In a Nutshell
Title: Cat Shout For Joy
Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of Release: February 23, 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5 Nuts
It’s been ages since I read a Joe Grey Mystery. Somehow I was under the impression Shirley Rousseau Murphy was no longer writing them. I am thrilled to announce I was wrong. As a result, I’ve spent the last weekend in Molena Point with Joe Grey, Dulcie, Kit, Pan and Misto, plus a host of wonderful people who support these crime-fighting, talking cats. Of course, that means I had to put with thugs who were coshing the heads of residents of Molena Point.
Along the way, Kit and Pan return from an adventure in the magical lands, the aged Misto passes away and Dulcie and Joe have kittens, who may also have the ability to speak – we’ll have to wait for the next installment. They’re doing all this while solving the mystery of the assaults and murders of their town’s residents. But there’s a hint in this book, that Max, the police chief, may have figured out their secret and may know who his telephonic snitches may be.
I’ve found the Joe Grey books to be well-written, fast-paced, plenty of excitement with great characters and this one was no different. I love it when I can get totally absorbed in a story and I got totally absorbed in this one. In fact, three-quarters of the way through, I lost my Kindle. I can’t find it anywhere. So I had to download the program to my computer so I could finish the book. This is probably a good thing, because I still haven’t found my Kindle!
I highly recommend.
Have a great week!
It seems like just yesterday I reviewed Sarah Fox’s first entry into this series, The Crêpes of Wrath. She’s already written the second in the series, For Whom the Bread Rolls. This time Marley must prove she didn’t kill the pancake house troublemaker, Ida. It seems like just about every series has at least 0ne story line that includes that scenario. (Although I don’t remember one with Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot.)
My favorite part was that Flapjack, the cat, plays a much bigger role in this book. I hope that continues. Marley’s relationship with Brett continues to florish. There’s even a new animal character, dog Bentley. My least favorite part was the lack of snappy dialogue between the characters. I came away from this one with the feeling the characters are terribly dull. At about 25% of the way through the book she meats with a good friend:
“How are things going?” I asked as Leigh headed for the kitchen.
“Great,” Lisa replied, tucking her dark hair behind one ear. “Especially since you’ve got air-conditioning in here.”
Fox has great skill in developing a story, there’s plenty of twists and turns, but the characters in this one are a little wooden. (Remember in my last review, I really liked the characterization of the people in the diner? Yeah, more of that – please.)
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In A Nutshell
Title: All-Butter Short Dead: Oxford Tearoom Mystery – Prequel
Author: H. Y. Hanna
Publisher: Wisheart Press
Date of Release: July 28, 2016
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Cozy Mystery
Source: Amazon – as of this writing (11/1/16) it is free for the digital version on that site
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
All of my life I’ve heard – “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” No matter. If the cover art is intriguing, I’m probably going to pick up the book. This series is no exception. I have a couple of them in my Kindle because I love the cat on the cover and the description sounded interesting. Those of you who have been reading my reviews for a while know I like to start at the beginning of a series. Then I find that the prequel has recently been released (with that cute cat on the cover) and that I can get it for my Kindle for free, no strings attached. Done deal.
Fortunately, the book lives up to its cover. It even has a cute cat character, Muesli. More importantly, there’s a great main character, Gemma Rose, who purchases (not inherits) an old building to turn into a tearoom in Oxford, England. She has a proverbial sidekick/best friend, Cassie, but in an interesting twist she has the four Biddies help her with mysteries and a handyman/baker to help with the tearoom. The four Biddies offer some wonderful comic relief and a great deal of help. In the prequel they help solve the mystery of the murder of a woman who sat next to Gemma on the flight from Australia – and just in the nick of time as the fact Gemma was suspect was holding up her loan for the tearoom.
This is a great introduction to a new-to-me series. Four out of five stars.
And even though it’s already Tuesday – have a great week!
I love reading the first book of a series. Not only do I like to read the books in order, I enjoy examining how writers introduce characters. This book allowed me to do both. I’ve also read other books by Lynn Cahoon and enjoyed them, but really like this one more than the others. While this one has the same great writing, I identified a little more closing with the main character Cat Latimer as she is a bit older than the protagonists in the other Cahoon books I’ve read.
On of my pet peeves with cozy mysteries, especially the more modern ones, is that the set up is usually very contrived. So how many people do you know that have inherited a beautiful home from a relative that is ideal for whatever business the main character wants to go into or better yet, the deceased has the business all set up for the protagonist? This one is similar, but a bit more believable – Cat’s ex left her the house they lived in as a couple. She turns it into a writers’ retreat – after all she is a writer. Unfortunately, at her first retreat the celebrity author is murdered. There’s quite a few twists and turns before it’s all worked out and the ending sets the reader up in the perfect place to ready the next one in the series.
So – great main character, super sidekick, interesting love interest, intriguing murder makes a a wonderful first entry into a new cozy mystery series.
4 stars out of 5.
Have a great weekend!
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