Probable Claws

Probable Claws

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Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return to Albemarle County, Virgina, as tangled mysteries past and present converge in the bestselling Mrs. Murphy series.

"As feline collaborators go, you couldn't ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown." --The New York Times Book Review

With the New Year just around the corner, winter has transformed the cozy Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia, into a living snow globe. It's the perfect setting for Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen to build a new work shed designed by her dear friend, local architect Gary Gardner. But the natural serenity is shattered when out of the blue, right in front of Harry and Deputy Cynthia Cooper, and in broad daylight, Gary is shot to death by a masked motorcyclist.

Outraged by the brazen murder, Harry begins to burrow into her friend's past--and unearths a pattern of destructive greed reaching far back into Virginia's post-Revolutionary history. When Harry finds incriminating evidence, the killer strikes again.

Heedless of her own safety, Harry follows a trail of clues to a construction site in Richmond, where the discovery of mysterious remains has recently halted work. Aided as always by her loyal, if opinionated, companions, crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Corgi, Harry hunts for a link between the decades-old dead, the recently violently deceased--and ancient secrets that underlie everything. And while other deaths are narrowly averted in a flurry of fur, the killer remains at large--ever more desperate and dangerous. The deep-rooted legacy of corruption that's been exposed can never be buried again. But if Harry keeps pursuing the terrible truth, she may be digging her own grave.

Praise for Probable Claws

"Series fans will know exactly what to expect: animals who talk to one another, [Rita Mae] Brown's personal views on an array of topics, and a healthy dose of Virginia history." -- Publishers Weekly

"The animal crew, joined by a surprising new addition, is in rare form. . . . Beautiful illustrations bring the pet personalities to life." -- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: United States :, Bantam Dell,, 2019
ISBN: 9780425287170
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2019


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Jul 04, 2018

Another delightful episode in the amateur sleuthing life of rural Virginia aristocrat Harry Harristeen and her cadre of animal assistants. When two individuals involved with architecture and ecological preservation, with a mutual fascination for the dinosaurs that once roamed the area, are murdered in the midst of an enormous building project, Harry smells a rat and turns her formidable sleuthing skills toward finding just what it is that got them killed....and who was behind the murders.
As always, the animals, who bicker among themselves, but do try to assist in the sleuthing, help out where they can. And their number goes up by one when the puppy of one of the murder victims joins the Harristeen household.
The parallel story of the 1780s forebearers of the current residents continues in this book, the years spanned only with a dinosaur bone that plays a small part in both the stories.
Another very fun read, filled with crime solving, philosophizing, good cooking, friendship, and Virginia history.

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