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How to Catch a Cat

(The Cats and Curios Mystery #6)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A serial killer with a peculiar penchant for City Hall interns is on the loose in San Francisco, and it’s up to me—and my two cats, Rupert and Isabella—to put a stop to the spree. Unfortunately, worrying about my uncle Oscar’s failing health and assisting with the interim mayor’s America’s Cup regatta doesn’t leave me with much opportunity to chase down clues.

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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Berkley Books
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Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How To Catch A Cat is the sixth book in the Cats & Curios Mystery series.

I have enjoyed this series from the first book, How To Wash A Cat. Ms. Hale provides an enjoyable mixture of mystery, humor and a touch of San Francisco history in each of the books. And this book is no different.

The hunt continues for Mabel the Knitting Needle Ninja who had lured college aged students into intern jobs at City Hall and then killing them. Uncle Oscar, even with his health problems is out and about trying
Debbie Lester
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca M. Hale returns to her Cats and Curios series with her latest book, How to Catch a Cat. Rupert and Isabella are back with another adventure, this time centering around the sailing history of San Francisco. Hale's unique way of writing might be a little confusing for some, but she always creates a tale that is complex and satisfying and this one is no exception. The unnamed main character is trying to find a killer in her own time and one in the past, which takes the reader on a journey t ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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How to Catch a Cat is an interesting and unique mystery! It is the 6th in the very popular Cats and Curios mystery series. This novel can be read as a stand alone, but might be more enjoyable if one has read at least one of the earlier books to follow the progression of some of the characters. The back cover description is written in first person as if the niece is writing it, yet the novel itself is not written in firs
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
Dollycas’s Thoughts
The truly is one of my favorite series. They are so much more than mysteries that are adventures and Rebecca M. Hale spins quite a story or should I say stories. She takes the reader back and forth from 1775 to present time and gives this series a fabulous finish.

Again the story picks up right where the last one leaves off as Oscar, his niece and her cats are trying to catch the Knitting Needle Ninja. A killer who hides blades in the ends of knitting needles, apparently it is
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Knitting Needle Ninja is still on the loose. With Oscar's health failing, he wants to catch her before he loses his battle. She is still elusive but clues are all around for Oscar and his niece.

I enjoyed how the founding of San Francisco Bay was incorporated into the story. I liked the story going back to the past and coming into the present. I also liked the frogs usage in the story. I love Rupert with his dreams of fried chicken and Isabella with her ability to communicate. Watching the m
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the way this series is written, each book has an adventure,mystery and eccentric characters, and yet each book is written in such a way that is never a repeat of another. I hope there will be more.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
The sixth installment of the Cats & Curios Mystery Series. I found this book not as enjoyable as the rest in the series. This installment has Uncle Oscar at the forefront and is told in alternating chapter groupings from present day San Frisco during the America Cup Races and the historical 1700s onboard a ship named the San Carlos. The majority of the characters are in both timeframes as our the cats Rupert & Isabella. As always there are hijinks both human and feline. Enjoyable if you' ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Much ado about nothing.
2 stories happening at the same time, none of them really tells something.
Paul Lunger
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The 6th book in Rebecca Hale's "Cats & Curios" series, "How to Catch a Cat", is a book with parallel plots that leaves this reader with more curiosity than anything else. The book begins by introducing us to the San Carlos a Spanish vessel which in August 1775 was off the California coast & would eventually discover San Francisco along with island of the coast of Los Angeles. In this story, we find very familiar characters in Oscar as well as both cats Rupert & Isabella with referenc ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was probably my least favorite of all of the Cats and Curios books, but I still had fun with it, liked it a lot, and will happily re-read it in the future. I hated to get to the end of it, as it is, thus far, the last in the series. MAN, I'm going to miss Rupert! Well, I'll miss Isabella as well, but Rupert totally won my heart.

And so, I bid Rupert a fond farewell until I re-read this series again...which WILL happen. I knew that with the final death of...well...a person, that this was prob
Natalie Williams
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The writer has a clever and unique style . . . she employs various modes of crafting her tale and her characters that add interesting layers and dimensions to her plot. A few passages gave me the belly-laughs and some snorts and giggles as well . . . great comedic timing, situations, and dialogue! I'm not a spoiler, so I won't go there . . . I enjoyed the mix of history, mystery, comedy, cats, vague references to prior lives, and zany, but recognizable characters. The murder weapon was an extra ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I plodded through this book for two reasons. One, I love the cats Rupert and Isabella. Two, I like the previous books in the series. Two reasons, two stars. I lopped off a star because of the author's weird insistance at not naming her heroine. Another star was lost due to the dragged out story line. The last star was lost due to the death of a beloved character. The rather anti-climactic ending was given a buy.
Michael Brown
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-reading
Latest in the spooky cat and crazy San Francisco city hall series. Ties up the last story line and finally ends the participation of Oscar. This series is OK from the library but I would not pay for any of them. Our main character is OK. Her cats are so - so. The reporter is acceptable. The rest of the characters are a mess and none really believable in full. They have fit parts of the story plot but here in book six some are not used and others are over used.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series!

It's wacky and takes some healthy suspension of disbelief, but nothing beats a relaxing read on an otherwise dreary Sunday afternoon!

I seriously hope the series continues, gets a little weirder, and that the niece and Hox find true love! Maybe even with each other.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Have read all of the book in the series but this wasn't my favorite because it left too many loose ends. But it sure managed to peak my curiosity to read what the next episode will explain! Rebecca Hale sure has the unique ability to write a tale that keeps you guessing! Love the feline heroines as well!
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Amusing. The story flips from the voyage to discover the entryway into San Francisco Bay to a regatta in present day San Francisco. The murders of a few interns are of no great consequence..they just hire another one. The important thing is to catch the Knitting Needle Ninja...ok, the cats make it funny but not my favorite read.
Pamela Wallace
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I love this series! History, murder, quirky characters, San Francisco, and surrounding areas, and cats! What's not to love?
D Nichols
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Great book.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Yet another great tail (tale) from Rebecca Hale. This series keeps you intrigued from the first page. I can't wait for the next installment!
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was not one of my favorites, going back and forth from past to present was very confusing.
Alison Mazrin
Mar 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
Oh my god yes!!!!!!! I love thi series soooooo much! Rebecca Hale is an incredible author and I adore this series! I can't wait to read this one! :)
May 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
I gave it 4 days, and barely hit 100 pages. Just not engaging. At all. Yes, I know it's intentional because the protagonists are cats, but you've gotta give the reader something.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
entertaining light enjoyable read
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Funny & enjoyable!
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this book, I really did, but I found the switches between past and present and the handful of Canadian-inspired character names to be a bit confusing.
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NY Times bestselling author Rebecca M. Hale lives in Western Colorado with her feline writing associates - when she’s not off researching future books set in San Francisco, the Caribbean, or wherever else her wandering spirit takes her.

Other books in the series

The Cats and Curios Mystery (6 books)
  • How to Wash a Cat (The Cats and Curios Mystery #1)
  • Nine Lives Last Forever (The Cats and Curios Mystery Series, #2)
  • How to Moon a Cat (The Cats and Curios Mystery Series, #3)
  • How to Tail a Cat (The Cats and Curios Mystery Series, #4)
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