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...
Support Your Local Pug by Lane Stone
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 28 Aug 2018
Fresh, fun and never formulaic, Lane Stone’s Buckingham Pet Palace mysteries are always a delightful read. Sue Patrick and Lady Anthea Fitzwalter are well matched, easily up to the task whether it be running their business or tracking down a murderer. And their newest case may be the most complex yet.
Support Your Local Pug begins with a Gordian knot of events occurring one after the other. There is a break- in at Buckingham Pet Palace. A pug is discovered at an uninhabited lighthouse. While Sue is rescuing the pug from the lighthouse, someone attempts to break into her home. The driver of the car escapes, leaving a dead body on Sue’s driveway. That is before Howard Fourie, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist starts making waves.
Dogs play a vital role, but there are plenty of interesting people as well. Support Your Local Pug has a complex plot that works...
Cat of The Baskervilles is a Holmesian cosy that will leave fans purring. Gemma Doyle makes her living selling Holmesiana - books and all other things related to the great detective. But she has more in common with Sherlock than she likes to believe - an ability to observe minutiae and make deductions based on her observation.
When Sir Nigel, an actor past his prime and well into a relationship with the bottle, is cast as Holmes in the West London Theater Festival, many are overjoyed, remembering finer moments earlier in his career. But when he takes a topple soon after flopping his lines at a promo event - an event where he was seen arguing with Leslie Wilson moments before - the initial verdict is murder. Gemma knows Jayne Wilson’s mother is innocent, but as she is unwilling to tell the truth, things look bad. To top things off Loui...
Rita Mae Brown’s novels are always entertaining, and Crazy Like a Fox is no exception. The characters, both animal and human are fascinating, and the story is unique. There is a murder, which lies at the heart of the story - but that isn’t where the plot begins or ends. The dapper, charming horseman Wesley Carruthers disappeared in 1954. Rumors flew, but noone knew the truth. Now, a man who is the spitting image of Wesley, down to his carriage and voice has stolen Wesley’s hunting horn. “Sister” Jane Arnold doesn’t believe in ghosts, but someone very like Wesley is visiting those who were present at the time of his disappearance. It is an unusual mystery rich in Virginia history and fox hunting lore. Before I read Crazy Like a Fox, I did not realize that fox hunters didn’t seek to kill the fox and that some did all they could to...
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...
by Julie Chase
Crooked Lane Books
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Sep 2017
The Kitty Couture Series is a pet lover's dream. A clever mystery, fascinating and memorable characters (human and animal alike), a great setting (who doesn't love New Orleans) and just the right dash of romance - what more could a mystery lover want? And it's newest installment, Cat Got Your Secrets has everything that makes this series a winner.
Lacy Marie Crocker’s shop is the destination in New Orleans for furry and feathered fashionistas. She's busy, she’s happy and she thinks murder is behind her - until her father becomes a suspect in a murder investigation. Detective Jack Oliver is doing his best, but following leads takes time, too much time. With his life and his reputation hanging in the balance, Lacy is determined to root out the real killer. Murder, blackmail, fashion and fabulous fur balls make for a fantastic read. I absolutely love Lacy, her...
Manny the Frenchie's Art of Happiness by Manny the Frenchie
Pub Date 06 Jun 2017
Who needs a guru when they have Manny, the world’s hippest Frenchie? The stress just falls away as you look are the adorable photos of Manny, his siblings and his friends. And for times when you can’t meditate upon his smiling mug, Manny has plenty of advice designed to make life better for humans and their four pawed companions. Needless to say naps and bacon play an important role. But there is also ample encouragement to treasure friends and family and do things that benefit others. Manny’s positive approach to life is contagious. After reading, Manny the Frenchie’s Art of Happiness, I felt energized and ready to take on the world one smile at a time.
I received a copy of Manny the Frenchie's Art of Happiness from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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...