In this latest whodunit, Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner in crime detection, Sneaky Pie Brown, return to the scene of their bestselling crimes picturesque 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 interrupted by 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, Forland s decapitated body is discovered. After their initial fright, the residents of Crozet believe that this was a political murder and settle back into their routines until a local is also found dead, killed in the same gruesome manner as Professor Forland. Now residents can t help wondering, is this really the work of an
outsider or 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 Harry s furry entourage discovers the first critical clue. But how can they show the humans what they ve learned? And how can they or anyone stop the killing?
From the Hardcover edition.