Rubyfruit Jungle


‘;The rare work of fiction that has changed real life . . . If you don’t yet know Molly Boltor Rita Mae Brown, who created herI urge you to read and thank them both.’Gloria Steinem Winner of the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award | Winner of the Lee Lynch Classic Book Award A landmark coming-of-age novel that launched the career of one of this country’s most distinctive voices, Rubyfruit Jungle remains a transformative work more than forty years after its original publication. In bawdy, moving prose, Rita Mae Brown tells the story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a dirt-poor Southern couple who boldly forges her own path in America. With her startling beauty and crackling wit, Molly finds that women are drawn to her wherever she goesand she refuses to apologize for loving them back. This literary milestone continues to resonate with its message about being true to yourself and, against the odds, living happily ever after. Praise for Rubyfruit Jungle ‘;Groundbreaking.’The New York Times ‘;Powerful . . . a truly incredible book . . . I found myself laughing hysterically, then sobbing uncontrollably just moments later.’The Boston Globe ‘;You can’t fully knowor enjoyhow much the world has changed without reading this truly wonderful book.’Andrew Tobias, author of The Best Little Boy in the World ‘;A crass and hilarious slice of growing up ‘;different,’ as fun to read today as it was in 1973.’The Rumpus ‘;Molly Bolt is a genuine descendantgenuine female descendantof Huckleberry Finn. And Rita Mae Brown is, like Mark Twain, a serious writer who gets her messages across through laughter.’Donna E. Shalala’;A trailblazing literary coup at publication . . . It was the right book at the right time.’Lee Lynch, author ofBeggar of LoveFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

In Her Day


For years a lost collector’s item, here is the second novel from a brilliant young author testing her literary muscle, and it’s bursting at the seams with Rita Mae Brown’s trademark cast of characters and crackling quips. Written immediately after her classic Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day takes a loving swipe at the charged political atmosphere of Greenwich Village in the early seventies. Elegant art history professor Carole Hanratty insists brains transcend lustuntil she crashes into Ilse, a revolutionary feminist flush with the arrogance of youth. Blazing with rhetoric, their romance is a sexual and ideological inferno. Ilse campaigns to get Carole to join The Movement, but forty-four-year-old Carole and her zany peers have twenty years of fight behind them and are wary of causes bogged down in talk. After all, says Carole’s best friend, the real reason for a revolution is so the good things in life circulate. Her idea of subversion is hiring a Rolls-Royce to go to McDonald’s. In Her Day, with its infectious merriment and serious underpinnings, proves that if politics is the great divider, humor is the ultimate restorative.From the Paperback edition.

Hiss of Death


BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Rita Mae Brown’s The Big Cat Nap.Ah, spring! The brighter days and singing birds have a way of lifting people’s spirits, as well as those of their animal companions. But the season can also bring out the first blossoms of murder. As the redbuds open in Crozet, Virginia, Mary Minor ‘;Harry’ Haristeen is especially exciteduntil a health crisis sends her reeling into the forbidding world of hospitals and doctors, treatments and procedures. Surviving this journey will be tough, but Harry has her animal friendsand her ever-helpful husband, Fairto support her. Others are considerably less fortunate: A promising nurse’s lifeless body is discovered without a mark on her. Then another hospital employee, who had seemed in perfect health, is also found dead. There’s a mystery afootand that’s one thing Harry and her menagerie can’t keep their noses out of.

Cat of the Century


BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Rita Mae Brown’s Hiss of Death and A Nose for Justice.Mary Minor ‘;Harry’ Haristeen’s beloved, tart-tongued neighbor Aunt Tally is about to turn the big 1-0-0, and the alumnae association of Tally’s alma mater is throwing a big fund-raising bash in her honor. The plan is to celebrate Tally’s centennial and recoup some much-needed school revenue lost in the cratered economy, but when a killer blizzard bears down and a board member goes missing, it falls to Harry and her menagerie of mystery solvers to track down the truth behind what is rapidly becoming a perfect storm of embezzlement, political corruption, and the kind of long-smoldering enmity that can explode into murder. Does the key lie in a forty-year-old unsolved death? If so, Harry and her four-legged friends better find it oreven at a hundred years oldAunt Tally may outlive them all.

Santa Clawed


New York Times bestselling authors Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, are back for the holidays in a new mystery featuring Mary Minor Harry Haristeen, the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker. Can they save the season from a killjoy whos decided to gift the festive little townwith murder? As Harry well knows, theres hardly a place on earth cozier than Crozet, Virginia, at Christmastime. The snowflakes drifting lazily down, the soft glow of the winter light, the sound of old carols in the streetseven cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter get into the spirit batting ornaments and climbing the holiday tree. In fact, its this years tree that Harry and her husband, Fair, have gone to fetch when they find the one theyve chosen grimly decorated with a dead body.The tree farm is run by The Brothers of Love, a semimonastic organization that tends to AIDS patients. The brothers live in a monastery atop the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Harry is surprised to find an old high-school friend associated with The Brothers of Love. Christopher Hewitt wasnt a bad man, but good works werent exactly one of his priorities. But then, if even Scrooge could turn over a new leaf, certainly Chris could. And after the scandal that all but destroyed his life, there were probably few in Crozet who needed the gift of a second chance more.Harry knows she shouldnt take it personally, but it was her tree that someone left the corpse under. Now, as the season grows merrier, a murderer is growing bolder. One by one, prominent men of Crozet are being crossed off Christmas shopping lists and added to the morgue. And if Harry and her four-legged helpers arent very goodand very carefulthis Christmas may be her last.From the Hardcover edition.

Purrfect Murder


New York Times bestselling authors Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, return with a new mystery starring Mary Minor Harry Haristeen, the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker. But are they any match for a killer whos made an entire town suspect by committingAutumn has arrived in cozy Crozet, Virginia, and that means the towns inhabitants are hard at work in home and garden preparing for winter. Harry is planning to harvest her first crop of Petit Manseng grapes along with her beloved sunflowers. Meanwhile, her recent marriage to Fair and her friendship with Deputy Cynthia Cooper, whos rented nearby Blair Farm, are flourishing. But even when peace descends on the idyllic countryside, murder is lurking.Mrs. Carla Paulson is one of the diamond-encrusted come-here set who has descended on Crozet with plenty of wealth and no feeling for country ways. Shes determined to make her new house the envy of all her well-heeled friendsand enemiesand shes hired architect Tazio Chappers to build it. From the start, the projectand Mrs. Paulsonturns into a major headache relieved only by a side trip to study Thomas Jeffersons extraordinary summer home at Poplar Forest. Harry couldnt foresee that a day later Mrs. Paulson would be found stabbed to death at a gala fund-raiser with Harrys friend, Tazio Chappers, standing over her, holding the knife.Now Harry must solve what seems to everyone else an open-and-shut case. Every other human, that is. For her four-legged friends see it Harrys way. But will they have to choose between catching the purrfect killer or saving Harry?From the Hardcover edition.

Puss ‘n Cahoots


Instead of a proper second honeymoon, the newly remarried Harry and Fair Haristeen leave cozy Crozet, Virginia, for Shelbyville, Kentucky, site of the famous saddlebred horse show. There they’ll visit dear friends Joan Hamilton and Larry Hodge and enjoy a week among some of the finest horses, trainers, and riders in the country. But soon after they arrive, events veer mysteriouslyand murderouslyoff course. First, Joan’s ruby and sapphire horsehead heirloom pin is stolen from her private box at the fairgrounds. Next, a young film star’s prize three-gaited mare disappears into thin air. There is no lack of suspects, from hotheaded trainers and jealous rivals to vicious ex-spouses. Then a body is found flagrantly murdered and it’s obvious to Harry that someone at Shelbyville is sending a strong message: winning is only secondaryfirst prize is survival. As Harry searches for clues, rediscovers life as a married woman, and deals with her upcoming fortieth birthday, her four-legged detective friends are already on the case. But is animal instinct any match for human depravity? Especially with two humans to protect and a killer on the prowl?From the Hardcover edition.

Sour Puss


In this latest whodunit, Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner-in-crime-detection, Sneaky Pie Brown, return to the scene of their bestselling crimespicturesque Crozet, Virginia. Love is in the air as spring comes to the small town, but no sooner has Mary Minor Harry Haristeen remarried than she is rudely interruptedby murder. And no sooner does the trouble start than curious cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with corgi Tee Tucker, sink their claws into the case.After an unexpected rekindling of their romance, Harry and her veterinarian ex-husband, Fair Haristeen, have happily remarried. But the excitement of their nuptials is quickly overshadowed by the murder of Professor Vincent Forland, a world-famous grape and fungal expert who was in town visiting the local vineyards.Within days of giving a lecture on how distilled fungus and cattle diseases are the current basis of chemical warfare, Forlands decapitated body is discovered. After their initial fright, the residents of Crozet believe that this was a political murder and settle back into their routinesuntil a local is also found dead, killed in the same gruesome manner as Professor Forland. Now residents cant help wondering, is this really the work of an outsideror one of their own? No longer working in the post office, Harry had just planted a quarter acre of grapes, which fuels her natural curiosity over just what the two murder victims knew and had in common. Once the warmth of spring arrives, the grapevines blossom and Harrys furry entourage discovers the first critical clue. But how can they show the humans what theyve learned? And how can theyor anyonestop the killing?From the Hardcover edition.

Catch as Cat Can


Spring fever comes to the small town of Crozet, Virginia. As the annual Dogwood Festival approaches, postmistress Mary Minor Harry Haristeen feels her own mating instincts stir. As for tiger cat Mrs. Murphy, feline intuition tells her theres more in the air than just pheromones. It begins with a case of stolen hubcaps and proceeds to the mysterious death of a dissolute young mechanic over a sobering cup of coffee. Then another death and a shooting lead to the discovery of a half-million crisp, clean dollar bills that look to be very dirty. Now Harry is on the trail of a cold-blooded murderer. Mrs. Murphy already knows who it is—and whos next in line. She also knows that Harry, curious as a cat, does not have nine lives. And the one she does have is hanging by the thinnest of threads.From the Paperback edition.

Cat’s Eyewitness


Its no secret that cats are a mystery writers best friend. Just ask the bestselling team of Rita Mae Brown and her furry partner, Sneaky Pie Brown, back on the prowl with another unforgettable whodunit. This time a controversial miracle in Virginias Blue Ridge Mountains sparks religious fervorand a suspicious death. Now the indefatigable felines Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with the dogged corgi Tee Tucker, must trust their animal instincts to sniff out the worst of human nature….With the holidays approaching, Mary Minor Harry Haristeen and her best friend, Susan Tucker, take a much-needed time-out at the mountain monastery of Mount Carmel. There, under the benevolent gaze of the statue of the Virgin Mary, their worldly worries are soon overshadowed. For in front of their very eyes the statue begins to cry tears of blood. Legend has it that Marys crimson tears are harbingers of crises. And though skeptical, the ever-practical Harry can already see one on the horizon. If leaked, news of the so-called miracle could turn the monastery and the town of Crozet into a circus. What Harry doesnt foresee is murder.When Susans great-uncle Thomas, a resident monk, is found frozen to death at the base of the statue, foul play is ruled outat first. But at Harrys urging, the body is exhumed for an autopsy. Theres just one problem: the coffin is empty. Thats when Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker get involved. Then theres the shocking revelation of a mystery that has perplexed the citizens of Crozet for ages.With Christmas around the corner and the monastery overrun by the faithful, all Harrys meddling menagerie can do is stay on her trail as she jumps knee-deep into an unofficial investigationone that becomes more dangerous when another Crozet citizen meets an untimely demise. In this case it will be a miracle if Harry stays alive….From the Hardcover edition.