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Claws and Effect

(Mrs. Murphy #9)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,866 ratings  ·  105 reviews

Winter puts tiny Crozet, Virginia, in a deep freeze and everyone seems to be suffering from the winter blahs, including postmistress Mary Minor Harry Haristeen. So all are ripe for the juicy gossip coming out of Crozet Hospitaluntil the main source of that gossip turns up dead. Its not like Harry to resist a mystery, and she soon finds the hospital a hotbed
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 29th 2002 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2001)
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Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ok, I'm going to do a standard review for the rest of the Mrs. Murphy books I read, because I really can't think of something smart to say about every single one of them. Actually, it's hard to come up with something smart to say about any one of them, because they are not really smart books.

Though, no, that's not true. They aren't trivial as such, they aren't too easy - or, in other words, they don't hurt my brain while I read them. But I think we can all agree that they are also not "great
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 9 was another great visit with Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tucker!! Now on to 10!!
Jun 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Not my favorite of the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries. These are not exceptionally brainy mysteries. Very often one can figure it out before the end and even more often belief must be suspended to imagine the cats and dog are solving the crime and then leading the humans to the answer. I mean, I believe my cats and dogs are more than they seem, but I am fairly sure they would be unable to drive a car---a standard shift, in particular.

In this installment yet another Crozet resident (it's such a small
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it
This series by Rita mae Brown will be a pleasure to anyone who has lived with a pet and enjoys mysteries that are of the "cozy" variety. The animal characters are fun; the characters engaging and the books an easy and pleasurable read.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown deliver another wonderful Mrs. Murphy mystery with Claws and Effect. In this installment, a murder at Crozet Hospital raises questions about who could be responsible, especially considering the victim, Hank Brevard, was rather abrasive and none too missed. We meet several new characters who work at the hospital, including the arrogant but talented surgeon Dr. Bruce Buxton. Harry and her furry children cant help but do their own investigating, and along the way, find ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Something nefarious is going on a Crozet Hospital. First, the long-time head of the Maintenance department is found dead in the boiler room. This prompts Harry (Mary Minor) Haristeen to go prowling. She just wanted to see where it happened, to get a feel for the incident, but she ends up flat out on the floor herself, most fortunately NOT dead. The investigation really heats up, though, when the beloved town doctor is also murdered. It will be up to Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker and Pewter, who ...more
May 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, series
As my first Mrs. Murphy mystery, I have to admit that this was definitely the cute, cozy mystery I was looking for.

I picked this one up at my grandma's library sale because I had been hearing about Rita Mae Brown and wanted to try her out. I wasn't disappointed, even though I can't say that I loved this book. I genuinely enjoyed it though and will probably read the other Mrs. Murphy mysteries.

First of all, I thought they way she involved Harry's pets Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tucker was a very
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Claws and Effect is the 9th book in the Mrs. Murphy series. If you haven't read the other books in the series some of what's going on may not necessarily make as much sense to you, but this is minor because most of these little things don't impact the main storyline. You also may not have any attachment to the characters - which I admit I have come to like. These are all very normal people, they could be any one of us (or our neighbors). Except for maybe Mrs. Murphy, Tucker, and Pewter - the ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cats
3.5 stars here. I would give it 4, but the things I liked best were not really related to the plot (an essential part of a mystery novel, IMHO).

I always enjoy spending time in Crozet with Harry and Miranda and Susan and Coop and all the animals (would have liked to see Simon the Opossum make more than a cameo appearance). I actually even enjoyed Big Mim in this book, which is a first. The mystery was pretty good, over all, but a lot of time was spent focusing on a red herring that really was not
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I place this kind of book in what I call the "Murder She Wrote" category, where I would also place the Judge Deborah Knott series from Margaret Maron and the Caterer Goldy Schulz series from Diane Mott Davidson. As interesting as these series may be, and possibly well written, I can't get past the fact that the main character in each of these series has a woman living in a small town who seems to stumble upon murder after murder, which by the end of the book she of course, and not the police, ...more
Sara Marks
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
While the mystery is fun, the gimmick of the animals solving the mystery seems forced. Not only is 1/3 of the book full of unimportant information to the crime and solving it, that same third happens at the start of the book. That means you read 1/3 of the book before anybody dies. I have read another in this series and the same thing was done. The animals rarely contribute anything other than bickering and begging. Even more annoying is that certain plot points are a big deal, like this chain ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny series! In this book besides Mrs. Murphy ( tiger cat), Pewter (an overweight gray kitten)
and Tee Tucker (a corgi dog) who always talk to each other to help their human solve murders,
they are talking to horses, Simon (a possum), Flatface ( a huge owl) and barn mice!!! I think
I am alittle crazy but I do enjoy these books!!!
Great read

Another enjoyable book with the cats and corgi. I wish my cat had their insights. Very enjoyable book. I look forward to the next one.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I really like the old books in this series better than the newer ones.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The winter blahs have everyone in Crozet, VA, feeling lethargic. The town gets more excitement than it needs, however, when the head maintenance man at the hospital is found dead, murdered, in the boiler room. Everyone has a theory as to why someone may have killed Hank. Harry can't resist asking questions and speculating with her friends, and what she learns is that the hospital is an island unto itself, filled with its own spats, alliances, squabbles, and affairs. When Harry's snooping results ...more
Laurel Bradshaw
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a review. These notes are for my own reference and may contain spoilers!

Reread on audio. 3.5 stars.

Takes place in February. Harry has been divorced for four years. She is said to be 37.

Tracy, Mrs. Hoggendobber's "boyfriend" is away in Hawaii selling his house. Plot revolves around the Crozet hospital. Lots of new characters from the hospital staff. And there is a lot of fox hunting.

The usuals: Harry, Fair, Mrs. Hogendobber, Susan Tucker, Big Mim and Little Mim, Cynthia and Rick
Amy Ingalls
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, mystery
I thought the animals in this book were charming, I liked the small town friendships, and it was significantly less political than a later book that I read in the series. One thing that bugged me is that in the beginning chain letters were repeatedly mentioned, then towards the end it states that Harry is reeling from finding out the author of the chain letters. Except the book never mentions this. I don't know if it was edited out or what, but as it's written, Harry magically ascertains the ...more
Bumping up to 3 stars because animals are main characters and there's a shout-out or two for adopting from shelters. :-) It is not absolutely essential that you read the other books in the series before picking this one up, but it likely would have made me care more about the characters if I had...As this was my first foray into the "Mrs. Murphy" mystery series, I could only come away thinking that it's a weird (maybe endearing? not sure) little universe Ms. Brown has created.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i got this book as a christmas gift because it was purple and about cats:) for a book about cat detectives it was ok i guess. the town was cute and that was nice to read about, but there were way too many characters to keep straight and the hunting part was too detailed.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I read this first, and I think I need to go back and start with book one. I always see these at booksales and finally took a stab at it. The animals are cute but it would be even better if we only learned through them.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cats, dogs
Mrs. Murphy and Pewter the cats as well as Tee Tucker the corgi are back to help Harry solve the crime when three people end up dead and they are all affiliated with the hospital. Illustrated as usual. Cute and recommended.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love it as usual. Easy to read. Love the cars and dog. All the characters are good. Harry Haristene too.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book, it's 100% cozy - nice small town setting, real characters, lovely animals, nice crime story, really light reading. I even don't mind talking animals.
Susan Ingraham
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really like this series. I started from the beginning and this is the ninth one. Easy and fast read that is very enjoyable.
Fred Nachbrunn
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mystery lover's WHO done it

A mystery lover's delight. A true challenge for every armchair sleuth to solve the mystery. A test of your deduction skills
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was ok, I guess. I didn't really connect to any of the human characters, and there wasn't enough of the animal characters.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was an unfortunate surprise in this one but still loved it.
Terralyn Brown Barfield
4 Stars. I love the human and animal characters in this series and Im very picky when they have speaking parts in particular. A fun read. ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another Mrs Murphy book, which was interesting from the beginning. I guessed quite early who was the murder, but the story still took an interesting turn in the end. Nothing to criticise :-)
Sherry Lisby
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun read as this is a light mystery with some feline and canine detectives involved. LOL!
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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.

Brown was born illegitimate in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She was raised by her biological mother's female cousin and the cousin's husband in York, Pennsylvania and later in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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