Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.
Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie’s family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie’s fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie–if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.
Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.
SERIES: Kitty Couture Mystery #2
GENRE: Southern Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Crooked Lane Books
RELEASE DATE: April 11, 2017
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Y’all. I have been
stalking keeping an eye out for this book ever since I finished Cat Got Your Diamonds! This series is witty and suspenseful and southern.
Lacy remains an endearing amateur sleuth who seems to stumble on more than her share of bodies while trying to make a success of her pet couture boutique and dodge her mother’s attempts to force Lacy to take her rightful place in wealthy New Orleans society. Of course
broody swoony detective Jack Oliver and his melt-your-knees southern drawl adds an extra dose of romantic sizzle even if Lacy is inexplicably naive as to his feelings for her. And then there’s Chase … but I’m #teamJack all the way so we won’t talk about him or the love triangle he insists on creating. There were many times I wanted to shake a little sense into Lacy but then jealous-swoony Jack or worried-swoony Jack distracted me. Did I mention that I’m #teamJack? 😉
The mystery in Cat Got Your Cash is full of twists and turns and creepy cat masks. It’s well-plotted and the path it takes allows plenty of opportunities for worried-swoony Jack to show up – as well as the rest of the characters in Lacy’s life. From her wealthy parents to her somewhat kooky friend (and her former nanny) Imogene to Lacy’s best friend Scarlet (and Jack and Chase), she has a lot of people watching her back with genuine affection. And I can’t forget to mention Penelope the beloved cat who lives to ride around Lacy’s store on the back of the roomba named Spot.
Bottom Line: Engaging characters, a vivid setting (complete with the Deep-South mood of suspense that clings to the air), a well-plotted mystery, and a brewing romance – Cat Got Your Cash has it all! (Though there was one scene involving Lacy debating with a reporter that seemed unnecessary in my opinion) I’m still waiting with romancefangirl anticipation to see where Jack and Lacy are headed, and I’m really intrigued by the ongoing story arc involving the mystery behind the death of Jack’s grandfather. So many delightful possibilities that ensure I will once again be
stalking keeping an eye out for book 3!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / Lots of romantic sizzle!!! (but no kisses yet)
Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency.
Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey. Learn more about Julie at http://juliechasebooks.com/
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