The Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown
(Bantam, 2013, 256 pages)
The Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author, Sneaky Pie Brown, is another book in the Mrs. Murphy Mystery Series which began in 1990. In this book, the main character, Harry, her husband, Fair, her two cats, Pewter and Mrs. Murphy, and her dog, Tucker, are all out for a nice fall drive in the Virginia countryside. The group spots a scarecrow that doesn’t look quite right and goes to investigate. The scarecrow is a dead accountant dressed to look like a scarecrow. And so the mystery begins. Harry along with her animal companions decide to investigate. During the course of the investigation, another death occurs. Are the two deaths related? If so, how and why did they occur?
I have been reading the Mrs. Murphy Mystery Series for several years. In recent years, the series seems to be teaching lessons as well as solving a mystery. In The Litter of the Law, Brown discusses the issue of Native American rights (or lack thereof) in the state of Virginia. While I no longer enjoy the series as much as I once did, I do continue to pick up the books from time to time to see what is happening in Harry’s life.