Category: Cats

The Cats that Watched the Woods GP

Posted September 29, 2015 by karenbaron in Animals, Cats, Cozy, Mystery, Review, Rural, Series / 0 Comments

The Cats that Watched the Woods GPThe Cats that Watched the Woods by Karen Anne Golden
Series: The Cats That...Cozy Mystery #5
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on April 1st 2015
Genres: Cozy, Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 300
Format: Kindle
five-stars

What have the extraordinary cats of millionaire Katherine “Katz” Kendall surfed up now? “Idyllic vacation cabin by a pond stocked with catfish.” It’s July in Erie, Indiana, and steamy weather fuels the tension between Katz and her fiancé, Jake. Katz rents the cabin for a private getaway, though Siamese cats, Scout and Abra, demand to go along. How does a peaceful, serene setting go south in such a hurry? Is the terrifying man in the woods real, or is he the legendary ghost of Peace Lake? It’s up to Katz and her cats to piece together the mysterious puzzle. The fifth book in the popular “The Cats that . . . Cozy Mystery” series is a suspenseful, thrilling ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy this stand-alone novel, or learn more about these amazing characters by exploring the first book in the series, “The Cats that Surfed the Web.”

My Thoughts:        These mysteries are reminiscent of The Cat Who…books by Lilian Jackson Braun. I loved those books.

However, these mysteries with Katz and her merry band of cats are a wonderful update. Katz inherited her great Aunt’s fortune and lives in Erie, Indiana. Katz is a programmer from Manhattan who is growing accustom to small town, Midwest life. Katz lives with her 5 cats in a pink mansion. She seems to be a danger magnet, who finds murder and/or mayhem wherever she goes. Along with her friends from New York and Indiana she solves the mysteries of Erie.

In this story, Katz is feeling the pressure of pleasing everyone and herself. She decides to take a weekend off at a lovely cabin near Peace Lake, Indiana. However, two of her Siamese cats don’t think it’s a good idea for her to go alone. So, they throw a fit until Katz agrees to take them. Once they get to the area, Katz realizes that this isn’t going to be the quiet weekend that she was looking for. And the adventure begins. Even with everything Katz goes through she shows how generous and kind natured she is. It is very sweet the way she helps people.

I like the characters and jams that Ms. Golden comes up. The neat thing about her stories are they aren’t always about murder, she has other mysteries in each story which is refreshing and intriguing. This is the fifth book in her series and I look forward to the next installment.

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review a book for your site. ~Jen

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About Karen Anne Golden

Karen Anne Golden currently lives in a Queen Anne Victorian home. Restoring the house was her obsession when she left her Manhattan job and moved to a small town in Indiana. With the house finished, she has time to do what she’s always been passionate about: writing. “The Cats that Surfed the Web” is the first book of “The Cats that . . . ” Cozy Mystery series. Karen Anne received a B.S. in History/Education from Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia and a M.S. in Anthropology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. While living in NYC, she worked in the computer industry. She shares her home with her husband, several Siamese, Ginger and Tabby cats. Many of the cat scenes in the books are based on her own cats’ antics.


The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Animals, Cats, Comedy, Cozy, Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Review, Series / 0 Comments

The Cat Who Could Read BackwardsThe Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun
Series: The Cat Who... #1
Series Rating: three-stars
Published by Berkley Trade on 1966
Genres: Cozy, Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
three-stars

Jim Qwilleran is a prizewinning reporter who's been on the skids but is now coming back with a job as feature writer (mostly on the art scene) for the Daily Fluxion. George Bonifield Mountclemens, the paper's credentialed art critic, writes almost invariably scathing, hurtful reviews of local shows; delivers his pieces by messenger; lives with his all-knowing cat Koko in a lushly furnished house in a moldering neighborhood, and has a raft of enemies all over town.
He offers the newcomer a tiny apartment in his building at a nominal rent, and Qwilleran grabs it, surmising the deal will involve lots of cat-sitting. Meanwhile, a gallery whose artists get happier treatment from Mountclemens is owned by Earl Lambreth. The acerbic critic has praised paintings there by a reclusive Italian named Scrano; the junk assemblages of Nino, who calls himself a ``Thingist,'' as well as works by Lambreth's attractive wife Zoe.
It's Zoe who, one night past closing, finds her husband stabbed to death in the vandalized gallery. Days later, Qwilleran, guided by an insistent Koko, finds Mountclemens's knifed corpse on the patio behind his house.

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

This is my third time trying to read this book and I finally succeeded -does a happy dance-. Again though like the first two times I kept on falling asleep when I was reading it. No most of the times I wasn’t curled up in bed reading it. Let’s just say that I felt like we were droning on and on until the first murder happened. Well even after that it felt like we were droning on.

I didn’t feel like that until after we got to the second murder and then it felt like things were getting better. I only read this book as a recommendation from my aunt, mom, and sister. I still don’t know if I am going to be reading the other ones. I mean the book was good but I also guess it is because I am not used to this type of writing style. I just don’t know if I will be able to get through the other ones. This book is a good one but not great. I am only going to give it three stars. It lost one when I fell asleep while reading it and it lost another one by the great droning on. So it’s left with three stars from me.

I know I probably shouldn’t be this harsh to it but I just didn’t feel all that great with this book really. So yeah please read my other reviews and comment.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Lilian Jackson Braun

Lilian Jackson Braun was an American writer. She is well-known for her light-hearted series of The Cat Who… mystery novels. The Cat Who books center around the life of former newspaper reporter James Qwilleran, and his two Siamese cats, KoKo and Yum Yum in the fictitious small town of Pickax located in Moose County, “400 miles north of everywhere.” Although never formally stated in the books, the towns, counties and lifestyles described in the series are generally accepted to be a modeled after Bad Axe, Michigan (located in the “Michigan Thumb”) where she resided with her husband for many years until the mid 1980’s. Many also believe that the culture and history of the Upper peninsula of Michigan are represented in the series as well, which is quite possible as it is indeed a fictitious location.