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My main criticisms: the author tried to mimic Braun's Cat Who series, but without the quality of writing. She used the same premise as Braun (city dweller inherits unexpected wealth but must move to a small town and live in big house). She used some of the same cat behavior from Braun's books (the cat's "death dance" and a cat chewing on potential clues). She tried to copy accents, such as Braun used for a Scottish character, but in this book it just came across as contrived and annoying (her friend's psuedo-Irish sayings). Even the title, "The Cat That...," is a rip-off of Braun's "Cat Who" series titles. When I read Braun's books, I felt as though I knew her characters and small town. When I finished this book, I had no interest in reading any more about these annoying characters or the sad little Indiana town.
I'm okay with slow books, but there literally was no point in the first half of the book. The author could have summarized it in less than 4 sentences, and it made me put down this book, finish two other books, and then come back because I don't like leaving things unfinished. Finally, at around 60% of the book, the actual murder happened. But then solving the murder was just so predictable, and not actual "solving" happened. Literally, at the end, the chief comes up to the main character and says, "Welp, the person admitted to the murder, so you're all set."
Karen Golden tries to convince the readers to read more by inserting a hint of potential foul play with the aunt's death, but if the second book is as drab and boring as this one, then I most definitely will not read it. The way that the characters talked was dry, and the attempt at romance was just ... not working out at all. I think the idea was that nothing romantic would happen? But was there supposed to be tension? This story could have been written in a page, and it's a shame I wasted time on this.
Usually these little cozy mysteries make me laugh and hold my interest throughout but this one was a very hard read and l was glad when I got to its very bad, poorly written ending. I don't know or care if this book will have a sequel because this author is off my reading list.
The premise of this short novel is simply. A young lady; a big city girls born and raised in New York City, inherits an old Victorian mansion in a small town in Indiana along with a fortune worth over 40 million dollars from an aunt she never met. There are stipulations though. She must live in the mansion and take care of the old ladies cat for a period of one year before she is given the entire amount specified in the will. Her expenses will be paid during that time.
The young New York lady is already has three Siamese cats to which she is completely devoted...this girl is most certainly a cat lady.
Now this is a rather short novel, as novels go, and is a very fast read. I am a slow reader and I finished it in one afternoon. I must tell you that I enjoyed reading this work and I suppose both of my Boston terries did too because they did not leave my lap once while I was reading the thing...and believe me when I tell you that those two are NOT fond of cats!
Now make no mistake....this novel does have a few problemsand while this is NOT a literary review, these problems never-the-less need to be mentioned. Even though this author is obviously a good teller of tales and has the technical skills needed, she never the less is no dame Agatha...but hey...who is? This was a first novel and you can most certainly tell it is one. That is okay with me though because very one has to start somewhere.
I felt the premise of the story was excellent as was the author's descriptive abilities. (Her discription of the Victorian house and its contents was excellent). Her cat stories (and trust me folks, this work is filled with cat stories) were well executed, if somewhat repetitive. I suppose my biggest objections to the work was first the dialog. It was simply too formal. People in `real life' do not speak as if they are reciting from an English grammar book. Folks just do not talk like that. This became a bit annoying and I felt distracted from the story. Also, I felt that the author actually having the young heroine constantly debating whether or not she would go for the money or keep her wretched job in NYC was a bit of a stretch. Hmmm,over 40 million dollars and a mansion? How on earth could there even be a debate? I know that money isn't everything but to be honest, most people could stand on their ear for a year for that kind of pay off. Now I lived for several years in Indiana and while I cannot say that it is the garden spot of the entire Universe...hey, it was not all that bad and I enjoyed my stay there. On the other hand, I spent a week in NYC a few years back and that was the longest 10 years of my life. To each his own I suppose...but for over 40 million...I could put up with NYC for a year...trust me.
There are, at present, two more books in this series. I plan to read them because I am thinking that this author has the talent to grow and I fully expect that her next books will be better. I am giving this one five stars simply because I personally enjoyed it and not because it is the best cozy I have ever read and because I anticipate good work coming from this author down the line.
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