A mysterious death in a Virginia farm town has the locals
scratching their heads—while frisky feline Mrs. Murphy and
her friends, fat-cat Pewter and corgi Tee Tucker, uncover clues as
they curl their way around a cold-blooded killer.
This balmy summer in Crozet, Virginia, postmistress Mary Minor
"Harry" Haristeen has a lot to think about. Things have been pretty
cozy between her and her ex-husband, Fair and her beloved old post
office is in danger of being replaced with a modern
building—and modern rules. Harry's thoughtful contemplation
is shattered the day she stumbles over a dead body near Potlicker
Creek. Barry Monteith, the handsome local horse breeder, has been
savagely murdered. A true ladies' man, Barry was known to have left
a string of broken hearts behind him. But could a spurned lover be
responsible for his untimely demise?
The plot only thickens when an autopsy reveals that Barry was
infected with rabies weeks before he was killed. As usual, Harry
can't resist doing a little digging—with Mrs. Murphy close by
to warn of approaching danger. Harry makes a remarkable discovery
in the creek—the class ring of Mary Pat Reines, a local woman
who disappeared thirty years earlier along with her prized
Thoroughbred stallion. Like Barry, Mary Pat was a successful horse
breeder—and now all of Crozet is wondering if the two cases
are linked. As the police struggle with the evidence, the pressure
gets hotter than a June afternoon—especially when another
person is found dead of less-than-natural causes. As usual, Mrs.
Murphy and her crew are the first to sniff out the truth.
But if they don't find a way to help Harry piece together the
puzzle, she could become the killer's next target—and even
Mrs. Murphy's slinkiest moves won't be able to save her.
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