Title: Tail Gait
Author: Rita Mae Brown
Review: A charmingly cozy murder mystery told by a master story teller. The story is told in two parts and unfolds at the same time. One part takes place during the Revolutionary war and the other in 2015. The murder of a beloved history professor is the crime Mary Minor Hairsteen, or Harry as she is called by her many friends, gets involved in while trying to satisfy her own curiosity as to why the professor was murdered. Ms Brown also manages to teach a bit of history for that part of Virginia during her narration which I enjoyed. In the final two chapters she brings it together with a very creative flair.
I received this book from Net Galley as an ARC for my unbiased review.
Thanks Frank for this review.
Synopsis: There’s nothing like a tail well told. Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with an all-new mystery featuring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and ever-faithful Tee Tucker the corgi.
Spring has sprung in Crozet, Virginia—a time for old friends to gather and bid farewell to the doldrums of winter. Harry and her husband, Fair, are enjoying a cozy dinner with some of the town’s leading citizens, including beloved University of Virginia history professor Greg “Ginger” McConnell and several members of UVA’s celebrated 1959 football team. But beneath the cloak of conviviality lurks a sinister specter from the distant past that threatens to put all their lives in jeopardy.
When Professor McConnell is found murdered on the golf course the next day—gunned down in broad daylight by an unseen killer—no one can fathom a motive, let alone find a suspect. Just as Harry and her furry cohorts begin nosing into the case, however, a homeless UVA alum confesses to the crime. Trouble is, no one believes that the besotted former All-American could have done the foul deed—especially after Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker make another gruesome discovery.
As the questions surrounding Ginger’s death pile up, Harry’s search for answers takes her down the fascinating byways of Virginia’s Revolutionary past. The professor was something of a sleuth himself, it seems, and the centuries-old mystery he was unraveling may well have put a target on his back. As Harry edges closer to identifying an elusive killer, her animal compan