Rita Mae Brown Books In Order

Publication Order of Runnymede Books

Six of One (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bingo (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Loose Lips (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sand Castle (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mrs. Murphy Books

Wish You Were Here (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rest in Pieces (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at Monticello (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pay Dirt (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder, She Meowed (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on the Prowl (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cat on the Scent (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pawing Through the Past (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Claws and Effect (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Catch as Cat Can (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tail of the Tip-Off (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whisker of Evil (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cat's Eyewitness (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sour Puss (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Puss 'n Cahoots (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Purrfect Murder (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Santa Clawed (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cat of the Century (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hiss of Death (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Cat Nap (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sneaky Pie for President (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Litter of the Law (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nine Lives to Die (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tail Gait (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tall Tail (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jane Arnold/Foxhunting Mysteries Books

Outfoxed (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hotspur (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Full Cry (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hunt Ball (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hounds and the Fury (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tell-Tale Horse (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hounded to Death (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fox Tracks (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mags & Baxter Books

A Nose for Justice (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Unleashed (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Rubyfruit Jungle (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Her Day (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Southern Discomfort (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sudden Death (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Hearts (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Venus Envy (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dolley (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Riding Shotgun (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alma Mater (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I'd Kill for That (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cakewalk (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Hand That Cradles the Rock (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Songs to a Handsome Woman (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poems (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

Soooo Cute!!!! Sticker Book: Puppies (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Adorable You! (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Plain Brown Rapper (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writer's Manual (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sneaky Pie's Cookbook for Mystery Lovers (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Rita Mae Brown, born 28 November 1944, is a prolific American writer and feminist. She is mostly known for her first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle. The novel dealt with lesbian themes in an explicit manner unusual for the time when the novel was written. Brown was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania to an unmarried, teenage mother and her mother’s married boyfriend. She was left at an orphanage because her mother was too young to take care of her. Instead, Brown was raised by her mother’s cousin Julia Brown and her husband Ralph who lived in York, Pennsylvania, and later in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

In late 1962, Brown attended the University of Florida at Gainesville on a scholarship. However, she was expelled in the spring of 1964 because the administrators of the racially segregated university did not like her participating in the civil rights movement. Later she enrolled at Broward Community College with the hope of transferring to a more tolerant four-year institution.

Between the years, 1964 and 1969, Brown lived in New York City where she sometimes was homeless. In the meantime, she attended New York Univeristy where she received a degree in English and Classics. Subsequently, she received another degree in cinematography from the New York School of Visual Arts. In addition, Brown received a Ph.D. in literature from Union Institute & Univeristy in 1976. Brown also has a doctorate in political science from the institute for Policy Studies in Washington. D.C.

Brown lived in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles from 1973 to 1977 when she bought a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia where she still lives today. While Brown lived in Los Angeles she parodied the slasher genre by writing a screenplay named Sleepless Nights (later retitled “The Slumber Party Massacre”). The screenplay was given a limited theatrical release because the producers liked the screenplay and wanted to play it seriously.

Brown has been highly active in political movements. When she attended the University of Florida at Gainesville in 1964, Brown became active in the American Civil Rights movement. In the 1960s, she was also active in the feminist movement, Gay Liberation movement ant the anti-war movement. Brown also had an administrative position in the National Organization for Women and other lesbian organizations. In the 1970s, she became a founding member of a lesbian feminist newspaper collective in Washington, D.C., named The Furies Collectives.


Rubyfruit Jungle is the first and most popular novel written by Brown. The novel was remarkable in its time because it portrayed lesbianism in a manner that was not accepted at that time. The book was published in 1973 and marked the beginning of Brown’s career as a lesbian author. The term “Rubyfruit Jungle” is slang and refers to female genitals.

The story tells ut about Molly Bolt, an adopted daughter of a poor family. Molly is very beautiful and she is aware of her lesbianism from her early childhood. She had a troubled relationship with her mother and at a young age her mother told Bold that she is not her biological child but a “bastard”. In the sixth grade, Molly had her first lesbian experience with her girlfriend Leota Bisland. Later on, she has her second lesbian experience with the school’s head cheerleader Carolyn Simpson, when she attends Florida High School. Molly also has sexual relationships with men, for example, her cousin Leroy.

When Molly is in her junior year of high school, her beloved father passes away, leaving Molly with her mother and their troubled relationship. Her father always supported Molly’s education and goals which, however, her mother did not. The disdain for her mother made Molly push herself to be the best student in high school which resulted in a full scholarship at the University of Florida. However, Molly is denied a renewal of her scholarship when her relationship with her alcoholic roommate is discovered. With almost no money at all, Molly heads to New York where she pursues an education in filmmaking.

This novel is notable for being an early literary lesbian novel. However, it received a lot of criticism because it portrayed lesbianism in a manner that was not acceptable at the time when the book was written. On the other hand, today the novel is praised, and in 2015, Rita Mae Browns was awarded the Lee Lynch Classic Book Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society for her novel Rubyfruit Jungle.


Written directly after her successful novel Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day is the second novel written by Brown. The novel, that was published in 1976, takes us to the charged political atmosphere in Greenwich Village in the early seventies. The novel is full with colorful characters and written in a brilliant manner, testing Brown’s literary muscle. The novel tells us about an elegant art history professor, named Carole Hanratty. Hanratty renounces desire and lust until she meets Isle, a young, arrogant, revolutionary feminist. The ladies pursue a relationship which is filled with sexual and ideological chaos. This book tries to speak up for at the time it was published, and for the time period it traversed on. The characters in the novel are very colorful and they develop greatly throughout the novel, providing and adventurous and exciting spirit. The novel is also written in a pretty humorous matter and the characters often find themselves in amusing relationships. This is the biggest difference between this novel and Browns first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle which is written in a much more serious manner. It is quite easy for the readers to relate to this novel because it tells us a story about a young queer in an “age-inappropriate” relationship, due to the fact that the lesbian couple in the novel is 22 years apart in age. This novel also received a lot of criticism when it came out because it dealt with issues that were considered inappropriate at that time. For example, it was inappropriate to have a relationship with someone that was at a much younger age than yourself and what was more inappropriate was having a gay relationship which is the core of this novel. However, as Rubyfruit Jungle, this novel is praised today and considered a classic.

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