Thursday, July 20, 2023

Review: Paw and Order: A Detective Whiskers Cat Cozy Mystery by Chris Abernathy (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)


Paw and Order: A Detective Whiskers Cat Cozy Mystery by Chris Abernathy

About Paw and Order


Paw and Order: A Detective Whiskers Cat Cozy Mystery 

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 

Setting - Florida 

Wright on the Mark, LLC. (May 23, 2023) 

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 204 pages 

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8394838439 

Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C4FP73K1

What’s better than a K-9 cop? A feline detective. Detective Whiskers is out to prove himself, and keep his human from being framed for murder, or worse. He'll need the help of his new animal friends and Sheila's group of female sleuths. This cozy mystery set in a small town in Old Florida is purrfect for cat lovers and anyone who enjoys a fun beach read.

Who is really catching killers in Paradise Cove? It’s not the local police. The Paradise Cove Murder Society is getting the job done, with more help than they realize from a furry detective named Whiskers.

Sheila and her cat Whiskers are starting a new life in the perfect little Florida beach town that managed to avoid the big crowds, condos and chain stores. But as soon as they arrive the town has its first ever murder. Good thing Whiskers is a trained detective! Fred, Sheila’s husband of forty years, was a police detective who recently passed away, right before they were supposed to retire to the beach. After forty years of devoting herself entirely to being a good wife and mother she’s now left to put her life back together, but what kind of life will it be? In a fresh setting, and with some quirky new friends, she slowly begins to remember all of the dreams she had as a young woman. She has a second chance to chase those dreams, if she can stay alive and out of prison. When her next door neighbor is killed and the evidence points to Sheila, it’s time for Whiskers to step up.

Whiskers was Fred’s loyal assistant and he’ll need to remember everything he learned from his mentor to keep Sheila safe as she rediscovers herself. With the help of some unexpected new friends of his own Detective Whiskers sets out to prove to the world, and himself, that he is worthy of the shiny badge on his collar. If you love humorous cozy mysteries where pets take the lead and eccentric friends come together to solve crimes with just the right amount of suspense then the Detective Whiskers Cozy Mystery Series is exactly what you’re looking for.

Excerpt from Paws and Order

Sheila does not understand. I know we’re not supposed to play favorites with our humans, but we all do. Fred and I had a connection that was … special. I’ve tried communicating with Sheila, but— Okay this part is a little embarrassing. Every time I tap her hand with my paw, she thinks I want food or a belly rub. Which, of course, I do. I ALWAYS want food or a belly rub. Or both. But I’m trying to tell her something important, and all of a sudden, she puts those fingernails to work on my belly and I’m gone. Lost. A zombie. It feels sooooo good. Whatever I needed to say is up in smoke, my eyes are closed, and I hear a Karen Carpenter love song in my head.

Don’t judge me.

My Review

Sheila Mason’s life is turned upside down when her police detective husband, Fred, suddenly dies.  They recently bought a retirement home in the quiet town of Paradise Cove in Florida.  Now, Sheila starts her retirement life with the Mason’s cat, Whiskers.  Whiskers is also known as Detective Whiskers as he often helped Fred with his cases.

Paradise Cove is not the quiet sanctuary they expect.  On their arrival, there’s a murder and newcomer Sheila is the primary suspect.  Whiskers vows to find the real killer and keep his human out of jail.  After all, Fred didn’t give Whiskers a detective badge for nothing.  Detective Whiskers is on the case.

This book is just too cute.  It’s narrated by Whiskers and we experience everything through the cat’s point of view.  On a side note, the cat does not speak to humans and has no magical powers.  The cat does communicate with other animals and tries to get his human to understand, but it’s not easy.

Paw and Order is filled with charm, quirky characters and a unique interaction between the cat and the animals he comes in contact with.  All of them willing to give the kitty some help in finding a killer.  

The human characters are fun, too.  They are a motley group and Sheila fits right in.  

This is more than just a murder mystery.  It’s about emotions from both the human and feline perspectives.  They both lost someone special and now it’s time to move on and create a new life for themselves.  It’s sweet and touching.

The mystery is interesting to figure out as well.  There are a few possible culprits and fitting all the pieces into the puzzle is enjoyable.

Of course for this cat lover, I was totally captivated with this book.  I can’t wait to read the second book in the series.  It looks to be just as much fun.

For reading challenges:

The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2023
What An Animal Reading Challenge 2023
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2023
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2023

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

About Chris Abernathy

Chris Abernathy has narrated more than 200 audiobooks and now he is writing his own stories. He has been a storyteller his entire life — around campfires at a summer camp as a counselor, on the radio for more than 30 years, as an actor with background roles on major motion pictures and TV series, as a producer of short films for social media and more. Chris is married with two sons and lives on the Gulf Coast in Alabama. He is a dual national with citizenship in the US and UK and visits family in the Scottish Highlands as often as possible.

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