Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Cat, The Collector and the Killer by Leann Sweeney

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The Cat, The Collector and the Killer
by Leann Sweeney

ISBN-13: 9780451477408
Mass Market Paperback:
304 pages
Publisher: NAL
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description from Back Cover:
Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She's in her night clothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes—and a dead man.

Although the evidence suggests the frail woman is the killer, Jillian doesn’t believe she’s capable of such a crime. The dead man had many enemies in town, which means finding the real murderer may prove to be its own cat and mouse game...

My Review:
The Cat, The Collector and the Killer is a cozy mystery. This is the eighth in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the mysteries in the previous books.

It was a clue-based puzzle mystery. It was somewhat complex, which delayed my figuring out "whodunit" a little and meant that additional pieces fell into place until the very end. However, it didn't really make uncovering who was involved more difficult. I realized whodunit about two-thirds of the way in. The heroine was right in the middle of things (by request of her husband) and had access to the most clues...yet she still didn't figure it out until whodunit attacks her. Sigh. At least she didn't need rescuing.

There was no sex. There was a minor amount of bad language. If you like mysteries involving lots of playing with and caring for cats, then you'd probably enjoy this one.

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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