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Nine Lives Last Forever (The Cats and Curios Mystery #2)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  447 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
When frogs begin appearing in the antiques shop Rebecca has inherited from her Uncle Oscar, her cats Rupert and Isabella instantly give chase. But why are frogs turning up in San Francisco's City Hall building? And what does her late uncle's mysterious note to "follow the frogs" mean?
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Berkley (first published May 26th 2010)
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Sep 06, 2010 Lindig rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
You'd think I would have remembered the trouble I had reading the first book but no-o-o-o. I did eventually finish #1 but the only thing I remember liking about was the San Francisco history.

This volume began to irritate me almost immediately -- the heroine is neurotic, in my opinion. She's always gulping, startling, shrieking, twitching, shrinking, and going downstairs to find out what her cats have just destroyed with her wet hair just dripping -- she couldn't pick up a towel?! And her cats ar
Jan 31, 2012 Vicky rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-read
How this book ever made it to print is beyond me. i tried to make it to page 100 and just couldn't do it. Frogs and the history and landmarks of San Franscisco lost me. There is more description of clothes that doesn't keep the story moving.I will not read another book by Ms. Hale. This is an awful example of published print.
Mar 31, 2012 Shawnee rated it liked it
Book 2... and still the main character has no name. And I still have no idea what the book is about... or who to believe... at least the cats are likeable. And okay, the frogs are likeable in this book. Since I started this book, I have started THREE other books and finished one. Does that say anything?
Jul 30, 2012 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This one took quirky and zany to a whole new level.

The mystery was kind of interesting but the main character didn't really do any of the sleuthing, she more or less allowed everyone else to move her around like a chess piece.

The frogs were altogether over the top unrealistic and the antics of the cats, while fun, felt out of place in the story since they didn't have 'speaking' roles in the first book.

I liked all the characters but would have preferred more of the mystery solving, more sleuthing
Sep 07, 2013 Kayt18 rated it liked it
i dont know why these books are so hard to read. i really think Ms Hale is a wonderful author, her writing style can be quite interesting. she is intelligent and fun. however her books just are a pain to read. i am about tired of mustaches, dead or not dead family members, friends and enemies. i get confused with who is who and what in the world they are doing. now dont get me started on the abundance of frogs in this book either. why, why, why! i am going to read the others but just hope it ...more
Gloria Mccracken
Dec 15, 2013 Gloria Mccracken rated it liked it
I think I would have enjoyed the humor and all round peculiar cast of characters more if I had read the first one in the series (this is the second). As it was, it was really confusing until well into the second half of the book. It didn't help that the short chapters switch points of view frequently and it's a little hard to keep everyone straight. Lots of recent and not so recent San Francisco political history, which was a plus for me, but might not be for everyone.
Honestly, if she didn't have some really interesting tidbits about the history of San Francisco, I'm not sure I've have finished the book. In fact, I'm not really certain what the mystery was - Sutro's lost treasure? The frogs threw me off. Her characters are madcap and fun but her heroine has got to be the most spineless creature alive. Putting up with incredibly rude people is not necessary. There are polite ways and then more direct ways of dealing with them.
Aug 02, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
I didn't care for this one quite as much, particularly as the ending seemed to make the entire book rather pointless. I found the author's writing a bit wordy as well; I personally felt that some of her descriptions were too full of adjectives to flow well. Unlike the last one, this one definitely allows for, although does not necessary lead into, another book in this series, hopefully one that includes rather less of Monty.
Jun 21, 2013 Jackie rated it liked it
More minor mysteries are happening at the Green Vase Antique Shop in San Francisco. Things are definitely becoming strange as it is hard to tell if the corpse from an earlier book is still dead or was he ever dead. The cats are cute but I’m wondering if they are there as a draw for cat-lovers instead of being an active part of the story.
4fabfelines Cox
Oct 30, 2010 4fabfelines Cox rated it it was amazing
I loved the cats in these little cozy books they are so cute and the author obviously knows cats. But the legnthy history lessons got on my nerves from time to time and the heroine has no spine.
Monty is amusing and the weird charactors that show up in the books are funny.
I would like to see this series have more of a story line and less historical information even if it is interesting.
Leticia Vega
Mar 18, 2012 Leticia Vega rated it liked it
Quirky. Fun. At times it ventured into the "corny". Though the book didn't have as many laughs as the first, I really did enjoy reading it. Book #2 seemed to read a lot faster than the first; however, at times the story did get a bit heavy with the history lessons. *Snore* Despite the few negatives, the positives are by far greater. I'll give Book #3 a whirl.
Text Addict
I give up on this series. The history bits are fun, but: the pace and story structure are consistently off-track, the protagonist is a wallflower at her own party, and the weird bits are much more WTF than amusing. Back to the used book store all four of them will go.
Feb 16, 2011 Nancy added it
Rupert & Isabella are chasing frogs in Rebecca's antique store. Frank, the bad guy who disappeared, is back trying to find some gold. Frogs are all over city hall and it turns out the missing gold was used to restore the ceiling of the city hall.

Colleen Mertens
Oct 20, 2016 Colleen Mertens rated it liked it
This was an interesting sequel to Hale's first book. I liked this a little better than the first one and I liked some of the new characters introduced. I like how R. M. Hale adds in the Mark Twain angle. That made the story fun and Monty is a good comic relief.
Apr 28, 2014 Yvonne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca is settling into the antique store, the Green Vase, which her late uncle Oscar bequeathed to her. Unfortunately, her sales aren’t booming but it’s not stopping her from trying with the help of her beloved cats Rupert and Isabella.

Besides the shop, her uncle left her in the middle of a huge mystery. Suddenly frogs start appearing in the Green Vase and they seem to have invaded City Hall. Then Rebecca finds a letter from her uncle saying “follow the frogs”. Rebecca is surrounded by a varie
Sep 13, 2016 Gayle rated it liked it
#2 in The Cats and Curios Mystery Series, this was a quick vacation read that I enjoyed though I think reading the first book would have helped understand the plot. Set in San Francisco, it includes a fair amount of historical research concerning the politics of the city that I thought made the story more interesting. The plot is rather corny based on the included history; if you are a cat lover I imagine you would enjoy the inclusion of the protagonist's pets. Not sure if I'd read more of the ...more
Sep 13, 2012 C. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: up-to-2012
I had a ball with Rebecca M Hale's début "How To Wash A Cat". There was bewilderment of the unknown, large life changes, clues to puzzle out, and hidden passageways to my heart's content. The world and scenarios created were entirely new discoveries on the pages. However the protagonist 'Rebecca' had a fear of lawyer 'Miranda' that became silly and a constant sneeze reaction to her scent grew grating rather than comical. Some of these disappeared in volume two and I love "Nine Lives Last Forever ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Debra rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the 1st book in this series, How to Wash a Cat. So, I was excited to read the 2nd book to see what happens next in the lives of Rupert, Isabella and their human.

That being said... This book didn't do it for me. I adore the cats because I am a cat lover. But, if I wasn't, I don't know if I would have made it through this book.

Nine Lives Last Forever seems to drag through a nonsense story. It had twists and turns that didn't make sense. And, by the end of the story, I was so sick
Dharia Scarab
I wanted to like this series, but at the end of the day I find myself ambivalent.
Each story contains a lot of information about the history of San Francisco and the state of California. The mysteries are more treasure hunts for historic past relics than traditional mystery novels.
But I just had a hard time getting through these books. The fact that the main character has no name in the first book and is referred to by everyone as Oscar's niece was just bizarre. This book contains the one and on
Apr 18, 2013 Christyn rated it it was ok
I want to start off by saying I think this author is certainly memorable, particularly because of how she writes her books. The timeline is not sequential, and it can be disconcerting when she does that. I was intrigued however by the story, and have to agree with another reviewer that it was one of the stranger mysteries I've read. I enjoy the details (including the history) she goes into. So far after reading both How to Wash a Cat and Nine Lives Last Forever I can see her stories are more ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Elentarien rated it liked it
This book was interesting. Again, same as the first one, I LOVED the cats. She handles them really well and you can almost see them. I even loved the chapters where she popped into the cat's perspectives for awhile.

The story was also interesting, the mystery was a bit easier to see this time, and its nice to have a mystery that is not a 'murder mystery for a change.

My gripes? The history-lectures seemed longer and more numerous in this version. After the first one I started to feel like I was
Jul 21, 2012 Helen rated it it was ok
This is one of the strangest mysteries I've ever read. If it weren't for all the history of San Francisco's Cliff House and the ruined swimming pools I would have dropped it in disgust. There are frogs all over everywhere, there is a woman running around in a rubber mask and green gogo boots, there are secrets all over the place, there is a water-filled moat around city hall, there is hidden treasure (maybe) and there are cats. The cats I like, the frogs make no sense, all the foofarawing around ...more
Nola Arganbright
Jan 31, 2015 Nola Arganbright rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is Book 2 of the series. I read book four after Book 1 and see that they are much better understood if they are read in sequence. In this book Rebecca and Monty continue on a quest for one of Uncle Oscars hidden treasures. You receive much more information on the Vigilance Committee that Uncle Oscar and his friends had established.
The quirky group of characters are with us once again along with Isabelle and Rupert the trusty feline detectives. Some of the historical facts of this book inclu
Jill Holmes
Dec 19, 2012 Jill Holmes rated it really liked it
What a fun read! Rebecca M. Hale takes Our Heroine deeper into her new career and lifestyle as owner of her Uncle Oscar's antiques shop. She gets wrapped up in another mystery that her deceased (maybe?) Uncle and his cronies had begun investigating years ago. Like all things Oscar, it involves the California Gold Rush and its aftermath as well as more recent City politics, locales, earthquakes, and social tremors. Like all things related to Our Heroine, she can't hope to get to the bottom of any ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Patricia rated it it was ok
I happened to see this book in a paperback-discards pile, and I flipped to a part that was from the cat's point of view. I decided to try it out based on the "cute precocious cats" theme.
Well, there weren't enough cats in it for me. The mystery part was OK, I guess, but there were a lot of things I couldn't suspend my disbelief on. Runaway bus in San Fran but no one gets hurt? A frog 'turns its head around to look' at someone? (Sorry, not biologically possible). A character uses a wrought-iron p
Paul Lunger
Oct 06, 2011 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it
What do cats, frogs & the mayor's office of San Francisco have to do with a mystery novel? Quite a bit in the 2nd novel in this series by Rebecca Hale. This adventure finds our main character & her cats following a simple mystery phrase of "follow the frogs" in a story dealing with the VC Societies of San Francisco that is also tied to the assassination of Harvey Milk. As usual Hale presents a rather unique mystery tale as the parts & pieces fall into place. Back for another round ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
It was a slow start and doesn't have a linear timeline. Sometimes I can deal with non linear timelines but this one took effort starting out.

If you like anything involving frogs or cats, then you will like the book. It does have a mystery but focuses more on the characters than the story line. The cats are included in the character development. Rupert gets the most air time of the two cats.

I didn't read the first book and don't think it is necessary. It might help fill in a few details to read
Sep 14, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Rebecca and her two cats live in the bookstore in San Francisco that her Uncle Oscar left her. When she visits a friend's office in the magnificent City Hall building, she becomes aware that the place is infested with frogs. Then they start appearing in the bookstore. It's clear that some of Oscar's friends are involved in a plot, but Rebecca (who seems unnaturally passive) doesn't know what's going on, nor does the reader for far too long. Read for the atmosphere, and join me in wondering if ...more
Oct 23, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
Nine Lives Last Forever was another fun and quick read that I enjoyed as much as the first book in the series. I enjoyed how Hale gave the reader multiple viewpoints including Rupert and Isabella as Rebecca found herself once again involved in another mystery of her late uncle's. The quirky secondary characters from the first book reappear here and make this second adventure even more fun than the first. I really enjoy this series, and I would recommend it if you like light, fun reading and have ...more
Jul 28, 2010 Karin rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-by-me
I love the characters in this series. The pace moves a little slow, but if it went any faster then the main character wouldn't be the way she is - she'd be different - and I like her the way she is (even if I can't remember her name). Monty and Dellia are a hoot! The cats are awesome! I want some of that fried chicken! The only complaint that I had is it was half way into the book before the main character ever found out anything was going on. Other than that - really liked it.
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NY Times bestselling author Rebecca M. Hale worked for almost ten years as a patent attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area before taking time off to write her first novel, HOW TO WASH A CAT. She is now the author of nine Penguin titles and a growing portfolio of works released under her own imprint Green Vase Publishing. She writes fiction, typically in the form of quirky mysteries that reflect ...more
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