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The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency: A Hettie Bagshot Mystery

(The No.2 Feline Detective Agency #1)

2.88  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Prepare to be besotted with The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, the first book in a new series that turns the traditional British cozy on its head and features feline crime-solvers.

Hettie Bagshot has bitten off more than any cat could chew. As soon as she launches her No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, she’s bucketed into a case: Furcross, home for slightly older cats, has a na
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Minotaur Books (first published May 3rd 2014)
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Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, what to say about this book....It is just silly but in it's a lot of fun to read. The characters are all cats and they sort of solve mysteries. The ending sort of threw me but the book was fun and very silly. I'm glad I took the time to read it.
May 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
This book is an obvious nod to Alexander McCall Smith (or as he's referred to in this book, Alexander McPaw Spit) and his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, but there the similarity ends. While McCall Smith's books are funny, charming, brilliant in their simplicity, and a commentary on human nature, this book was just silly. And kind of boring. Maybe it's me. I guess a book on anthropomorphized cats just isn't my thing. But even after I was able to wrap my head around the concept, the book st ...more
Sarah  T
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly daft but sweet little book which was a perfectly acceptable way to while away a Sunday afternoon.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Drawing heavily on Alexander McCall Smith's ideas (and not just for the title), this is a very silly, and moderately charming attempt at humourous crime. It is sometimes really quite funny, and I liked the recurrent cardigan motif. The relationship between the two main characters was good, even though Hettie is a feline Mma Ramotswe (without the brains or the compassion).
The cats seem to be operating in an alternative version of early 1960s rural England, although why would you bother to have a
let me tell you, this book is so macabre, I love it! here we have a world inhabited by cats having shops, driving cars, and doing all the stuff humans normally do, including starting detective agencies. this book comes along with a solid mystery and a surprising solution, coupled with the strangest deaths I ever encountered in any mystery novel before. also, all the small details Mandy Morton put into the book - like naming her cats after famous people - only made me love it even more! personal ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm at a complete and utter loss on this one. Maybe it would've made more sense if I'd been drunk when I read it. I wonder if the author was drunk when she wrote it.

This is not just a cozy with cats. The characters are all cats. And not of characters like you find in the "Cat Who ..." series, I mean all of the characters are cats. They wear clothes, drive cars, take buses, hold library cards ... and yet the author has made an attempt to make it clear that we are not talking about humans, as they
Emily Owen
It took me three attempts to finish this book, as I just couldn't engage with the characters. The book is easy enough to read, but the characters and story just didn't leave me gripped at any point. If anything, it left me annoyed at times.

There were some big continuity errors in the book, and at times it missed the 'anthropomorphism' mark where the characters were neither human nor feline (eg they could do up buttons on a cardigan and hold a pencil, but not a knife and fork??) and the twists an
This novel is a bit of light-hearted nonsense, and should be enjoyed as such.

Mature-aged tabby cat, Hettie Bagshot, former pop star, is in somewhat impoverished circumstances, and so sets up a detective agency. Her first case takes her to the Fur Cross Home for Slightly Older Cats, where Matron Marcia Woolcoat is alarmed at the disappearance of three of her recently deceased residents. Hettie, together with her assistant Tilly, begin a seemingly simple investigation, which takes them far deeper
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very creative, humorous and quirky mystery novel. Cats are in charge. No humans. It's a world of anthropomorphized kitties. Hettie Bagshot and her assistant, Tilly, have started a detective agency in a rented room behind a bakery. Hettie knows nothing about detecting or crime, but figures she can wing it and make enough money to pay the two pound a week rent. Their first mystery involves the theft of three dead cats from the Furcross Home for Slightly Older Cats. The three elderly cats ...more
Emma Moore
Easy to read but not a world I really engaged with.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A strange story. Not really junior fiction nor adult, but somewhere in between. For me, the anthropomorphism doesn't quite work. I was intrigued enough to finish the story, although I worked out the identity of the 'villain' early on. Not a story I'd go out of my way to recommend, though.
Lisa Morin
Mar 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just to strange for words. I couldn't understand the point.
Merrilee Gibson
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh my! Where to start? Like quite a few others, I’m a big fan of cat detective stories and have several favorite authors in this area including Rita Mae Brown, Lilian Jackson Braun, Carole Nelson Douglas, and Shirley Rousseau Murphy.

All these noted writers feature cats that have humans attached to them in some way; the principal characters do their sleuthing in a world of humans. This book is different. These are two hard-working felines residing and working in a society populated entirely by c
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I had high hopes for this book. What's not to love? A cat mystery? Think Joe Grey, right? Wrong. This was more Beatrix Potter gone potty. I personally think my cat, if he were able to have a cat body with everything else human like, as this book portrays, would be much more intelligent and dignified than these feline characters. One of the main traits of any cat I've ever been owned by is their dignity and that's not apparent in this book. I won't read any more of this series. The mystery wasn't ...more
Phoebe T
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was certainly a different book.... For one thing, it's not at all obvious when it's meant to be set. For example, a lot of things suggest the book was set in the 50's/60's, such as what read as references to Marilyn Monroe and the descriptions of the vehicles, but then VHS players are mentioned I think, which weren't invented until the 70's. The world building was just questionable in general. Are there police in this world? They left a dead body in a room for days and never told anyone abo ...more
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Fleet Sparrow
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I desperately tried to like this book. I mean, what's not to love? It's cat detectives in a cat world! Sure, the writing was more than a little clunky and Hettie wasn't exactly the most focused cat, but OK, it's a cute book, whatever.

And then the racism. Oh god, the racism.

First we have the Jamaican cat Marley Toke (get it? because Jamaica) who sprinkles "Jamaican catnip" into the food at the place where she works (get it? like weed!) and who talks like a white person's imitation of Jamaican pat
Judi Easley
My Review:
When I started reading this and realized that it was actually cats who were the characters, I was turned off. But this was provided by a publishing house for a review, so I had to at least make an effort to read it. And I did make an effort. It didn't take me long to get over the fact that these were cats having tea and worrying about paying rent and murdering other cats. Ms. Morton jumps right into life with Hettie and Tilly and you might as well be curled up with them licking your p
Ami Corke
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love cats. I love detective stories, so you might think this the perfect book for me - wrong! The characters in this story are so anthropomorphised that they are not really recognisable as cats at all. I wonder why the author even made them cats. The cast of characters didn't seem to provide a single one that you could really care about, they were shallow stereotypes- bumbling detective, quiet side kick who is really the brains, etc. Maybe I was expecting something with the finesse of Watershi ...more
Rhea Nathan
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At first I thought I didn’t like this book because I was reading it while I had a fever from food poisoning; but the fever went away and I still didn’t like the book.

This book should be about crime solving and cats and somehow it’s about neither; the Detective barely cares about solving the crime, indeed when an obviously wrong answer to the case is offered in the first act the Detective is happy to take her money and go home. There is also no point in any of them being cats, there’s no world bu
Laura Cushing
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very cute cozy mystery in which the characters are all anthromorphic cats. I enjoyed not only the mystery, but the look at what a society run by cats would be like. Food seems to have a voucher system, and be a very important part of a cats day. Morsels are often saved in a pocket for later (cats eat many small meals throughout the day as a preference in real life). Electricity has a coin operated meter. Technology in their world has just come around to videos in a vcr, but there is no digital ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. It was an extremely fun and entertaining read, though I'm sure some British based humor passed me by. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes cats and mysteries.
There was only one discrepancy in the book which really bothered me. The characters were cats, and early in the book it mentioned a home for older cats of twelve and older. Ok. It's cat years. But later, there is mention of a cat in his seventies and another mention of cats reac
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shajila Aziz
This was really hard to continue reading - the concept(cat detectives) was lovely but most of the characters were boring. I did like Tilly (the main detective's assistant) but that's it. I would have preferred it if the book focused on the bakers who the detectives lived with, rather than the old cat home mystery. The ending was a little interesting but not really worth the effort it takes to get there
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure what I expected when I requested this book from Netgalley but it's different. The entire cast is cats. The story is very light hearted and a quick read. Cat lovers will certainly enjoy it. Hetty has just opened her own detective agency and is called to Furcross, an old cat home, when elderly cats who have died are missing. Some funny moments when you can just imagine you cat saying one of Hetty's lines. This is the first book in the series.
Well, if you can't get past the premise of cats acting like humans and uncatlike, don't bother to read it. Cats who love cocoa? Chocolate is not good for cats :-)

The actual murder plot isn't that bad a story. There's some humor mixed in along the way. But the book spends a bit too much time going into every little detail about some of the daily uneventful happenings in the lives of the cats which slows the book down.

Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book a couple of Christmases ago due to my fondness for 1) cats and 2) detective stories. This book was nothing to be fond of. There is no purpose to the characters being cats, the numerous bad 'puns' are seldom related to the fact (and even then that's being generous). I found this book about crime solving cats incredibly boring, racist, and even at times rather misogynistic.
A debut cozy mystery series involving felines. I love cats, I love mysteries. This book? Not so much. There are a few bizarre murders, mixed along with the mundane musings of the 2 main characters. It's a fun concept, and it even had some quirky twists. It was amusing but not captivating enough to continue the series.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I tried to like this book. I like mysteries, and I like cats, but apparently I don't like British cozy mysteries featuring anthropomorphised cats. I could not get into this book and only made it to chapter 12.
Kathy Deppe
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It took me a little bit to get used to the idea that all the characters were cats but once I got it through my thick human skull, I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to read the next one! I just adore Hettie & Tilly!
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Mandy Morton began her professional life as a musician. Her songwriting formed the basis of six albums during the 1970s and early 1980s, when she toured extensively with her band. More recently, she has worked as a freelance arts journalist for national and local radio, specialising in making music and theatre documentary. She is the co-author of a non-fiction theatre book, In Good Company, and li ...more

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