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This is my first Rita Mae Brown book; I purchased this book after reading a great many positive reviews of Ms. Brown's work. I also listened to the sample offered from this website. Unfortunately, my listening experience of the whole book has been, at best, scrambled. This story contains so many characters that I found it hard to isolate the main theme of the story. I am not sure if there is a theme to this story. Although there were murders, I am unable to find any relevance in the story for the murders. I think the motivation for the murders is distorted by the extreme lack of developed characters. I accept that the Mrs. Murphy character is an intrinsic part of the story. But, the vagueness in the personalities of the other characters in the story adds no true foundation to the "mystery" that is being played out. The ending does not justify the means. Ms. Brown's desire to insinuate the reason for the murders at the end of the story does not justify her obliqueness during the story.
I enjoy a good mystery! I enjoy a good story! I enjoy having a lot of interaction between the main characters of a story when I am listening to them on my way to & from work. I did not find this story enjoyable to listen too.
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I loved this book-- but then I love all the books written by Sneaky Pie Brown! The residents of Crozet are delightful and one feels attached to certain characters right away while others take a little more time to develop. Harry, as always, is a font of curiosity. Her independent nature is softened by her reluctant vulnerability. My favorite part of the book, of course, involves the furry stars and their close brush with the bobcat. Mrs. Murphy's clever interaction with the young fox plays in nicely!