We are headed to the quiet countryside of Crozet, Virginia. It's fall and just about time for Halloween. The harvest is at its best pickings so stop by Hester's fruit and vegetable stand and get some of the best stuff around. There are plenty of older buildings around the area we can tour and many people who know the history of the area. If we feel the shopping bug, we can shop at either warehouse Number 8 and Number 9 with Harry and Cooper.
The Halloween decorations are popping up around the area, but we need to be careful as they sometimes are more than they appear. That scarecrow in the field was more than meets the eye and Harry gets involved even with all of Cooper’s discouragement.
Title: The Litter of the Law
Series: Mrs. Murphy #21
Author: Rita Mae Brown
Publish Date: October 22, 2013
Source: eARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Characters: Hester was my favorite. I also thought Harry was a pretty good sleuth. It seemed as if everyone was so unsure of her abilities in snooping around to solve the crime, but she proved to be smarter than they realized. I thought animals talking would be weird, but it was actually kind of fun. It helped add a little suspense and humor at the appropriate times. There is a cast of characters guide for your use in the book as well.
Location and Setting: What a beautiful countryside. Laid back and carefree. Most everyone is taking their time and not in a rush. Oh, they still get stuff done, they just have a different pace. I loved this setting being away from a large city or even a small town. Neighbors knew each other, but there was acres of land between them. The main meeting place was Hester's stand or the church.
Crime: Very clever. I don't want to give too much away. The crime was harder for me to guess because of the location and setting. Not familiar with a lot of the neighbors, the story just had to take me for a ride. I did enjoy it.
Romance: The sleuth is married, so other than her sweetness with her husband and animals, there wasn't a lot of romance.