About the Book
Genre: Cozy Mystery, #2 in A Fat Cat Mystery Series
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Release Date: June 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads...
Butterscotch tabby Quincy is back and hungrier than ever in this frisky follow-up to Fat Cat at Large…
A booth at the Bunyan County Harvest Fair seems like the perfect opportunity for Charity “Chase” Oliver and Anna Larson to promote their Bar None bakery business. Unfortunately, plus-sized pussycat Quincy has plans for their delicious dessert bars other than selling them to customers. After tearing through their inventory, Quincy goes roaming the fairgrounds in search of more delights.
But what he finds is murder. One of the top contenders in a butter-sculpting contest has been killed, and Chase is churning on the inside when she sees Quincy’s handsome veterinarian, Dr. Mike Ramos, being led away by the police. With a little help from a kitty with butter on his whiskers, Chase needs to find the real killer and clear the doctor’s good name…
Includes recipes for people and cats!
It’s time for the Bunyan County Harvest Festival. Charity and Anna, the owners of the Bar None bakery shop, are signed up for a booth to sell their dessert bars and, hopefully, drum up some business for their store.
Charity’s loveable cat Quincy has ideas of his own for the fair. After eating their inventory, he races through the festival to find other goodies to satisfy his hunger. What he finds is a dead body right in the middle of the butter sculpting contest. Quincy is more interested in the butter than the dead body, though. Charity, on the other hand, is more interested in the man being taken away by the police – Quincy’s veterinarian and a man she is very attracted to, Mike Ramos.
Charity is sure Mike is innocent. She has no doubts at all and proceeds to help the police find the real killer. Not that the police want her help, but Charity doesn’t care. It’s much more important to prove Mike’s innocence than make friends with the police. Besides, they are concentrating on the wrong suspect. She uses her time at the festival to do some investigating on her own.
Along the way, she learns there is a cat costume contest and the prize is an expensive diamond cat collar, which is suddenly missing. She can’t help wonder if it has anything to do with the murder. Not to mention that she thinks Quincy would make the perfect contestant and tries to come up with a costume for him to wear.
As Charity continues to question people, she gets herself deeper and deeper into the murder and realizes there is a long list of suspects. When another body turns up, the danger level rises and she fears for everyone’s safety. At the same time, her relationship with Mike keeps growing.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one really won my heart. I loved every minute of this book. I especially love how Quincy is a main character. His antics had me giggling – from trying to get as many treats out of the fair vendors as he can to having butter on his whiskers to entering the cat costume contest…it’s all fun.
The human characters are nice too. LOL Charity has really developed well as the lead character in this series. She’s strong and doesn’t back down in the face of danger. Her business partner, Anna, has also grown since the first book. Both are realistic and written well. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Mike in future books and seeing how that relationship developments.
The storyline had several suspects and kept readers guessing until the end. The mystery was drawn through the entire book with a nice mix of humor and a touch of romance. I, also, have to add that I absolutely adore that cover!
This series is now on my “must read” list and I’m looking forward to the third book… at least I hope there is a third book. I already miss Quincy.
For reading challenges:
2015 Foodies Read Reading Challenge
2015 My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge
2015 What An Animal Reading Challenge
FTC Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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