Title: Escape Claws
Author: Linda Reilly
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Laurie
Here, killer, killer, killer . . .
For the first time in sixteen years, Lara Caphart has returned to her hometown of Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. She wants to reconnect with her estranged Aunt Fran, who’s having some difficulty looking after herself—and her eleven cats. Taking care of a clowder of kitties is easy, but keeping Fran from being harassed by local bully Theo Barnes is hard. The wealthy builder has his sights set on Fran’s property, and is determined to make her an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.
Then Lara spots a blue-eyed ragdoll cat that she swears is the reincarnation of her beloved Blue, her childhood pet. Pursuing the feline to the edge of Fran’s yard, she stumbles upon the body of Theo Barnes, clearly a victim of foul play. To get her and Fran off the suspect list, Lara finds herself following the cat’s clues in search of a killer. Is Blue’s ghost really trying to help her solve a murder, or has Lara inhaled too much catnip?
Linda Reilly is a new author to me, and I truly enjoyed her writing style. This is the first book in a new series, so this is a great way to get to know the characters and town setting.
Linda sets up a typical mystery and story setting which any cozy mystery reader should be able to enjoy. I found a few surprises before the end of the book, and I had no clue who the murder was so, Linda set up a great mystery that kept me guessing the whole time at least. I enjoyed the additional mystery of the ghost cat and hope to find out more in future books as to where the ragdoll came from and why she is there.
Linda and her aunt are great, likable characters and the town setting and its characters are very simple to get to know and enjoy reading.
I am looking forward to reading more about Lara, her aunt, and the others in future books.