"Murder She Meowed" By Ruth Hartman: Review/Giveaway

Review by Tracy Condie

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Book Two of the Bookshop Kitties Mysteries has a plot that keeps you guessing. The victim shows up uninvited to a wedding, crashes the reception, and then is found dead in the local bakery. The bakery is owned by Janie, best friend to our sleuth, Christy. The victim, Tad Miles, Janie’s ex-husband, is not someone whom anyone seemed to like, including his brother Norman who is in town to take care of the funeral arrangements. This is your classic cozy, a super sweet sleuth who is going to do everything she can to get her bestie off the detective’s suspect list. Not that the local police department isn’t capable of figuring out this one, but both Janie and her assistant Kiersten have means, motive, and opportunity.

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Never fear, Christy isn’t your ordinary cozy sleuth; she is actually a mystery writer when she isn’t working in her Aunt Betty‘s store. Christy’s main characters are based on her fur babies, Pearl and Milton, a set of sibling felines who like to be the center of attention and can be seen strolling around town, or rather being strolled around town. Don’t be fooled by their sweet furry faces; these cats know where it’s at and where the clues can be found.

Christy does some brainstorming with her romantic interest, the very kind and respectable Dr. Micah who seems to be subtly flirting with her (Christy can’t quite tell for sure). There are also helpful friends, family, and locals as with any good cozy. This story works as a stand-alone with a few tidbits about the cats’ previous escapades from the series starter and the mention of possible hidden Dillinger bank loot. The thing that stood out to me the most was the amount of misdirection that keeps you turning pages. Between the various subplots and the number of suspects I wasn’t sure who did it until the big reveal. If you like to be surprised, then this is the book for you. I know that I enjoyed it.

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Tracy Condie is a paralegal by day and cozy armchair sleuth by night. When she is not working or reading, she enjoys preparing the recipes found in culinary cozies or researching recipes of meal items described therein and sharing reviews of both books and food on Instagram and on KRL. She lives in Corona, California with her husband and dog Zoolie, and looks forward to visiting with their grown sons when their time permits.

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  1. Sounds interesting! Thank you for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  2. I love cats so would probably enjoy this.

  3. Always love cute cats but the Dillinger loot plotline really seals it for me. Gotta read this series!

  4. Thanks so much for the awesome review!

  5. Thans for the opportunity. Always love a mystery with a dog or cat.


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