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Murder Can Spook Your Cat (Desiree Shapiro Mystery #5) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451192176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451192172
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Private Investigator Desiree Shapiro has mixed feelings about Kevin Garvey, her former neighbor of two years. She is sad to see him move, but glad to see him marry the woman of his dreams, children's author Luella Pressman. When Desiree met Luella, she immediately finds the writer to be eccentric and thoroughly delightful. Five years later, Kevin contacts Desiree to tell her that he believes that his former wife was recently murdered. He asks Desiree to look into Luella's death. She agrees, but only to try and put his mind at rest.
After questioning relatives of the deceased, the full figured sleuth finds no evidence of murder or even the slightest hint of a motive. Everyone who knew Louella seemed to love her. Desiree feels that the case is at a stand still at least until the autopsy report is completed. However, Kevin pleads with her to continue with her inquiries and soon Desiree stumbles across some interesting information that places her life in jeopardy.
Desiree Shapiro is a very realistic character who is in harmony with herself as she realizes that her love for food overwhelms any thought of being the next millennium's Twiggy. As the heroine in Selma Eichler's MURDER CAN SPOOK YOUR CAT, Desiree constantly employs humor to disarm people including her audience. Although the mystery is creatively drawn and well plotted, the heart of this book and series is Desiree, a native New Yorker who lives life her way.
Harriet Klausner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Meneely on October 8, 2005
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Although I have enjoyed others in the Desiree Shapiro series, this particular one was difficult for me to finish. In the end, I was glad I stuck it out, but I thought the middle of the book was very slow, not to mention the fact that I'd figured out the murderer early in the story. Worth reading from the local library, but I wouldn't purchase it for a collection.
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Desiree has a request from long time friend and former neighbor, Kevin Garvey. Kevin, still a strikingly handsome man although in his 60's, believes his former wife's death was no accident. He was also the 4Th in Luella Pressman's list of husbands and evidently he never stopped being in love with her.

Luella Pressman was a successful author of a series of children's books. She could be usually found stirring up those creative juices and writing away in her study alone...except for her beloved pet cat Beatrix. Although devoted mostly to her writing Luella made sure her 3 step daughters had everything they needed as well as a loving environment...her home.

So who are the list of suspects in this supposed murder? According to Kevins' logic it must be one of Luella's 3 step daughters:

Enid-33 years old and the oldest of the 3 step daughters. The father, Walter Pressman, stepped out one day for a bit of shopping and never returned.

Nadine- 24 years old and the daughter of, Ned Murray, a philandering airline pilot who was killed in a plane crash. Nadine's mother had been institutionalized prior to her death.

Geena-27 years old and the daughter of Fred, a wealthy Texas tycoon, who lost it all and committed suicide.

Connie, Luella's sister, is strongly opposed to Kevin's request of Desiree to investigate the girl's in regards to their step mother's death and possible murder. Nevertheless both Connie and Kevin are consulted by Desiree after each interview.

What is the motive behind this supposed murder? As Desiree gathers the clues it becomes more and more apparent that Luella Pressman had no enemies.

I have more than enjoyed this series...I am at home with Desiree.
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Perhaps I was hoping for a little more involvement with the cat, but I didn't find this book better than average.
Desiree is a PI in New York and unlike Rachel Alexander, protagonist in Carol Benjamin's New York PI series, she is a comfortably built and comfort loving lady.
She takes on a case where an unfortunate cat was thoroughly upset and scared by witnessing the murder of its owner in the apartment. The family of the murder victim are all on the scene, each with their own agenda.
The identity of the murderer was fairly easy to spot, but of course the police must find this to be the case often - a small matter of getting substantive evidence remains. There were no real sub plots.
Desiree spends some time on a computer and some more time talking to people, and rather a lot of time, including the whole weekend, buying earrings (she purchases or dreams of purchasing many earrings) putting her feet up, eating junk food and watching TV. I just wished that she would get on with the story.
However the saving of this character for me was that she did seem genuinely to be concerned for the distressed cat and she wished to right the terrible wrong done to the murdered owner.
Treat this book as an antidote to the hardboiled serial killer novels.
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Desiree Shapiro is an unusual detective. She's older, plus size, and a widow. Her knowledge started with her Detective husband, but she's no slouch herself. Having several cats and being plus sized myself, I especially enjoyed this one. She often makes me laugh outloud.
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