By Rita Mae & Sneak Pie Brown: A Hiss Before Dying
started January 1 – 22
In this series of Cozy Mysteries, the Pets in ‘talk’ (among themselves, the humans don’t understand them) and solve (or help) the mystery.
This one is like having two stories in one as the current time in the book is 2016, but they go back to the 1700s as well.
Harry and her friends are working on saving a few historic buildings. When one of her friend’s stores is robbed of an expensive Native American Dress. I think this happened after a gentleman was found shot. While cleaning or fixing up the house the owner found a bag of bits. These were passes for slaves, a hall pass of sorts. They were to show they were ‘free’ to do business for their owner, and not be harassed. Harry and a few of her friends purchased a few of these. Harry purchased number 11, another 5 and I forget the other number. I wish they would get to what each of the numbers mean if anything specific. So between finding these as well as the Buildings, is how the 1700s tie into this.
I was a bit disappointed as some of the answers I was waiting for, wasn’t answered. I didn’t even figure out who it was, so that’s a good thing. With the two time frames there were too many characters for me to keep straight. That was even reading 2 chapters a day in hopes to keep everyone straight, who they are and where they work etc.
I will say I do enjoy this series I can’t recall how many of Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy titles I’ve read over the years.
Highlights from my Kindle Notebook these are quotes and assorted notes i highlighted for myself for whatever reasons
Chapter 1 Page 1 A blood-red sugar maple glowed next to the farm lane as the autumn sun shone through its leaves
Chapter 3 Bookmark – Page 27
Chapter 4 Page 39“Janus, who can see the past and the future.”
Page 40 Borealis was extracting his revenge.” Ewing cited the Greek god of the north wind.
Chapter 7 Bookmark – Page 59
Chapter 10 Page 81 The Crow, the Sioux, the Flatheads, the Crees,Highlight Cherokees.
Chapter 11Bookmark – Page 99
Chapter 13 Page 114 little squares on the tomb of someone hated called down a curse. Little crosses on the tomb of someone loved called down blessings.
Page 118 democracy is an expensive, inconclusive system that just drags out suffering on every level?”
Chapter 14 – Page 126 Hudson River School of painting, (i went to the museum school for grade 5 and 6) – Chapter 15 Page 130 Episcopalian which was, more or less, an American version of the Church of England
Chapter 26 Page 208 eagle feathers, for instance, are vital to the Apaches
Page 208 rare animals will restore their fading potency.
Page 208 rhino horn cures impotency.
Chapter 27 Page 213 organized her mother’s mind was in terms of space, color, harmony, and height.
Chapter 34 Page 264 what is art? Is the gorgeous skin shirt of a Plains brave the same as a painting by Rubens?”
Page 265 what is beauty,” Marvella calmly began. “Some would say it’s structure, harmony, line, color, and subject matter. It’s the last that raises the hackles. Subject matter.
Page 265“That’s where the problem lies. Is a shirt art? Doesn’t that depend on who makes it?” Bill put his hand on Willoughby’s head. “And who buys it,” Harry shrewdly added.
Chapter 41 Page 313 “Isn’t that part of the problem? No one can say anything anymore? You hurt someone’s feelings and you’re a monster.