Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fat Cat Spreads Out by Janet Cantrell

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Fat Cat Spreads Out
by Janet Cantrell

ISBN-13: 9780425267431
Mass Market Paperback:
304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: June 2, 2015

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description from Back Cover:
A booth at the Bunyan County Harvest Fair seems like the perfect opportunity for Charity “Chase” Oliver and Anna Larson to promote their Bar None bakery business. Unfortunately, plus-sized pussycat Quincy has plans for their delicious dessert bars other than selling them to customers. After tearing through their inventory, Quincy goes roaming the fairgrounds in search of more delights.

But what he finds is murder. One of the top contenders in a butter-sculpting contest has been killed, and Chase is churning on the inside when she sees Quincy’s handsome veterinarian, Dr. Mike Ramos, being led away by the police. With a little help from a kitty with butter on his whiskers, Chase needs to find the real killer and clear the doctor’s good name…

My Review:
Fat Cat Spreads Out is a cozy mystery. This book was the second in the series, but you don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one and this story didn't spoil the previous whodunits.

The cat is constantly escaping in search of food which keeps his owner running around looking for him. When there's a mystery, it's always helpful to have a good reason to be out talking with people. Mostly, though, the heroine is just a chatty, friendly person, and she picked up most of her clues that way. The heroine and her friends acted realistically and were nice people.

This was a clue-based puzzle mystery. There were enough clues that I could guess whodunit shortly before the final clues. The heroine asked good questions, was observant, and was generally good at realizing what those clues could mean. When one of her friends was in immediate danger, she was proactive in stopping a murderer, but she was as smart about it as possible under the circumstances.

There was one instance of bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this fun mystery.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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