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"Crisp, lively prose ... colorful cast of characters ... a well-drawn setting, perfect for an exuberant murder mystery ... delightfully offbeat."
     - Kirkus Reviews

"The new 'Mister Puss' mystery series opens with one of the most intriguing introductions seen in the mystery genre ... Readers used to the usual progression of a murder mystery will find many exceptional twists in this story, from a feline character to a gay architect's involvement in a case demanding skills that he fears he may not possess. FlabberGassed is quirky, original, and a delightful read."
     - D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"Craft's return to the genre of gay mysteries is handled masterfully. Craft keeps the reader guessing until almost the very end as to who the killer is, and the reason for the dastardly deed ... At turns humorous, sexy, and even poignant, FlabberGassed is an entertaining read with a likeable protagonist, a tranquil town disrupted by a chilling crime, a colorful cast of characters, and a snarky cat; what's not to like?"
     - Keith John Glaeske, Out in Print

"Dumont could very well become as beloved by its fans as St. Mary Mead and Cabot Cove. Fans of offbeat ambiance, animal-centric tales, and unforced diversity will find much to enjoy in FlabberGassed."
     - Kristopher Zgorski, BOLO Books Review

"As a reader, I don't usually reach for a cozy. My tastes run dark, usually procedurals, thrillers, and noir. That being said, I gave myself over to Craft's delightful prose and warm wit, finding myself charmed by this quirky and insightful mystery ... The mystery is engrossing chiefly because of Craft's sensitivity to character."
     - John Copenhaver, Lambda Literary Review

From the Author

While FlabberGassed represents an entirely new direction for my writing (a book-length cat mystery), it also marks a return to the genre for which I have been best known in the past (gay mysteries). FlabberGassed: A Mister Puss Mystery is intended as the first installment in a new series that brings together several aspects of my prior novels that longtime readers will probably recognize.
 
For example, my first Mark Manning mystery, Flight Dreams (1997), prominently featured Abyssinian cats, a breed I know and love. Further, the fictitious setting of small-town Dumont was developed throughout the last five volumes of the Mark Manning series and then figured centrally in my short-story collection, Inside Dumont (2016), long after Manning had left town. Inside Dumont also introduced the character of Brody Norris, a gay architect with a clever knack for problem-solving.
 
The idea for a mystery series based on the whimsical premise of a talking cat started to develop for me after I published a prize-winning short story, "Mister Puss," in 2017. Encouraged by reader feedback, I decided to feature the chatty feline as a quirky supporting character in a new series with a distinctive subtitle bearing the cat's name instead of the sleuth's. The original short story--revised and condensed--now stands at the beginning of FlabberGassed as something of a prologue.
 
As to Mister Puss himself, there's a lingering question throughout the book: Does the cat really talk? I have tried to leave the answer open-ended. Realistically, we know the cat is not capable of human speech, but he does seem to communicate--through his purr, somehow--first to Mary Questman and eventually to our sleuth and narrator, Brody Norris. Ultimately, then, it's left to each reader to decide how much "suspension of disbelief" can be allowed.
 
But here's a clue: the story is more fun if you just go with it. I hope you'll enjoy reading FlabberGassed as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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  • Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
  • ISBN-10 : 0692135995
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0692135990
  • Paperback : 276 pages
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.69 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Questover Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2018)
  • Language: : English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Craft has struck gold
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