Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: The Tell-Tail Heart by: Monica Shaughnessy

Title: The Tell-Tail Heart
Author: Monica Shaughnessy
Publisher: Jumping Jackolope Press
Series: Cattarina Mysteries #1
Pages: 178
Format: e-book
Source: Great Escapes Book Tours


The untold story behind Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." 

Philadelphia, 1842: Poe's cat, Cattarina, becomes embroiled in a killer's affairs when she finds a clue to the crime - a glass eye. But it's only when her beloved "Eddy" takes an interest that she decides to hunt down the madman. Her dangerous expedition takes her from creepy Eastern State Penitentiary to Rittenhouse Square where she runs into a gang of feral cats intent on stopping her. 

As the mystery pulls Cattarina deeper into trouble, even Eddy becomes the target of suspicion. Yet she cannot give up the chase. Both her reputation as a huntress and her friend's happiness are at stake. For if she succeeds in catching the Glass Eye Killer, the missing pieces of Eddy's unfinished story will fall into place, and the Poe household will once again experience peace. 

Full of Victorian witticisms and rich detail, this cozy mystery is a fictional account of Edgar Allan Poe's real-life animal companion. Fans of historical and animal mysteries are sure to like this series.

My Thoughts:

I received this book as part of a book tour it takes place in 1842 and is told from Cattarina's point of view.  Someone is out on a killing spree and Cattarina finds a clue to the crime.  When Eddy becomes interested in these crimes, Cattarina takes an interest in solving the murder.  This book was full of action and really makes one appreciate what Eddie and his beloved cat Cattarina.

I could tell reading this book that the author put a lot of work into researching Mr. Poe.  Big fans of his will love this story and reading more in the series.  I also think those who like period pieces will also enjoy this book.
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