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Purrfect Murder

(The Mysteries of Max #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  434 ratings  ·  58 reviews
There’s something special about Max. He may look like your regular ginger flabby tabby, but unlike most tabbies, he can actually communicate with his human, reporter for the Hampton Cove Gazette Odelia Poole. Max takes a keen interest in the goings-on in their small town, by snooping around with his best friends Dooley, a not-too-bright ragamuffin, and Harriet, a gorgeous ...more
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published March 15th 2017 by Puss in Print Publications
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is for cat lovers.

Entertaining, humorously written story. Couldn't help myself but laugh out loud, thankfully other than my cats no body was around. But now I'm afraid my in and out cat Tinker will tell his bodies around the neighborhood that he has one crazy human. Max, Doolie, Harriet and Max are so loveable. Their human bodies are Poole family and Odelia and Chase. They all kept me laughing and reading.
Megan (ReadingRover)
Aug 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
Why do authors have book covers that don't match the description of their books? This book is about an orange flabby tabby and there is a white & gray tabby cat on the cover. It's not even one of Max's cat buddies according to the blurb because those are a ragamuffin and a white Persian. It's like the author didn't even care enough about the book to get the cat right. It makes me much less excited to read this and I love cat books.
(Mind you-the next books in the series have orange tabbies o
Rabid Reader
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this humorous cosy mystery in which Odelia’s cat, Max, and his feline friends help her solve a murder. Not only is the story an entertaining murder mystery but the anthropomorphization of the cats is well written and totally hilarious. It had me laughing out loud. The narrator really brought both the human and animal characters to life, bringing out the sarcasm and humour with his tone and intonation. I also enjoyed the interactions between the somber new police officer, Chase, and Odeli ...more
Aug 01, 2017 marked it as dnf
I DNF'd this one at 21%

I loved the concept of this book and it sounded like something I would enjoy. A cat who is solving mysteries, that just seemed like fun! But for some reason I couldn't get into the stor. Maybe I picked it up in the wrong mood, but it just didn't work for me.

The cats seemed a bit too human, with how they could smile and shrug and it just seemed a bit off. It didn't feel like reading about cats, but like they were humans. I also didn't really like Max, he immediately dislik
Merry Chapman
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A hysterical laugh out loud murder mystery that keeps you wanting more!

I had so much fun reading this book. A humerous cozy mystery with a heroine who talks to cats! Odelia is a great, spunky main character and Max and his crew are a hoot. But together with their human, they solve a crazy mystery. It is a laugh out loud read of a fun cozy mystery! Even where the body was found is hysterical! This is the first book in this series and I am definitely looking for more! I love laughing and smiling t
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Smart, Funny Mystery!

Max is the cat!! His human, Odelia, the town's reporter. When a rare murder happens they investigate! Yet will the new cop in town derail them?

Highly recommend to all ages!
Lauren Hanning
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
I do believe this is the first cozy mystery that I have read where the cat is the narrator of the story!

Max is a cat who lives with Odelia a reporter for the Gazette and he is always listening in on what is going on around town and reporting back to Odelia. Yes, Odelia can talk to her cats, something about having a bit of witch in her family tree. Her grandmother could do the same thing. 

There's a new cat in town and he is causing trouble for Max, he is pushing his weight around because his owne
Teri Miller
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good murder mystery, I didn't figure it out until right before the end.

Usually I know who the killer is by the second chapter. Not that I'm that smart, but I've read a lot of mysteries. Well written, but could use another pass by a proofreader. Of course I loved the cats, and the premise that they can talk to their human.

Chase was too perfect as the grumpy cop, he could use a few flaws, he wasn't appealing to me. There needs to be more than a nice body - which was described ad nauseam. Oth
Jan 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Purrrrrrrrrrrrrr ----- Wait NO HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

As much as I love cats and the idea of some humans being able to talk to their cats...this book left a lot to be desired.

The dialogue runs the gamut from trash talk to pedantic language that one doesn't hear much outside of a graduate school, and then only in certain types of people. There are a couple of chuckles early on in the book when we are getting to know the cats and that's about it.

If you take Rita Mae Brown's books and toss in a hear
Evelyn Grabas
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, loved it. After reading intrigue, murder, romance, spy, etc. novels, it was refreshing and delightful to read a light-hearted, comedic bit of fluff as a welcomed change of pace.
It included a nice mystery, a touch of a budding romance and just a chuckling, funny, entertaining interaction with a bunch of adorable cats.
I found it so entertaining that I did, what I seldom due, and purchased the next book. I will most likely purchase more of Nic Saint's books and keep them to intersperse
Kat Taylor
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maxi-mum Introduction

This is a storey of Max the cat and his human Odelia,as well as feline persuasion of friends-family. By the way Odelia can communicate with the the felines around her, it comes in handy as she's a reporter with constant help by Max .Along comes a new alfa , snooty ,bullying cat named Brutus with his condescending human police detective hired on to the town police force. Then a celebrity 's body is found and Odelia wants the storey and to solve the case, problem Chase the ne
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book from the usual mysteries. Max, Odelia Poole's cat communicates with her as all the other cats do also. Her Mother and Grandmother have the same power. Max is telling the story and helps Odelia who is a reporter for the Hampton Cove Gazette. As it happens the writer Paulo Frey's body is found in the bottom of the "cesspot" at the Writer's Lodge and Max and his cat buddy Dooley hear everything going on and tell Odelia so she can scoop the story. Whenever there is something goi ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A strong first installment in this series. The mystery portion of the book was excellent, and actually kept me guessing about the identity of the killer until (almost) the end. The side story/budding romance was more formulaic - heroine and love interest detest each other at first sight and then reconsider as events develop. But the cats ... I'm in love! And I also loved that our heroine not only talks to her cats but also understands them. The amount of time and space given to developing the ca ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I was looking for a book written from a non-human perspective for the Popsugar Challenge, and this one fit the bill. The narrator is a cat, whose human can talk to him, which means he can pass tips to her which help out with her newspaper reporter job. This appears to be the first in a series, with the reporter sparring with the new police officer in town as the both work to solve the murder of a particularly awful author who had gone out of his way to damage other people through an online site. ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not the worse book I’ve read

I like mystery books and I like cats so I thought I’d enjoy this book, but it was rather bland. There wasn’t much to call mystery and the investigation wasn’t suspenseful. As for the cat portion, they weren’t very cat like nor what I’d imagine how cats would talk if we could understand them. The main character was plain annoying and unlikable and she didn’t actually do much except complain a lot. As for the writing, I could go without reading how much of a hunk the p
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book

Max the cat and his pals have a new neighbor, Brutus, who lives up to his name as the new bully cat. Brutus comes with his human Chase, a cop from New York City. Max's human Ophelia and Chase don't hit it off at first either as they each try to solve the murder of a writer who disappeared a year ago. I really liked having the animal's perspective and how they assist Ophelia with the case, all the while trying to take care of Brutus and his onry arrogant cat ways.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one, especially since my last foray into cheap Cozy mystery on Kindle proved less than satisfactory. The personalities of Max and Dooley are cute for cats, sort of simple yet believable as cats. They really help to solve the crime using skills only cats have. Their relationship with Brutus and Harriet was spot on too.

It was as satisfactory start to the series, although I didn't read the excerpt from the next book at the end. I hate to do that, because when you come across th
Ken Grant
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
The unique bit of some people being able to talk to cats gets lost in a not very creative mystery. Too much time spent on plot set up and in the end no real delivery. The talking cats feel like a crutch rather than a unique aspect. This story felt more like a sermon than a real-life situation. The characters lack depth, but the story does flow rather easily. Had some possibilities, but never truly delivered on them.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clues in the Outhouse!

5 plus gold stars for this wonderful series. It has everything you want in a read, cats, cops, news reporter, family, and finally murder. A who dune it that will have you surprised to fine out who the killer is. A series that the whole family will love to read. I truly can't wait to read book 2 in this series. Its the cats that makes this series such a great series along with their Humans.
Purrder, She Wrote
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This book checked a bunch of boxes on our cozy rubric. While the mystery itself is a bit underbaked, the cozy town, talking cats, eccentric minor characters and Odelia’s EXTREME lack of journalistic integrity make for a fun read.

Get the full review in Episode 2 of Purrder, She Wrote!
Darlene Ramsey
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Max, Dooley and Henrietta, the three musketeers of crime solvers.

Max, Dooley and Henrietta are cats of another world. They have the ability to talk and they can talk and be understood by their humans. A body in the out house pit, a nosey reporter, three speaking cats and a new detective in town and you have the fixings of a great murder mystery.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it

Cute story with cats a writer and a cop. Too simple and solved way to quickly. When I beat the author way ahead of time I tend to not finish. I did finish. The cat thing is cute. However this more a kids book.
Bonnie Drummond
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-ebooks
A Purrfect Mystery that will have Cat lovers wanting more of this amazing series of Nic Saint. If you want a cat mystery to read then go and get this series at once its funny, and you will want to read more. Nic Saint you are one hell of a Writer on a cat series.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cat fight

Wonderful! The interplay between the cats is sheer genius! How do cats and a nosy reporter solve a murder whilst evading a bombastic detective and his cat is funny, intertwining and makes for a terrific read. Another winner for Nic. Must read!
Katie Donahue
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a cat lady. This was a great book for relaxing on the deck on a nice day. I know I will be reading more Mystery Max books.

I sure you would like to talk to my cat like that and maybe my hubby 's dog. Great book.
Diana Blick
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great little mystery

If you love cats and cozy mysteries, you'll love this. In this case, the cat is the narrator of the mystery and one of the investigators. Add an owner who can talk to the cats, and you're in fun turf.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thought it would be cute but just crude

I didn’t make it too far into the book... it was slow and didn’t hold my attention. And I totally reached my limit of how many times the cats licking their butts was mentioned
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Talking with cats

Reporter that can talk with cats solves mystery. Interesting concept. Add hunky new cop and obnoxious cat. Definitely different. The guilty one was not obvious so another plus. Interesting story
Caitlin Streit
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Purrfectly wonderful read

I just loved the book! Such a fun read.if you own and love cats you will love this book. Great story telling and very amusing I laughed so much ! I can not say enough good things about the author. A cat lover mystery lovers read .enjoy!
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