Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Big Kitty

Book Description: Did curiosity kill the cat lady? Sunny Coolidge left her New York City newspaper job to go back to Maine and take care of her ailing father. But there’s not much excitement—or interesting work—in Kittery Harbor. So when Ada Spruance, the town’s elderly cat lady, asks for help finding her supposedly-winning lottery ticket, Sunny agrees. But when she arrives at Ada’s, with a stray tomcat named Shadow tagging along, they discover the poor woman dead at the bottom of her stairs. Was it an accident—or did Ada’s death have to do with that missing lottery ticket, which turns out to be worth six million dollars? Town Constable Will Price suspects the worst. And Sunny’s reporter instincts soon drive her to do some investigating of her own. Even Shadow seems to have a nose for detective work. Following the trail of the purrloined ticket, Sunny and Shadow try to shed some light on a killer’s dark motives—before their own numbers are up…

My Review: Another cozy series set in the beautiful state of Maine has hit the shelves with the debut of Claire Donally's Sunny and Shadow mysteries. I love the irony of Sunny working for a tourism agency when it's obvious she will be getting involved in multiple murders through the course of the series! She is a great character, having returned home from the big city to care for her ailing father. Mike upset me a bit early on with the way he treated Shadow, but I think he's softening. And darling Shadow...I adored the diversions during the story where we got a glimpse into his thoughts. And the way he labeled people...Old One, Young One, Stinky One, Dead One...too cute. And so sad the way he would remember his time on the streets and getting kicked by men, making him wary of Sunny's dad. The mystery flows along seamlessly, and though we know the motives early on, the hunt for those involved and all the attempts on Sunny's life made for a real page turner. Here's hoping Sunny and Shadow team up for many adventures in the future!!!

Tara's Thoughts: Meow! I've been watching Mommy devour this book the last few nights and I have to say, that Shadow is one HUNK of a cat!!! He's so brave and streetwise yet turning into a total Mama's boy, which I find very sexy. Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. me :)

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