It's no secret that I have a weakness for both mysteries and cats, so I'm bound to give a book with both a try. Some are good, some are so-so, some annoy me to pieces. (For the latter, there is a series I continue to read but I fuss a great deal as I do so. For example, anyone who wears flashy clothes, lots of make up, and drives a foreign car is going to be guilty of something, where as anyone who wears sturdy, practical clothing and is neat won't be the villain no matter what the clues might indicate. Good thing the cats are cute.) Here are a couple of series I've read lately:
|Leann Sweeney also writes The Yellow Rose Mysteries|
The cats don’t talk nor do they solve mysteries, but the cats theme is as strong as the mystery and most of the characters have a pet or two, including some folks involved in a cat rescue. The mysteries are well-plotted and there's a solid cast of characters. I can't say I'm hooked, but they're pleasant enough.
This isn’t a series you need to read in order. The other titles are The Cat, the Professor, and the Poison; The Cat, the Lady and the Liar; and soon to come, The Cat, the Wife, and the Weapon.
|Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of Young Adult author Darlene Ryan.|
So begins Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, the first in Sofie Kelly's "Magical Cats" series of mysteries. As you may assume from the series title, it turns out that the cats, Hercules and Owen, may have some unsettling abilities, like being able to disappear or walk through walls. For me, the selling point in this series is the great conversations Kathleen has with her female friends; Kelly has a real knack for making the conversations sound both funny and real, and will remind readers of their own good times. The mystery is competently done, the cats are relatively catlike and while they don't talk, they seem to understand enough to come up with a clue or two. There's the requisite handsome detective who irritates Kathleen, though everyone can see they're meant for each other, lots of food, interesting characters, and a good sense of place. If I have a gripe, it's that I didn't see a lot of library work being done by Kathleen. It's lucky for her that she has a good staff and volunteers to help patrons. The second in the series is Sleight of Paw; Copycat Killing will be coming out in May. If the cover is to be believed, perhaps spring has finally come to Minnesota, after two books of snow, ice, sleet and chill!
Two more cat mystery series will be reviewed later, after I get some of the cat hair out of the keyboard.