Friday, August 19, 2016

#CozyMystery Book #Review ~ The Black Cat Knocks on Wood (A Bad Luck Cat Mystery, Book #2) by Kay Finch

The author of Black Cat Crossing is back as mystery novelist Sabrina Tate and her cat Hitchcock find themselves roped into another dangerous murder case...

About the Book:

Sabrina finds it difficult to work on her latest suspense novel when her Aunt Rowe’s antics keep tying up her thoughts. This time Rowe and her fun-loving friends have decided to compete in the upcoming Texas Hill Country Senior Pro Rodeo. The problem is these women have little to no experience with lassos, bulls, or even horseback riding.

Before Sabrina can keep the stubborn seniors from mounting their steeds, she’s sidetracked by a bigger problem. An uppity local business owner is found dead in an accident—right after a black cat was seen in her office. While the townsfolk think the bad luck cat has struck again, Sabrina suspects there might be something more murderous afoot. With a twisted killer on the loose, she’ll have to round up clues quickly before she or her aunt are steered straight into the path of danger...

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Link to Review of Book 1, Black Cat Crossing:

My Review:

Sabrina and Hitchcock are back in a book full of new adventures.  While she is supposed to be writing a novel, Sabrina finds herself constantly distracted.  First, Aunt Rowe gathers three friends and enters Lavender's Senior Pro Rodeo.  None of the women have any experience, making Sabrina extremely nervous and uncomfortable.  Keeping track of the rodeo's newest group of seniors is taxing to Sabrina.  Second, an unexpected guest checks into one of the cottages at Aunt Rowe's.  Sabrina thought she left her former life behind when she moved into one of the vacation rental cottages to help out Aunt Rowe.  She is shocked to learn that the guest ends up being her former boss, Rita.

Next, Sabrina is also planning a Love-a-Black-Cat adoption weekend at the local fairground.  Her intent is to inform the residents and those in attendance that there is nothing superstitious or evil about black cats.  Amid the rodeo adventure, the sudden appearance of her former boss, and pulling together the adoption event, Sabrina already has too many things going on that pull her away from her writing.  The last thing she needs is another distraction.  But another distraction is what she gets.  A local business woman is found dead.  To top it off, there is speculation that the dead woman's path was crossed by a black cat.  A writer/amateur sleuth's work is never done!

The Black Cat Knocks on Wood is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very end. The book is engaging from start to finish, hooking you from the very beginning. The character development is done well. The author continues to provide a bit of backstory but it's not overwhelming. 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 The Black Cat Knocks on Wood. The conversations flow smoothly and are realistic.  They flow so well that you think you're standing nearby involved in the topic of discussion. The descriptive content makes visualizing the scenes an easy task. The novel is fast paced and quite enjoyable.  All of the characters are written with realism, as well, from the gruff rodeo employees to the uppity boss that Sabrina thought she left behind for good.  

There is budding romance but it is written light and unobtrusive.  The author has a relationship mixed in with the murder investigation but it's not front-and-center demanding more attention that necessary.  The characters don't overwhelm the rest of the book with nonsensical flirting or over-the-top romantic gestures.

Review copy courtesy of the publishing company, via NetGalley, at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

I look forward to the next book in the series.

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