Posts Tagged ‘cats’


Death of a Dapper Snowman – “Hang in There”

October 13, 2015


Death of a Dapper Snowman by Angela Pepper

The first two chapters set the scene but, other than being a bookend for the story, have little to do with the very original mystery.

The real narrator is daughter of a retired policemen away getting a hip replacement. She has been a big-city financial investor and now finds herself in the small town where she grew up. Nice. That is until the top of a snowman rolls off revealing the head of a dead next-door neighbor.

But it is the subtext that proves almost as interesting. A girlfriend of her father (who he has broken up with, but she has been ashamed to tell others). A cat, thought to be female but really is male, who takes on the name of the woman’s imaginary friend (when she was a small girl). And, of course, the prejudice small town people have against moneyed outsiders.

I wasn’t sure why the murderer did it, or why the author began with the two chapters she did. But there is a lot of territory to be covered and I look forward to the books of the rest of the series to do that.

4 out of 5


The Purrfect Murder – “Cats-the Book”

August 29, 2015


The Purrfect Murder by Rita Mae Brown

There are too many characters (both human and animal). The author addresses this with a two-page glossary for each at the beginning of the book. I can’t tell you how many times I had to check these.

And I’m not sure the cats seem very real either. Their dialogue feels added though the animals do play a big part toward the end of the book. I like it that Rita Mae Brown takes on the issue of abortion, and in a very real way presents both sides. I also enjoyed the small town feel.

I looked forward to this, not only because we have 10 cats, but also a corgi and some other dogs. Oh well, Ill just have to write my own cat/dog mystery. Oh wait a minute, I have (they are on Amazon under “Jack Lehman.”)


Cat Trick – “Now You See Them. Now, You Don’t.”

April 25, 2015

by Sofie Kelley


I was drawn to this book because I like cats and magic. What I didn’t expect was a good picture of small-town, Midwest living. Oh, one of the narrator’s cats can become invisible, and the other walks through walls (but these are unnecessary distractions more than anything else).

Oh yes, there has been a murder, but I was at least 90% through the book without a clue who might be involved. Then things started to fall into place.

Too much reference to other books in the series, too many characters to keep straight, but the non-magical description f the cats is fulfilling…at least my ten cats enjoyed it.

4 out of 5


Dancing Dogs – “4 Barks!”

August 6, 2013

Dancing Dogs

Ballatine Books, 240 pages, $24

Ballatine Books, 240 pages, $24

I’m a sucker for dog and cat stories, so take what I say with that in mind. I started to read this book before and got through 3 or 4 pieces and just couldn’t take breaking down (crying) at each.

What I found this time, was redemption in the mix. I needed to read all the stories, not pick and choose by title. And that’s how it should be. Read the rest of this entry ?


THE CAT’S APPRENTICE – “A Cat Is Trying to Murder Me”

March 26, 2012

The Cat’s Apprentice 

by Wednesday Lee Friday Publishing

180 pages, 2008, $9.95

This is a totally original book that works. We start with two women who distrust each other at a high school reunion, follow their disastrous lives…then see a resolution through the eyes of metamorphosed cats.

It is a totally confusing jig saw puzzle that all fits together in the end (and by the end I mean the last page). Just when the hippie-witchcraft stuff starts to lose you, we are back to a real-life drama with surprising ramifications (ram-i-fi-cat-ions). Read the rest of this entry ?


THE SOLOIST – “Talking to Books”

January 20, 2012

The Soloist by Mark Salzman, 1995

Vintage, 284 pages, $15

I often sit around and talk to my TV, so I thought why not talk to the books I read too. Their content might even answer:

JOHN: Here’s a book that’s kind of Steve Martin’s The Lonely Guy meets 12 Angry Men. Why should I care about a cellist who can’t perform, the jury trial of a Buddhist who kills his guru, a forty-year-old guy virgin who is clueless around women?

THE SOLOIST: Because I pull you into music by having the narrator teach a young Korean boy (and you) something about it, because the murder (the narrator is on the jury) mirrors the psychological state of the cellist and because most guys reading a book a book at night are clueless around women. Read the rest of this entry ?