Blurb: Philadelphia, 1843: All is not well in Spring Garden. Fresh from her Glass Eye Killer adventure, Cattarina is once again thrust into mystery when she makes a ghastly discovery - a dead black cat hanging from a tree. Human authorities are uninterested in feline affairs, so Cattarina takes it upon herself to find the culprit.
With the help of her new Green Street Troop and her human companions, she ferrets out the murderer. But her plan to exact justice unleashes a new set of horrors. Now, much more than Eddy's unfinished story is at stake. If she fails to thwart these events, a dear friend may suffer the black cat's end.
Full of Victorian wit and rich detail, this cozy novella is a fictional account of Edgar Allan Poe's real-life animal companion. Fans of historical and animal mysteries are sure to like this series.
Book reviews that are short and sweet...just like Truffles!
This book is actually the story of two black cats, hence the title. The second is Midnight who plays an integral role in Cattarina's plan and ends up stealing her heart as well. Their little love story broke my heart at the end. I also enjoy the way the Poe marriage is portrayed, as Eddy and Sissy love each other deeply and the entire household lives with a cloud of impending doom over it because of Sissy's illness.
I loved every single word in this book and recommend it without reservation. Cattarina is the epitome of "tortitude" and uses it to solve local crimes against both humans and animals, while in the process continuing to be her beloved master's muse.
Our review of the first Cattarina mystery, The Tell-Tail Heart, and Truffles interview with Cattarina can be found here.
Between now and March 16th, Monica will be giving away free e-copies of Mr. Eakins’ Book of Cats to anyone who purchases The Black Cats and leaves an honest review. Just buy her novella, review it on Amazon (and anywhere else you like), and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your free illustrated companion.