Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Reading lists - Purr-fect Partners in Crime

Every good detective needs a loyal sidekick and sometimes it’s the faithful, feline kind.

Murder she meowed by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie
Participating in the annual steeplechase races at Montpelier, postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen investigates a jockey's murder with the help of her sleuthing tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy.

The cat who could read backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun
A stabbing in an art gallery, vandalized paintings, a fatal fall - this is not what Jim Qwilleran expects when he turns his reportorial talents to art. But with his partner, Koko the Siamese cat, he sniffs out clues and confounds criminals’ intent on mayhem and murder.

Cat in a flamingo fedora by Carole Nelson Douglas
Midnight Louie, the crime-fighting cat, and his human partner, Temple Barr, become embroiled in the murder of comic actor Darren Cooke when they set out find a killer.

What the cat saw by Caroline Hart
Ever since the death of her fiancé, Nela Farley has found herself plagued by a sixth sense: she understands the thoughts of cats when she looks into their eyes. Nela knows that what she’s experiencing is completely irrational.  She wants to ignore what the cat saw, but the idea that the death of former tenant Marian Grant wasn't an accident is something she can't ignore.

Scratch the surface by Susan Conant
The author of a popular series of cat mysteries, Felicity Pride turns sleuth when she finds a cat and a corpse on her doorstep, investigating suspects that range from an avid pet-hater and a highbrow professor to her primary rival in the field.

To catch a cat by Marian Babson
Eleven-year-old Robin wants to join a popular gang at school. They'll accept him, though only if he kidnaps the prize-winning cat of old Mrs. Nordling first. When Robin sneaks into the Nordlings' house in the dark of night, he gets more than just a schoolyard thrill. An argument, strange sounds, a woman's cry, and the cat, hurled out of a room, are all Robin needs to grab the frisky kitty and get packing.

Curiosity thrilled the cat by Sofie Kelly
Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson had no idea two stray cats could nuzzle their way into her life. But when murder interrupts Maryville Heights' music festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect. She's relying on Owen and Hercules to solve a purr-fect murder.

Cat laughing last by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
When celebrated novelist Elliot Traynor and his wife arrive in Molena Point, strange events begin to occur, and feline sleuth Joe Grey and his cat companion Dulcie must delve into their latest mystery and soon find themselves tracking a killer.

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