This is the 16th entry in the Browns' increasingly tiresome mystery series featuring Harry Haristeen and her talking cats and dog. Though clearly articulated by actress Kate Forbes, the talking pets don't really add much to the story or to the mystery's solution. While longtime and affectionate fans of the series will enjoy returning to the familiar setting of Crozet, VA--and at times it seems the Browns are writing exclusively for these readers and listeners--this title can't be recommended for anyone else, despite the decent narration. [With tracks every three minutes for bookmarking; the Bantam hc, released in February, made the New York Times Extended Best Sellers list.--Ed.]--Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"While the humans philosphize over the big issues, the pets steal
the limelight."--"Kirkus Reviews
"Well-paced ... unpredictable."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Rita Mae Brown has never shied away from addressing the topical--or letting the serious overwhelm the funny.... Brown provides a perfect diversion for a cold night, complete with a cat or a dog on your lap."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"