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The Cats that Surfed the Web (The Cats that . . . Cozy Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.