Santa Clawed

  • Title: Santa Clawed
  • Author: Rita Mae Brown Sneaky Pie Brown
  • ISBN: 9780553807066
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About Rita Mae Brown Sneaky Pie Brown


    1. 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.Starting in the fall of 1962, Brown attended the University of Florida at Gainesville on a scholarship In the spring of 1964, the administrators of the racially segregated university expelled her for participating in the civil rights movement She subsequently enrolled at Broward Community College 3 with the hope of transferring eventually to a tolerant four year institution.Between fall 1964 and 1969, she lived in New York City, sometimes homeless, while attending New York University 6 where she received a degree in Classics and English Later, when she received another degree in cinematography from the New York School of Visual Arts citation needed Brown received a Ph.D in literature from Union Institute University in 1976 and holds a doctorate in political science from the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.Starting in 1973, Brown lived in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles In 1977, she bought a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia where she still lives 9 In 1982, a screenplay Brown wrote while living in Los Angeles, Sleepless Nights, was retitled The Slumber Party Massacre and given a limited release theatrically.During Brown s spring 1964 semester at the University of Florida at Gainesville, she became active in the American Civil Rights Movement Later in the 1960s, she participated in the anti war movement, the feminist movement and the Gay Liberation movement.Brown took an administrative position with the fledgling National Organization for Women, but resigned in January 1970 over Betty Friedan s anti gay remarks and NOW s attempts to distance itself from lesbian organizations She claims she played a leading role in the Lavender Menace zap of the Second Congress to Unite Women on May 1, 1970, which protested Friedan s remarks and the exclusion of lesbians from the women s movement.In the early 1970s, she became a founding member of The Furies Collective, a lesbian feminist newspaper collective in Washington, DC, which held that heterosexuality was the root of all oppression.Brown told Time magazine in 2008, I don t believe in straight or gay I really don t I think we re all degrees of bisexual There may be a few people on the extreme if it s a bell curve who really truly are gay or really truly are straight Because nobody had ever said these things and used their real name, I suddenly became in the late 1970s the only lesbian in America.


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    1. 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 [...]

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    2. Mrs Murphy, Pewter and TuckerThis one of the best Mrs Murphy's book I have read as the are the MC's set against the background of Crozet and Harry's farm. The animals were normal except for talking to each other. It is Christmas time and the Brothers of have a Christmas tree lot to raise money for their programs. One of the Monks is found with throat cut on the lot. Harry begins wondered why. Mrs Murphy, Pewter and Tucker help Harry solve the murders.

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    3. By far the best Sneaky Pie Brown book I’ve read! Current issues even now. Fun read and honestly, I didn’t see the killer coming. Nothing puts you in the Holiday spirit like a Christmas Sneaky Pie Brown mystery!

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    4. 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 [...]

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    5. 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 [...]

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    6. This book was recommended by my bestie and it took me a little bit to get into but after I did I couldn't stop. It's very different from my typical choice but nothing wrong with reading variety. I recommend to anyone looking for a change in reading scenery. Good quick read

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    7. 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.

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    8. Oh dear! I don't even know what to say about this book besides it was basically horrible! This is the first one in this series that I have read, and there is no doubt that I will not read any more of the series. I am pleased that I bought this at a used book sale and did not spend much money on it because trudging through this poorly written, somewhat vulgar in places book, was not enjoyable at all!

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    9. Yeah This book is not my cuppa and not really too Christmassy and I won't be reading any more by this author. I'm sure lot's of readers will like this one but they won't include me.

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    10. 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.Review originally [...]

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    11. 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 [...]

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    12. 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 [...]

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    13. Von der Reihe um Mrs. Murphy hatte ich vorher noch nicht gehört, aber mir hat das Caver mit der süssen Katze so gut gefallen, dass ich mir durchaus vorstellen könnte, weitere Bände aus der Reihe zu lesen. Harry Haristeen und seine Bruderschaft, die in der St.-Lukas-Kirche am Strandrand von Crozet (Virginia) leben, suchen einen Weihnachtsbaum für das Fest der Feste, aber mitten in der Suche stossen sie auf die Leiches eine Mönches. Als dann auch noch ein zweiter Mönch zu Tode kommt, beginn [...]

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    14. 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 [...]

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    15. 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 [...]

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    16. I got caught up on the entire series in no time at all and waited impatiently for the next bookloved the idea of a Post Mistress with two cats and a dog, living on a small farm with horses and all kinds of good friends. As a city girl, it was delightful to read about Crozet's comings and goings.enl of sudden the series made a left turn and the editing was awfulall mistakes that eventually just added up to sloppy writing.ame on the publishers and the author. When Brown took her main character out [...]

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    17. 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 [...]

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    18. 3.5 It's cute, it's cozy, it's Christmas. Actions of the animals are not really believable, and the mystery is easily figured out before the end. Nothing too taxing on the brain at a busy time of year! This is one of those series that I have fallen behind on, and plan to start over from the beginning. Not really great books, but if you like corgis and cats being heroes and other talking animals, and are in the mood for fluff, it has enough mystery and quirky characters to be entertaining.Book De [...]

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    19. 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 [...]

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    20. Giveaway win!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)contributed t [...]

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    21. 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 [...]

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    22. 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 [...]

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    23. 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 solvin [...]

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    24. SANTA CLAWED is a delightful mystery set around the Christmas holiday in Rita Mae Brown’s Crozer, Virginia. As usual, there are gatherings and celebrations and small talk galore, the doings of the small community are explored and even the animals will have a good time. And there is murder. This time one of the brothers from the local monastery is killed and Harry, along with her husband and friends, are soon on the track of the murderer, When a second brother is found killed the suspicion goe [...]

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    25. This is in a series. but written to be able to pick up without reading the others. (Although if you have time, and like pets, you might read the first one before this one.) Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen works at the town post office. Her dog and cat can talk to each other, and other animals. They're pretty smart, but sometimes have a hard (but hysterical) time getting through to Harry.No-spoiler subset of the description:As Harry well knows, there’s hardly a place on earth cozier than Croze [...]

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    26. Another cozy mystery from the series with Harry and her fur person, Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tucker. Christmastime in Crozet, Virginia is something out of a picture book. Snow on the ground, the beauty of fresh Christmas trees on the lot and a body found among them. Hmmmm.The tree lot is owned by the Brothers of Love. A monastic group of men whose focus is to provide care for those in need. But are they really what they claim to be. True they have been around for a number of years, but the backgr [...]

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    27. 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 [...]

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    28. 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 [...]

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    29. 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 [...]

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    30. This one was a vast improvement over the previous story in this series. I might even have given it 4 stars if the one prior hadn't been so dreadful. In this one, someone is slashing the necks of brothers at a monastery close to Crozet. Of course, Harry and crew get involved. As the title implies, the season is Christmas and that gives an opportunity to have winter weather involved in several of the scenes. The action was fairly swift and the ending was fairly surprising. It's difficult to believ [...]

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