It Takes a Coven by Carol J. Perry
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 27 Feb 2018
The Witch City mysteries by Carol J Perry continue to be fresh and entertaining, easily avoiding the trap of becoming formulaic and repetitive. Lee Barrett and her cat O’Ryan are a memorable pair, and while there is magic, it definitely takes Lee’s creativity and intellect to solve the puzzle.
In It Takes a Coven, Lee is facing a serious challenge - being the maid of honor for one of her students. But along with this, a more complex issue has come into view. Witches are dying and Lee’s friend River believes she might be responsible. At the same time, a murder of crows has descended upon Salem and no one knows why, particularly not Lee who is interning as an investigative reporter. But between her scrying ability and nose for news and O’Ryan’s magical connections the murders plaguing Salem may be solved before it’s too late.
I am so glad I got the chance to read Chained. It’s a great mystery filled with plenty of suspense and just a touch of humor and romance. Kate Turner is a believable, well-rounded individual that you can easily imagine working in your local veterinary office. I absolutely loved the wide range of quirky clients and their pets. More to the point, I also loved the mystery. Flynn Keegan disappeared a decade ago. Most believed he had set sail for Hollywood, but only one person knew what really happened - until Flynn’s remains are discovered by one of Kate’s more exuberant clients. What starts as curiosity, becomes a formal investigation when Flynn’s family asks Kate to find out who killed Flynn and why. Kate doesn’t have access to a forensics lab. What she does have is persistence, and a willingness to ask uncomfortable questions. She also has the help of an old flame,...
The Persian Always Meows Twice by Eileen Watkins
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 26 Sep 2017
Forget batman, cat woman is far cooler. The picturesque village of Chadwick has a new amateur detective, Cassie McGlone, owner of Cassie’s Comfy Cats. Grooming cats may be her specialty, but she has a knack for knowing people. When she discovers the body of her most illustrious client, she has few plans other than to ensure his cat, a gorgeous and sweet Persian, is cared for. But people talk, and the more she learns the more she begins to dig into the murder.
The Persian Always Meows Twice is a wonderful mystery, that is certain to tickle any feline lover's fancy. It's willingness to flout cosy conventions makes it a refreshing change. Eileen Watkins does a great job of creating a mystery where felines take center stage, playing an important role in the plot. I especially loved the climax which was catastrophic for the villains in more ways than o...
Imagine a world populated by cats, cats who talk, have shops and even solve mysteries. The world of Mandy Morton’s No. 2 Feline Detective Agency is charmingly feline centric. This unique series focuses on Hettie and Tilly, two tabbies who operate a detective agency. When Teezle the post-cat brings news of the death of Mavis Spitforce, Hettie and Tilly realize it is time for action. Mavis was murdered and the only lead is the story of Milky Myers, a young man who is believed to have brutally murdered his entire family many years before. With less than a paw’s worth to go on and a large number of suspects, Hettie and Tilly have their work cut out for them.
Mandy Morton’s series is definitely one of a kind. It is written for adults, but is easily enjoyable by mystery lovers and cat lovers of all ages. As long as you are...
Grave Errors by Carol J. Perry Kensington Books
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 29 Aug 2017
The Witch City mysteries are exemplary paranormal cozies. Lee Barrett teaches tv production, but her unique gift - that of receiving visions, puts her in the midst of murder investigations more often than her boyfriend Pete, a local detective, would prefer. He does, however, agree that her visions are useful and important, particularly in this case.
Lee’s students join her class for a variety of reasons, but this is the first time one has joined in order to find the identity of her sister’s killer. Dorothy is convinced that the police are wrong, and her sister’s accidental death was in fact a murder. Pete agrees to look into the matter, and the class plans a Dia de Los Muertos celebration for the city. But when a threatening letter arrives at the school, Lee and the others start looking deeper into Emily’s final days, using their collective skills to determine why Emily was target...
Cat About Town
A Cat Cafe Mystery by Cate Conte
St. Martin's Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Aug 2017
Me-wow! Cat About Town is catnip for mystery lovers who adore cats. Cate Conte gives readers a cute cozy set in a small New England town where progress and tradition are at odds. Frank O’Malley, the head of the chamber of commerce has a vision, one that includes demolishing Maddie’s grandfather’s house and putting up a transportation hub in its place. With the recent death of his wife, and her medical expenses, Maddie’s grandfather is uncertain what to do and asks her to help. Maddie agrees, but only hours after an uncomfortable conversation with Frank, her cat JJ discovers Frank’s body. The discovery instantly catapults JJ to stardom and pushes Maddie to start her own investigation.
Cat About Town is a cute novel with many memorable characters - particularly JJ (though I had to laugh about the crazy Bichon-Russell mix who peed on Maddie’s...
by Clea Simon
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Apr 2017
Finding the lost, uncovering the hidden - Care has taken to her mentor’s profession with alacrity. But her youth and her gender make her vulnerable in the tumultuous urban landscape where predators reign. Blackie may remember little from his previous life, but he still has his instincts and his desire to guide and protect Care. As a cat, his ability to communicate is limited, as his is his ability to help. It is through his wise eyes and feline perspective that we see events. Care has been hired to find a missing worker for the owner of a sweatshop. The case is promising in appearance, but is in reality a sinister trap. Gravitch is seeking papers - papers with information that threatens him and the system that runs the city. Care is in great danger and Blackie is her only hope for survival.
As Dark as My Fur is part fantasy, part noir - an entirely unique blend...
I love Adventure Cats. It is thrilling to read the stories of various cat adventurers - you may have read about some of them online and seen pictures already. Adventure Cats offers far more. Like AdventureCats.org it is a resource that provides helpful hints to determine whether your cat has what it takes to become an adventurer, and what type of training you need to do to make sure your cat doesn’t get frightened and is comfortable and safe. Safety is paramount. While it is amazing to share experiences with our bosom feline companions, not every cat wants to venture into the unknown. There are valuable tips on how to leash train your cat. There are also valuable safety and how-to guides.
With oodles of pictures, tips, and wonderful stories, Adventure Cats is a great book.
Felix the Railway Cat
The adorable story of Felix, the Huddersfield Train Station cat
by Kate Moore
Penguin UK - Michael Joseph
General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 23 Feb 2017
I am in love with Felix. She is more than just an amazing cat, she is the glue that keeps the Huddersfield community together. With more than 100,000 likes on Facebook she is more popular than many celebrities. Having a cat at the station makes everyone happy - from workers to irritated commuters. Even those who originally doubt the value of a station cat are quickly won over by her personality, beauty and persistence. She is far more than her job description- Senior Pest Controller.
Kate Moore’s book is all about relationships. It is tender, funny and quintessentially British. It isn't just Felix who has charm, but all of her friends and coworkers as well. I enjoyed how Moore takes readers from the very start, when she was just an idea through her kitten hood, trai...
Maddie Kosloski may run a paranormal museum, but ghostly happenings come second to a very modern murder. I greatly enjoyed this cozy, and along with the town (eagerly placing bets with Deiter) I was looking forward to her solving the murder. Despite the bad guy being obvious, there was more than enough action to keep the story interesting. I especially loved the ending, where Maddie's GD (ghost detecting) cat took action against his nemesis. That in itself made the book worthwhile.
Maddie's trouble starts when the former owner of her recently purchased Haunted wine press accuses her of theft. Things go from bad to worse when she discovers his body in a load of grapes ordered by Ladies Aid for their grape stomping competition. To clear her name, Maddie agrees to investigate for the Ladies Aid society. After all, no one in their righ...