Claws and Effect

Claws and Effect

Book - 2001
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Postmistress Harry Haristeen and her sleuthing cat, Mrs. Murphy, find a Valentine's Day challenge in the wake of a series of threatening chain letters from the mysterious "Sister Sophonsiba" that culminates in the murder of a hospital director. 55,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
As winter puts tiny Crozet, Virginia, in a deep freeze, everyone seems to be suffering from a case of the winter blahs, including postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, who knows things must be dull if the hottest topic of conversation is a chain letter from the mysterious Sister Sophonisba. Even Harry's cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and her corgi Tee Tucker, haven't been able to dig up any dirt lately. But life in this small Southern town is about to heat up.
The first hint of trouble comes when Hank Brevard, the plant manager of Crozet Hospital, and head nurse Tussie Logan let drop a few remarks that hint at a hospital in turmoil. Then a malicious comment by the hospital's director suggests that there's bad blood between him and his star surgeon, handsome Dr. Bruce Buxton. Still, no one takes any of it seriously until Hank Brevard turns up dead in the hospital boiler room.
Harry, who can't resist a mystery no matter how dangerous, decides to do some investigating of her own. What she finds is that the hospital is a hotbed of secrets, a closed little world where ego, jealousy, and illicit love often collide.

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When rumors of turmoil at Crozet Hospital are followed by the mysterious death of the hospital's plant manager, postmistress "Harry" Haristeen and her cat, Mrs. Murphy, take on a dangerous investigation.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2001.
ISBN: 9780553107432
Characteristics: 292 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 03, 2019

I am a big fan of Sneaky Pie and Rita Mae Brown. All their mysteries are well plotted and the characters become like friends. Working my way through all of the Sneaky Pie series.

Jun 24, 2013

I have to say, even though I am not a 'pet' person, I found this book a delightful read. The insertion of dialogue between the pets at first was distracting, perhaps because the writing style was so different for me, but I later found they had much to 'say'. The characters were lovely, and the plot interesting. The town of Crozet must truly have been small and remote, because the work atmosphere at the post office is truly one of wishful thinking. The postmistress and employees chatted away with customers, took long lunches, left doors unlocked, and had pets inside, etc. A far, far cry from my real-life work experience. But then again, the story is fiction.


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Jun 24, 2013

The local post office in Crozet, Virginia is the local hub for tidbits of gossip and postmistress Mary "Harry" Haristeen hears it all, day after day. When box patrons pick up their daily mail, she gets first-hand knowledge of the trouble brewing between those who work at the local hospital. When the plant manager is found murdered in the basement of the hospital. Harry can't curtail her curiosity, snoops about the hospital, and is attacked and injured herself. Then a well-loved elderly doctor is murdered in cold blood. Harry insists on sniffing out the killer, but in reality, it's her two cats and corgi who sniff out the secrets that lie hidden in the bowels of the hospital.


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