Friday, April 26, 2013

Killer Read

I am using A Killer Read by Erika Chase as my book for K for the Alphabet challenge.  Lizzie is a reading specialist who loves mysteries and belongs to a book club - The Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society.  She owns (or is owned) by two cats who appear on the cover but have little to do in the book.

While the club is meeting, Frank Telford is murdered.  Molly seems to be the prime suspect.  as the gun used was her late husbands.  Several other things are missing from her home.  At the same time, Lizzie is receiving pages of a manuscript in her mailbox about a man who lost his fortune to a land developer.  Are these things related,  can Lizzie find the author and the killer in time to prevent further mayhem.  While all of this is happening, Lizzie gets to re-unite with the man she had a crush on in high school - Mark Dreyfus who is now the Police Chief.

I enjoyed the tying up of the various stories at the end.  It is interesting to follow the progression of Mark and Lizzie's relationship.  The background characters are well-developed.  The descriptions of the houses and locals are wonderful. I have started reading the second book in this series.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cat Seeing Double

A wedding that starts off with a bang.  Three talking cats over hearing a man and boy.  A women fining her ex-husband dead.  A dog that looks like one of the cats.  Put these together and you get Cat Seeing Double by Shirley Rousseau Murphy.

I was very much surprised that the double in the title referred to a dog that matched one of the cats in coloring. At the beginning of the book, a bomb goes off in the church where a wedding was about to take place.  Most of the town was there.  Luckily, Kit over heard enough to warn the other cats and they phoned it in to the police who got everyone out before the bomb went off.  The wedding does go on.

Then the ex of the construction company is found dead at her place and she had the gun that killed him.  The cats again help the regulars solve the crime and find the one who did the nasty dead.

I have fallen in love with these books and wish my cats would speak to me or know enough to dial 911 if I ever needed them too.  Looking forward to reading more of this series.