Monday, July 7, 2014

Klepto Cat Mystery Series

To celebrate The Colony Cat Caper the latest release in the  Klepto Cat Mystery series WV Stitcher will be spotlighting this series each Monday. This week I would like to share my reviews of the first three books in the series! Be sure and drop by next Monday to read my review of book four Undercover Cat.

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  • Publisher: Matilija Press (June 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Thirty-two year old Savannah Jordan has just broken up with her boyfriend Travis and decides to get away for a bit. She takes her cat Ragsdale and goes to stay with her aunt Margaret who has recently broken her foot. Margaret is very active in a local cat rescue alliance and works closely with the neighborhood vet, Michael. When neighborhood cats start coming up missing Margaret and Savannah decide to figure out who is behind the catnapping caper.As they get closer to the truth  the kidnapper takes it to another level when he decides to do away with Savannah and Margaret, can they solve the mystery before it's too late?

"Catnapped" is a revved up version of a cozy mystery! The author gives the reader a light easy mystery to solve that revolves around interesting characters, but the wrapping up of the mystery really added a punch that was suspenseful and had me wondering how or if Savannah might be saved!  The characters of this story were so easy to like, Savannah is a veterinarian who has been working as a vet tech. She has just come off of a relationship and is second guessing herself a bit, so when she starts to have feelings for Michael the local vet she isn't sure about those feelings.Along with the romance that develops between Savannah and Michael we also have a romantic relationship going on between Margaret and her next door neighbor Max. Along with romance we have the mystery of the missing cats, along with this mystery was the question of Margaret's injury as it is revealed how she was hurt, one can't help but wonder if it was an accident or intentionally done by someone! Cat lovers are going to be in heaven with this story. The beautiful descriptions of cats, not to mention Rags, who will "steal" anything he can get his paws on! Enjoyable characters and a fast paced plot makes this a nice read, and the author provides an ending that leaves this reader hopeful for another book in the Klepto Cat Mystery Series! 

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  • 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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  • Print Length: 214 pages
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  • Publisher: Matilija Press (January 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

 January 24, 2014

Michael Ivey, the local veterinarian and Savannah’s new husband is attacked by an enraged client and then later accused of this man’s murder. The evidence quickly stacks up against Michael, until Rags, Savannah’s kleptomaniac cat, starts digging up clues implicating the unlikely suspect. 
Coinciding with the details of this challenge is the discovery that the old house, which the couple purchased from Savannah’s aunt, is cursed. Is this why the couple has not been blessed with a child?
Savannah’s sister Brianna comes for a visit. She teams up with the Iveys’ vet tech, Bud, to discover how to break the gypsy spell and they fall hard for each other. Will their courtship be strengthened or weakened by a frightening carjacking incident?
Detective Craig Sledge is prominent in this story as the lead investigator in the murder case. As usual, he engages in some creative tactics to get the information and the confessions he’s after. He has also become embedded in Savannah’s friend, Iris’s family. He’s dating Iris and helping with her son, Damon’s rehabilitation in prison.

My take on this book:
Sleight of Paw is the third book in the Klepto Cat Mystery series and with this one we will catch up with characters from the previous books, but we will also meet a few new ones as well. Our favorite veterinarians, Savannah and Michael are back once again.They are now married 
 and they are hoping to have a child. They are working on renovating the Forster mansion,well I should say Michael is working on the renovations, but when Rags finds something in the walls well it leads to another find that points to a gypsy curse, but could that be? Added to that Michael loses a doggie patient, and the owner becomes irate, and when that owner winds up dead at the clinic well Michael becomes the prime suspect. Savannah's sister comes for a visit and just might find true love of her own.

The author easily pulls me in every time with her well written mysteries that blends characters,storylines, and of course our four legged friends that we have come to love in the previous books in this series to make for a page turning read that is satisfying from beginning to end. Several secondary characters keep the plot from slowing down, I found the story that developed with Brianna and Bud added another layer, and gave us a new romance to root for!   Not only do I recommend Sleight of Paw but the entire Klepto Cat Mystery series. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery that has a cozy feel, with interesting well developed characters and a clean storyline  that provides more than a few twists, and a few laughs to boot will find themselves purring with delight as they read Sleight of Paw.

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