Murder at Monticello

Murder at Monticello

an alternate cover edition can be found here Mrs. Murphy digs into Virginia history--and gets her paws on a killer. The most popular citizen of Virginia has been dead for nearly 170 years. That hasn't stopped the good people of tiny Crozet, Virginia, from taking pride in every aspect of Thomas Jefferson's life. But when an archaeological dig of the slave quarters at Jefferso an alternate cover edition can be found here Mrs. Murphy digs into Virginia history--and gets her paws on a ki...

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Title:Murder at Monticello
Author:Rita Mae Brown
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:Murder at Monticello
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:284 pages pages

Murder at Monticello Reviews

  • Chelsea
    Mar 26, 2008
    !?! Tacitly apologizing for slavery (paraphrasing: "today the races are so far apart, but under Jefferson they were so close!")? Defending Jefferson's ever-so-tender slave-owning practices? Suggesting that the Hemings women were promiscuous? What was Brown smoking when she wrote this? ...
  • Mary Ann
    Nov 08, 2018
    Book 3. I know I am reading out of order, but I read as I am able to obtain. I borrowed this in both hardcover and audio format. I was listening to the story as I was driving and reading when I was at home. Harry is divorced from Fair and he is trying to win her back and tells her all ...
  • Chana
    Jan 23, 2016
    Somewhat boring, but also confusing in regards to characters. It was a short lite mystery but the 'cast of characters' page in the beginning is not pretentious, I found it necessary while thinking that it should not have been. The story seems to offer excuses for marital infidelity an...
  • Rebecca
    Jul 07, 2019
    Another murder has occurred, not in, but near, Crozet, Virginia. This one, some 200 years in the past. But from past sins, new sins sometimes grow...and now another murder seems linked to this one. Harry, Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker and Pewter must get to the bottom of both murders before ...
  • M.
    May 21, 2011
    They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but let's face it...we all do it. Sometimes we are disappointed, sometimes we are pleasantly surprised. This is case of "pleasantly surprised." I knew there would be talking animals, but that didn't faze me. Anyone who has a cat or a dog...
  • Jules Bertaut
    Sep 09, 2019
    This book didn't age too well. The character development is fine, but it's rather too idolizing of Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers, and rather too "slavery wasn't so bad." Some of that is stuff said by racist characters, which, understandable, but not all of it. Actually, s...
  • Jean-ann Stump
    Jun 27, 2019
    Sweet and comforting as usual. I was disappointed in two aspects. The mystery was extremely predictable. Also, I did not agree with the author's defense of Thomas Jefferson. I realize that the book was probably written before DNA tests proved that Jefferson fathered Sally Hemings's chi...
  • S.L. Berry
    Sep 06, 2018
    Overall good though the pace is much slower than in the first two books in the series and the dry yet confusing recitation of Thomas Jefferson's family history over many generations did not appear to be necessary. It seemed like filler material. ...
  • Carole
    Sep 06, 2017
    Mrs. Murphy, the cat, and her best friend Tee Tucker, a corgi, and their mom "Harry" Haristeen, the post mistress of their town, help solve an old crime at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson ' s home, and a new murder connected to Monticello. The usual characters are present and play a role ...
  • Laura
    Feb 27, 2018
    Caveat: I specifically read this as part of the 2018 Read Harder Challenge (Book Riot) to satisfy the #21 task: "A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author." It also qualified as my #15 task, since I was able to read it in one evening. I was intrigued with this book since 1. my...
  • Kristi Lamont
    Dec 08, 2017
    Well, I hate it, but this much-beloved by many cozy series is just not for me. Stories are too wordy, mysteries are both too simplistic and too convoluted at the same time (how'd that happen?). And, the biggie: I simply cannot suspend disbelief about the animals. Nope, not that they ca...
  • Peggy Sinden
    Dec 27, 2016
    Everything you ever wanted to know about Thomas Jefferson and more. The book centers on Monticello the family home of Mr. Jefferson and a two hundred year old unsolved murder. It takes a village to track the body found in a slave's house to the family ties deepest secret until now. Whe...
  • Kay Hommedieu
    Aug 10, 2018
    A pleasant read, though there was a lot going on: a murder discovery that happened during slavery times, a current murder and also an attempted murder. It was a lot for Mrs. Murphy (a cat) and her animal cohorts to keep up with. Their owner, Harry, the postmistress and two other women ...
  • Cordelia
    May 05, 2017
    The remains of a body are found buried at Monticello, sparking interest in a 200 year old murder. As Kimball Haines searches for information about the identity of the corpse and the killer, he finds interesting details in local family histories. The body count in Crozet rises quickly a...
  • Delonna
    Sep 09, 2014
    I'm giving this three stars because there were two things I really didn't care for in this book. One, adultery takes place throughout most of the story. I've read books where adultery might be mentioned and that's the end of it, but when it's written how the adulterers are meeting up i...
  • Karen
    Mar 14, 2018
    Whoa -- not good. I'm pretty sure that house-slaves were not 'mirror images' of their masters. No matter how well slaves might have been treated, they were slaves, and thus did not enjoy their freedom. ...
  • Christyn
    Apr 08, 2014
    Murder at Monticello is not a favorite of mine in the Mrs. Murphy series. In fact so far it's my least favorite. I pick up this series when I need light, easy reading and simple, enjoyable characters. So I was disappointed that this story didn't feature the characters (human and animal...
  • Aprilleigh
    Jul 22, 2018
    Not my favorite in the Mrs. Murphy series, but that's mostly because it was extremely difficult at times (acknowledged by the characters, as well) to follow the genealogy of the descendants of Thomas Jefferson. The rest of the story was delightful, as usual, but I have my doubts about ...
  • Taylor Troncin
    Jul 02, 2018
    I didn?t much care for this installment of the series, which is highly unfortunate as I adore Jefferson, mysteries, and animals... I think this book just had too much going on. Too many characters in the present and the past - and too many story lines to try to keep straight. Then it...
  • Betty
    May 04, 2014
    The Harry and friends are investigating a murder that occurred in the 1800s at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home. Archaeology of the slave housing is occurring and a body is found under the foundations. The cold case is well written and interesting and how relates to present. Mrs Mur...
  • Randee
    Dec 23, 2017
    I liked this less than the first two in the series but only because there was a lot of emphasis that was somewhat confusing about Jefferson and his family/relationships. I believe this to be a minor setback and shall be reading number four soon!!!! ...
  • Cassandra
    Nov 28, 2017
    I have read the first two books and they were great, But Murder at Monticello was not up to par like the first two books. The culprit was easier to find than the first two books and while I liked the direction the culprit was going in terms of character building, they didn't reach thei...
  • Lindsey
    Dec 02, 2018
    Murder at Monticello takes the Mrs. Murphy series on a somewhat different road compared to the first two books in the series, but I found this one as enjoyable as the others. A murdered skeleton is uncovered in Monticello during an archaeological dig, and the citizens of Crozet, Virgin...
  • Kellene
    Mar 20, 2019
    I was kind of shocked by a LOT of things in this book, language being a primary. Definitely not PC at all. Knowing a bit about Ms Brown, I do wonder how she views this book now, after the passage of time. Also, I spent a lot of time trying to reconcile the hero worship of Jefferson wit...
  • Catherine
    May 04, 2018
    As always, Mrs Murphy and Tucker are the true stars. I did get a history lesson, which was interesting. Money, greed, bloodlines and self importance makes for a interesting story. The animals are just the icing on the cake. I will read more of Mrs. Murphy Mystery. ...
  • Christine (KizzieReads)
    Mar 04, 2019
    I'm giving this one a 3.5. It had its moments and towards the end it really took off, but it might be that I'm Canadian, but American history is not something I know a whole lot about. American politics as well. This is about a renovation that is going on at former president Jefferson'...
  • Leola King
    Sep 03, 2018
    It is refreshing to read something that hasn't a lot of sexual component every other chapter. To read a mystery and one that includes cats and dogs is a pleasure to read. I have read the series from the first book to the last one. I also loves the Ms Jane foxhound master is one I will ...
  • Juliane
    Sep 14, 2019
    I am a little torn about this book. On the one hand I do really like the dive into Virgina history, but on the other hand all those names are very confusing and hard to follow. Also the story itself is very slow, compared to the other books. Nevertheless, the fact that I have read this...
  • Morgan Thomas
    Dec 26, 2017
    The third installment of Mrs. Murphy is my favorite so far. The story centers around Thomas Jefferson's beloved Monticello and his present day descendants. An archaeologist excavating the old slave quarters makes a grisly find that kicks off the story. Before the story concludes, you w...
  • Shannon
    Sep 08, 2019
    Skip this book in the series! I usually like this series, but this book is definitely showing how dated it is. Even taking in account that this was published before the 1998 DNA study that lead the Monticello Foundation to assert that Jefferson was the father of at least one-if not all...