Friday, September 12, 2014

Beginning ~ with a late-night knock on the door

The Cat, the Vagabond, and the Victim ~ by Leann Sweeney, 2014, mystery (South Carolina)
Visitors don't often knock on my front door at eleven o'clock at night.  But my friend Allison Cuddahee from the local no-kill shelter had called me in a panic to ask a favor.  She arrived thirty minutes later bearing a gift.
I may be becoming "the library lady" around my new apartments.  It's a place for seniors, and many of them no longer drive.  I not only still drive my car, but go at least weekly to the nearest library.  I got this book for one of the ladies on my floor, but I may have to read it before I give it to her.  Don't worry — she still has one or two I got her last time, plus the six or seven delivered to her from the U-City Library the other day.  And I'm a fast reader.  Here's a summary of the book from the back cover:
When Clyde the cat travels two hundred miles back home only to find his former owner dead, the story makes national news.  While everyone seems eager to tell Clyde’s incredible tale, someone needs to step up to care for him.  Because the media attention is creating chaos at the local shelter, cat quilter Jillian Hart agrees to foster the loyal orange tabby, hoping his location is kept secret.  But while the media circus around Clyde continues, Jillian learns the real story behind his owner’s death — he was murdered.  Why would an eldery man already dying from a serious illness become a murder victim?  As the local police search for an answer, Clyde makes another escape.  Jillian is drawn into the case when she finds Clyde has returned to his home again — and he’s found another body.  When the motive behind these murders is finally revealed, Jillian understands Clyde is in danger of becoming the next victim, and she must help find the killer before the claws really come out.

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Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Bonnie,

Late night callers never bode well, do they?

I hope you enjoy 'speed reading' your way through this book.

Have a good weekend,


Sofia M. said...

I like the beginning. Also, a cozy mystery with cats (well, cat, but who's counting?). I'll definitely check this book out, I hope you have fun reading it!
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Juli Rahel said...

I think it's amazing you're getting books for the people in your apartment, because reading is so much fun! Also, I love how the cat is a potential murder victim, I just can't imagine thinking 'That cat must die!' xD Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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Katherine P said...

I really enjoyed Sweeney's Yellow Rose series but haven't read any in this series. Hope you enjoy it! I think since it sounds like she's got plenty to read you're pretty safe keeping it an extra day to read yourself!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

This is a really good series.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Julie, she had not renewed her library card in years because she had no way to get to the library. I put this book on hold for her in my name, using my computer to request it online, because she has not yet gotten her own (new) card. She'll have to take proof of residence and go there with me for that. Usually, my neighbors just ride along when I go and get their own books.

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

This books like a fun adventure; especially for the cat lovers! Thanks for sharing :)

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JC Jones said...

Just the cat on the cover got me. Like you I would want to read the book before giving it to someone else. It is great you can drive and help people who love to read.

JC Jones said...

I am a new follower.

Elizabeth said...

Sounds cute.

So nice you get books for ladies at the library.

ENJOY the books and your neighbors.

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Anne Bennett said...

i really MUST try these cozy mysteries you guys keep talking about. Here are my quotes---Anne

Topazshell said...

Clyde is busy, busy. I didn't expect for him to find another body. I think sleuthing is running in his blood.