Meow If It’s Murder – T.C. Lotempio

2/5 Loaves of Bread

On The Back:

Nora Charles doesn’t believe in fate, even if she is a crime reporter who shares a name with a character from The Thin Man. In fact, she’s moving back to Cruz, California, to have a quieter life. But after finding an online magazine eager for material, and a stray cat named Nick with a talent for detection, Nora’s not just reporting crimes again. She’s uncovering them…

Back in her hometown, Nora reconnects with old friends and makes some new ones, like Nick, the charming feline who seems determined to be her cat. But not everything about Cruz is friendly. Writing for a local online magazine, Nora investigates the curious death of socialite Lola Grainger. Though it was deemed an accident, Nora suspects foul play. And it seems that her cat does too.

Apparently, Nick used to belong to a P.I. who disappeared while investigating Lola Grainger’s death. The coincidence is spooky, but not as spooky as the clues Nick spells out for her with Scrabble letters—clues that lead her down an increasingly dangerous path. Whether fate put her on this case or not, solving it will take all of Nora’s wits, and maybe a few of Nick’s nine lives.

My Thoughts:

I must say, I had high expectation going into this book, but I was let down. It could be because it’s the first book of a series, but it really didn’t do anything for me.

To start off, the beginning of this book automatically had me hating the protagonist, Nora. She was rude and unlikable, who knows why Nick decided to live wit her after her rudeness to him at the beginning. The detective she meets with also strikes me as rude and arrogant, though both characters slowly become better, it takes awhile.

Another downfall was the inconsistency in the voice of the author throughout the book. Some of the things that Nora thinks sharply contradicts how the rest of the books are portrayed, and the protagonist’s internal thoughts weren’t very well developed, in my eyes.

There was good parts in this book, however. Most of the supporting characters, along with Nick, were very likeable. I fell in love with them. The plot itself was also great, tying many different things into one mystery.

Overall an okay book, not what I had expected but I still may pick up the next book, if another one comes out.

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