Wednesday, March 2, 2016

#Book Review ~ Black Cat Crossing (A Bad Luck Cat Mystery, Book #1) by Kay Finch

Synopsis from Back Cover:

Aspiring mystery author Sabrina Tate is about to discover that when it comes to solving murders, her new feline friend Hitchcock is a master of sleuthing…

Sabrina has never been the superstitious type. Still, when she moves to Lavender, Texas, to write her first novel and help her Aunt Rowe manage her vacation rental business, Sabrina can’t avoid listening to the rumors that a local black cat is a jinx—especially after the stray in question leads her directly to the scene of a murder.

The deceased turns out to be none other than her Aunt Rowe’s awful cousin Bobby Joe Flowers, a known cheat and womanizer who had no shortage of enemies. The only problem is that Aunt Rowe and Bobby Joe had quarreled just before the cousin turned up dead, leaving Rowe at the top of the long list of suspects. Now it’s up to Sabrina to clear her aunt’s name. Luckily for her, she’s got a new sidekick, Hitchcock the bad luck cat, to help her sniff out clues and stalk a killer before Aunt Rowe winds up the victim of even more misfortune…

Book Details:

Series: A Bad Luck Cat Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0425275248
ISBN-13: 978-0425275245

My Review:

When Sabrina's aunt Rowe fell and broke her leg, Sabrina used the accident as an incentive to finally quit her paralegal job in Houston and move to Laventer, Texas. Her Aunt Rowina (Rowe) owns vacation rental cottages and Sabrina decided to finally accept Aunt Rowe's offer to come live with her. While helping to take care of Aunt Rowe and help run the business, Sabrina is also working on writing her very first book. Sabrina also has to deal with the town's superstition regarding black cats.

When Bobby Joe Flowers, an undesirable family member, pays Aunt Rowe a visit, things turn ugly. There is an argument and Aunt Rowe lashes out to Bobby Joe with her crutches. Later, when Sabrina crosses paths with a black cat that is high up in the town's list of superstitions, she discovers how ugly that visit may have become. Someone has murdered Bobby Joe and the black cat let Sabrina to his body. Now Sabrina has to figure out how Bobby Joe wound of dead in the small part of the river that is on Aunt Rowe's property.

Black Cat Crossing is a cozy mystery full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very end.  The entire book will engage the reader from beginning to end.  The character development is good.  We get backstory but not too much.  We aren't bogged down with unnecessary details or boring character biographies.  We receive the right amount of detail and description for each character.

The author did a great job writing Black Cat Crossing.  The conversations flow smoothly like real conversations.  Her descriptive content makes visualizing the scenes an easy task.  The novel is fast paced and quite enjoyable.

I look forward to the next book in the series.

Paperback review copy courtesy of my bookshelf. This is a Barnes & Noble brick-and-mortar store purchase.

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I am part of the Craving for Cozies Challenge 2016.  

This is Book 1 of my challenge!

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