Mrs. Murphy

31 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,053 ratings


Cats make the purrfect sleuths! Rita Mae Brown’s mysteries capture the charm of the feline Mrs. Murphy and her human companion in crime solving.

A small town teeming with secrets, Crozet, Virginia, is the home of postmistress and amateur sleuth Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and her faithful companion and investigative partner, Mrs. Murphy - her cat. In these rollicking whodunits, Harry and Mrs. Murphy encounter confounding crimes at a Civil War reenactment, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and around their hometown. Colorful characters and unexpected twists add to the fun as they unravel tangled webs of deceit and track down killers, with the help of assorted two- and four-footed friends.

Mystery and cat lovers alike will delight in Kate Forbes’s warm and cozy narration. Whether she’s voicing humans, cats, or dogs, Forbes creates subtle and revealing characterizations, particularly capturing Mrs. Murphy’s sleuthing chops. She gracefully changes her pitch, tone, and timbre to cross species lines while more than holding her own with postmistress Haristeen. Sample listener raves: “Kate Forbes narrates with just the right tone (lighthearted), which seems appropriate since we’re dealing with talking animals.” “Kate is a fantastic narrator; she never disappoints.” “Kate Forbes does a wonderful job.”

Author, activist, feminist, and cat lover, Rita Mae Brown garnered national attention for her breakout novel, Rubyfruit Jungle. Along with the Mrs. Murphy mysteries, which she writes with her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown, her best-selling fiction includes the “Sister” Jane detective series, the Mags Rogers mysteries, and the Runnymede series. A 2015 winner of the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award, she is also an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet.

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