Hello! Thanks to Red Dog Press for allowing me to read an advance copy of Street Cat Blues and take part in their publication day extravaganza! There’s a competition at the end of the review to WIN a signed copy of the book! Read on…
Street Cat Blues by Alison O’Leary
A quiet life for Aubrey?
After spending several months banged up in Sunny Banks rescue centre, Aubrey, a large tabby cat, has finally found his forever home with Molly and Jeremy Goodman, and life is looking good.
However, all that changes when a serial killer begins to target elderly victims in the neighbourhood.
Aubrey wasn’t particularly upset by the death of some of the previous victims, including Miss Jenkins whom Aubrey recalls as a vinegar-lipped bitch of an old woman who enjoyed throwing stones at cats, but Mr Telling was different.
Mr Telling was a mate…
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Look. If you know anything about me then you know I am a crazy cat lady.
If you know nothing about me then you need to know I am a crazy cat lady.
We good? I like cats. I like crime fiction. And it appears that I like Cat Noir.
Street Cat Blues is a great wee story – it’s cosy crime. Aubrey is a former street cat who has been rescued by young married couple Molly and Jeremy. He’s living a charmed life as a pampered puss and in typical catty style Aubrey has many part-time homes. His favourite was Mr Telling – an elderly neighbour who is found dead in his living room. Mr Telling is the latest in a series of deaths in the local area – elderly residents are being targeted and the local community are concerned that a serial killer is on the loose.
Street Cat Blues, while short, packs a lot in for a book with a moggy as its main detective. That’s right – Aubrey is on the case to find out who the killer is.
It’s such a charming read. All the characteristics of cats that we know and love are there – the sleeping on fresh laundry, the quick wash while having a think and the having several different homes. I particularly loved all Aubrey’s cat friends especially the mob leaders – two Siamese cats who run the local cat gang and instigate a fight with the cats from the next neighbourhood.
Street Cat Blues really is a cosy cat noir, I loved it and I think our feline friends would approve.
Note: Red Dog Press is re-releasing a revised 2nd Edition of Alison O’Leary’s Street Cat Blues ahead of their publication of the rest of the series.
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