Cat Among the Pumpkins By Mandy Morton: Review/Giveaway

Oct 21, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Pets

by Doward Wilson

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Cat Among the Pumpkins. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

A strange and unique adventure awaits as you venture into a world populated with intelligent cats and no humans. Meet Hettie Bagshot of the No. 2 Feline Detective Agency and her trusty sidekick Tilly, as they work to solve the brutal stabbing death of Miss Mavis Spitforce.

Alerted by Teezle Makepeace, the village post cat, Hettie finds the body of Mavis sitting at her kitchen wearing a complete Halloween Witch costume. Removing the cape shows an ornate dagger in the back of the corpse. As Hettie’s investigation proceeds we meet the many eccentric inhabitants of the village and surrounding area including Irene Peggledrip who talks to cats in the spirit world. How does this connect to the legend of Milky Myers who is thought to have killed five members of his immediate family a long time ago?book

Milky’s body was never found nor was he ever seen alive again. With the help of an old friend of Hetties, Mr. Bruiser Venutius, a down on his luck old timer who they provide with a heated shed and food, the three elderly cats set out to find the truth among all the old and new rumors. Bruiser is tasked with driving the motorcycle the ladies own while they ride in the comfort of the sidecar chasing down cats and clues. Hettie gets the dubious honor of interviewing the victim’s sister and her daughter and has to add them to the suspect list.

When the body of post cat, Teezle Makepeace, is found hanging from a tree it becomes apparent that the murderer thought she saw something that would solve the crime. Can Hettie, Tilly and Bruiser stop the murderer before they strike again and solve both old and new crimes?

This was a delightfully spooky book with unique and lovable cat characters replacing the usual human ones. It was a hoot watching our three elderly sleuths live and work in the same way that we do in our own daily lives. You get to see the reflections between the two worlds as you meet the noisy neighbors, over zealous club members, homeless people, family members who don’t get along, and everyone else who lives in a small town. The mystery plot was well conceived and kept me turning the pages to the end. This is how cats would be if they could only talk!

To enter to win a copy of Cat Among the Pumpkins, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “pumpkins,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 28, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.

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  1. This book intrigues me and I would love to read it!

  2. What a great idea! I’m sure that the cats are MUCH more effective at solving mysteries than humans.

  3. Should be very interesting, especially with NO HUMANS involved! Thanks for offering to us!

  4. I really enjoy Halloween themed mysteries, especially when a cat is part of the story line.

  5. cats?!!

  6. This sounds like a fun read. Count me in. I love any cozies with cats, they have such clever names in Cat Amonf the Pumpkins. Thanks for the review. nschwenkner (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. A very timely book for October, thanks for the chance to win a copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  8. Thank you for the chance.

  9. WOW – no people, just cats! Sounds fascinating!

  10. This sounds like my kind of cozy mystery.

  11. Love the cat on the cover. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for.

  12. Cats are so sneaky themselves so of course they’re good at solving mysteries! ? Happy Halloween
    Kelly Braun

  13. We have a winner!


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