Santa Clawed: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 4, 2008 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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.


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Review: Santa Clawed (Mrs. Murphy #17)

User Review  - Cheryl Gatling - Goodreads

This was the first Rita Mae Brown book I had read. I was jumping in in the middle of a series. It was a little like going to a party where everyone else already knows everyone else. There were quite a ... Read full review

Review: Santa Clawed (Mrs. Murphy #17)

User Review  - Patti - Goodreads

Enjoyed visiting again with the folks in Crozet. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
24
Section 4
37
Section 5
43
Section 6
47
Section 7
53
Section 8
74
Section 14
131
Section 15
134
Section 16
154
Section 17
162
Section 18
169
Section 19
175
Section 20
181
Section 21
195

Section 9
81
Section 10
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Section 11
93
Section 12
101
Section 13
115
Section 22
202
Section 23
210
Section 24
213
Section 25
215
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About the author (2008)

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of several books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, she lives in Afton, Virginia.

Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on fourteen previous Mrs. Murphy mysteries: Sour Puss; Wish You Were Here; Rest in Pieces; Murder at Monticello; Pay Dirt; Murder, She Meowed; Murder on the Prowl; Cat on the Scent; Pawing Through the Past; Claws and Effect; Catch as Cat Can; The Tail of the Tip-Off; Whisker of Evil; and Cat’s Eyewitness, in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers.


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