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Cat Playing CupidMy Rating: 5 STARS

This fourteenth outing for the Joe Grey Mystery Series was both fun and intriguing for me. While I haven’t read the full series yet, I did read the earliest books and was quickly drawn into this wonderful world where some cats can speak and think on par with humans, while others cannot.

Miss Murphy keeps each story building on this mystery either slightly or heavily. In this case it was more heavily focused on while at the same time dealing with a classic whodunnit.  What is the connection between a body, dead 10 years, up in Oregon to the mysterious disappearance of a local man who was going on a hike locally? And when a second body, also dead some 10 years is discovered in an unmarked grave, the big questions arises to this person’s identity. Could this one be the missing local man? If not, then who is it?  And why were they buried with a book that frightens the cats, because it contains hints about them?

These are just a few of the questions that arise in this book.  We also get to see a bit more of the lives of some of these intelligent/talking cats.  Not all wish to live among humans.  Many are feral and distrustful of humans.  Yet they understand that there are some they can reach out to for help in a major crisis.  The scenes where the ferals reach out to those they believe they can trust can be quite touching and moving.  We see their point of view of their world, as well as the humans viewpoint.  We may not entirely agree with either side but the author gives us food for thought.  She makes us take a look at some of the relationships we’ve had over time with people in our own lives who had very different ideas about themselves and the world.

Another nice touch to these books is that they do not focus solely on the cats themselves but the people in their lives. It is an ensemble piece that keeps growing and evolving, along with the characters themselves. We are slowly introduced to more and more of the many residents of Molena Point (which is modeled upon Carmel California where the author resides).

This is an excellent series that keeps you coming back for more. You’ll find yourself cheering for the cats and their people, as well as a number of the secondary characters who keep the series growing. One of the more feel-good mystery series you want to curl up with on a quiet day and maybe make you wonder about any four-footed friends in your life.

5 Stars.

ImageThis is the 2nd installment of the long running Bed and Breakfast Mysteries and it was every bit as good as I’d hoped. The protagonists, two middle aged women who are cousins, are great foils for each other with their banter and sharp wit. Having grown up like sisters, they know each others habits, temperaments and strengths. They also naturally share a long family history and deep understanding of one another. Together they make a formidable amateur sleuth team.

In this story, while on a trip to Canada they encounter some old high school friends and a colorful local popcorn seller who becomes the victim of murder. But the mystery deepens when his pet parakeet is also found dead after he is murdered.

Watching the cousins dealing with international police instead of the typical American police is a nice touch which adds a great flavor to the story. Having actually been to Canada myself, I could really enjoy this particular tale. The clues are laid out for the reader and the writer plays fair with us in this enthralling mystery.

Looking forward to reading number three in the series and getting caught up to date.  

The Wee Free MenThis is my latest review on Goodreads.com.  I thought I would share it here as I wish to keep expanding on the whole books theme of this blog.  Especially since I don’t have a lot new to share on my own writing efforts.  So to keep everyone entertained here’s my take on “The Wee Free Men” enjoy…

CRIVENS! What’s not to like about Terry Pratchett or young girl discovering her witch powers? Nothing. But throw in a bunch of hyperactive, Pictsies(who are six inch tall, blue-skinned, caricatures of Scotsmen) and you’ve got a priceless piece of fun and excitement.

Mr. Pratchett’s efforts to branch out his popular Discworld series into the arena of children and young adults really pay off in this first installment. We meet young Tiffany Aching young farm girl who makes great cheese, who is trying to come to grips with her annoying younger brother Wentworth. Tiffany has a head full of questions and a way of thinking that is more ‘Witch-like’ than a normal girl. And if that wasnt’ enough, she’s now seeing little blue men in kilts who keep referring to her as the Wee-Big Hag. They are the Wee Free Men whov’e been sent to find her by their Kelda. A danger is coming back to these sleepy hills, one which will test her new powers and her feelings for Wentworth in ways she never dreamed.

Laughter, excitement, chases, drinkin-fightin-stealin-and more fightin’, await the reader in this fast-paced story. Warning: you may find your sides hurting from all the laughing you’re likely to wind up doing as you read. But it’s totally worth it.

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Here’s part 1 of 3 videos about this one incredible house that is so incredibly decked out for Christmas. For me, it’s like a holiday wonderland and I wanted to share it with you. I broke the video up into 3 parts because the entire thing is almost 20 minutes long. I hope you enjoy it, part 2 will be up tomorrow and then part 3 the day after. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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