Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review: Fat Cat Takes The Cake by: Janet Cantrell

Title: Fat Cat Takes The Cake
Author: Juliet Cantrell
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: A Fat Cat Mystery #3
Pages: 304
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Quincy the butterscotch tabby has a talent for sniffing out sweets—and uncovering crimes—in this Fat Cat mystery from the national bestselling author of Fat Cat Spreads Out.

When former classmate Rich “Dickie” Byrd throws a high school reunion to gather support for his mayoral campaign, it drums up some not so sweet memories for dessert shop proprietor Chase Oliver and her friend Julie Larson. Julie would rather not reconnect with Ron North, the creepy kid who had a crush on her back in the day. His social graces haven’t exactly improved with age, but is he creepy enough to kill?

The next day, Chase is in the park testing a new cat harness for Quincy—who quickly proves he cannot be leashed. But when his escape leads Chase to Ron’s body, the police wonder who else got away. Now, with Julie suspected, Chase must prove her innocence before the real killer plans another fatal reunion.
 

My Thoughts:

This is the 3rd book in the Fat Cat Mysteries in this book we are following the lives of Chase Oliver and her friends Julie and Chase get an invitation to their 14th class reunion being run by Rich "Dikie" Byrd whose running for mayor and looking for all the support he can gather.  During the reunion it seems one odd duck from school Ron North who had a thing for stalking Julie he seems to have moved past Julie and set eyes on upsetting quite a number of people from school.  When Chase's cat Quincy finds a body Chase realizes the body is Ron North and someone is trying to point the blame at Julie now it's up to Chase to clear Julie before she is tried for murder and finds life is up like a cats nine lives. Can Chase solve it before time runs out?

I am finding myself drawn in to the characters in this series, being the first time I have read this book I can honestly say you don't need to read them in order.  I started this one without reading the previous one and find it positively purrfect murder mystery with intrigue of high school reunions.  In this book everyone seems to have something to hide.  I found myself trying to figure out who had the most to gain from killing Ron.  Granted I don't think anyone deserves murder but than again it wouldn't be a mystery if it wasn't for murder.  I had so much trouble putting this down.

There were no shortage of possible suspects add that to a notebook full of all sorts of cryptic notes and it really made it hard to figure out the killer.  I also enjoyed the fact that Chase is more human than most sleuths in this book she even managed to get a cold which really made her seem more real in this story.  Typically nowadays sleuths seem to never get sick to see someone get through being sick on top of it and still sort the clues really added to the story.  I loved it can't wait to see what is next in the series!


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