When I first started the Fat Cat series, it was the cat that drew me to the cover. As a fat cat owner, I will a weak spot for a big, fluffy kitty. Quincy stole my heart and I am sure he will win yours too. Fat Cat Takes the Cake (A Fat Cat Mystery #3) by Janet Cantrell was an absolute pleasure to read.
From the back of the book:
Quincy the butterscotch tabby has a talent for sniffing out sweets—and uncovering crimes—in this Fat Cat mystery from the national bestselling author of Fat Cat Spreads Out.
When former classmate Rich “Dickie” Byrd throws a high school reunion to gather support for his mayoral campaign, it drums up some not so sweet memories for dessert shop proprietor Chase Oliver and her friend Julie Larson. Julie would rather not reconnect with Ron North, the creepy kid who had a crush on her back in the day. His social graces haven’t exactly improved with age, but is he creepy enough to kill?
The next day, Chase is in the park testing a new cat harness for Quincy—who quickly proves he cannot be leashed. But when his escape leads Chase to Ron’s body, the police wonder who else got away. Now, with Julie suspected, Chase must prove her innocence before the real killer plans another fatal reunion.
From start to finish, I loved every second of this story. The way Quincy and his appetite lead him and Chase into these mysteries is always so much fun. It wasn't so much fun for Chase and Julie this time. I loved the way the case really built against Julie making Chase have to work hard to make anyone even consider another suspect.
There are also plenty of subplots to consider while you try to follow the clues. The action level and pacing worked in perfect harmony to keep me flipping pages well into the night. The mystery was one I solved relatively quickly but the story was packed with development and held my full attention. I will continue to seek out this series and look forward to more musing from Quincy. Recipes can be found in the back of the book.
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