Extended Audio Sample

Download Cat’s Claw Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Cat’s Claw Audiobook, by Susan Wittig Albert Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (591 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wittig Albert Narrator: Julia Gibson, China Bayles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The China Bayles Mysteries Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464029820
Regular Price: $29.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

New York Times best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert is widely acclaimed for her cozy China Bayles mystery series. In Cat’s Claw, China’s friend, Police Chief Sheila Dawson, takes center stage. When local computer guru Larry Kirk is found dead, many are convinced it was suicide over his recent divorce. But Sheila has a hunch there’s more to this case than meets the eye—especially when evidence surfaces that Larry was being stalked.n Download and start listening now!

abgl

Quotes & Awards

  • “Albert handles the dual voices smoothly as the combined talents of China and Sheila blend to reveal multiple crimes hidden beneath the peaceful façade of Pecan Springs.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As usual, the solid mystery is supplemented with herbal wisdom and local Texas recipes.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Veteran mystery author Albert takes a different approach in her latest China Bayles tale, splitting the point of view between China’s usual first-person narrative and Chief Dawson’s third-person investigation. What could be an awkward arrangement works well in Albert’s steady hand as she shifts effortlessly back and forth. The focus is primarily on Sheila Dawson, however, as she steps out from behind the desk and takes an active role in a tricky investigation. China fans need not fear, however — the herb shop owner gets her fair share of attention as she uncovers several important clues in the case.”

    Romantic Times

  • New York Times Bestselling Author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/16/2014

    " Always enjoy reading the China Bayles series. Love the recipes in the books too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Icenogle | 2/14/2014

    " Always enjoy the books in this series, and this one was no exception! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/11/2014

    " I've read all the China Bayles books and am right at home in Pecan Springs. This book focuses on Sheila, the police chief. It's fairly typical, but I still enjoying hearing stories about China and her friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Bengel | 2/11/2014

    " Very good transition to a new storytelling style that refreshes the series nicely. China can go on forever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/9/2014

    " A little different perspective with this book in the series, I really enjoyed the descriptions of the beauty of the Texas Hill Country! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/29/2014

    " I really enjoy the China Bayles series, and I know I can count on a cozy read. This was no exception. Cat's Claw was a bit different as the story was told mostly from Sheila Dawson's perspective. One of Chief Dawson's neighbors has apparently committed suicide and a Pecan Springs bigwig is about to be arrested for extortion. Dawson's 2nd in command still resents the fact that he didn't get the job and she did. I enjoyed the change of perspective. I felt Ruby got very short shrift in this outing though, and I missed her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Ellen | 12/21/2013

    " i loved the story surrounding the police chief and how she interac with her staff and they end up solving multiple mysteries. good detecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kay Thompson | 12/17/2013

    " Loved a book from Smart Cookie's point of view! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 11/14/2013

    " Changing voices was not as smooth as it should have been. I also missed Ruby. She was in this one but only a minor role . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane S. | 11/14/2013

    " This series is just easy fun! As a bit of a departure this book is not narrated solely from China's POV but from Smart Cookies as well. Fun to catch up with the people from Pecan Springs and to read about the usage of various herbs as well as the recipes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/13/2013

    " I love Susan Wittig Albert's characters. They are so much more complex and alive than the regulars in most comparable series. Great sense of humor to her writing, and relationships that hold your interest beyond the mystery-solving and adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 6/11/2013

    " I always look forward to a new China Bayles story. This is the 21st in this series and I can rely on a new one every year. Comforting and familiar - I love them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 1/5/2013

    " Not as good as she used to be "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 7/18/2012

    " Police Chief Sheila (Smart Cookie) Dawson and China team up to solve a computer guru's murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lbaker | 6/28/2012

    " Number 20 in the series and Ms Wittig Albert changed the style of writing and I didn't enjoy it as much as the others. Partly there was too little introduction to the victims and the suspects, it was hard to care for or about any of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 6/4/2012

    " I didn't like this one as much as the others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Clark | 4/18/2012

    " Always a great easy to read cozy. And, love the recipes. When she mentioned the breakfast burritos in one chapter I immediately flipped to the back pages to find the recipe. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Susan Wittig Albert

Susan Wittig Albert is the author of the acclaimed China Bayles mysteries. The first book in the series, Thyme of Death, was nominated for both an Agatha Award and an Anthony Award for Best First novel. Throughout her career, Wittig has written over sixty novels. She cowrote the Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries with her husband, Bill Albert, and wrote a number of Nancy Drew novels under the pen name Carolyn Keene.  She has also written a number of nonfiction works and a memoir entitled Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Wittig worked as a university English professor. She lives in Texas.

About the Narrator

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.