Saturday, January 16, 2016

Short Story #Review: The Lucky Cat (Black Cat: Salem Massachusetts Mini Mysteries, Book #1) by Lisa Shea

Book Review:

About the Book:

Kathy Taylor had weathered eight rough years as a black female police officer in Boston - but enough was enough. She turned in her badge, moved up north, and set up shop as a private investigator in historic Salem, Massachusetts. Now she's surrounded by wiccans and herbalists, by crystal shops and psychic pizza-deliverymen. 

And her first client has just stepped in the door. 

The Lucky Cat is the very first entry in the Salem Massachusetts Mini Mystery series. These short stories will be written and loaded one a day from October 1 through October 31, 2014.

My Review:

The Lucky Cat is a mini series of short stories about a police officer turned PI.  Her first case involves the mysterious disappearance of young child's therapy cat.  If you're looking for a quick and breezy mystery tale, The Lucky Cat will satisfy that need.  

I was not, however, at all satisfied with how The Lucky Cat played out.  The characters weren't developed and there wasn't really any world building.  The conclusion of the mystery included people that were way too forgiving.  Don't get me wrong, forgiving people is a fantastic gesture; it just caused the mystery to fall flat and pretty much indicates that theft is okay regardless of the reasons.  I just didn't find the story believable or enjoyable.  

The writing style of the author is smooth and understandable.  With more development, the main character and any secondary characters would might become more believable.  Characters, plot, story, and conclusions of books, regardless of length, are key to keeping people reading a series.  As such, with the multitude of books I have piling up, I won't be continuing with this series.

Review copy purchased for free from

My Rating:

**Please note that just because I gave the short story 2 stars doesn't mean you won't like it.  Reviews are subjective.

It's currently still free so grab your copy and give it a whirl.  You won't know if You like it if you don't read it.

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