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Praise for the New York Times bestselling Cats and Curios Mysteries:

"Will delight mystery readers and elicit a purr from those who obey cats."--Carolyn Hart, author of Death Comes Silently

"This exciting road trip goes from danger to humor and back...[The] adorable cats are brilliant tacticians."--Genre Go Round Reviews

"[A] wild refreshing over-the-top of Nob Hill thriller"--The Best Reviews

About the Author

REBECCA M HALE lives in Western Colorado with her feline writing associates - when she's not off researching future books set in San Francisco, the Caribbean, or wherever else her wandering spirit takes her.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cats and Curios Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042524217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425242179
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NY Times bestselling author REBECCA M. HALE worked for almost ten years as a patent attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area before taking time off to write her first novel, HOW TO WASH A CAT. She is now the author of nine Penguin titles and a growing list of ebooks released under her own imprint Green Vase Publishing. She writes fiction, typically in the form of quirky mysteries that reflect her travel experiences and the people she meets on her journeys.

Rebecca lives in Western Colorado with her feline writing associates, that is, when she's not off researching future books set in San Francisco, the Caribbean or wherever else her wandering spirit takes her.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By cobaltcat on July 31, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This third book in the series is definitely the best. But, read the first two books before you indulge in this one! You need the background on the characters to thoroughly enjoy and understand some of the antics. I was iffy on the first, gave the second book a chance(and enjoyed it) and the third has defined the main characters better and the author seems to have a better sense of where she is heading with this series. A little quirky, but not enough to distract you from the story and enough to make it interesting. Lots of historical references from the Gold Rush Era. Love the cats! Humorous in spots. Nice light mystery series and easy to read. Enjoy!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 9, 2011
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Since her Uncle Oscar passed away, his niece Rebecca took over his antique store The Green Vase and his apartment in San Francisco. Very few people shop at the Green Vase so the niece depends on Rupert the cat finding hidden packs of money that Oscar hid all over his abode. Rupert's latest find is not money but a toy bear holding a sign saying Nevada City. That is where Tour of California starts and hopefully a clue to a hidden Oscar treasure.

Hoping to avoid Frank Lapis who pressured her and almost killed her trying to ger uncle's secrets; Rebecca, her two cats (Rupert and Isabella) and Monty the nosy neighbor head to Nevada City where she finds another bear with a sign that says Sutter Fort. They head there next while meeting two men in disguise who follow the niece to see what treasure she finds. One of the villains plans to steal the treasure and kill her; the other has a different shocker for Oscar's niece.

This exciting road trip goes from danger to humor and back as the adorable cats are brilliant tacticians who amusingly but cleverly maneuver the niece somewhat for treats but often to keep her safe. Fast-paced, cozy readers who enjoy something different will relish the charming Cats and Curios Mysteries (see Nine Lives Last Forever and How to Wash a Cat) as Oscar's niece continues her dangerous adventures into the weird whimsical world of her late Uncle.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Red Rabbit on November 3, 2011
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I have read the previous two books in this series and while they are definitely more in the cozy catagory than I usually like, they were fun. But this one I just have to wonder if the publisher even bothered to read before printing it. There is no mystery (unless you have the IQ of a rock you can easily predict what the outcome is from the very beginning). There is barely a plot, more a fantastical romp through California history replete with frogs with red moustaches who ride tiny bicycles. The characters, well established in the first two books, are cartoonish in this one. And the change in POV is distracting and in some cases just plain strange (seriously, the point of view of bricks in a building and the moon which I swear she had rising in the west and traveling east... I really didn't understand what point the bike race made in the plot. It served absolutely no purpose other than to add to the word count of an otherwise thin plot that at best should have been a short story.
I will admit that the author has a way with words, but she really needs to be writing for children if this is the kind of thing she intends to produce.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By craig simmons on May 10, 2013
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All the books from Rebecca Hale are great and I love to read them. I look forward to the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery S. Crandall on May 21, 2013
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I have read all 4 of the books in this series. Really enjoyed the 1st two and the last, the 3rd one, this one, really confused me. I continued on nonetheless because I loved the history and descriptions and the cats! Absolutely loved the cats and "the niece"...and wasn't there a love interest in the 1st book? Or did I imagine it? Anyway...I was plugging along pretty well with this book, then out of the blue there came talking bricks! Really. No real explanation and no more word of them except for the one little scene with them. Nothing. Really threw me off my momentum of following the extremely back and forth storyline. Also, the "moon" doing it's thing was really confusing too, like it was out of nowhere with the 1st 2 books. And no more mention of the moon or bricks in the last book....again, all very confusing. Now, having said all of this, I'd still recommend the series. It is most definitely quirky and it keeps ones interest if only for just trying to figure out all that is going on jointly and separately. And yes, I will read other books by this author. She kept me on my toes! But I sure wouldn't call it a "cozy"....maybe mystery? If I had read this series first, as my first experiences at reading cozies I am thinking I'd not have continued on to read other cozies... but it is like picking at a scab...ya keep going back.(sorry, icky analogy, but it fits)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kreative Kathy on July 29, 2013
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I love most all of the books with a cat to solve a mystery however they do it. What is a mystery story without a cat? This one may surprise you like most do.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Albeck on October 9, 2011
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These three books are some of my most favorites - part mystery, part magic. They aren't books for those who want a body count and plausibility - both are pretty much lacking - but in terms of well-written and engrossing sheer fun, these can't be topped. Sure a frog-infested city hall is unlikely, but so were thirty-odd murders in Cabot Cove, and we all still loved Murder, She Wrote.

I think Ms Hale's books have a very specific appeal, rather like caviar - if you like that flavor, it's a treat and a favorite; if you think it too fishy, there's going to be no getting past it.

Rupert and Isabella are distinct and quite cat-like in their behaviors - Ms. Hale knows her cats. I appreciate, too, that while the cats are present in the stories, they aren't the stars. For me, the whole ubiquitous and omniscient pet thing gets old pretty quickly.

There is a certain amount of back-tracking that goes on, but unless they are read in order of publication, I think it's probably necessary since one story builds on the previous one. The back story is particularly needed for some of the more mysterious characters.

This series is quirky and delightful, and I hope there are more volumes to come. I really need to know about the uncle and his fried chicken!
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