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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

48) The Cat, The Vagabond & The Victim by Leann Sweeney

The Blurb :

When Clyde the cat travels two hundred miles back home only to find his former owner dead, the story makes national news. While everyone seems eager to tell Clyde’s incredible tale, someone needs to step up to care for him. Because the media attention is creating chaos at the local shelter, cat quilter Jillian Hart agrees to foster the loyal orange tabby, hoping his location is kept secret.

But while the media circus around Clyde continues, Jillian learns the real story behind his owner’s death—he was murdered. Why would an eldery man already dying from a serious illness become a murder victim? As the local police search for an answer, Clyde makes another escape. Jillian is drawn into the case when she finds Clyde has returned to his home again—and he’s found another body. When the motive behind these murders is finally revealed, Jillian understands Clyde is in danger of becoming the next victim, and she must help find the killer before the claws really come out.…

My Thoughts :

I am really enjoying this kitty cozy series but was annoyed to find this sixth installment wasn't available in an audio format even though the book released last Summer.  So when I saw this one appear on Audible for pre-order I used a credit and made sure I was ready to start listening to this one as soon as it came out.  Jillian and her kitties are lovely entertainment for my trip to and from work and I love the mysteries that the author weaves.  This latest addition was no exception.

Of course Jillian manages to get herself mixed up in yet another murder.  However how she finds herself involved and why she keeps herself involved always has something to do with her cats or another cat.  This time it is the lovely vagabond Clyde who gets Jillian mixed up in a family full of feuds that will make your head hurt.  The annoying reporters are nothing compared to the headache Clyde's family makes when they find out his owner didn't die of natural causes.

There was, as always, the usual characters involved in this mystery but Tom and Candace didn't make much of an appearance and neither did many of the regulars.  They mostly had cameo roles in this one but it didn't hurt the story at all.  There were quite a few new people added to the mixture but I doubt they will be seen in future books.  Although it would be nice to catch up with them at some point to see how they are doing.

The continuing story took another leap and it will be nice to see what happens next.  It looks like the kitties will be getting some more people to curl up with everyday.   I am still envious of Jillian's catcam and wish I could have one!  And I don't think I am the only one!

All in all another enjoyable installment in this cozy mystery.  The audio version has a great narrator and I love listening to the series.  I am really looking forward to the next installment and hope the audio version releases as soon as the physical version.

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