Santa Clawed

Santa Clawed

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As Harry well knows, there's hardly a place on earth cozier than Crozet, Virginia, at Christmastime. Snowflakes, carolers, it's all picture-perfect until Harry and her husband, Fair, find the tree they've chosen grimly decorated with a corpse. The tree farm is run by the Brothers of Love, a semimonastic organization whose members live atop the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. 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 will be her last.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9780553591590
Characteristics: xx, 261 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm.


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Dec 14, 2017

WARNING: "Santa Clawed" is not a Christmas Horror Story!" (smile) But it is a rather well written mystery novel authored by Rita Mae Brown. Much like Mary Higgins Clark a prolific writer, her large number of novels features comic relief from her character's pet cats. "Santa Clawed" is one her best! This cozy style of book is basically a story that has limited violence, with no gore, or explicit sex, or profanity, but still holds the reader's interests through fine descriptive writing, deep character development and perfect timing.

Santa Clawed tells the story of a small town rocked by a homocide during the shopping rush at an annual Christmas Tree sale where the body of a lifeless Monk has be found on the tree lot. There are many twists and turns, great character inter-play, intriguing relationships, and wonderful background settings.The story's hero is a house wife and mother who has a special talent for getting to the bottom of things and "She Has Crime Fighting Cats". The town's Monks are known for producing some of the great wines in America and have become rich as a result. But with the great success came notoriety and strangers in town. The pet owner and wife see connections between the Monastery, the strangers in town and the money. Assisted by the logic of her crime solving cats, she embarks on a journey of elemental deduction, piecing together clues while dealing with family life. This has just the right mix! I would highly recommend this title to all the cozy readers and non-cozy readers!

Happy Holidays and a Very Merry Christmas...

Ghettostone Publications, Editor/Chief


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