I do so love when pets are included in cozies. It makes me wonder how I missed the Cats in Trouble mystery series for so long! I am jumping in at part seven! The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret by Leann Sweenye.
From the back of the book:
In the latest from the author of The Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim, a feline with a penchant for pilfering ends up unearthing a deadly mystery.…
Jillian Hart and Tom are finally tying the knot, but first they need to make sure Tom’s stepson, Finn, is as comfortable as possible in the lake house they will all call home. So when it becomes clear that Finn has fallen for a pretty cat from the Mercy Animal Sanctuary, Jillian and Tom readily agree to make room for one more—even though the tortoiseshell kitty is a notorious kleptomaniac.
So far, the cat has sneaked out of the adoption center time after time, bringing back trinkets, shoelaces, and socks. But when she brings back an antique locket, Finn enlists Tom’s and Jillian’s sleuthing skills. They hope to return the treasured item to its owner, but their search for answers is sidetracked when a body is found. Still, their sneaky cat’s find may just lead them to a killer.…
At first glance you might think this is about cats, and that cats are somehow involved in solving murders, which was my initial thoughts, but I am so glad I have a give it a go attitude because this was a great read where the cats were portrayed as cats! The characters were awesome and realistic, and like I said the cats behaved liked cats, that just happened to be beloved pets of the main characters.
The mystery had a lovely depth, that involved learning a bit about the messed up broken family and all it's quirks; quirks which gave me suspicions about more than a few people. I liked the pacing and tension and felt the conclusion was well done. I loved that even though I was jumping in at part seven it read like a first part and I didn't feel disadvantaged at all. I can't wait to see what in the Cats in Trouble series.
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