In the beginning, I was afraid I would not enjoy this book as much as I enjoy the Mrs. Murphy series. The Mrs. Murphy series has such delightful, warm and engaging animal characters, and I missed that in the early parts of this book. The mystery was exciting and interesting, and full or twists and turns, but I missed the animal characters. It took a while for them to show up, but when they did, it was in a big way. Definitely worth the read -- but then Rita Mae Brown mysteries always are.