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3.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 5 3.55 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781449802073
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Best-selling authors Rita Mae Brown and her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown, are beloved for their Mrs. Murphy mysteries. Set in the quiet town of Crozet, Virginia, each delightful book finds Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen and the incomparably clever feline, Mrs. Murphy, caught up in a puzzling whodunit. In the middle of a particularly dull winter, nobody pays much mind to rumors of bad blood among the staff of Crozet Hospital. That is, until a member of the hospital staff turns up dead. So much for the uneventful season! Harry can’t resist doing some investigating of her own, but it’s her sleuthing feline whose nose sniffs out the biggest clue. Co-written by the smartest cat to ever put paw to typewriter, Claws and Effect is a pure delight from beginning to end. With Kate Forbes narrating the voices of the human characters as well as the thoughts of the endearing animals, the audiobook is an extra special treat.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/20/2014

    " Started this series many years ago...it's a guilty pleasure! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/17/2014

    " I didn't like this one as well as the other Mrs. Murphy title I've read. Perhaps the more she writes, the better she gets at crafting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/8/2014

    " One thing you learn about Crozet is if there is one dead body, most likely another one will soon follow. In this entry a body is found at the local hospital, and unraveling the mystery at the hospital could be the key to solving the murders. I gave this effort by Ms. Brown four rather than three starts because she bravely killed a much beloved character that has been present throughout the whole series. I also enjoyed the additional layers that were peeled away from the recurring characters. This is definitely a series that should be read in order, even though the books stand alone, because each novel uncovers more intimate details about the lives of the recurring characters. As I said in an earlier review, this series is not great literature, but they are well-written, thoroughly enjoyable reads especially if you sometimes prefer the company of animals over humans and nature over the urban landscape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs.Y. Yeingst | 1/31/2014

    " These wonderful Mrs. Murphy mystery books are written from the point of view of two cats and a Welsh Corgi dog! I have read them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/25/2014

    " People look at me funny when I try to describe this series, but being a lifelong lover of cats, I find the series endearing and funny. Good when you want a quick, entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/24/2014

    " Claws and Effect by Rita Mae Brown 3 of 5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoyed the whole series immensely and re-read frequently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/17/2014

    " This series of light mysteries are a delight! You miss the characters when the story ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/8/2014

    " As always, a book that takes me home no matter where my car heads as I listen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/3/2014

    " Love the series and will read more of them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 12/23/2013

    " Mediocre. Premise sounds good but the story is disorganized and hard to follow, but is simplistic at the same time. Two cats and a dog help their owner solve mysteries. This one is about a hospital. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/22/2013

    " Rita can come up with such interest history for her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dharma | 12/13/2013

    " Nice, nothing spectacular but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/29/2013

    " This is an excellent Mrs. Murphy mystery. A fun, fast read. But if you don't like the idea of crime solving pets, best to skip this series of mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 5/24/2013

    " Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy mysteries are getting better as the series ages. I'm reading them in order and this one and the previous one were two of the best so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patt | 11/16/2012

    " This series by Rita mae Brown will be a pleasure to anyone who has lived with a pet and enjoys mysteries that are of the "cozy" variety. The animal characters are fun; the characters engaging and the books an easy and pleasurable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eyehavenofilter | 11/6/2012

    " Hospitals are where people are supposed to get well, but the Crozet Hospital seems to be making people sick, or DEAD, when Harry gets attacked and a doctor is killed the animal trio is on the case again to track down a calculating killer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Kennedy | 8/15/2012

    " A big improvement from the last book "Pawing Through the Past", which happened to be both homophobic and transphobic. In the end, this book is really nothing to write home about, not being one of the better Mrs Murphy mystery but still being cozy enough to make you enjoy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia | 7/11/2012

    " It was a really busy month, which means it's time for.....animal themed murder mysteries! I liked this at the time, but entering these reviews in 2010, I do not remember one iota of any of the plot. Good brainless reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 6/10/2012

    " This one didn't grab me, but I cared enough about the characters to continue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathie | 5/14/2012

    " This is the first cat mystery book I've read other than Lillian Jackson Braun's stories. I really liked this book and the characters. The way the cats and dogs talk to each other is a fun addition. Neat small town stories where everyone knows everyone and the gossip place is at the post office. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dimps | 5/7/2012

    " This was my least favorite as far as the ending goes. I liked that Sister Jane was mentioned and I enjoyed the hunt scenes, but the ending was lacking for me. You never really were told why they did it and what happened to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 2/10/2012

    " I like most of the books by this author and I think it is great that she writes them with her cat.This was a veryinteresting book for me to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 1/12/2012

    " I love these books. I like the characters and it is just fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/2/2011

    " Light and fun. Easy to listen to while driving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 6/2/2011

    " Bk #10. Murder in the hosptial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/16/2011

    " This series of light mysteries are a delight! You miss the characters when the story ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 11/13/2010

    " I enjoyed the whole series immensely and re-read frequently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/2/2010

    " Started this series many years ago...it's a guilty pleasure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/30/2010

    " Light and fun. Easy to listen to while driving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia | 9/11/2010

    " It was a really busy month, which means it's time for.....animal themed murder mysteries! I liked this at the time, but entering these reviews in 2010, I do not remember one iota of any of the plot. Good brainless reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 8/17/2010

    " As always Rita Mae Brown is a good story teller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dharma | 2/15/2010

    " Nice, nothing spectacular but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patt | 1/5/2010

    " This series by Rita mae Brown will be a pleasure to anyone who has lived with a pet and enjoys mysteries that are of the "cozy" variety. The animal characters are fun; the characters engaging and the books an easy and pleasurable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 1/2/2010

    " I love these books. I like the characters and it is just fun "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 12/13/2009

    " A big improvement from the last book "Pawing Through the Past", which happened to be both homophobic and transphobic. In the end, this book is really nothing to write home about, not being one of the better Mrs Murphy mystery but still being cozy enough to make you enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 8/7/2009

    " This one didn't grab me, but I cared enough about the characters to continue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 4/13/2009

    " Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy mysteries are getting better as the series ages. I'm reading them in order and this one and the previous one were two of the best so far. "

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About the Author
Author Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series, A Nose for Justice, and the Sister Jane novels, as well as Rubyfruit JungleIn Her DaySix of OneThe Sand Castle, and the memoirs Animal Magnetism and Rita Will. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, with cats, hounds, horses, and big red foxes.

About the Narrator

Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actress who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, she completed an MFA at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career.