Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mrs. Murphy books with the release of The Big Cat Nap (Bantam; $26). 

Rita Mae Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series (which she writes with her tiger cat, Sneaky Pie) and the Sister Jane novels, as well as Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, The Sand Castle, and the memoirs Animal Magnetism and Rita Will. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, with cats, hounds, horses, and big red foxes. 

For this event we will be partnering with the Friends For Life Animal Shelter.  Friends For Life is the fastest growing No Kill animal shelter in Houston.  We are proud to be working with them for this event.  

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of these wonderful books, we're inviting you to bring gifts for Mrs. Murphy to benefit Friends For Life.   

The Shelter has a full list of items they're in need of, but their highest priority needs are:

  • ProPlan canned cat & kitten food -- chicken & liver flavor
  • Fancy Feast canned cat food (poultry or beef flavors, no seafood)
  • ProPlan dry cat & kitten food
  • Canned and dry dog & puppy food (ProPlan, Science Diet, Nutro, Wellness, Pedigree)
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach 
For a full list of items needs, please visit the Ways to Give page on their website.
The group will also be here the night of the event with an adoption truck fill with adorable cats.  Come early and check them out! 


Event date: 

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

2342 Bissonnet St
77005 Houston
The Big Cat Nap: The 20th Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery Cover Image
Email or call 713-524-8597 for price
ISBN: 9780345530448
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bantam - April 3rd, 2012

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the beloved Mrs. Murphy mystery series, Rita Mae Brown and her intrepid feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with a charming claw-biting tale starring Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Of course prowling faithfully at Harry's side are the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy, ever wise, and Pewter, reliably cranky and always primed with a razor-sharp quip. Fiercely loyal and on the alert, corgi Tee Tucker is also never far behind. This time, Harry and her menagerie throw a wrench into the gears of a killer of grease monkeys. 

It's mid-May, and Crozet, Virginia, is heating up fast, or so it seems to Harry. The town's beloved ex-post mistress is never idle, dividing her time between raising this year's bounty of crops; taking care of her veterinarian husband, Fair; indulging her passion for classic cars; and adding further to her reputation as a nosy neighbor. It starts when Harry's dear friend Miranda Hogendobber takes her on a leisurely drive that ends in a narrow drainage ditch. The chaos continues when the Very Reverend Herbert Jones's Chevy pick-up also abruptly goes kaput. But these vehicular mishaps are nothing compared to the much more distressing state of a mechanic discovered by Harry in a local repair shop: His head's been bashed in. 

Despite numerous warnings from her much-loved coterie of friends, human and otherwise, Harry rather quickly surmises that the time has come to pop the hood and conduct her own investigation. Her animal companions see disaster fast approaching but can do little except try their best to protect their foolishly intrepid human. Harry's race to the truth leads straight to powerful forces determined to avoid scrutiny at any cost--even if it means running Harry Haristeen off the road for good.

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