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    Ricki Lake as Harry Haristeen with Mrs Murphy cat and Tucker dog In this 29th book in the Mrs Murphy series, farmer amateur sleuth Harry Haristeen investigates two murders, to the chagrin of her talking pets who fear for her safety The animals are two cats Mrs Murphy and Pewter the corgi Tucker and the half grown Irish wolfhound Pirate The book can be read as a standalone The story, set in the town of Crozet, Virginia, ping pongs between the present 2019 and the Ricki Lake as Harry Haristeen with Mrs Murphy cat and Tucker dog In this 29th book in the Mrs Murphy series, farmer amateur sleuth Harry Haristeen investigates two murders, to the chagrin of her talking pets who fear for her safety The animals are two cats Mrs Murphy and Pewter the corgi Tucker and the half grown Irish wolfhound Pirate The book can be read as a standalone The story, set in the town of Crozet, Virginia, ping pongs between the present 2019 and the time right after the Revolutionary War 1787 In the present, Harry Haristeen and her best friend Susan Tucker are leading members of the Dorcas Guild, the women s group at Crozet s St Luke s Lutheran Church The Dorcas Guild is planning several upcoming church events a June 2nd homecoming that doubles as a surprise birthday party for 80 year old Reverend Herbert Jones a charity auction and dance and a float covered with a large model of St Luke s church for the July 4th parade The women s group is assisted by its brother organization, St Peter s Guild, which contains Harry s husband Fair, Susan s husband Ned, and other men from St Luke s.To prepare for the homecoming revelries, the Dorcas Guild is landscaping St Luke s grounds, recreating the original gardens as they appeared in 1787 While Harry and her friends work they discuss a recently vandalized grave in the church cemetery, which was found to contain the skeleton of a woman on top of two long buried caskets Authorities determine that the woman, who was interred with expensive jewelry, was buried in the late 1700s, but her identity remains unknown To add to the mystery, Harry discovers threeskeletons as she s puttering around St Luke s grounds.Harry and her friends wonder about the identity of the dead people, speculating that they may have been slaves from one of Crozet s historic plantations Crozet also has additional drama A beer truck belonging to Bottoms Up brewery owned by Harry s friends Janice and Mags is stolen an abandoned still and a recent corpse are discovered above Harry s farm and a lovely woman named Jeannie Cordle is murdered at St Luke s charity auction.The sheriff s department investigates the modern homicides, but Harry feels compelled to help out, and launches her own inquiries.Harry s cats and dogs, who ve saved her from perps in the past, discuss their concerns for her well being The pets and their animal friends also talk about history, politics, finances, church matters, etc This is all highly amusing, and adds fun to the story.The modern story is interspersed with events that occur in 1787, when the Holloways and Garths own plantations in Crozet Mrs Maureen Selisse Holloway, a vicious woman who owns the Big Rawly plantation, is furious about a missing necklace and earrings, which she thinks were stolen by a slave named Sheba Now two other Big Rawly slaves have run away, and Maureen hires slaves catchers to retrieve them The cruel treatment of slaves by Maureen and the bounty hunters is horrible and shocking, and forms a dissonant note in a cozy mystery in my opinion Ewing Garth owns Crozet s second plantation, named Cloverfields, and he and his married daughters are kinder slave owners than Maureen Ewing is trying to get Maureen Holloway to allow her black stable manager to marry his black cook, and the negotiations are tricky.Even though the Garths are gentler slave holders than Maureen, owning people and controlling their lives is clearly a despicable business As the story unfolds, a death that harks back to 1787 is solved, as are the recent killings However, all this occurs in a rather offhand manner, with very little investigation Thus the book s billing as a cozy mystery is somewhat misleading The modern part of the story is mostly about the gardens of St Luke s Lutheran Church which are described in great detail and the various church events The historic part of the book is mostly about plantation life, slaves, and slave catchers Thus the novel is muchfiction than mystery The author, activist Rita Mae Brown, has becomepolitical in her recent fiction, and this book follows that trend Still, the story is interesting, and would probably appeal to fans of gardening and historical fiction.Author and activist Rita Mae Brown Thanks to Netgalley, the author Rita Mae Brown , and the publisher Bantam Books for a copy of the book.You can follow my reviews at


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    The 29th installment in the A Mrs Murphy Mystery pet series from acclaimed author Rita Mae Brown comes Furmidable Foes Published by Batam Random House First off, I would like to say that I would have given this book a higher rating if it had contained a few things I felt were missing Characters in this series, Harry and friends, as well as the talking pets, are well established And that in and of itself is one of the problems They may be so well established that a new reader will not be The 29th installment in the A Mrs Murphy Mystery pet series from acclaimed author Rita Mae Brown comes Furmidable Foes Published by Batam Random House First off, I would like to say that I would have given this book a higher rating if it had contained a few things I felt were missing Characters in this series, Harry and friends, as well as the talking pets, are well established And that in and of itself is one of the problems They may be so well established that a new reader will not be able to understand the different personalities and habits Unfortunately, there is no background given for this book Unless the reader has read the other 28 books in the series, they are unlikely to become vested in the characters, location, or the mystery I enjoy a story within a story, and I found the story of the slaves set in 1787, Virginia, very enjoyable However, I did not find that their story was resolved well enough I would have been happier reading a book based solely on the slave mysterythan the story of the modern murder I found the talking pets entertaining but would have liked them to haveinvolvement throughout the book I did not feel there was any real police investigation or evidence, redding herrings or genuine twists I thought the killer was fairly obvious and the motive as old as the Virginia hills When a series has run as long as this one has, it is easy to forget that the audience has grown older, and new readers have come aboard It s easy to write beloved characters without a thought as to who will be reading the story After all, writers get to know their characters so well that they think of them in everyday terms, and as such, they forget that readers may not have a clue who these people are A list of characters at the beginning of a book is no excuse for not devoting at least a chapter to describing who the returning characters are in relationship to the story Unfortunately, I feel that this series has become stale Avid fans will, no doubt, love this book However, a new audience may find it too overwhelming, filled with references they don t understand, and with nothing to spark their interest Unless it is all the talking pets, animal lovers will relate to this aspectthan anything else A littleeffort in educating the audience would go a long way to making this book farinteresting When I read the book, the term phoning it in came to mind, and that is something I will never like in any publication Furmidable Foes could have been quite enjoyable, characters and pets are quirky and spunky The garden, sounded lovely and was described beautifully I wish I could go back and read the other books in the series just so I could better understand what was going on in this addition, but who has time to read 28books just to catch up Even in quarantine, I don t have that kind of time


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    A rather predictable ending to the mystery, but the interactions between the animals is just charming


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    It s the time of year in Virginia when everything is blooming, and Harry is at her happiest She lives on her farm with her husband, Fair, a veterinarian, and her four pets two cats, Mrs Murphy and Pewter and two dogs, Tee Tucker and Pirate She s involved with the Dorcas Guild in making the churchyard gardens beautiful for the upcoming Homecoming celebration, along with lifelong friend Susan Tucker, and others.But two of the friends Janice and Mags, own a brewery named Bottoms Up One o It s the time of year in Virginia when everything is blooming, and Harry is at her happiest She lives on her farm with her husband, Fair, a veterinarian, and her four pets two cats, Mrs Murphy and Pewter and two dogs, Tee Tucker and Pirate She s involved with the Dorcas Guild in making the churchyard gardens beautiful for the upcoming Homecoming celebration, along with lifelong friend Susan Tucker, and others.But two of the friends Janice and Mags, own a brewery named Bottoms Up One of their trucks is stolen, along with all its contents and no one knows why Then at a charity auction, another friend, Jeannie Cordie, drops dead suddenly and no one knows how Harry, with her strong sense of curiosity, is driven to find the answers to these questions.In between, the church is still trying to figure out who belonged to the old bones which were found on top of a couple who died in the 1700 s, wearing a set of priceless jewels It s another question Harry wants an answer to, but rightly, it will have to wait in favor of the other problems When the bones of a muchrecent murder are discovered by none other than Pewter, Harry now needs to piece together amodern mystery, and hope she doesn t lose her own life in the processI ve been following this series for a long time, and own all of the books It is that enjoyable Not only are we watching Harry in her usual quest for answers and looking for a killer, but we have the added bonus of a book within a book For, you see, Virginia has a rich history, and Ms Brown melds past with present seamlessly.We also have the story of the Holloways and the Ewings, two wealthy neighboring families who were part of this country in the aforementioned 1700 s, and who have their own mysteries to solve Watching their stories unfold is almost like having your own window to the past, where while you are in the present, you see bits and pieces of things that have come before Yes, this is fiction, but as in the present, there are pieces of history interspersed with the story that is completely fascinating.When we watch Harry go about her daily routine, it is amusing to hear the animals tell their own stories in their own ways and put their own spin on everything I love listening to their tales of woe as cats and dogs are wont to do when they don t get their own way and as a pet owner myself, I can relate It all seems so simple Harry and her friends are doing nothan any of us would go to lunch, prepare gardens, etc but it is the mystery itself that is the most absorbing who would want to kill a woman who supposedly had nothing to do with anything Harry s investigation, while it does not involve asking people questions, involves only her using her wits, and she is indeed one who is able to put things together quickly.When we get close to the end and it all comes together, I have to say that it leaves me wanting of the historical side, and the next book in this series My only hope is that I won t have to wait long to read the next one Highly recommended.I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher but it in no way influenced my review


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    Harry Shivered No good will come of this, she thought to herself Furmidable Foes by Rita Mae Brown is the 29th Mrs Murphy mystery which brings Mary Minor Harry Harristeen and the fur babies together to solve another mystery I enjoyed the gardening theme of this mystery and the cover is beautifully designed for spring Harry and Susan with other members of the Dorcas Guild work on the gardens at St Luke s to restore them to the historic design of 1787 As Harry and the ladies prepare the Harry Shivered No good will come of this, she thought to herself Furmidable Foes by Rita Mae Brown is the 29th Mrs Murphy mystery which brings Mary Minor Harry Harristeen and the fur babies together to solve another mystery I enjoyed the gardening theme of this mystery and the cover is beautifully designed for spring Harry and Susan with other members of the Dorcas Guild work on the gardens at St Luke s to restore them to the historic design of 1787 As Harry and the ladies prepare the gardens for the homecoming celebration there isinterest in the mystery of the unknown woman whose body had been previously found in another family s grave The skeleton dated back to the 1700s and was adorned with the most extravagant pearl and diamond necklace with earrings Harry also discovers a moonshine still and another body on the ridge of at the back of her property The mysteries deepen when Jeannie dies at the charity auction and the culprit is discovered to have been caused by a poisoned lipstick Who would want Jeannie dead Follow the banter among Mrs Murphy, Pewter, Tucker, and Pirate, The animals are adorable Publication Date May 19, 2020Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book


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    I requested to read Furmidable Foes, A Mrs Murphy Mystery, because I liked what I read in the blurb It wasn t what I expected at all.I didn t like this book I had a lot of problems with it right from the start There were too many characters to keep track of, even with the handy guide It s hard to keep flipping back to it if you re reading Kindle on an iPhone The story was split into 2 time lines, Virginia in 1787 and in the Present The 1787 story didn t really have anything to do with or I requested to read Furmidable Foes, A Mrs Murphy Mystery, because I liked what I read in the blurb It wasn t what I expected at all.I didn t like this book I had a lot of problems with it right from the start There were too many characters to keep track of, even with the handy guide It s hard to keep flipping back to it if you re reading Kindle on an iPhone The story was split into 2 time lines, Virginia in 1787 and in the Present The 1787 story didn t really have anything to do with or explain the body in the present day churchyard I wanted to know who she was, why she left, why she died, why she was dressed like she was, etc None of these things were sufficiently answered.In the present timeline, the majority of the story centered around the church garden Now I like gardens as much as the next guy, but 2 3 of the book devoted to this If I really wanted an education in horticulture of VA, I would ve read a book on that subject I also found it very heavy handed as far as the religious aspect I have no problem reading books about religion I m not religious myself , but this just went on and on It d be one thing if it was an important part of the story, but it wasn t.The murder felt like an after thought and was just thrown in so there d be a murder in the book It made no sense as to the reason for it and the resolution was kind of dumb.All in all, not a fan I admit this the first of her books I ve read, but it will definitely be the last I personally do not recommend this book


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    There are two stories interwoven because of the land which they occupy One is a very difficult tale of cruel people and normal people in a time of transition 1787 The other is a tale of subterfuge and greed with a side of murder They are connected by an artifact found on a grave before this book I love the parts of the stories that are told among the cats and dogs who love and protect their people I think that the mystery is excellent and the historical part of the story is the best it ca There are two stories interwoven because of the land which they occupy One is a very difficult tale of cruel people and normal people in a time of transition 1787 The other is a tale of subterfuge and greed with a side of murder They are connected by an artifact found on a grave before this book I love the parts of the stories that are told among the cats and dogs who love and protect their people I think that the mystery is excellent and the historical part of the story is the best it can be I loved it Beyond that is the history of horticulture and the reintroduction of heirloom plants at Montpelier as well as the relevance of the Historic Trust Great stuff for a history geek and or a gardening geek that s my sister, so I ll have to gift her a copy.I requested and received a free ebook copy from Random House Publishing Group BallantineBantam via NetGalley Thank you


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    This book continues the side story in the 1780 s that was started in Whiskers in the Dark in addition to this current story Harry and her friends are getting ready for St Luke s Homecoming When a friend dies, Harry can t stop getting involved Some of my favorite parts about the Mrs Murphy series is the animals and the research behind the books I always learn something when I read one of these books Thoroughly enjoyed this story.


  9. says:

    Rita Mae Brown s work is always incredibly readable and a joy to curl up with She writes intriguing mysteries and has a genuine knack for bringing the personalities of animals to life Furmidable Foes is a great summer read


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    I loved the previous books in the Mrs Murphy series However, Furmidable Foes made Mrs Murphy and the other animals a side story Front and center are St Luke s gardens and the historical fiction of runaway slaves in 1787 The Dorcas Guild s events also play a role in the present day mysteries.Overall, there seemed to be too many characters and too many plots squished within these 336 pages And I ve read, and enjoyed, the previous twenty eight books in the series I can t imagine having to f I loved the previous books in the Mrs Murphy series However, Furmidable Foes made Mrs Murphy and the other animals a side story Front and center are St Luke s gardens and the historical fiction of runaway slaves in 1787 The Dorcas Guild s events also play a role in the present day mysteries.Overall, there seemed to be too many characters and too many plots squished within these 336 pages And I ve read, and enjoyed, the previous twenty eight books in the series I can t imagine having to first meet the main characters in this mishmash Read the earlier books in this series and skip this one 2 stars.Thanks to Bantam, Random House, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review


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Furmidable Foes Mary Minor Harry Harristeen Is On The Hunt For A Killer With A Deadly Green Thumb When A Day In The Garden Turns Fatal In This Exciting New Mystery From Rita Mae Brown And Her Feline Co Author Sneaky Pie Brown Spring Arrives In Northern Virginia, And As The Ground Thaws And The Peonies Begin To Bloom A Bright Magenta, The Women Of St Luke S Lutheran Church Prepare For A Homecoming Celebration Like No Other In Honor Of The Day, Harry, Susan Tucker, And Their Friends Decide To Remodel The Gardens Of The Church Based On The Plants That Would Have Grown In The Time St Luke S Was Built, And Plan To Visit The Historically Accurate Gardens Of Montpelier To Find Inspiration In Dolley Madison S Climbing Roses But The Gardens Have Been Visited By Catastrophe A Patch Near The Back Is Torn Up In The Night, Completely Destroyed Is This The Work Of A Random Vandal Or Was Someone Looking For Something Growing In That Garden When Jeannie Cordle Drops Dead At A Charity Auction, Poisoned By A Fatal Weed Slipped Into Her Drink, Harry S Worst Suspicions Are Confirmed A Killer Lurks In Their Midst, One With A Keen Understanding Of Poisonous Plants Although She Can T Yet Prove It, Harry Believes The Murder Is Related To The Eighteenth Century Skeleton Discovered Last Year In The Church Graveyard, Wearing An Expensive Necklace Of Diamonds And Pearls The Identity Of The Skeleton Remains Unidentified, But The Necklace Is Undoubtedly Worth Killing For With Help From Her Feline Sidekicks, Mrs Murphy And Pewter, As Well As Tee Tucker The Corgi And Sweet Puppy Pirate, Harry Sets Out To Find The Weed In St Luke S Garden And Stop A Killer Before They Can Strike Again