Dozens of clever doodling exercises & ideas for cat people
by Gemma Correll
Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster
Walter Foster Publishing
Arts & Photography , Crafts & Hobbies
Pub Date 26 Jun 2018
The first time I saw Gemma Correll’s work was on a button which had a cat lying on its back instructing you to pour the coffee straight in. I loved it. Naturally I had to take a look at Doodled Cats. I can’t draw - anyone will tell you this - but I had tons of fun following Gemma Correll’s instructions and prompts. The results were cute, funny and not nearly as shameful as I feared. It was extremely relaxing to create doodles based on my cats and those of my friends. It was a wonderful way to destress. Will you become a professional artist with Doodled Cats? No, but you are guaranteed to have fun, smile and laugh. In this day and age that is enough of a reward.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Doodled Cats from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an...
Goodbye Cruller World
by Ginger Bolton
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 28 Aug 2018
Goodbye Cruller World is a cute cozy that takes the stereotype of donut loving cops seriously. But don’t think having a sweet tooth and running a shop that sells donuts to Fallingbrook’s finest prevents Emily Westhill from having a gift for detection. Unlike many cozies, Goodbye Cruller World is populated by good cops and first responders who know their jobs, rather than bumbling ones (minus one particular single minded detective out to get Emily). It’s a nice change.
Emily’s company is hired to provide snacks to her neighbor’s wedding. Unfortunately, or fortunately (as Roger turns out to be a horrendous jerk), the groom is murdered on his wedding night - a victim of crullers dipped in what only looks to be powdered sugar. In a departure from standard cozy fare, Emily is not the main suspect, despite providing the donuts and discovering the poison.
It is never easy to keep a long running series fresh and interesting. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of repetition. Rita Mae Brown’s success as an author is a testament to her ability to move forward and allow her characters- both human and animal, to develop with time. As in her previous novel, Probable Claws has two related storylines separated by over two centuries. The narrative alternates between present day Crozet and post Revolutionary Virginia. It is a fascinating and unusual storytelling method.
In the present, Harry and a friend are present when their friend Gary, a local architect, is gunned down. Anger and devastation make her nosing in on the investigation a certainty. Before Gary went into private practice, he worked for a major developer, and its possible that something from his past made his elimination a neces...
Purrder She Wrote is a terrific follow up to Cate Conte’s debut, Cat About Town. In her newest mystery, Maddie James’s new cat cafe is finally open, and most of the town is purring in excitement - except for Holly Hawthorne. At the grand opening, the wealthy and spoiled Holly almost comes to blows with Adele, Maddie’s lead volunteer, over her refusal to give her a cat. This isn’t the first time Adele and Holly have come into conflict over cats, but it looks particularly suspicious when Holly turns up murdered not long after- by means of a catnip mouse exclusive to the Daybreak Island Cat Cafe. Maddie is by no means willing to settle for the easy answer, and starts her own investigation into the murder.
Maddie’s family plays a central role in Purrder She Wrote, her parents’ connections both making things easier and harder. It’s very clear that...
Claws of Death by Linda Reilly
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 26 Jun 2018
I admit it - I love cats, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Linda Reilly’s newest mystery, Claws of Death, attracted my attention. The novel features an assortment of felines - including a ghostly ragdoll eager to help her former companion. But that only piqued my interest, it is the mystery at the heart of Claws of Death that impressed me most. That and the willingness to address domestic violence and its long term effects. The novel is well plotted, and Lara’s reasons for becoming involved in the investigation is a plausible one. Claws of Death may not be an exceptional mystery, but it is definitely solid, well written, and entertaining.
Lara Caphart’s High Cliff Shelter for Cats is developing nicely. They’ve been getting plenty of visitors, but none as notable as the actress Deanna Daltry, who plans to adopt two kittens. But not everyone in Whisker Jog is charm...
Magical Mystery Paws (The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency)
by Mandy Morton
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Jul 2018
The No.2 Feline Detective Agency novels are difficult to categorize. They are fantasies in that all of the characters are cats - walking, talking, driving, clothes wearing, pastry eating cats. They look and behave like cats, but at the same time do all the things humans do. Apart from this, they are strictly mysteries- delightfully whimsical ones, with plenty of cat reinterpretations of pop culture history. The novels aren’t for everyone, but if you love cats and enjoy a bit of whimsy you will have a lot of fun reading Mandy Morton’s novels.
In the newest No. 2 Feline Detective Agency novel, Magical Mystery Paws, Hettie and co agree to accompany Patty Sniff on her new tour. Crammed together on Psycho Derek’s bus along with Patty and the Cheese Triangles, Kitty O’Shea’s Irish dance troupe, and Derek and Belinda Beacon they prepare to set o...
Cross My Path by Clea Simon
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Jul 2018
Clea Simon is an astounding author with a unique talent for capturing the essence of both humans and animals in writing. Since its start, this series has been one of my favorites. The world of Cross My Path is a decaying one. There is limited commerce, and jobs and food are hard to come by. Few are literate, and women and children are always at risk from the more powerful who seek to profit off the weak. Care has taken over her mentor’s business, finding the lost and righting what wrongs she can - a difficult and dangerous job. Her cat Blackie does what he can to help and support her. If you have read the previous novels in the series (spoiler) you already know that some of her mentor’s consciousness survives in Blackie. This is of central importance to Cross My Path.
First, an old woman calling herself Blaze hires Care to find her brother’s effects. Care accepts the case after s...
How to Achieve Balance and Happiness Through Your Cat
by Sophie Macheteau
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Health, Mind & Body , Outdoors & Nature
Pub Date 28 Apr 2018
Purrfection is a cute book and a definite must have for cat lovers. It is a departure from the standard photo/care book, focusing more on how to pamper ourselves and our cats. It is a fun book to read, with plenty of sweet pictures and illustrations. It emphasizes the importance of slowing down, and focusing on developing the bond between you and your pet. As most cat lovers know, there is something special that occurs as you sit quietly cuddling a soft, warm, purring cat. Interaction is the key to happiness. Of course, as Sophie Macheteau notes, there are plenty of products, websites and apps that can help us.
While reading Purrfection isn’t guaranteed to make you happy. It will make you smile, and give you some good ideas.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Purrfection from the publisher and Netgalley.com...
Linda O Johnston’s novels are always a safe bet for lovers of animal cozies. While not the most innovative, Her books are entertaining, and pets, dogs in particular, play a central role. Pick and Chews is a good, solid cozy that makes for a pleasant afternoon read.
Carrie Kennersly, vet tech and pet baker extraordinaire, is once more drawn into a murder investigation, this time to clear her boyfriend, Reed’s name. When a former veterinary colleague is found murdered after badmouthing the Knobcone Heights Veterinary Clinic - and opening her own competing clinic - suspicion falls on Reed and the other veterinarians. Raella was an unpleasant woman, and only a moderately competent vet, but she was beautiful and she had a talent for manipulation. Having solved murders in the past, and being worried about Reed’s future, she immediately st...
Like it’s predecessors, The Bengal Identity offers a solidly crafted mystery that will be enjoyed by cat lovers and mystery aficionados alike. Not only does Eileen Watkins not hesitate to address issues of importance to animal lovers (in this case the reckless breeding of hybrid cats), she does so in a way that is informative and inoffensive. When combined with her skillful plotting, it is no wonder the Cassie McGlone mysteries are bestsellers.
In The Bengal Identity, Cassie is tasked with solving a murder and finding a missing owner. When a man brings a brown cat of unknown origin begging Cassie to board her for a few days, Cassie reluctantly agrees. But she and her assistant quickly discover that something isn’t quite right. When they bathe Ayesha, the brown washes away leaving a distinctive pattern underneath. Why is she being disguised, and who is the man who left her behind....