Probable Claws
by Brown, Rita Mae; Brown, Sneaky Pie; Gellatly, Michael (ILT)






Postmistress "Harry" Haristeen and her human and animal companions investigate a mystery dating back to Virginia's post-Revolutionary past, an effort shaped by the creative influence of an artistic new friend and the struggles of their predecessors from the eighteenth century.





Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; and In Her Day; as well as many other books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia and is a Master of Foxhounds and the huntsman.
 
Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on numerous Mrs. Murphy mysteries—in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers and Sneaky Pie for President.





A friend of Virginia postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, who anchors this long-running series (A Hiss Before Dying, 2017, etc.), is gunned down by a motorcyclist. Could the reason be tied to 18th-century tales of corruption? In concert with her friend Gary Gardner, an architect, Harry's working on a new shed, a gift from her husband, Fair. Though Harry tries to be abstemious in her design choices, Gary's just the person to talk her into some sensible upgrades that will at least make her companion animals more comfortable. While Mrs. Murphy, Harry's wise tiger cat, and her corgi, Tee Tucker, aren't high maintenance enough to have their own requirements, plump diva cat Pewter won't settle for anything less than the best. Before Gary can complete his plans, though, he's shockingly gunned down by a mystery rider on a Ducati. Harry's not sure whether Gary's death is connected to a local construction project, and she can't help but wonder whether Lisa Roudabush, the head of Charlottesville's Nature First office, knows anything that could help her solve the mystery. Interspersed with Harry's investigation (and Pewter's investigation of the spider in Gary's office) is the 18th-century story of John Schuyler and Catherine and Rachel, his young adult daughters, who are trying to find their ways in the world. As Harry's search heats up enough to put herself and others in danger, her pet family prepares to protect her and maybe solve the mystery. The animal crew, joined by a surprising new addition, is in rare form, though a lack of a strong thread linking past and present makes the interwoven stories read like two separate books. Beautiful illustrations bring the pet personalities to life. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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