The No. 2 Feline 
Detective Agency
by Mandy Morton (GoodReads Author)
Kindle edition, 271 pages
Pub Mar 28, 2017, St. Martin's Press
Also available in hardcover and paperback

GoodReads Summary:  
Hettie Bagshot has bitten off more than any cat could chew. As soon as she launches her No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, she’s bucketed into a case: Furcross, home for slightly older cats, has a nasty spate of bodysnatching, and three of the residents have been stolen from their graves.

Hettie and her sidekick, Tilly, set out to reveal the terrible truth. Is Nurse Mogadon involved in a deadly game? Has the haberdashery department of Malkin & Sprinkle become a mortuary? And what flavour will Betty Butter’s pie of the week be?

In a haze of catnip and pastry, Hettie steers the Furcross Case to its conclusion, but will she get there before the body count rises – and the pies sell out?

My Review:  
When I started reading this and realized that it was actually cats who were the characters, I was turned off. But this was provided by a publishing house for a review, so I had to at least make an effort to read it. And I did make an effort. It didn't take me long to get over the fact that these were cats having tea and worrying about paying rent and murdering other cats. Ms. Morton jumps right into life with Hettie and Tilly and you might as well be curled up with them licking your paws after tea.

And there are no anonymous cats in this book. As you travel around with Hettie and Tilly solving the crime, collecting clues, and tidbits to eat, the author describes the feline residents of the town in such a way that you see each one as an individual. She really creates characters of her characters and I think thats why it works so well. She has a Marilyn Monroe type and a Coco Chanel type. She flagrantly steals from old movies and books for characters and gives her cats real personality. She makes you see these characters easily because you already know something about them and it's fun even in the midst of murder and mayhem.

So if you like cozy murders and love cats, give Ms. Morton's Hettie Bagshot mysteries a try. This is the first one in the series where she starts the agency and has her first case. I was provided an eARC of this by St. Martin's Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

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