Jillian Hart, new resident in a small town and a recent widow, is trying to rebuild her life. She makes and sells quilts for cats, and arriving home a...moreJillian Hart, new resident in a small town and a recent widow, is trying to rebuild her life. She makes and sells quilts for cats, and arriving home after an overnight business trip, she discovers a broken window and one of her own beloved cats is missing. Catnapped! What follows is an intriguing mystery as Jillian unearths clues and makes new friends in the process. This first installment in the Cats in Trouble mystery series by Leann Sweeney is nothing but sheer delight for readers who like both cozies and cats. With believable characters who are likeable even with their flaws and a plot that will keep you guessing, this story will have you reaching for the next book in the series as soon as you finish it.
This second installment in the Cats in Trouble mystery series is sure to delight mystery and cat lovers alike. In this tale, Jillian discovers dozens...moreThis second installment in the Cats in Trouble mystery series is sure to delight mystery and cat lovers alike. In this tale, Jillian discovers dozens of caged cats on what looks like an abandoned farm. But then she stumbles over a dead body, and now she is enmeshed in a mystery involving not only the cats but also her friends and stepdaughter as Jillian is targeted by the killer. Will she uncover the truth in time to save herself and her own cats? This is one tale that will keep you turning pages until you know the fate of all the kitties. With likable, believable characters, interesting subplots, and an intriguing mystery, this tale is pure cover-to-cover pleasure.(less)
I always expect an entertaining, cozy mystery when I pick up a book by Diane Mott Davidson. Therefore, I was surprised to see that her latest book, "C...moreI always expect an entertaining, cozy mystery when I pick up a book by Diane Mott Davidson. Therefore, I was surprised to see that her latest book, "Crunch Time," included the words, “A Novel of Suspense,” beneath the title. I don’t think this novel can really be classified as suspense, but if there were a genre for a suspense-cozy, it would fit this book. The author did a good job of intertwining the several mysteries in the story, and providing enough suspects to make the reader wonder along with Goldy who the culprit really is. I was mildly disappointed that her former assistant, Julian, was hardly more than mentioned in the story, and that her best friend, Marla, was such a minor character, but the new characters of Yolanda and her feisty Great Aunt Ferdinanda more than make up for their absence. There is enough action for the thrill seekers, enough mystery for the amateur sleuths, and enough recipes for the gourmet cooks to keep all readers happy. The story threads are neatly tied up at the conclusion, but Diane Mott Davidson cleverly leaves us wanting to know more. Crunch Time is different from Davidson’s other novels, but well worth the read. I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads.(less)
If you are looking for a clever cozy to while away an afternoon, look no further than Murder Past Due. Charlie Harris, a people-friendly librarian, al...moreIf you are looking for a clever cozy to while away an afternoon, look no further than Murder Past Due. Charlie Harris, a people-friendly librarian, along with Diesel, a people-pleasing Maine coon cat, find themselves entrenched in a murder of a best-selling author that everybody loves to hate. Charlie is really new at the amateur sleuth game, and commits a few (legal) errors of his own, all with good intentions. Diesel has no supernatural cat powers: He doesn't talk to other animals or people, or point out clues to solve the crime. He is a pretty amazing cat, though: He walks with a leash, meows to people as if he is actually talking to them, senses when they need extra comfort and attention, and responds to commands, mostly those he wants to do, anyway. With a cast of lovable characters, author Miranda James sets up a intriguing mystery, provides clues for the reader along the way, and sums up her tale with a satisfying conclusion. This is the first in a series that hopefully will continue for a long time.
Dentists may be plagued with a higher than average suicide rate, but this particular dentist is cursed with a higher than average rate of being hated...moreDentists may be plagued with a higher than average suicide rate, but this particular dentist is cursed with a higher than average rate of being hated by those who know him. With so many people who had a motive to murder, Hamish has his hands full in trying to narrow down the list of suspects. In this 13th installment of the Hamish Macbeth series, you will cheer on his sleuthing abilities even while you sympathize with his lack of social skills with the opposite sex. This series is not a page turner but it is still an entertaining way to spend a few hours. (less)