Title: Tall Tail
Author: Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
Stars: 4 1/2 out of 5
Another outstanding mystery by the Brown duo. As always this story keeps your attention while providing an insight into a crippling and deadly disease. For the time period under discussion it would have also been racially charged stigma which many could or would not accept. I love to read books by Rita Mae Brown as they always enlighten me in ways I had not imagined possible.
I gave this book a 4.5 rating and would purchase and recommend it to others. I feel that it should be read for both the mystery and self enlightenment of a serious illness which affects many individuals across the globe.
I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
At any moment a perfect summer day in Crozet, Virginia—nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains—might turn stormy and tempestuous, as Harry knows too well when a squall suddenly sweeps in. In a blink, Harry’s pickup nearly collides with a careening red car that then swerves into a ditch. Harry recognizes the dead driver slumped over the vehicle’s steering wheel: Barbara Leader was nurse and confidante to former Virginia governor Sam Holloway.
Though Barbara’s death is ruled a heart attack, dissenting opinions abound. After all, she was the picture of health, which gives Harry and her four-legged companions pause. A baffling break-in at a local business leads Harry to further suspect that a person with malevolent intent lurks just out of sight: Something evil is afoot.
As it happens, Barbara died in the shadow of the local cemetery’s statue of the Avenging Angel. Just below that imposing funereal monument lie the remains of one Francisco Selisse, brutally murdered in 1784. Harry’s present-day sleuthing draws her back to Virginia’s slave-holding past and the hunt for Selisse’s killer. Now it’s up to Harry and her furry detectives—Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker—to expose the bitter truth, even if it means staring into the unforgiving eyes of history and cornering a callous killer poised to pounce.
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