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Monday, January 27, 2014

Cat-Eye Witness – the 2nd in the Klepto Cat Mystery series (published October 7, 2013)



Book Description Cat-Eye Witness

Savannah and Aunt Margaret open the old Forster home to the Hammond Cat Alliance for a fundraiser to help rehabilitate the abused horses rescued months earlier from the catnappers. Before the afternoon is over, the collected funds go missing and someone is murdered in an upstairs bedroom.
Suspicion surrounds Iris, a local waitress and Savannahs new best friend. The only witness to the murder is Rags, Savannahs cat. With the assistance of a cat psychic and Ragss good friend, Charlotte (the young girl with Downs), the cat helps to paw the killerbut not before an attempt is made on Ragss life. The case is solved only after Rags comes face-to-face with the killer for the second time.
Detective Craig Sledge is new to this book, as is Damon, Iriss errant son. Sledge finds this to be one of the muddiest cases he has ever worked, with inconsistent clues and no apparent motive. Hes constantly surprised, perplexed and impressed by the cats uncanny ability to come up with clues he has missed. His fascination with the attractive Iris Clampton also mystifies the detective.
In this story, one of the rescued horses goes into labor and theres a night of high drama at the ole corral as veterinarians Savannah and Michael work to save the foal. This experience renews Savannahs deep interest in horses and riding, which ultimately serves to help her bond with a very important surprise character who finds his way into her life and Michaels just as they prepare to say their wedding vows.
While Rags is the animal star, he isnt the only animal featured in this story. Layla is back in all of her tangerine beauty. And Rags makes friends with Buffy, a perky almost Himalayan and the inseparable duo, Walter, an all black cat and his sidekick, Lexie, a charming afghan mix. Savannahs new ride, Peaches, also debuts in this story. An incident with this mare adds another dimension to Savannahs and Michaels relationship. Can he hold her with open arms?
Some say this is a love story with a mystery in the background. And its a story of family and friendship as newlyweds Margaret and Max continue to be a meaningful part of Savannahs and Michaels world.

Review  

Cat-Eye Witness is the second book in the Klepto Cat Mystery Series by Patricia Fry, the first is Catnapped.  The novel opens with Savannah and her Aunt Margaret hosting a fundraiser to rehabilitate abused horses. As the afternoon progresses it is discovered the funds collected are missing.  In the attempt to discover how the money disappeared a body is found in an upstairs bedroom. Savannah's best friend Iris, a local waitress, is identified as the main suspect.  It looks like Rags, Savannah's cat, is a witness to the murder.  Rags appears to be traumatized.  But Rags is able to help identify the killer with the help of his good friend Charlotte (a young girl with Downs Syndrome) and a cat psychic. There are many twists and turns as the plot unfolds.


This is the only book I have read in the series and will definitely read Catnapped.  My love of cats and a good mystery led me to accept the author's request for a review. The story jumps straight into the crime which grabbed my attention making me want to find out whodunit.  As the story line developed I found myself being drawn more and more along with the characters, drama and, suspense.  Patricia Fry is an accomplished writer who has an excellent ability in creating vivid pictures with her words.  Fry has achieved the ultimate in writing a mystery, that is, keeping the reader guessing until the end.  I have no hesitation in recommending Cat Eye Witness to those who Follow my blog with Bloglovinlove cats, animals, and a clean wholesome murder mystery.

About Author

Patricia Fry has been writing for publication since 1973, having contributed articles to numerous magazines. She published her first book in 1983 and now has many self-published and traditionally published books to her credit. See her most recent books in the left column of this page.
Patricia Fry, freelance writer, author and editorial consultant.www.patriciafry.com
Books by Patricia Fry www.matilijapress.com
Author of new novel series: Klepto Cat Mysteries
Available now: "Catnapped" and "Cat-Eye Witness" Amazon Kindle books

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