Mrs. Murphy Books

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Mrs. Murphy is the main character in a cozy mystery novel series called “Mrs Murphy.” It is written by an American author Rita Mae Brown. This series is set in the town of Crozet in Virginia. It was begun in 1990 with the first novel in the series titled Wish You Were Here. Since then there have been over 20 books added to the series. The books are co-authored by Rita Mae’s cat Sneaky Pie Brown.

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Order of Mrs. Murphy Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Wish You Were Here ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 1990 Description / Buy
2 Rest in Pieces ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 1992 Description / Buy
3 Murder at Monticello ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 1994 Description / Buy
4 Pay Dirt ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 1995 Description / Buy
5 Murder, She Meowed ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 1996 Description / Buy
6 Murder on the Prowl ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 1998 Description / Buy
7 Cat on the Scent ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 1999 Description / Buy
8 Pawing Through the Past ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2000 Description / Buy
9 Claws and Effect ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2001 Description / Buy
10 Catch as Cat Can (By: Rita Mae Brown) 2002 Description / Buy
11 The Tail of the Tip-Off ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2003 Description / Buy
12 Whisker of Evil ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2004 Description / Buy
13 Cat's Eyewitness ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2005 Description / Buy
14 Sour Puss (By: Rita Mae Brown) 2006 Description / Buy
15 Puss 'n Cahoots (By: Rita Mae Brown) 2007 Description / Buy
16 The Purrfect Murder ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2008 Description / Buy
17 Santa Clawed ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2008 Description / Buy
18 Cat of the Century ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2010 Description / Buy
19 Hiss of Death ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2011 Description / Buy
20 The Big Cat Nap ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2012 Description / Buy
21 Sneaky Pie for President ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2012 Description / Buy
22 The Litter of the Law ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2013 Description / Buy
23 Nine Lives to Die ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2014 Description / Buy
24 Tail Gait ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2015 Description / Buy
25 Tall Tail ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2016 Description / Buy
26 A Hiss Before Dying ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2018 Description / Buy
27 Probable Claws ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2018 Description / Buy
28 Whiskers in the Dark ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2019 Description / Buy
29 Furmidable Foes ( By: Rita Mae Brown) 2020 Description / Buy
30 Claws for Alarm (By: Rita Mae Brown) 2021 Description / Buy
31 Hiss & Tell (By: Rita Mae Brown) 2023 Description / Buy
32 Feline Fatale (By: Rita Mae Brown) 2024 Description / Buy
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Mrs Murphy is a cat owned by Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen who is a divorcee aged thirty-something years. Together, the pet and the owner solve mysteries in the town. The little town is filled with mysteries ad murders start becoming common. The curiosity of Mrs Murphy and that of her owner leads them to try and solve the murder cases. Mary Minor is particularly into reading other people’s postcards and she believes that one particular one she saw a while ago had something to do with the murder case. She, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker her Welsh corgi have to get to the bottom of it.

Mrs Murphy Awards

Though the series is yet to win any awards, the author Rita Mae Brown was nominated for the Outstanding Writing Emmy Award in 1982 for I Love Liberty. She is also the winner of the Pioneer Award in the 2015 Lambda Literary Awards. She has also been awarded the Lee Lynch Classic Book Award.

Best Mrs Murphy Books

Here is a look at three books in the Mrs Murphy book series that are among the highest sellers.

Wish You Were Here is the very first book in the series and introduces the main characters in a great way that is relatable and described to the latter. Mary Minor is an animal lover with a cat and dog that love her dearly. She is a post mistress aged over thirty years and lives in a small town in Virginia. Soon, murders begin and Mary knows the clue that could lead to the culprit. She has seen the murdered people receive postcards with tombs on them and the message ‘Wish you were here.’ she just wishes she had known better and prevented the death. She decides to investigate on her own but her pets are a step ahead of her in the investigations. Before she can even get to the bottom of it she is n the killer’s mailing list. Tucker and Mrs. Murphy now take it upon themselves to save their human companion.

In tail Gait, it is spring time in Crozet and Harry and her husband host a cosy dinner for several people. Among them is Professor McConnel who is a history professor in the University of Virginia. The mystery begins when on the next day the good professor is murdered on the golf course in broad daylight. No one sees the killer but when a homeless UVA alum confesses to the crime no one believes that he did it. Harry and her animal friends begin to look into the matter. But just as Harry is about to unearth the century-old mystery she gets herself in trouble and Mrs Murphy has to work with Turker to save their owner.

Claws and Effect is set during winter and the little town of Crozet is frozen. The town’s hospital however is vibrant but soon the source of gossip from the hospital turns up dead. Harry is just too curious to let this rest. She starts snooping around and discovers the hospital is filled with secrets that she swears to unravel. Mrs. Murphy however is the one who discovers the truth that the murder dates back to the Underground Railroad. Things then take a turn for the worst, Harry is attacked and a doctor murdered. The cat is the only hope with the help of her friends Tucker and Pewter.

Other book series you may like

If you like Mrs Murphy series you will like “China Bayles” by Susan Wittig Albert. This has been praised for great writing, plot and characters. It is about a lawyer come herbalist based in Pecan Springs in Texas.

Another series you may enjoy is “The Cat Who”. Written by Lillian Jackson Braun, this is a story about a reporter Jim “Qwill” Qwilleran who relies on his two Siamese cats to help him solve mysteries. One of the two cats Koko has a sixth sense which is particularly very useful in solving the mysteries.

What Is The Next Book in The Mrs. Murphy Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Mrs. Murphy Series. The newest book is Feline Fatale and was released on April, 16th 2024.

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