How to Wash a Cat (The Cats and Curios Mystery #1) by Rebecca M. Hale
Thoughts Before Reading:
I picked this book up at a book sale, you all know how much I love those:
I mostly chose it because it centered in cats, and I love cats:
So our main character…now that I think about it, I don’t think she is ever given a name.
I remember people introducing themselves to her, but she just says hello never stating her own name.
I do know that she is an accountant.
Anyways, she has become very close to her Uncle Oscar since she moved to San Francisco, CA. She often goes to visit him and for dinner, bringing along her two cats-Rupert and Isabella.
Her Uncle Oscar owns an antique shop that specializes in the Gold Rush items. One day she goes over to talk to him and finds his dead body!
Even thought she is an accountant and knows nothing about running her own business, let alone antiques; she decides to take over her uncle’s shop, the the Green Vase, as it was left to her in his will.
She meets her uncle’s former buisness associates, all who have a deep interest in the shop; but why?
Soon she has a real mystery on her hands as she discovers strange clues, a jet, a trap door, and a map.
Thoughts After Reading:
This seemed like a real winner: cats, mystery, history, taking place in Northern CA, etc. But i just could not stand it.
I couldn’t get into the novel. The style of the writer was weird, such as writing “drug” instead of “dragged” and switching from present to past tense.
I also didn’t like how her writing inferred that gold was found around San Francisco, the gold rush occurred farther north. Get your history right.
And the characters did not feel real at all, but caricatures.
It wasn’t good at all. Sad really, as it had a good premise. It was just too boring.
For more cat centered mysteries, go to The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern
For more mysteries about treasure hunts, go to The Madwoman Upstairs
For more Charles Dickens, go to Harlem Tea Room Cheddar-Thyme Scones