Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review/Book Giveaway: The Black Cat Sees His Shadow by Kay Finch

About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #3 in A Bad Luck Mystery Series
Publisher: Berkley 
Release Date: June 6, 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads...

Mystery novelist Sabrina Tate and her cat, Hitchcock, set out to catch a conniving killer in the next Bad Luck Cat mystery from the author of The Black Cat Knocks on Wood and Black Cat Crossing...

The town of Lavender, Texas is buzzing with tourists, and local businesses are pulling out all the stops for the annual Pumpkin Days Festival. On the eve of opening day, Sabrina comes face-to-face with her doppelganger, Tia Hartwell, a caricature artist at the festival. The similarities between the two women are striking, including their matching black cats.

Sabrina learns that her new twin Tia has an enemy: bad-tempered jewelry vendor Calvin Fisher. When Fisher is found slumped over dead in his pickup, Tia tops the suspect list. With the help of her feline sidekick, Sabrina must clear her new look-alike friend before she finds herself in a deadly case of double jeopardy.

My Review

It’s that time of year in Lavender, Texas. It’s the Pumpkin Day Festival. The town is quickly filling up with vendors and tourists alike. Sabrina Tate wonders if she will have time to finish working on her novel, but her progress comes to a halt when one of the vendors, Calvin Fisher, verbally attacks and threatens her. She’s totally puzzled since she never met the man before, but he sure seemed to think he knew her.

It all became clear when she met one of the other vendors. They say everyone has a twin. Sabrina found hers in Tia Hartwell. She’s the spitting image of Sabrina. In fact even her black cat, Hitchcock, found his. Tia has a black cat and his name is Merlin. No wonder Calvin mistook her for Tia. Suddenly it made sense.

Then, Hitchcock and Sabrina stumble upon Calvin’s body dead in his truck. The number one suspect is Tia, but Sabrina isn’t buying it. Tia is way too nice to be a killer. Sabrina throws herself into the investigation and into danger. So much for concentrating on her writing.

This is the third book in the series. I read the first one and still have to go back to read the second, but I really enjoyed this. It didn’t matter if I missed a book since the mystery is contained in this book and isn’t a carry over from one book to the next.

Sabrina is a strong character who doesn’t back down. She is quite determined to investigate, despite the local police not being too happy about it. Her loyalty to Tia is admirable, especially since she just met her. I, also, loved how she stood up for black cats everywhere. They are not bad luck at all!

Hitchcock, of course, is my favorite character. What a loveable kitty sleuth!

The storyline moved along at a fast pace. I kind of suspected who could be behind the murder but I wasn’t sure how all the pieces fit into place. There were a few surprises along the way.

Kay Finch captured kitty behavior perfectly and knows how to write an intriguing and captivating mystery.

For reading challenges:
The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2017
What An Animal Reading Challenge 2017
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2017

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Now you can win a paperback copy of The Black Cat Sees His Shadow by Kay Finch? Thanks to Berkley, I have one paperback to giveaway to one lucky winner.

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  1. This cover is a bit different with the fair and all, nice

  2. It sounds great and love the cover :)

  3. Thanks for this delightful and captivating cat cozy which I would enjoy.

  4. Cute cover and it sounds like a fun read. Great review.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. This sounds like a very interesting book.

  6. I love 'black cats'! This is great...thanks for your insights and the opportunity to win the book.

  7. The cat on the cover looks like my cat. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  8. Thank you hosting for this great giveaway! I will add it to my blog's sidebar.

    This sounds like a super fun cat cozy--great review!

  9. Love this series and always read your reviews.

  10. Thank you for the giveaway. Sounds like a great read!

  11. Have read and enjoyed book #1 in this series and am looking forward to the latest. Book 2&3 on my wish list.


    1. Happy to know you enjoyed Black Cat Crossing.

  12. I love the cover for The Black Cat Sees His Shadow, it's just so cute. The synopsis is equally captivating, and this sounds like a series I will enjoy reading! Adding to my list of must reads. :)

  13. Hitchcock is a great character, looking forward to reading it! Congrats on the new release and thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Hitchcock is so much fun that sometimes I feel like he's a real cat.

  14. I love Sabrina's cat's name! This sounds like a good read and I like being able to pick up a mystery anywhere in the series and being able to jump right in. I'll definitely have to look for this one!

  15. Sound to me like Hitchcock is a perfect cat for a cozy mystery.

  16. Love black cats, look forward to each new book in this series!

  17. I love Festivals so I think I'd like this book. I love the cover and that the cat's name is Hitchcock.

  18. Great series and great cover. Really enjoy cats in cozy mysteries. Looking forward to reading the book.

  19. I want to step into that cover and live there!!!! Off to add book #1 to my wishlist!

  20. This sounds like magical fun!

  21. Hello Kay, your books sound great! Looking forward to reading them. Thank you

  22. Awesome to hear that the series continues well! I'm just starting book 1 in this series, and though I haven't gotten far yet, I'm loving the characters.


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