Cat Got Your Cash
Kitty Couture Mystery, Book #2
By Julie Chase
Author’s Website: http://juliechasebooks.com/
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jerjen
Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.
Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie’s family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie’s fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie–if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.
Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before it’s too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.
Lacy Crocker is the proud owner of the Furry Godmother, a pet boutique and organic pet treat bakery. She has worked hard to make a success of her business and she has done a great job. But she knows that business will get even better if she can get a companion line with one of the premiere fashion designers. She is so excited to have a meeting with the designer, Annie Lane. She gathers many of her samples and prepares for the meeting that may just change her life. But when she gets there, she finds that someone’s life changes forever, and it is not hers. Annie Lane’s life has changed forever because it has ended. She finds Annie’s body and Annie’s two cats, Cashmere and Cotton, at the crime scene. Lacy takes the cats home with her until someone from Annie’s family can claim them. When someone breaks into Lacy’s house, perhaps looking to steal the cats, and Lacy sees someone watching her house in a huge cat’s head, she wonders if the cats know more than they are purring!
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Lacy is smart (especially in business, maybe not so much in the romance department), quirky and persistent. She is very creative in her creations for pets. Jack Oliver is the detective that is assigned to the murder case and there are some clever scenes between Lacy and Jack. All of the secondary characters were also well developed and added a lot to the story.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place and listening to conversations.
The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book. There were enough suspects to consider, clue to sift through and red herrings thrown in to make even the most seasoned armchair detective find it difficult to solve the mystery. The ending was a bit of a surprise which I totally enjoyed.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted cozy mystery. This book has great characters, a great plot, humor and suspense and I thought it was well written.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*