Santa Clawed

Santa Clawed

[a Mrs. Murphy Mystery]

Book - 2008
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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 who’s decided to gift the festive little town…with murder?

As Harry well knows, there’s 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 streets…even cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter get into the spirit batting ornaments and climbing the holiday tree. In fact, it’s this year’s tree that Harry and her husband, Fair, have gone to fetch when they find the one they’ve 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 wasn’t a bad man, but good works weren’t 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 shouldn’t 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 aren’t very good—and very careful—this Christmas may be her last.

Baker & Taylor
After the discovery of a body on a Christmas tree farm owned by the Brothers of Love, a semi-monastic organization, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen seeks a murderer as prominent men of Crozet, Virginia, continue to turn up dead.

Blackwell North Amer
As Harry well knows, there's 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 streets ... even cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter get into the spirit, batting ornaments and climbing the holiday tree. In fact, it's this year's tree that Harry and her husband, Fair, have gone to fetch when they find the one they've chosen grimly decorated with a dead body.
The tree farm is run by The Brothers of Love, a semimonastic organization that tends to hospice 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 wasn't a bad man, but good works weren't 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 shouldn't 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 aren't very good - and very careful - this Christmas may be her last.

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& Taylor

Harry and her husband, Fair, have gone to fetch a Christmas tree at the tree farm run by The Brothers of Love, a semimonastic organization that tends to AIDS patients, when they find the tree they've chosen grimly decorated with a dead body. Can Harry, the sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and corgi Tee Tucker save the season from a killjoy who's decided to gift the festive little town of Crozet, Virginia, with murder?

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780553807066
0553807064
Characteristics: 237 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Ghettostone
Dec 14, 2017

WARNING: "Santa Clawed" is not a Christmas Horror Story!" (smile) But it is a rather well written mystery novel authored by Rita Mae Brown. Much like Mary Higgins Clark a prolific writer, her large number of novels features comic relief from her character's pet cats. "Santa Clawed" is one her best! This cozy style of book is basically a story that has limited violence, with no gore, or explicit sex, or profanity, but still holds the reader's interests through fine descriptive writing, deep character development and perfect timing.

Santa Clawed tells the story of a small town rocked by a homocide during the shopping rush at an annual Christmas Tree sale where the body of a lifeless Monk has be found on the tree lot. There are many twists and turns, great character inter-play, intriguing relationships, and wonderful background settings.The story's hero is a house wife and mother who has a special talent for getting to the bottom of things and "She Has Crime Fighting Cats". The town's Monks are known for producing some of the great wines in America and have become rich as a result. But with the great success came notoriety and strangers in town. The pet owner and wife see connections between the Monastery, the strangers in town and the money. Assisted by the logic of her crime solving cats, she embarks on a journey of elemental deduction, piecing together clues while dealing with family life. This has just the right mix! I would highly recommend this title to all the cozy readers and non-cozy readers!

Happy Holidays and a Very Merry Christmas...

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