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Black Cat's Legacy: A Tale of Intrigue and Murder with a Touch of Whimsy Paperback – March 1, 2014
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I starting writing Black Cat's Legacy as a short story. I planned that it should be a story centered around something buried years ago by a baby that would become the current clue in a mystery. Thinking that a nice little romance would be in order, a novelist writing a book about a cold case murder became the love interest. Thumper, the cat came into the story shortly after and as the story evolved, the cat took over the story! It became a murder mystery wherein the cat, with the aid of his ancestors' memories about the days surrounding the murder tries to help solve the crimes. He became so integral to the story and so involved with the protagonist, Kimberlee, her little girl and the author, that from what started as a potential mystery-romance turned into a cozy CAT Mystery.
Following Black Cat's Legacy, the story continues and book two was born, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, planned for publication in late 2014. Another mystery with Thumper, the cat with the memories, this time set in Texas on a horse ranch. Attempted murder, internet fraud, and embezzlement abound, but Thumper meets his lady love and together, they must prevent murder and protect the family from other insidious acts.
Book three, Black Cat and Angel's Journey takes up where Book Two leaves off. All in all, if you don't fall in love with Thumper and Angel, you just aren't into Cat Mysteries.
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It's a pretty clean read.
There are a number of errors. I've run across worse, but there were enough to be a bit annoying. I think they got worse later on. It's not just spelling and grammar - there are a few fact/concept errors, as well.
The flow is inconsistent. The dialogue is also a bit off at times. Some of the cat thoughts/conversations are pretty good, but the human dialogue was weird in places.
Animal lovers - beware. If you're really tender-hearted, you might not like a few places in this series. Animal injury/death is treated pretty casually. It wasn't bad enough for me to stop reading, but I did consider it a few times. I think it was more so later in the series.
The characters were...OK. I wasn't totally drawn in & didn't have a clear sense of each person as a distinct personality. I honestly think the author was better at channeling cats than people. :)
It's a series - all books are basically one long story. It's not a big cliff-hanger, but I know some get pretty cranky about those things. There's some resolution between books.
It seems like, by the end of this book and at the very end of the series, some things weren't wrapped up to my satisfaction. There were many attempts at plot twists and misdirection, but it seemed like things weren't totally resolved. Maybe the author forgot some dangling threads?
It's a decent read. If you're looking for a light read, it fits the bill. I think it could benefit from a good editor.
I had a hard time with this book. Interesting plot, especially with the cat who had a vivid imagination and helped to solve the crime. He reminded me of the animals from Rita Mae Brown’s Sneaky Pie series. The characters veered towards cardboard for me, and I think this was actually a “Christian” romance dressed up in mystery clothing – not my particular cup of tea. I don’t like religion in my books unless it’s germane to the plot.
Also, the author had a weird quirk of making words possessive that did not need to be. I stopped counting after the seventh time, but it still took me out of the book. Another minus - in one of the critical moments, the author had several police officers “leap[ing] from the vehicle.” I had a sudden image of clowns spilling from a tiny car. I think if a bunch of officers were converging on the scene, they would come in more than one vehicle.
But there I was, on the treadmill at the gym, and didn’t want to stop to select another book, so I kept reading. Kimberlee was a tolerable protagonist, the crime writer was annoyingly smarmy, and the actual murderer from central casting, but that cat was fun, and all the loose ends were tied up nicely at the conclusion. If I read more in this series, it will be because I want to find out what happens with the cat.
On their way to Oregon, their car breaks down in Fern Lake. They check in to a motel that happens to be near Kimberlee’s childhood home. They decide to spend a few days where they meet up with the resident Black Cat. Amanda quickly renames him Thumper and the Fern Lake Black Cat Legacy begins.
Meanwhile, author Brett Clarke has also checked into Fern Lake’s motel. He is investigating a cold case – the murder of Mark Lassiter. Lassiter was Kimberlee’s father and she has no idea he had been murdered. A huge part of her childhood seems to be missing from her memory.
The mention of the murder begins to trigger hidden memories in both Kimberlee and Thumper. Thumper possesses his ancestor’s memories and helps to guide the investigation along. Kimberlee is plagued with headaches that may be connected to the murder.
As the investigation progresses, more and more lives are in danger. Not to mention that Kimberlee and Brett are drawn closer and closer.
This book takes tons of twists and turns. Just when I thought I figured it all out, something changes to make me re-think my guess. I did have a suspicion of how things would turn out and, for the most part, I was correct. I just didn’t have all the details worked out correctly. It truly was fun to play investigator with Kimberlee and Brett.
I loved the setting – an old childhood home, a motel run by scary people – LOL, and a seemingly peaceful lake. A great place to vacation without the murder, of course :)
Then, there’s the handsome black cat, Thumper. He is able to see past events through his ancestor’s eyes. A very unique idea. Thumper is as much a part of the story, maybe even more, than the human characters. Of course I can never have enough cats in my stories – so more Thumper please!
I truly couldn’t put this book down. I had to know what would happen next. Even when I wasn’t reading, I was trying to solve the case. That’s the sign of a good mystery. I already have the next book in the series on my Kindle.
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Thumper AKA Black Cat is a great character. He comes from a long line of black cats who are obliged to protect their humans, sometimes from...Read more