The Tell-Tail Heart
by Monica Shaughnessy
THE TELL-TAIL HEART, is a fun and different spin on mysteries and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews
Whether or not you like cats, The Tell-Tail Heart will enchant you. You’ll arch your back, hiss and spit at the danger and the ‘bad guys’. Nonetheless, you will purr with satisfaction, at least until you go in search of the next Cattarina Mystery.
It ‘s a quick read, cute. charming and compelling, well-written, I really enjoyed… I liked it so much that I decided to read the story of Poe behind this novel.
…the “voice” of Cattarina is humorous and witty, which makes The Tell-Tail Heart a joy to read.
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.
The Tell-Tail Heart: A Cattarina Mystery
(Cattarina Mysteries) (Volume 1)
Publisher: Jumping Jackalope Press (June 17, 2014)
Paperback: 176 pages
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.
Monica Shaughnessy has a flair for creating characters and plots larger than her home state of Texas. Most notably, she’s the author of the Cattarina Mysteries, a cozy mystery series starring Edgar Allan Poe’s real-life cat companion. Ms. Shaughnessy has nine books in print, including two young adult novels, a middle grade novel, a picture book, two cozy mystery novellas, and numerous short stories. Customers have praised her work time and again, calling it “unique and creative,” “fresh and original,” and “very well written.” If you’re looking for something outside the mainstream, you’ll find it in her prose. When she’s not slaying adverbs and tightening plots, she’s walking her rescue dogs, goofing around with her family, or going back to the grocery store for the hundredth time because she forgot milk.
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