically any more. I don't care what the author's politics are, and may agree with some of her views, but they shouldn't be shoe-horned (badly) into her fiction.

bookfanatic1979 May 24, 2011

Minimal plot, maximum digressions. I miss the early books in the series—the ones where the plot actually made sense and I could keep up with the characters. By the time I got to the end of this book, I had no idea who the bad guy was, let alone why s/he was doing whatever it was that got him/her into trouble in the first place.

May 14, 2011

The mysteries and murder in the story are secondary to all the details about breast cancer. Ordinariily, I prefer to read non-fiction in non-fiction, but it does go into the emotional and physical aspects from a personal point of view, so I learned something from it. And as it is not a problem I have, I would not have borrowed a book to tell me about it.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at FSPL

To Top