Santa Clawed (Mrs. Murphy Mysteries) by Rita Mae Brown

By Rita Mae Brown

As Harry good understands, there’s rarely a spot in the world cozier than Crozet, Virginia, at Christmastime. Snowflakes, carolers, it’s all picture-perfect till Harry and her husband, reasonable, locate the tree they’ve selected grimly embellished with a corpse. The tree farm is administered via the Brothers of affection, a semimonastic association whose participants dwell atop the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Now, because the season grows merrier, a assassin is starting to be bolder. one after the other, in demand males of Crozet are being crossed off Christmas procuring lists and further to the morgue. And if Harry and her four-legged helpers aren’t very good–and very careful–this Christmas can be her final.

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Besides, Murphy could unleash those claws and tear her up. Pewter, while not wishing to tangle with the tiger, didn’t want to look as though she’d backed down. ” Upset at her phrase, Tucker said, “You shouldn’t talk like that. We just came from St. Luke’s. ” Mrs. Murphy couldn’t help but laugh at Tucker’s seriousness. “Since when do humans understand our language? ” Pewter seized on what she took to be a tiny bit of support from Mrs. Murphy. “Furthermore, most of the brothers are mental. They’re making up for something.

She threw her hands heavenward. ” “Now, now. ” She changed the subject. “Visited Phillipa Henry. ” Racquel’s aunt had moved to the area when Racquel and Bryson did. Childless, the woman doted on her niece and Racquel’s two sons. ” “You know, I’ve never been to the Brothers of Love Hospice before. ” Harry told her about seeing Christopher Hewitt. They caught up on odds and ends, the glue of life in the country and small towns. ” Miranda returned to Aunt Phillipa. “Bryson was there. He stops by and visits Phillipa.

Murphy. “Furthermore, most of the brothers are mental. They’re making up for something. You know, atoning for sins. Why would anyone want to sit with the dying? ” Mrs. Murphy turned to follow Harry, who was attractive even in a dirty, smeared Carhartt work jacket. “I tell the truth. ” Pewter yelled to the two animals leaving her. ” As Tucker padded along next to Mrs. Murphy, she said, “Her nose gets out of joint because she doesn’t like the cold. Does she stay in the truck? No. ” A gray cannonball shot past them.

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