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The Bengal Identity

(A Cat Groomer Mystery #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Everyone knows a leopard can't change its spots. But can a thief hide the spots on a catnapped Bengal? Groomer Cassie McGlone is about to find out . . .
 
With no ID for his pet, an agitated young man shows up at Cassie's Comfy Cats claiming his house has burned down and he needs to board his big, brown cat, Ayesha. But after a bath washes dye out of the cat's coat and rev
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Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Kensington
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Carrie
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Bengal Identity by Eileen Watkins is the second book in the cozy A Cat Groomer Mystery series. In the first readers were introduced to Cassie McGlone who had moved to the picturesque town of Chadwick to give herself a fresh start after leaving a horrible relationship. Opening her own shop, Cassie’s Comfy Cats, a cat grooming and boarding specialty boutique, she’d started to make a name for herself around the town and gather a list of clients.

Now we rejoin Cassie in her shop when a man walks
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Juli
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cassie McGlone runs a cat boarding and grooming service in Chadwick, NJ. Just as rumors are circulating about a wild cat roaming the nearby hills attacking dogs and children, a man drops off a cat to board at her shop. The cat's fur has a strange texture and appears dirty, so she gives the animal a bath. Brown dye cascades down the drain, revealing that the kitty is an expensive purebred Bengal. The man never comes back to get the cat, so Cassie starts investigating whether the feline might be s ...more
Tasha and Megan Mahoney
This is a second in series and I had not read the first one but found this works fine as a standalone novel.

I have a soft spot for Bengals, I don't own one, however we do have 6 cats so we are cat mad. Plus  a very close relative works with Bengals so I have gleaned some knowledge of the breed through her. It is my yearning for one that drew me to the cover. The story did the rest!

This book took me a few days to read but if I hadn't had prior commitments then I would have read it in one sitting
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Betty
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Cat Groomer series. I feel this the best cat book I have read. Mixed with the story are hints about cat problems, breed rescue sources and she has described the Bengal breed accurately. Included is an accurate but chilling description of a car breeding cattery. Cassie romance with the veterinarian continues. I lived with a Bengal for 15 years and I witnessed many of actions mentioned.
A distraught man leaves his dark brown cat, Ayesha with Cassie for a week. After a bath w
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LORI CASWELL
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have always wanted a Bengal kitty but they are way out of my price range. To read about one is the next best thing.

While the town is also dealing with some sightings of a big cat in the wild that had a attacked a dog and scared a child. Cassie McGlone, owner of Cassie’s Comfy Cats was pretty surprised when one of her feline guests turned out to be a Bengal. When he arrived at her shop all she saw was a big brown kitty, but a bath started to show the cat’s true identity. Cas
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Mary Brown
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bengal Identity
A Cat Groomer Mystery, Book #2
Eileen Watkins
5 Stars


Synopsis:

Everyone knows a leopard can't change its spots. But can a thief hide the spots on a catnapped Bengal? Groomer Cassie McGlone is about to find out . . .

With no ID for his pet, an agitated young man shows up at Cassie's Comfy Cats claiming his house has burned down and he needs to board his big, brown cat, Ayesha. But after a bath washes dye out of the cat's coat and reveals beautiful spots, Cassie suspects the exotic-
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Amy
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Cat Groomer series. I really enjoyed the first one, "The Persian Always Meows Twice" and this next installment did not disappoint. Cassie McGlone's cat boarding business continues to thrive and nothing seems suspicious at first when an unknown man hires her to board his cat, Ayeesha, for a few days while he is in the process of moving. She and her capable assistant, Sarah, bathe the cat and discover that Ayeesha has been dyed, revealing markings of the exotic Benga ...more
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
The Bengal Identity is the second book in Eileen Watkins' Cat Groomer Mystery series and it is just as CATivating as the first one. You don't have to be a cat lover to enjoy this series as there are a lot of things to capture your attention.

Cassie McGlone, the main character, owns her own little business, Cassie's Comfy Cats, where she grooms cats as well as boards cats for people going on vacation or what not. She has a spunky assistant, Sarah, who doesn't let her age deter her at all. And if t
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Debbie
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine, mystery
"The Bengal Identity" is a cozy mystery. It is the second book in a series, but you don't need to read the previous book to understand this one. The previous mystery was not spoiled in this book.

The main character was a nice person who cared about others. She asked intelligent questions and was good at spotting things that should be investigated. The mystery involved exotic cats and illegal breeding operations. There were only a few possible suspects, so it wasn't too difficult to figure out who
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Joy Smith
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance
Complicated mystery with interesting characters and plenty of cat lore. The background of breeding exotic and feral cats was fascinating. (The demand for these cats is scary.) This is a sequel to The Persian Always Meows Twice, which I have't read, but apparently Harpo, the Persian who makes a brief appearance here, was one of the characters in it. There's murder and suspense and real danger. There's also romance and a sub-plot involving Mark, the vet and romantic interest, who has a mystery of ...more
Kristina
The Bengal Identity by Eileen Watkins is the second book in A Cat Groomer Mystery series. Cassie McGlone owns Cassie’s Comfy Cats in Chadwick, New Jersey. A man arrives at the shop wishing to board his cat, Ayesha with Cassie because his home burned the previous night. Even though he cannot provide identification or veterinary records, Cassie agrees to board Ayesha. When putting the cat in her cage, Cassie notices something sticky on her coat. A bath shows that Ayesha has been dyed to cover up h ...more
Rima Aiello
Mar 26, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A delightful series that is just getting better! I love that the setting is unique. As a reader, I am used to the mysteries that have animals, but this series takes it a step further which makes it that much better. The characters are well written and their personalities really shine through. The mystery was thought out and executed perfectly! I am so glad this series is really hitting it stride and getting better and better.
Andrea
Jun 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very predictable. Just not my cup of tea. I kept thinking I was reading a middle school book but then there were some sub plots about marijuana and sex so I realized this is just a regular adult book.
Joan
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read for cat people.
Caryn
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bengal Identity
By Eileen Watkins
Kensington
ISBN: 978-1-4967-1058-1
Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

As book two of the Cat Groomer series opens readers find Cassie McGlone hard at work planning her booth for the upcoming Chadwick town festival. Business at Cassie’s Comfy Cats Grooming and Boarding has picked up significantly since the events in book one. So when a nervous acting man brings in a cat desperate to board it for a few days saying he had suffered a house fire, Cassie was lucky to have a k
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Katreader
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE BENGAL IDENTITY BY Eileen Watkins
The Second Cat Groomer Mystery

Cassie McGlone has some doubts about her new boarder. Rudy, the man who dropped her off seemed very agitated and his story a bit odd, but the cat looked healthy and he seemed fond of her. After all, it was just for a few days. Ayesha's arrival proved to be more of a mystery when her somewhat sticky fur led to a bath...and the brown color of her coat started running down the drain revealing rosettes. This athletic and vocal animal
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Kathleen
This is a second in series but the first I have read. This can be read as a standalone novel.
The story started out slow for me. I almost stopped reading it but plugged on. I found this to be an unusual story. There were a few subplots with not too may twist and turns to throw you off. I felt suspect pool was limited and thus made it easy for me to figure out who was involved in the murder. The reason was obvious from the first few chapters. What made this read interesting for me is it involved e
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Lizz Axnick
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I powered through Ms. Watkins' first book, "The Persian Always Meows Twice" and I loved it. I was very excited to get her new book "The Bengal Identity" and I am pleased to say I was not disappointed.

Cassie McGlone owns "Cassie's Comfy Cats", a shop in Chadwick, NJ that caters to grooming and boarding of only cats. Cassie tells the readers and her customers that cats can get nervous if they smell or are around barking dogs, which is why she exclusively caters to felines.

In this book, a mysterio
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Book
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The second adventure in the Cat Groomer Mysteries firmly establishes Eileen Watkins as The Cat Lady in this reader’s eyes. Ms. Watkins’ skill at crafting a challenging mystery includes weaving engaging interaction between the felines and their owners.

A nervous young man brings his cat to be boarded for a few days while he finds a new place to live. The cat, Ayesha, turns out to be a Bengal, an exotic breed, that has been dyed a dark brown as a disguise. The mystery deepens when the young man tur
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Darla
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats, cozy, mystery, murder, groomer
A guy who's clearly upset and seemingly scared of something brings his cat, Ayesha, into Cassie's Comfy Cats and tells Cassie he'll be back in a few days. The cat is much bigger than average and is a brownish color but Cassie feels something on the fur and believes Ayesha may have gotten into something so gives her a bath. That bath reveals the fact that Ayesha has been dyed and there's a bad wound on the back of Ayesha's neck. Upon taking Ayesha to the vet Cassie learns that Ayesha is a Bengal ...more
Susan Johnston
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: If I had to board with someone, I would choose to stay with Cassie. She really gets us kitties and she is smart and has a big heart. She knows something is amiss when a strange young man leaves a cat with her telling her he will be back for the cat soon. She is already suspicious when she discovers the cat has been dyed and underneath she is a Bengal. She reports her suspicions even before the young man is murdered.
Now Cassie has a beautiful but high maintainance kitty
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Sue Em
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bengal Identity, #2 in the cat groomer series, features Cassie McGlone as the owner of a cat groomer/boarder business. A frantic young man drops off a cat to board as his house burned down. Unable to turn down someone in obvious need, she agrees to take the cat even without vaccination proof. Cassie bathed the cat and discovered her fur had been dyed to hide her spots. Intrigued, Cassie investigates. While the mystery is fine, the novel's strength is the depth of feline facts from breed characte ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect cozy for cat lovers- or for those who just like a good tale. Cassie is a cat groomer who discovers she's actually taking care of a Bengal, a valuable purebred and when the "owner" is found murdered, well she's off investigating. Her love interest is Mark the vet, not the more expected law enforcement officer- they make a good team. This is sensitive to the issue of purebreds while at the same time shedding light on how those cats are bred. The mystery is twisty enough but I like the anim ...more
Kalendra Dee
A nervous young man pleads with cat-groomer Cassie McGlone to keep his large brown cat for a few days. Reluctantly agreeing, Cassie soon finds that the fur is dyed, the cat may be an expensive Bengal and that a lovely golden sheen is starting to show through the dye. When the young man is found murdered, Cassie knows she must once again try to help the local police catch a murderer before she and the Bengal become the next victim. The third book in the series, Feral Attraction, is due to be publ ...more
Mary
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the cover! Started this book too late last night b-coz it kept me up, unable to put it down. Finished it today. I just kinda hoped Cassie would have adopted that little kitten with the bad leg that almost inadvertently got her killed, even if she thinks the 3 cats she already has are enough. LOL
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Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Myarn
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Eileen Watkins that I have read. I found it very enjoyable. The mystery was engaging. I adored Cassie. I am going back to the library to get the first book. I will be looking forward to Feral Attraction in September
Marit Seils
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing story and a great follow-up to the first book in the series.
One of my favourite series, with a wonderful cast of characters and well-described settings for someone unfamiliar with New Jersey.
Karen Holman
This is a cozy mystery written for cat lovers. The creative characters add interest to the tale set on the eastern area of America. The mystery gave the readers many clues to question as the story continues to keep the tale interesting for this book. copy right 2018
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Other books in the series

A Cat Groomer Mystery (4 books)
  • The Persian Always Meows Twice (A Cat Groomer Mystery #1)
  • Feral Attraction (A Cat Groomer Mystery #3)
  • Gone, Kitty, Gone