A Mandy and Roger Cozy Mystery – Book 1
STORY-LINE MURDER AT THE ART GALLERY BY ELEANOR KITTERING:
You want to know how NYPD Detective Roger Fahey became a cat? Well, I’m going to tell you. After the mob had him killed, his guardian angel gave him several options. After much thought, Roger decided going back as a cat for fifteen years seemed the best solution. His guardian angel, Colin, assured him the time would go fast; then he would get his wings and move on. It’s that or go to the netherworld/purgatory for fifty-eight years or stay at the waiting station fifty-eight years; not a hard decision, 58 vs 15. Colin, of course, drops a few bomb shells on Roger after he had made his decision to go back as a cat. Regardless, a cat it is.
Guess what, Colin has already picked out his owner! He’s going to be the pampered house cat of Mandy Cummings. When Mandy’s husband died suddenly, Fluffy, her beloved cat, became her world. After Fluffy died, she had a hole in her heart for seven years. Then, Mandy’s talked into getting a another cat by her friend, Jill. Roger and Mandy bond and life’s good again for both. That is, until her friend, David Towsky, is found dead. The police say it’s suicide; Mandy thinks murder. Mandy, her friend Jill, along with Roger the cat, decide to investigate the case; learning more than she ever wanted to know. Will Mandy and the gang find David’s killer or will they become the next victims? My mystery book review of Murder At The Art Gallery follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Author Eleanor Kittering created a fun-filled wonderful story in Murder At The Art Gallery. I laughed through the prologue of Roger and his guardian angel. Roger’s a wonderful character as a human and a cat. When he jumped the vagrant and other funny episodes Kittering created, I cheered for him. What a cat! I found Mandy a strong young woman with a strong sense of justice. Along with her friends and Roger the cat, they join forces to solve David’s murder; as amateur investigators, they did a great job. Their sleuthing bore results they did not expect.
Filled with surprises galore, suspense, and plot twists, I found myself intrigued with this unique story. Kittering developed the premise of the story skillfully; I found the concept of a human coming back as a cat original and entertaining. What an imagination Kittering possesses. Roger the cat‘s the star of this book; he would have top billing if this was a movie. I felt sorry for Mandy as she investigated David’s murder; her discoveries were not what she expected. Mandy has plenty of suspects but no positive proof until she makes a starling discovery.
With vivid descriptions of Roger, I could see him in my mind’s eye. I found Kittering‘s scenes transitions smoothly and her writing flowed well. Kittering provides an action packed finale to the case; which I did not see coming. Roger should now be known as Roger the attack cat. As Jill said:
I did find a some editing errors. However, they did not take away from my enjoyment of A Murder At The Art Gallery. I look forward to the further adventures of Roger the cat and Mandy. I hope Roger the cat spends a lot of time on earth before he moves on to get his wings.
MURDER AT THE ART GALLERY RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
I gave this book 4 stars for originality, premise, development and plotting.
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest mystery suspense book review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. In addition, the ARC did not influence my mystery, suspense, book review.
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