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Murder Can Spook Your Cat (Desiree Shapiro Mystery #5)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  166 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Private investigator Desiree Shapiro has run into some tough cases before, but the death of a noted children's book author-found inher study with her cat as the only witness-has her truly stumped. A frequently married woman of contradictions and eccentric habits, this writer had enough in her estate to provide more than a motive for homicide. Desiree must think fast if she ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Signet
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Marney Hawes
Feb 21, 2017 Marney Hawes rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Nice to meet a new series. Desiree is a most relatable PI - she isn't an ex-cop,she doesn't do martial arts and she finds it hard to pass up a bakery. She also doesn't solve the mystery in a week, doesn't bug the cops nor get in their way, and occasionally makes wrong assumptions. And even when she is working a case, she still has issues with family and dating. A well-rounded (no pun intended) character who works as a PI. I like her!
Nov 15, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Loved by everyone, murdered by one.

Desiree has a request from long time friend and former neighbor, Kevin Garvey. Kevin, still a strikingly handsome man although in his 60's, believes his former wife's death was no accident. He was also the 4Th in Luella Pressman's list of husbands and evidently he never stopped being in love with her.

Luella Pressman was a successful author of a series of children's books. She could be usually be found stirring up those creative juices and writing away in her s
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Feb 12, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

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Sep 02, 2008 Jodi rated it it was ok
This is the first book that I've read in this series, but it's book 5 of the series (which is currently in hiatus after book 15). It was an easy read but I knew the killer pretty much immediately. Desiree Shapiro is a full-figured PI in NYC. She's dating a total creep. She has very caring friends. But I thought her investigation left much to be desired. In this book she's asked to investigate the death of the ex-wife of a friend of hers. The ex-husband is convinced that it must be her step-daugh ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2010
This was the first of this series that I've read (although I have 2 more on Mt. TBR) and I really liked the heroine Desiree Shapiro. She's a self-doubting, sensitive, single, plus-sized private investigator - what's not to like? In this story, the suspects were all related either by blood or marriage and I think I would have like to have seen a few more wild cards/red herrings thrown in the plot since I was able to guess the murderer early on. Much like real investigative work, there were a few ...more
Oct 13, 2009 Marti rated it it was ok
this was my treadmill book--it has a nice little ledge--so it took me quite a while to read it, even though I finally brought it upstairs. the fact that we have a cat influenced me to pick this at a book sale. i found it fair--wasn't crazy about the characters, didn't sympathize with Desiree's problems with friends or men and am not sure why i just didn't put it in the recycle bag earlier.
Dec 28, 2008 Cindy rated it liked it
Desiree is always fun to read. I love the working relationship with her secretary Jackie. And the asides to the audience about food, and Desiree's description of things. Sometimes I even laugh out loud. Great character.
Jan 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Shelves: rmr-project
Too much irrelevant stuff.
So far I'm still enjoying this series.
Kim j
Feb 27, 2012 Kim j rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eichler
Love her books & her genuine style. I love all the characters & the fact that she is not a typical PI. Fresh & always down to earth!
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Jan 08, 2013 Maryalice Hogg-O'Rourke rated it really liked it
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Jul 24, 2014 Georgene rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A nicely written little whodunit featuring a plus-sized P.I., a cat and a whole lot of other interesting characters.
Mar 15, 2010 Ann rated it liked it
I love this amateur sleuth. She's my kind of gal.
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Selma Eichler is a freelance writer who lives in New York with her husband. She is the creator of 'Desiree Shapiro', private eye in New York City.

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