Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Big Kitty by Claire Donally (Review and Giveaway!)

Cozy Mystery


Berkley Prime Crime Mystery

Release Date:
May 2012

After taking a leave of absence to care for her ill father, Sunny Coolidge loses her well paying newspaper job in New York City and returns to her home town of Kittery Harbor, Maine. She moves in with her father and is stuck in a low paying job which doesn’t even cover her expenses – not to mention her unreasonable and demanding boss.

When Ada Spruance, also known as the “Cat Lady”, asks Sunny to help locate a missing winning lottery ticket, Sunny agrees to help. When Sunny pays Ada a visit, she finds the woman dead at the bottom of her stairs. Originally called an accident, Sunny realizes it has to be murder.

One of Ada’s cats takes a liking to Sunny and decides to live with her and her father. Sunny’s father isn’t happy with the new living arrangements, but tolerates it. Shadow manages to work his way into Sunny’s heart.

With the help of a local detective, Will Price, Sunny does some investigating and gets a bit too close to the truth. She realizes Shadow may have witnessed the murder and now her own life is in jeopardy.

This is a fun story and the beginning of a brand new cozy mysteries series – starring a cat! You know a cozy mystery with a cat in the lead role is going to be a favorite of mine. Parts of the book are told from the cat’s point of view (no, he doesn’t speak to the humans, but we do get an insight as to what he’s thinking). The cat’s viewpoint sounds exactly the way I would expect a cat to think. The author obviously knows cats.

The story moved along at a quick pace and the ending was a big surprise to me. I loved the characters and really enjoyed the side romance of Sunny and Will. I can’t wait to read the second book of this series which is out in May.

You know I’m giving this one five kitties!

FTC Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

For reading challenges:
A-Z Reading Challenge 2013
2013 ARC Reading Challenge
Where are you reading? challenge (Maine)
What an Animal Reading Challenge
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge


Now you can win a paperback copy of this book for your very own.  Thanks to Berkley, I have one copy to giveaway.  

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  1. Sounds great!!! I will put this book on my TBR list!!!

  2. I cna't wait to read the cat's point of view!

  3. Sounds interesting. Thank you so much!!!

  4. Terrific review of what looks like a very entertaining cozy. Love the cover.

  5. Claire shows that she really understands the way a cat things when she writes part of the story from the cat's point of view and having a cat of my own believe me they'll definitely let you know what their thinking whether you want to know or not!

    How wonderful that the cat will be part of this continuing series!

    No body can write a mystery like Claire and once you pick up one of her books you have to just keep reading to find out what's going to happen next.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of The Big Kitty!

  6. I definitely like the sound of this, I'll have to look for it.

  7. Really love the book cover and it sounds like a good to read later.


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