A Hiss Before Dying

A Hiss Before Dying

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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."-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553392494
0553392492
9780553392500
Branch Call Number: MYS Brown, R 300.26 2017
Characteristics: xvii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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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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