Saturday, October 15, 2016

Catch as Cat Can

Author:  Claire Donally
Series:  Sunny & Shadow Mystery #5
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  May 3, 2016

Description:  When a new seafood shop opens in Kittery Harbor, Maine, Sunny’s tomcat Shadow is on the hunt for tasty treats—until Sunny discovers a cold-blooded killer’s catch of the day.

Neil Garret is new to town, but his seafood shop is already going belly up. Working next door, former reporter Sunny Coolidge can’t help noticing the telltale signs. But checking on Neil one morning reveals something far worse for business than a lack of inventory—a mysterious man lies murdered in his freezer. 

Sunny’s boyfriend, Chief Investigator Will Price, nets Neil as the prime suspect. But even when Sunny learns about Neil’s secret past, the open-and-shut case seems fishy. Now it’s up to Sunny to find the real culprit and get Neil off the hook.

My Review

You may notice, if you frequently read my reviews, that I don't read a lot of cat themed cozy mysteries.  What I like about this series is how we always get Shadow's perspective on how he views what is happening or whether he is upset with his humans.  This is a wonderful series and this book is a terrific addition.  I was not disappointed.

At this point in the series, the author has crafted well developed, dimensional characters that feel comfortable and familiar.  When you pick up one of these books it is almost like sitting down to catch up with old friends, except these friends are usually solving a murder. Ms. Donally has also done an great job with allowing these characters to grow and continue to develop both personally and professionally. I like the way the author has progress both Sunny and Will's relationship as well as her father Mike's relationship with Mrs. M.  It feels genuine and real on both counts.  And make no mistake, I consider Shadow a character as well because he is written with his own history and experiences which he recalls throughout the series.  He also has his own personality that comes with expectations of his human.

The story is well written and the plot moves along at a nice pace allowing the reader to stay invested in the story.  The mystery is well done.  There are a lot of suspects to choose from and while there is a hint at the reason behind the two murder's that occur in the story, there are still plenty of twists and surprises as to who is behind them and the reason why.  While I did figure out the identity of the killer along with Sunny and Will it was a climatic ending that left me satisfied that everything was wrapped up.

This is a terrific series with wonderful characters, good writing, strong mysteries and if you are a cat person (and even if you aren't) you will enjoy the bits of the story from Shadow's perspective.  I always feel that I have been fully entertained when I finish one of these books and I will most definitely be back for the next in the series.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your review. I have missed this one.