Normally the arrival of an art exhibition at the Mayville Heights library would be cause for celebration. But thanks to the overbearing curator and high-tech security system that comes with it, Kathleen's life has been completely disrupted. Even Owen and Hercules have been affected, since their favorite human doesn't seem to have a spare moment to make their favorite fish crackers or listen to Barry Manilow.
But when Kathleen stops by the library late one night and finds the curator sprawled on the floor - and the exhibition's most valuable sketch missing - it's suddenly time to canvass a crime scene. Now Kathleen; her detective boyfriend, Marcus; and her clever cats have to sniff out a murderous thief before anyone else has a brush with death.
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"A fun cozy mystery with a delightful cast of characters." (Book of Secrets Blog)
The author has found a way to create an interesting story and have the main characters work together instead of against each other. And the ending was dangerous in the tradition of her stories, but not. Well done.
This is one of my favorite cozy mysteries series. This book only adds to the fun. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery. I can't wait for the next one.
Mike Burcher, Director, Makemie Woods
This mystery was more complex than some of the previous tales. someone could begin with this story, as the author provides plenty of information for new readers.
I enjoy the premise of these books. The author is still learning the craft and could use a more experienced editor. Here are a few sentences that it's easy to get tired of: "Are you okay?"; "She gave him a side glance"; "Would you like a cup of coffee?"; "Would you like some hot chocolate?"; Would you like a brownie?" If everyone in the books truly talk and eat the way they're described, they must all weigh in excess of 300 lbs each. Talking equals eating. Perhaps it's a true Minnesota culture! Around here we can have a talk without food or drink accompanying the conversation. As I mentioned, these are cute stories. They could tolerate a diet away from too much food and over-used expressions.
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