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Purrfect Murder

(The Mysteries of Max #1)

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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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Tulay
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.
♛ Garima ♛
Technically, I am reading #3 of The Mysteries of the Max series so I am running little behind on reviews...I blame my travelling schedule last week. I got time to read, ain't got time to review man...

Rating:
3 stars

Cover:
Max is fine but I guess Dooley, Harriet and even Brutus requires some space in the cover. Bit disappointing...

Trigger:
Some touchy tropes LGBTQ community. The so-called bestseller writer was a mean person.

Short review:
It is neat and clean cosy mysteries series. My favourite c
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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 on th
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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
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
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R.B.
I really liked this book, the cats all have interesting personalities. More entertaining than their humans sometimes.
There's only one thing I disliked, the physical descriptions of Chase. It almost felt like I was reading a romance or erotic novel, some people may be into imagining this muscled guy but I'm not. Almost every appearance had one of those descriptions so I skipped a few parts.

Max describes himself as a blorange tabby, it made me smile because my red tabby also is a bit blonde. I did
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Lola
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
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Sheila
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Max can talk to his owner, which makes either Max or Hampton Cover reporter Odelia Poole, or both, somewhat special in the world of cats and humans. Dooley is Max's ragamuffin friend, and Harriet his gorgeous Persian nemesis. The police station, doctor’s office and more are their regular beat. And out-of-town cop Chase Kingsley with his bossy cat Brutus are the story’s antagonists.

Of course, from Odelia’s point of view, Chase might be the handsome romantic lead and the antagonist is the killer.
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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
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Marjorie Dawson
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this a light and fun read. The cat characters are quirky and characterful. They reminded me of the vintage American tv series you can find on youtube, slightly unreal but generating sympathy (and empathy against the bully Brutus). The worried stress of Max, the gentle goofiness of Dooley and the threatening Brutus all made me really enjoy the book.
Mitsy
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!
Lady Delacour
DNF......
Nothing Cozy
about this Story.
Unnecessary Childish
obsession with (potty)
as hummer, not funny.
1 DNF Star.
Crudely UnClean.
Foul Language.
Lauren Hanning
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Dianne
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
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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!
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Ferne
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Poole family and their cats that are introduced in this opening cozy mystery! It's "Doctor Doolittle time" with Odelia Poole, newspaper reporter at the Hampton Cove Gazette and her cat Max. Max's friends are Dooley and Harriet but the happy friendship is in jeopardy as there is a newcomer in the neighborhood, Brutus, who has arrived in the town of Hampton Cove with new detective Chase Kingsley. I also have to give a shout out to feline Clarice for helping Max and Dooley as Clarice's ...more
Andrea
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another light hearted cozy mystery to relax this weekend. I like picking cozy mysteries that have dogs, cats, horses in them and this story has Odelia Poole that can talk to cats and gets a lot of help from her tabby cat, Max, Dooley and Harriet writing a story for the Hampton Cove Gazette. Max likes to check out what is going on in their small town and does a lot of snooping with his best friend Dooley, a not-too-bright ragamuffin, and Harriet, a gorgeous white Persian.

There is a body of a bes
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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
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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
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Loretta
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
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
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Kathleen
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Puurfect Murder

Odelia is ace reporter for the local small town newspaper. Her uncle is the local police chief and her Dad is the town doctor. Odelia had an anchient ancestor who was a witch so the females in her family speak feline. Max and Dooley are her cats and help her solve mysteries. That becomes harder to do when a new cop comes to town. The mostly decomposed body of a famous writer is found,after he mysteriously disappeared a year ago,in the old outhouse at the writer's retreat lodge. Hi
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Judy
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
Lagniappe
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
Sharon
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.
Kirsti
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
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Jadelynn
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
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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.
Bonnie
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.
Patricia H. Phelps
Max and Odelia

Odelia is human and Max is her cat. They can converse with each other and other cats. Chase is a New York detective who was framed because he inadvertently was the police commissioner with the mayor's wife. So now he is in Hampton Cove working for Odelia's uncle, the police chief, to solve a murder. She is a reporter for the town's newspaper. Max and his friends are her source for information.
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