My Kiki cat is quite good at lying for a good cause, but sometimes we have to laugh at her. When my roommate Donna comes home from work, Kiki will tell her she hasn’t had her afternoon treats yet ... and Donna’s cat Sammy will come running to sit on the piano hoping Kiki convinces the human that they are poor, pitiful, starving kitties who never get their treats on time. The only trouble with their scheme is that I’m usually right there in the room. Donna looks at me and says to Kiki, "But you already HAD your treats." Kiki, the more talkative of the two, says plaintively, "Maiow mew mew." Donna says, "Yes, you did." Kiki replies, "Meow miahow mew!" Donna says again, "Yes, you DID." Kiki, "Meow miaow MEOW, myou." They never seem to notice that humans communicate with each other as well as with them. Finally, Kiki gives up and plops in the floor with her back to Donna, and Sammy sighs.
And that brings me to the subject of the book I completed last night, Cat's Eyewitness, a mystery written by Rita Mae Brown and her furry partner Sneaky Pie Brown. First off, I've gotta say, this is NOT one of their better collaborations. The idea was good, but reading it was mostly a waste of time. I would have put it aside, except for the fact that I was reading it for a reading challenge ... and wanted to put Kiki alongside the investigative trio (the meddling menagerie?) of indefatigable felines Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with the dogged corgi Tee Tucker. If that isn't too twee for you and you are still reading along, let's run through my book review and get this over with:
Title, author, date of book, and genre?
Cat's Eyewitness, by Rita Mae Brown, 2005, mystery
Summarize the book without giving away the ending.
Murder, another murder, suspects, a few interesting details, case solved.
Were there any especially interesting characters?
Umm, well, no.
Did you think the characters and their problems were believable?
The story was a bit more far-fetched than usual.
What did you like most about the book?
It reads quickly.
What did you like least?
I wanted to know whodunnit, but I never really got involved in the story.
Share a quote from the book.
The notes I took have nothing to do with plot or characters ... but with words I noticed. (Does this tell you how "uninvolved" I was with what the book was supposedly about?)
So long as "man" is the measure of all things, women will be shortchanged (p. 72). (Makes sense to me!)What do you think will be your lasting impression of this book?
Cooper pulled up the wooden chair, an old office chair from the 1940s (p. 176). (I made a note of this because I wondered if it's like the chair I'm sitting in now, as I type this review into my computer, a chair that once belonged to my paternal grandfather, who died in 1944.)
doodley-squat (p. 189) (Hmmm, I've always heard it as "diddley-squat.")
jimmy-rigged (p. 202) (Hey, I looked up jerry-rigged and jury-rigged just this week!)
I don't think I'll have a lasting impression. None of the Mrs. Murphy mysteries is deep and challenging, but this one seemed less, somehow, than any of the others I've read, which were more entertaining.
How would you rate this book?
Rated: 4/10, struggled to finish, but not worth it.