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The Big Kitty (Sunny & Shadow Mystery #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  708 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Did curiosity kill the cat lady? 

Sunny Coolidge left her New York City newspaper job to go back to Maine and take care of her ailing father. But there’s not much excitement—or interesting work—in Kittery Harbor. So when Ada Spruance, the town’s elderly cat lady, asks for help finding her supposedly-winning lottery ticket, Sunny agrees. But when she arrives at Ada’s, with a
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Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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Yvonne
Mar 02, 2013 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
After taking a leave of absence to care for her ill father, Sunny Coolidge loses her well paying newspaper job in New York City and returns to her home town of Kittery Harbor, Maine. She moves in with her father and is stuck in a low paying job which doesn’t even cover her expenses – not to mention her unreasonable and demanding boss.

When Ada Spruance, also known as the “Cat Lady”, asks Sunny to help locate a missing winning lottery ticket, Sunny agrees to help. When Sunny pays Ada a visit, she
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Fred
Apr 06, 2012 Fred rated it liked it
The Big Kitty is the first book in the A Sunny and Shadow Mystery series.

Sunny Coolidge has returned to Kittery Harbor, the town where she grew up, to take care of her father. Ada Spruance, the elderly cat lady of Kittery, asks Sunny if she could help her look for the winning lottery ticket that she has lost. The deadline for turning in the winning tickets coming up very soon. As Sunny is getting ready to head home after this meeting, Sunny finds a large grey cat on sitting on her car. Shadow, a
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LORI CASWELL
May 06, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Meet Sunny Coolidge, a New York journalist who has returned home to Kittery Harbor, Maine, to take care of her father after his heart attack. She finds work at the local travel agency for Ollie Barnstable a.k.a "Ollie the Barnacle"" but she hopes it is temporary and that she will be able to land a job at a local newspaper.

She is surprised one day when Ada Spuance, the eldery woman everyone calls "the cat lady" comes into the office and asks Sunny to help her find a winning lottery ticket. Sunny
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Beth
May 04, 2012 Beth rated it did not like it
I am an avid cozy fan and usually love most cat themed mysteries but this turned my stomach. Not only was it offensive to cat lovers by having the one woman in the entire town who was kind to animals and rescued them be a ditzy, hoarder type, "cat lady" but it promoted animal abuse! I was frankly shocked when the main character's father started not only to make obnoxious comments towards his daughter about Shadow the cat but towards the cat as well. When the verbal abuse progressed towards actua ...more
Chrissy Kettenacker
May 27, 2014 Chrissy Kettenacker rated it it was ok
Yawn. This book was kind of boring. Would have been more interesting if we got to see the murder case thru Shadows perspective.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
For a debut novel in a new series, I found the book to have a good premise, interesting characters, and a solid mystery. It was a wee bit slow paced but that, I think, is due to the fact that a first book often does.

Sunny Coolidge is now residing in Kittery Harbor, Maine to help her father recover and adjust to his new life as a heart patient. I must admit that the Father's character was off-putting to me, at the beginning, as he was so physically cruel to the cat that Sunny brought home. I can
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Paul Lunger
May 29, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it
The debut novel for Claire Donally in the Sunny & Shadow mystery series takes us to fictional Kittery Harbor, Maine & introduces us to Sunny Coolidge a writer who works in a travel office in this town. When a local resident, Ada Spruance (the local cat lady) who has a lottery ticket worth $6-8M comes up dead after telling her this things a rather clever mystery ensues. Shadow, the cat, ends up adopting Sunny making this a change from the usual items in this genre & he is a cat that's ...more
Amy
Dec 14, 2012 Amy added it
Shelves: ad-mystery, 2012
When I saw this book at Lift Bridge Book Shop, I flipped out because we call our cat Gordon "Big Kitty." One I got it home, Big Kitty - true to form - proceeded to puncture the front and back covers with his teeth. Big Kitty was chewing on "The Big Kitty" - SO META. It was an OK book. I didn't love the main character - she seemed a little generic and low on personality. And I don't love it when authors try to write from an animal's perspective - it usually seemed kind of affected or gimmicky or ...more
Ellen Dark
Nov 16, 2015 Ellen Dark rated it liked it
Another cat book, but the cat is pretty much a cat. The author does tell some of the story from the cat's point of view, but the cat doesn't use people's names and has a limited understanding of the world. Sunny Coolidge has returned to small-town Maine, from NYC, to care for her ailing father. The town "cat lady" asks Sunny to help her look for her winning lottery ticket. When Sunny arrives at the woman's home she finds the woman dead instead. One of the dead woman's cats, Shadow, adopts Sunny. ...more
Mayda
May 22, 2013 Mayda rated it really liked it
Ada Spruance was your typical, elderly cat-person. She loved cats right up till the day she died. . . or was murdered. Sunny Coolidge has moved back to her small home town to care for her ailing father. When she promises to help Ada look for a missing lottery ticket, her life became overly complicated with Ada's death. Add to that a large grey tomcat called Shadow and a handsome police named Will Price, and you have have the makings of a entertaining mystery that will especially appeal to cat lo ...more
Kate
Dec 13, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Really liked this one! Fast paced and breezy, set in a cute little town in Maine. Fun! I'll be looking for the next in the series when it comes out.
Maurie
May 07, 2012 Maurie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
This was a very enjoyable read with a great main cat character. I'm looking forward to more in this series!
Diane
May 09, 2012 Diane rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. And if you are any kind of cat person, you will love Shadow... I'm looking forward to the second in this new series.
Karen
Mar 10, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
Not bad
Peggy
Sep 09, 2012 Peggy rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Loved how it has what the cat is thinking and feeling. Hope there will be more.
Kathie
Dec 11, 2016 Kathie rated it it was amazing
I love a good mystery and one where there is a cat who solves it is even better. This one has the hero cat Shadow saving the day! And what makes it even more fun is being able to "hear" what the cat is thinking.
Julie
I'm always a little afraid of mysteries with animal main characters, but this was just a lot of fun. And since I'm looking for a new cozy series, I'm delighted!
Meg
Feb 22, 2017 Meg rated it really liked it
Fun read, interesting cat.
Renee
Feb 08, 2017 Renee rated it liked it
It's possible that I'm just not a cat person.
Alannah Davis
Nov 18, 2012 Alannah Davis rated it really liked it
First book in a cozy mystery series about Sunny Coolidge and her cat, Shadow. In this introduction to the series, Sunny and Shadow meet when the town "cat lady" Ada Spruance, is found dead at the foot of the stairs. Might be murder. And murder might have to do with the winning but missing lottery ticket Ada had wanted Sunny to help her find, or it might have something to do with the objections that snooty neighbors had to the local cat-lady-slash-hoarder.

A few sections were told from Shadow's po
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Roxann
Apr 04, 2014 Roxann rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, cats
The Big Kitty is the first book in the A Sunny and Shadow Mystery series. I read the second one first and went back to find this book. This is another cozy mystery.

Story line: Sunny Coolidge has returned to Kittery Harbor, the town where she grew up, to take care of her father. Ada Spruance, the elderly cat lady of Kittery, asks Sunny if she could help her look for the winning lottery ticket that she has lost. As Sunny is getting ready to head home after this meeting, Sunny finds a large grey c
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Debbie
Apr 22, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
"The Big Kitty" is a cozy mystery. Though Sunny is supposed to have lived in New York as a reporter for several years, she seems very naive. She's not street smart. She doesn't even know what commonly used abbreviations mean, and someone has to explain these things to her. She didn't think her actions through very well, either. She started off the story doing something that made me think, "Do you want the old lady to be killed?!" yet she rationalized that her actions were going to help the woman ...more
Debra
This book was my Cozy Mystery book for January 2016.

I almost gave up on this book. I am glad I did not.

I am not sure why but the book seemed to go at a snail's pace in the first 120 pages. I will allow it could have been me and not the writing/book. So you may think, 'wow! Why did you not give up on this book earlier than 120 pages?' Here is your answer, I wanted it to get better. I wanted to like the characters sooner than later. And I did, finally, find my emotional attachment that we all se
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Ricki
Sep 20, 2015 Ricki rated it really liked it
If you are a cozy mystery fan, and a cat lover, then you must read The Big kitty!" is a cozy mystery. Even though Sunny is supposed to have lived in New York as a reporter for several years, she seems very naive. She's not street smart. She doesn't even know what commonly used abbreviations mean, and someone has to explain these things to her. She didn't think her actions through very well, either. She started off the story doing something that made me think, "Do you want the old lady to be kill ...more
Dyana
Jan 02, 2014 Dyana rated it liked it
The last book I read was very intense so I needed a cozy mystery and this one filled the bill. Sunny Coolidge returns to Kittery Harbor, Maine to care for her ailing father. As a result, she is let go from her New York City newspaper job; and her boyfriend, who was also her editor, finds it convenient to dump her.

Sunny takes a job in Kittery Harbor as a secretary at MAX - the Maine Adventure X-perience - a website for people looking for places to stay in the area. She befriends an elderly "cat"
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Nancy
Jul 28, 2013 Nancy added it
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Fanficfan44
Oct 28, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it
I have had this book hanging around for quite a while and to be truthful, I don’t even remember where I picked it up. It is not my normal type cozy, being told in part from the perspective of Shadow, the big grey cat pictured on the front of the book.

I am really glad that I finally read this, it was very well done, not overly cutesy or full of anthropomorphic animals. The reader knows Shadow’s thoughts, but they are really from a cat’s perspective, not a cat with human emotions or perceptions. I
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Robert
I am not liking GoodReads this morning as it just ate my review. Grrr . . .

This book became better as it went along. I was truly put off with reading the inner-thoughts of a cat. I was convinced the cat was going to be a super-animal sidekick. Fortunately, the story did not develop on that direction, although the final action scene was implausibly silly with the feline's help.

Nevertheless, I found the character development of the three main characters well done. Sunny (the returned home failed
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Deborah Darsie
Sunny is stuck between 'real' jobs in a familiar manner, thanks to a family illness.
It seems she has found her way to blending the parts of her self that will provide many unexpected possibilities.

Murder of the well-meaning cat hoarder, who has a variety pack of potential perpetrators.
A local sheriff who insists his county is "crime free" (despite all evidence to the contrary!) and is up for re-election.
A state police constable (Will Price) who Sunny keeps running into as she copes with the co
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Elaine
Sep 04, 2013 Elaine rated it liked it
This one is pretty much a standard cozy all the way. The leading character, a young woman, comes back to the small Maine town where she grew up to take care of her father. Along the way she meets various characters, including Will the deputy, whom she begins a relationship with. Some of the characters, including her boss, are shady to begin with, and you know from the beginning they are up to no good. An elderly woman is murdered, and there is a lottery ticket missing. Sound familiar so far?

The
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