I enjoyed this story as a mystery in general, and I liked the bits about book restoration, I didn't care so much for the characters. There's nothing w...moreI enjoyed this story as a mystery in general, and I liked the bits about book restoration, I didn't care so much for the characters. There's nothing wrong with them, they just didn't click with me. The story leans too much toward a romance than a mystery, and by the end I just didn't really care about what happened to the characters, just about the identity of the murderer. I don't think I'll keep up with this one.(less)
In general, I enjoyed this book Temple Barr makes a good detective, and Midnight Louie, the 20 lb black cat who becomes her partner in solving the mur...moreIn general, I enjoyed this book Temple Barr makes a good detective, and Midnight Louie, the 20 lb black cat who becomes her partner in solving the murder/cat napping at the ABA (American Booksellers Association) convention, is a great character. It's another cozy cat mystery where the animals can talk, but humans can't understand them. My biggest problem with the book is that there just wasn't enough Midnight Louie. It's called a Midnight Louie Mystery, but he gets, like 5 short chapters in the books, and a few scenes with Temple. Most of the book he spends in the Shelter. We only meet one other cat, Ingram, and hear about Baker and Taylor, but no real interaction with them, and that's what I really enjoy most about these kinds of cozys. I'm going to give the series one more book, to see if Louie gets more page time. If not, I'll be moving on, I think.(less)
At first I didn't think I would like this book. It is written in the first person, and I've had a lot of bad luck with books written like that and the...moreAt first I didn't think I would like this book. It is written in the first person, and I've had a lot of bad luck with books written like that and the drama it dumps on the reader. But this book didn't do that. Jillian Hart is a crafter and cat-lover, two things that give her a plus in my book. If fact, she cares more for the cats in trouble than the person murdered. Another plus from me.
The characters around her good too, from her first friend Candace, the female police officer with a gung-ho attitude toward evidence gathering, to Lydia, the former pageant queen who is also the cornerer's assistant who has eyes for Tom, the security expert, PI and former police officer who is more interested in Jillian.
It's set in another small Southern town, this time in South Carolina, but the town folk are quirky in an interesting way. I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait to get my hands on the next one. It's a new series, with only one other one out, and a third due in 2011. Get in on this series early, while you can!(less)
I picked up this book in hopes of getting a good murder mystery in an archaeological setting. Instead I get a book about woman, Lara McClintock, who s...moreI picked up this book in hopes of getting a good murder mystery in an archaeological setting. Instead I get a book about woman, Lara McClintock, who studies art history for her business of buying and selling art objects and visits an archeological site. The murder? Doesn't happen until at least half way through the book, after we've heard all about Lara's troubles with her divorce and lack of love life. I should have known I'd be in trouble when the book starts off in the first person. I've really come to dislike books told in this manner since it's always more able the personal life our the so-called "detective" rather than about the murder or the subject the mystery is supposed to be about. If it's called "An Archaeological Mystery", I expect to be about an archaeologist, not an art historian/buyer. I also didn't care at all for the lead, Lara. She spent a lot of time whining and doing really stupid things.
I tried to like this story, but in the end I had to force myself to get to the very predictable ending. I didn't hate it perse, but I'm not going to continue reading the series. It just wasnt' for me.(less)