Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cat Eye Witness ~ Book Two in the Klepto Cat Mysteries by Patricia Fry

  • File Size: 2206 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Matilija Press (October 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

 October 7, 2013
Savannah and Aunt Margaret open the old Forster home to the Hammond Cat Alliance for a fundraiser to help rehabilitate the abused horses rescued months earlier from the catnappers. Before the afternoon is over, the collected funds go missing and someone is murdered in an upstairs bedroom.
Suspicion surrounds Iris, a local waitress and Savannah’s new best friend. The only witness to the murder is Rags, Savannah’s cat. With the assistance of a cat psychic and Rags’s good friend, Charlotte (the young girl with Downs), the cat helps to “paw” the killer…but not before an attempt is made on Rags’s life. The case is solved only after Rags comes face-to-face with the killer for the second time.
Detective Craig Sledge is new to this book, as is Damon, Iris’s errant son. Sledge finds this to be one of the muddiest cases he has ever worked, with inconsistent clues and no apparent motive. He’s constantly surprised, perplexed and impressed by the cat’s uncanny ability to come up with clues he has missed. His fascination with the attractive Iris Clampton also mystifies the detective.
In this story, one of the rescued horses goes into labor and there’s a night of high drama at the ole corral as veterinarians Savannah and Michael work to save the foal. This experience renews Savannah’s deep interest in horses and riding, which ultimately serves to help her bond with a very important surprise character who finds his way into her life and Michael’s just as they prepare to say their wedding vows.
While Rags is the animal star, he isn’t the only animal featured in this story. Layla is back in all of her tangerine beauty. And Rags makes friends with Buffy, a perky almost Himalayan and the inseparable duo, Walter, an all black cat and his sidekick, Lexie, a charming afghan mix. Savannah’s new ride, Peaches, also debuts in this story. An incident with this mare adds another dimension to Savannah’s and Michael’s relationship. Can he hold her with open arms?
Some say this is a love story with a mystery in the background. And it’s a story of family and friendship as newlyweds Margaret and Max continue to be a meaningful part of Savannah’s and Michael’s world.

My take on this book:
Cat Eye Witness is the second book in the Klepto Cat Mystery series and with this one we get another page turning story that revolves around Savannah, Rags and the gang! Savannah and her aunt Maggie allow the Hammond Cat Alliance to hold a fundraiser in their home to benefit some rescued horses. Plenty of money is collected, thing is someone has stolen it, and what's worse in one of the bedrooms there is a dead body! Along with this excitement there is also a rescued horse that is expecting a foal, and when things don't go smoothly will Michael and Savannah be able to save the foals life? There is also the ongoing relationship between Savannah and Michael, will they make it down the aisle and finally be married? There is more excitement than you can shake a kitty paw at in this fast paced, who-dun-it romance!

The Klepto Cat Mystery Series is like a cozy mystery on steroids! You get more than just a mystery, you get romance, family life, friendships, and a down home feel that makes these characters so easy to connect with. I love stories that revolve around animals and this one has more than a few cats, each one interesting in their own right but Savannah's cat Rags of course is the star of the story!  With plenty of twists and more than a few suspects, I actually read this book in one sitting! Cat fans are going to devour this one, but it's a good clean read that mystery fans are going to enjoy as well. I really think the author provides enough background information that this could be read as a stand alone work but I would highly recommend the first book in this series as well!

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