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Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown
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Apr 26, 2009

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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 would have to draw the line. I think what keeps me coming back to this series is that I live in Virginia and the series is set in Crozet, Virginia. These are nice little mysteries (I have to admit that I didn't see the ending coming in this one) and there are a lot of moments when I'm reading and thinking, "Yes, I've been there, that is lovely." Or "she's absolutely right--the traffic is horrific around the Barracks Road Shopping Center in Charlottesville." I'm not sure that I would be as quick to read the books in the Mrs. Murphy series (by the way, she is a very intelligent cat who always plays a huge part in the plot, along with Pewter, another cat, and Tee Tucker, a Corgi) if I didn't have the geographical interest. But since I live in the Commonwealth, I say long live the series.

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Erin I just finished a novel where the cats talked to humans as a way to move the plot along. If you could overcome the human and animal communication, it actually was an ok novel. If interested, it is "Cat Deck the Halls" by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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