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Santa Clawed (Mrs. Murphy #17)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  1,207 ratings  ·  116 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published (first published 2008)
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Als Harry Harristeen sich, wie jedes Jahr vor Weihnachten, einen Baum aus der Baumschule der „Brüder in Liebe“ , die im kleinen Örtchen Crozet ihr Kloster gebaut haben, aussuchen möchte, stolpert sie dort förmlich über einen toten Mönch. Keiner kann sich erklären, warum jemand Bruder Christopher töten wollen würde und der gesamte Orden ist geschockt.

Harry aber kann sich nicht vorstellen, dass einer der Bürger von Crozet einen Mönch umgebracht haben soll und verdächtigt zunächst die Brüder selbst
This is another Christmas book where the author makes no attempt to introduce you to the characters. The assumption is that you have read at least some of the previous 16 books and already know the characters. I have never read any of this series and simply picked it up because it was a Christmas murder mystery and I like cats. I am about 70 pages in and about ready to give up due to not really understanding who everyone is.

I finally decided to stop trying to figure out who everyone was and jus
Cheryl Gatling
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 lot of characters who enjoyed catching up on the news of each other. Fortunately I had the author whispering in my ear, catching me up on the backstories, but I never lost the feeling that the social life of Crozet, Virginia would be more enjoyable if I had come in at the beginning. This book is a ...more
Santa Clawed was an enjoyable cozy mystery. But I have read so many of her Harry Haristeen and Mrs. Murphy mysteries that they are all beginning now to be very similar plot lines.
Andrea Guy
Santa Clawed is one of the most fun cozy mysteries I've read this holiday season. Harry and her brood of helpful animal sleuths are fabulous. I love Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tucker. These furrballs are some of the most well written animals in fiction.

The mystery involves the murder of two monks from the Brothers Of Love and a prominent doctor. There's a lot more to the Brothers Of Love organization than just spiritual life too, and that's what brings about many of the twists and turns in the stor
My first experience with Rita Mae Brown’s mystery series co-written with her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown. Set in a rural Virginia town, the characters are perhaps exaggerated, or perhaps just as colorful as in many small towns. In addition to human characters, the protagonist interacts with several animal characters: her two cats and corgi, and the owl and other animals that inhabit her barn. These animals have conversations and social structure among themselves, and of course are involved in solving ...more
I only gave this book three stars because it didn't completely turn me off of the series, and my rule is a minimum of three stars if I'll keep reading. That said, I know Ms. Brown has a strong point of view, and although I often disagree with it, it's her book, her podium. However, this time I found some of her viewpoints and statements offensive, and I do not easily get offended when I'm reading fiction. I read and loved Dan Brown's books and other books that painted the Catholic Church in poor ...more
2008, #17 Harry Haristeen, Crozet, Virginia; fantastical cosy/amateur sleuths. Not recommended for those who like their mysteries on the dark and gritty side. Recommended for those who enjoy a small-town cosy (with minimal bloodiness and just enough scurrilous detail) or are looking for a holiday treat for someone who does, as they'll find it very enjoyable. For long-time fans of the series it's a wonderful visit with old friends, and simply perfect for a quiet afternoon's read.

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I love all the Mrs. Murphy books I've read, and I definitely enjoyed this one. I read it in December, and the Christmas theme, of course, makes it a perfect book for that time of year. And I liked the fact that the animals really do take charge in this book, and become major parts of the action rather than just silent witnesses. I do have a couple of quibbles. For one thing, the idea of having the plot revolve around the Brothers of Love group and their Christmas tree farm introduces a large num ...more
This series of books are not profound. On the plus side, you can read any one of them in just a couple of hours. Rita Mae Brown writes the Mrs. Murphy series (this is book 17) with the help of her cat Sneaky Pie. Okay, right there you know that this is not going to garner the National Book Award. I mean, you have animals that talk to each other, but, thank heavens, the humans in the tale only hear animal noises. I mean, if the humans and the animals talked to each other to move the plot along, I ...more
Usually Christmas is a happy celebration in Crozet, Virginia but this year is the exception to the rule. While searching for a Christmas tree at the Brothers of Love Christmas tree farm, Harry, her husband and their three animal friends come upon a murdered monk. Brother Christopher, a former insider trader, had a slit throat. During the investigation of the scene by the county coroner, a Greek coin (an obol) was found under his tongue. Harry made a search over the internet and found out that in ...more
It is sad when a writer doesn't know when to give it up on a series. Although this one was not as "preachy" as the few before it, it still lacks what made the first ones in the series sparkle. I have been trying to find a word to describe what I feel about the ending, and I keep coming back to the word "offended", but maybe the more appropriate phrase would be "put off". I really didn't like the story line at all. I think there is enough human problems to delve into without bringing in an order ...more
Pearl Drolet
We are accustomed to talking about "summer reads," those light but compelling novels we have in hand on planes or at the beach, gulping down a few chapters on vacation or sunning at the park. In winter we like to turn to serious books, thick tomes to lose ourselves in, ideally sitting before a warm fire, snuggled in a favorite chair. But the holidays are times of rest and travel as much as the summer is, and snowy and cold days call for fun and well-written books as much as hot and humid days do ...more
May 11, 2009 Trina rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Sneaky Pie Brown series of mysteries
Recommended to Trina by: Bantam Books
Shelves: first-reads
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I am a Rita Mae Brown fan from way back. Right now I am staring at the seven copies of her various books placed prominently and proudly on my shelf. I am asking myself, "What happened?" "Am I missing something?" This is a murder mystery where the animals help solve the crimes and have impromptu conversations with each other. Maybe my lack of enthusiasm for animals(I do not own a pet and the two dogs I have had in my life did not fit in the category of man's best friend)con
It took me a ridiculously long time to read this book. That's because I started it somewhere not here, and then left it there, and then couldn't finish reading it (obviously.)

So the reason why "Santa Clawed" (OMG don't you just love the titles?) showed up on my "currently reading" list for nearly five months or so is not that Brown suddenly started to write deep, thought-provoking, hard-to-read social studies, but only disorganisation in my part.

No, Brown still writes funny, fluffy, easy-to-read
A return to Crozet! Well - like a few other mystery series, it's not really about the mystery (there is a pattern: Whoever is unknown before ends up either dead or the killer), or about the writing (I like Brown, there there are a few repeating things that bother me).
I look forward to, and enjoy, every new addition to the ongoing series because it's like catching up on well-known friends. Hearing the latest about people you have become to like. In that respect, it's radiates the same warm feelin
I've been a fan of Brown's Mrs. Murphy mystery series since I was in middle school --- naturally, I enjoyed the latest installment of this wonderful series - it's full of small-town secrets, sordid rumors, affairs, society class-ranking structure, Southern charm, and old South traditions long kept since the 1600s. The characters are like a pair of comfortable old shoes to me now, and I love revisiting them from time to time to bring back fond memories of my youth, and to relive those first few e ...more
Another heavily whimsical book featuring humans Mary "Harry" Hairsteen, the animals Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tucker, and the lovable inhabitants of Crozet, VA. For such a cozy neighborhood, it's remarkable that people keep getting killed. In this case, victim number one is a local man who is atoning for his past as an insider trader by joining an order of monks who run a local hospice. An accidental discovery threatens Harry's life, but the animals bravely bring help--they know so much more than ...more
Susan E
Sigh. I want to keep loving this series. I really do. I've gotten so attached to these characters. Yet the same issues remain for me. RMB uses these books as a soapbox for her pet issues (pun intended.) Some old characters who got a lot of attention in earlier books have been discarded. Random character names are introduced, probably because RMB offers to put someone's name in a book in exchange for a gift to a favorite charity. This book had so many characters that I couldn't keep the names str ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Georgene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Georgene by: Philip Wickstrand
Shelves: mystery
I think this book was written BEFORE Rita Mae Brown got so preachy on a number of subjects. Therefore, this is an enjoyable book.
I got a free Advanced Reader's Copy from Goodreads. To be blunt, I don't think I was the target demographic that this book was meant for. Middle aged women and her pets solving mysteries is not what i go out looking to read. So, it wasn't really my favorite thing i've read recently. However, if i was into this style of murder mystery, I think I would have loved it. Rita Mae Brown has a whole series of these books, so obviously she has a good following of adorers.
The story was fun and exciting a
Much like the other Mrs. Murphy book I read this year, I felt like this one was a bit all over the place but it was cute and festive.
A win, as always. But a pleasant Christmas theme to boot!
I have been collecting this series in hardcover, but after reading this book, I'm beginning to wonder why I bother to buy the new ones as they come out. The mystery is a hodgepodge of recycled ideas from previous books, and about the only thing that's different is the bits about what's going on in the lives of the main characters in Crozet. As much as I like reading about Harry, Mrs. Murphy, and all the rest, I'd rather go back and re-read the good stories than see Brown pump out more half-assed ...more
This book managed to be both boring and offensive. Only a few pages in and Brown already talking about "coolie hats." Racist and unnecessary to the story. The writing was stilted and clunky and I've read some of her older books so I know she can write well. It seemed like either she was just phoning it in or has regressed. I was bored by the characters, their uninteresting activities, and their provincial ideas. I did not bother to finish the book.
This book has human characters and cat characters, and it is classified as a "cozy mystery", with good reason. It was festive and fun, and I enjoyed reading about the people and goings-on in the little town. The writing is not good; it has no grace or subtlety, but since the writer didn't seem to aspire to write with either quality, there were no failed attempts or pretensions to cringe through, which would have been a problem. The story and the cozy Christmas factor were charming enough for me ...more
A choice for my mystery book club. I didn't care for the conversation of the animals throughout the book. I felt the mystery was second to the animal chatter. Very light fluff stuff. I would not read another book by this author if you paid me. I was bored stiff the first half and disappointed in how it was solved and how the murders occurred. But I can see a market for it, and animal lovers will probably eat it up. I like animals but I don't think they think and act like people.
Entertaining as always. Enjoyed it very much,
Lately, Rita Mae Brown seems more interested in writing about life in the Virginia piedmont than writing about crime. The latest edition in the Mrs. Murphy mystery series slows down at times as Brown's characters socialize while discussing politics and current events. But the characters are still reasonably interesting and the plot isn't completely overwhelmed by all the parties and get-togethers. I'd recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed this series in the past.
This installment was closer to the earlier books in the series, in that there was much less over-the-head imparting of the author's political opinion in the book. I get that the author has an alternative lifestyle and she campaigns for acceptance, but I really don't need to be beat over the head with that in every book. I also find the anti-Catholic bias is wearing a bit thin. I'll continue reading the series for the animal characters, but I could do without the politics.
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Rita Mae Brown is a prolific American writer, most known for her mysteries and other novels (Rubyfruit Jungle). She is also an Emmy-nominated screenwriter.
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