What the Cat Saw
Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (October 2, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 304 pages
Jacket Design by George Long
Nela Farley can’t really understand what that cat is thinking, can she? Nela knows that what she’s experiencing is completely irrational and tries to convince herself that she is simply transferring her own thoughts that she doesn’t want to face.
Nela is doing her sister Chloe a huge favor by filling in for her at her job while she goes off on vacation. Chloe has even arranged a place for Nela to stay. A woman she worked with has recently passed away and Chloe has been taking care of her cat. When she arrives she meets the cat and immediately she has “. . . dead . . . dead and gone . . . She loved me . . . board rolled on the second step . . .” pop into her head. She then realizes the previous tenant’s death may not have been an accident as everyone had thought.
Nela just can’t ignore the feeling she has. Was Marian Grant murdered? As Nela looks into Marian’s life and starts work at the Haklo Foundation she realizes she has more questions than answers. When another body is found and the police start to point fingers at Chloe Nela realizes she needs to figure out “what the cat saw” before anyone else takes a not so accidental fall.
Carolyn Hart is one of the master’s of the cozy mystery. This new series debut is classic Hart, a tight plot with great characters in an interesting setting and don’t forget Jugs the cat.
I am not sure if knowing or thinking you know what a cat is thinking really can be classified as paranormal. Cats and humans just have a way of communicating. They can cut you with a certain look, bring you joy with just the right “chirrup”, and their purrs say so much. Well probably not as much as “board rolled on the second step” but cat lovers will know what I mean.
Nela and Chloe are as different as two sisters can be. Nela’s life is in flux at the moment but she seems to be a very orderly and structured person. Chloe is much more carefree, going from job to job as the mood strikes. She was on vacation in this installment so I look forward to learning more about her in the future. The best characters evolve at the perfect pace so they readers catch the nuances and the traits they carry forward book to book.
The groundwork has been well laid and I know this series will be a successful as all her others. Whenever in doubt about something to read just pick up something by Carolyn Hart, you can’t go wrong with this wonderful author.
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