The Big Kitty-Claire Donally

The Big Kitty

Claire Donally

Berkley Prime Crime, May 1 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425248027

 

When her widow father suffered a heart attack, reporter Sunny Coolidge took a leave of absence from her job at New York Standard to return home to Kittery Harbor, Maine to nurture him back to health.  However, soon after she left The Big Apple, her boss fired her claiming revenue drops and ended their personal relationship too.

 

Eight months later, Sunny remains in Maine, unable to obtain work at the Harbor Crier as editor Ken Howell rejects the big city journalist.  Instead she earns chump change working at Maine Adventure E-perience for miser Ollie Barnstable.

 

Senior Ada “The Cat Lady” Spruance asks Sunny to find her missing Powerball winning lottery ticket worth $six million, which she agrees to do over the weekend.  Shadow the cat follows Sunny home and is with her when she goes to Ada’s home only to find her dead in what looks like an accidental fall down stairs.  Town Constable Will Price and Sunny the reporter think a murder occurred as the lottery ticket is missing.  As each investigates separately, Shadow with a nose and paw for clues joins his new pet Sunny on her inquiry.

 

The first Sunny and Shadow Mystery is a fun amateur sleuth tale starring a nice heroine and a title character whose thoughts brings a whimsical spin to the lighthearted whodunit.  With a nod to Carole Nelson Douglas’ delightful Midnight Louie mysteries (including a romantic triangle), fans will enjoy the adventures of Shadow and his adopted human as they search for the killer of the cat lady.

 

Harriet Klausner

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