Although death is a common occurrence at a hospital, murder isn't. So when the plant manager of the Crozet hospital is slain right in the building, everyone is shocked. Local Postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen is intrigued as well. The dead man was cranky but an unlikely murder victim.

When another killing occurs, Harry finds herself personally involved and does some sleuthing on her own. Her efforts get her attacked, alarming all who know and love her, especially her cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and her dog, Tee Tucker.

The intrepid pets are not going to let anything happen to their "mom" and using their animal instincts, protect Harry and point her on the way to solving this mystifying crime.

Pet mysteries are always a fan favorite and CLAWS AND EFFECT will appeal to both dog and cat lovers. The animals are adorable and the mystery beguiling, making for fine entertainment. (Feb., 320 pp., $6.99) Hardcover published March 2001.

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg