Review: Cat Nap by Claire Donally

cat napCat Nap
(A Sunny & Shadow Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 7, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by George Long
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252130
E-Book File Size: 534 KB


Sunny and Shadow are at it again, sniffing out another murderer. Even with an injured paw Shadow is still Sunny’s trusty sidekick as she gets right in the middle of some sparing ex-spouses. Martin Rigsdale was a terrible husband and Jane thought she was rid of him, but he came back wanting another payoff. Jane decides to set him straight for good and drags Sunny along as a witness. Unfortunately they were too late, all the found was Martin dead in is veterinary clinic and Jane becomes the prime suspect. Turns out Martin had plenty of secrets and enemies, Sunny and Shadow just need to find the right one before anyone else gets put to sleep permanently.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
My granddaughter grabbed this book out of my hand and pointed at the cover and said “Wiley”. Even she knows how much our kitty looks like Shadow. But Shadow is a very special cat, he is very inquisitive and that can get him in trouble but he also has a keen sense of smell that can usually get him out of it. What I really like about this story and this series is that the author not only writes from Sunny’s point of view she also writes from Shadow’s. Anyone with a cat knows we wonder sometimes just what our cats are thinking and having Shadow talking about the picture box in the living room or the way he likes to snuggle up with his human will put a genuine smile on your face. The way he talks about that “Biscuit Eater” and its owner had me laughing out loud.

Sunny had come back to Maine to take care of her father after his heart attack.  She has a job at Maine Adventure X-perience and the winter is a pretty slow time for tourists so she spends her time updating the website and waiting the phone to ring or emails to come in. She is still catching up with old friends and hoping to get a certain someone interested in her the way she is interested in him.

Donally has written quite the mystery for her starring characters. Martin may not have been killed by his ex, or a jealous husband, heck there are Russian loan Sharks in Kittery Harbor. Could they be involved? The author surprises us with some very clever twists and turns.

The cozy is a purrfect escape and I am so happy that the next book in the series Last Licks (A Sunny & Shadow Mystery) will be out May 6. I am looking forward to snuggling up with Shadow again very soon.

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About This Author
Claire Donally continues to be as much as a mystery as her books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

4 thoughts on “Review: Cat Nap by Claire Donally

  1. I have read both of the books more than once and like you have been waiting for her new book. Claire Donally has a way with words that you feel like you are in the book also. I am getting really geared now for this new book.

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