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Crazy, VA (Lil & Boris #1) (Lil and Boris Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00AVFCLS8
- Publication date : December 31, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 434 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 230 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #215,286 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The story follows a small town sheriff who is adopted by a stray cat. She, the sheriff, is caught between the two ruling and feuding families of a very small Blue Ridge Virginia town. A murder investigation, parade floats, inheritances, and more are all featured here.
This is truly a very well edited beginning of a new series, and I am very happy I took the risk.
Cute for what it was and well-written enough to keep me reading, but it was basically a cotton candy book, all fluff, little to no substance. Not interested in the rest of the series but if you're into this sort of genre and magical crime-fighting animals, you might like it better than I did.
Since she’s not well liked, nobody will work for Lil out of fear of going against both families. Therefore, she has no deputy and works alone until she runs into a feral cat. As often happens with cats, the cat chooses to be part of Lil’s life but he has no intentions of staying home and waiting for her. He wants to go on patrol. Since she has no other candidates anyway, Lil names him Boris and deputizes him. He’s more than happy to sleep next to her in her patrol car as she makes her rounds. He, also, has no problems biting or scratching anyone who tries to hurt Lil. The bad guys better beware of cat!
Murder hits Crazy for the first time in decades. The victim is the Littlepage’s daughter Lisa. A cousin that Lil was never allowed to know. Lil and Boris investigate and their investigation leads them through an eccentric family with more secrets than Lil ever expected to find. She just hopes when this is over, she doesn’t add to the family feud by arresting one of them.
This is the first of four books and it’s off to a great start. There is humor laced throughout the book and it complements the mystery aspect very well. Boris is a delight. He doesn’t talk or have any magical traits, he’s a cat and acts like one. The author knows how a cat would behave and writes it to perfection.
I’d like to see Lil get more of a personal life, but hopefully that’s coming in future books. She’s a strong, capable character and someone I grew to care about as the pages flew by on my Kindle. The story itself was a rollercoaster ride and I kept changing my mind about the culprit. We were left with a bit of cliffhanger but it just makes me excited to read the next one.
Top reviews from other countries
They are not "cozy cat mysteries" - they are well crafted and humourous glimpses onto a small town and its quirks and foibles. But if you are a cat person you will love Boris. And if you're a woman you'll love Lil. (If you're a man you'll probably be scared by both of them.)
PS I'm posting the same review against all 5 books in the series.
Great characters and involving plot.
Give it a go yourself, you'll be glad you did.