Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays: The Animals' Christmas

I'm mortified to admit that I'm still reading the same book I was reading last week, Rita Mae Brown's Santa Clawed. The book is not a long one and even a slow reader such as myself should be able to finish it off in less than a week, but real life keeps getting in the way, I'm afraid.

The book is a mystery novel and it's a little hard to find excerpts that don't give away too much of the plot. In this snippet, the animal companions of the book's main character (Mary Haristeen, called "Harry") are going along with her to pick out the family Christmas tree. Tucker is her Welsh corgi, and Mrs. Murphy and Pewter are cats. They do a lot of talking amongst themselves, and if Harry could understand what they say, she'd save herself a lot of time and trouble.
"Very nice." Tucker admired the twelve-foot tree, which would look good in the old farmhouse with its high ceilings.

"Can't wait to climb it," Pewter said.

"Have to wait until it's decorated. Maximum damage," Mrs. Murphy gleefully ordered. [p.18]

Now isn't that just like a cat? Actually, none of our cats ever brought down a Christmas tree; but we once had a kitty who ate one of our ficus trees - one branch at a time, over several weeks. Probably tasted like chicken.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizb17 at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or participate yourself, head on over to her blog. And these are the rules: Grab your current read; Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. You also need to share the title of the book that you're getting your "teaser" from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given! Please avoid spoilers!


  1. Delightful teaser. I know what you mean about "real life stepping in."

    And those cats...I have to hang or place my plants too high for him to reach. *sigh*

  2. I haen't been able to read talking cat mysteries yet, but this one is tempting. Nice teaser.

  3. I hate the idea that my cat is planning the destruction of my Christmas tree! Watch out!

    Here’s my teaser. It’s about the history of the Triads and it’s posted at my brand new website!

  4. I like Rita Mae Brown and I definitely need to pick up a copy of this book. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2009/12/possibility-teaser-tuesdays.html

  5. Sounds so cute! And having a cat I can totally picture it. Our cat doesn't climb our tree, she just camps out UNDER it like she is in the forest or something.

    Great teaser!

    Here's mine:

  6. HA! I can just imagine that conversation happening. Great teaser! And thank you for coming by my blog earlier.

  7. Your teaser was hilarious. I like to think cats do exactly that.

  8. good teaser...since now I want to read it.

    funny, I was just talking to someone about the fate of their Christmas tree with their brand new kitty.

  9. Maybe it tasted like candy canes?


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