“Cat Got Your Secrets” A Kitty Couture Mystery By Julie Chase: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review & links to purchase it.

With just a week to go before Valentine’s Day, Lacy Marie Crocker is far more concerned with designing cupid wings for pets than finding her own romantic date. After all, it was a cheating ex-fiancé that had her returning to New Orleans’s Garden district, despite over a decade of doing everything possible to distance herself from her family’s wealth and legacy. No one is more surprised than Lacy to discover that she has enjoyed the past year being back home, running the pet boutique and organic treat bakery the Furry Godmother. Lacy and her elegant mother may still butt heads, but the one stalwart presence in both their lives has always been Lacy’s veterinarian father. So when he becomes implicated in the murder of a friend, even Violet Conti-Crocker will support her daughter’s investigation.

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Wallace Becker, owner of an event hall as well as the Cuddle Buddies pet-sitting business, somehow managed to die after being locked in the hall’s walk-in deep freezer. Gossip quickly identifies Dr. Croker as the probable murderer, and after Mrs. Conti-Crocker’s funeral casserole is rejected, Lacy is spurred on to prove her father’s innocence. On her side is the attorney Chance Hawthorne who was her high school crush and the brother-in-law of her best friend, while uncomfortably on the other is the much quieter—but equally attractive—Detective Jack Oliver. Following a trail of shameful secrets, pet nannies, and illicit trysts, Lacy finds herself threatened, attacked, and on the receiving end of a restraining order. It makes being forced to sit on the National Pet Pageant Welcoming Committee with her mother seem appealing, although Lacy will have to balance her responsibilities with designing guinea pig Easter costumes and bonnets for llamas.

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This is a relentlessly entertaining mystery that never becomes too cute as it explores the deep-rooted New Orleans’s culture and regard for families. It is that attachment that has Lacy so reluctant to pursue a relationship with Chance, as their families’ overwhelming approval means that a possible breakup would be devastating for everyone. Lacy may be an oversharer who leads with her heart, but she is protective of her relationships. The chickens come home to roost when Lacy is repeatedly reminded how her rebellious teen years (she really only wanted to annoy her mother) established the town’s opinion of her, but she is moving past that as she becomes a responsible adult. An investigation with Jake’s own family continues to be threaded throughout this third in the series, adding another layer of intrigue to an already compelling puzzle. A delightful mystery full of pet recipes and the adoration of furry companions, it is a standout when highlighting the strength and resilience of New Orleans.

To enter to win a copy of Cat Got Your Secrets, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “cat,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 18, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address. If entering via comment please be sure to include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  2. Have not read this author before would be great to do so. Thanks for offering.

  3. I'm a crazy cat lady, so love any books with cat in the title :-) parkeremma2003 at yahoo dotcom

  4. Have added this to my TBR list and can't wait to read it. brichardson0056(at)yahoo(com).

  5. I haven't read any of this series, but I do love cats! Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. I love cats and the rich cultural heritage of New Orleans, so this book sounds perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. This sounds like an awesome series. Love the New Orleans setting.



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