Hiss of Death: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

Rita Mae Brown, Author, Sneaky Pie Brown, Author, Michael Gellatly, Illustrator
Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown, Bantam, $26 (240p) ISBN 978-0-553-80708-0
Reviewed on: 02/07/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
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Readers concerned about breast cancer will welcome Brown's 19th Mrs. Murphy mystery (after 2010's Cat of the Century). While Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen copes bravely with a diagnosis of stage one breast cancer, a sad discovery distracts her from her illness. Shortly before the 5K Run for Breast Cancer Awareness, Harry and her pets find the corpse of well-liked OR nurse Paula Benton, one of the event's organizers, who appears to have died of anaphylactic shock from a hornet's sting. But was it murder? Paula had been having problems with Thadia Martin, a former addict turned drug counselor at Central Virginia Medical Complex who was jealous of Paula's friendship with Dr. Cory Schaeffer. Brown sensitively depicts Harry's cancer treatment as the paw-biting action, which includes Schaeffer's almost fatal electrocution (via electric car), builds to the revelation of a surprising killer. (May)
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