The Cat's Corner of the Library

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This page is maintained (occasionally) in fond and loving memory of
Jessica the Empress of Voile d'Or and my boon companion
 

 

catonhyacithhunt.jpg (2185 bytes) Cat in a Hyacinth Hunt by Carol Nelson Douglas ** 1/2
Synopsis: Back in Las Vegas after a trip to the Big Apple, feline detective Midnight Louie witnesses death on the Nile when the battling Egyptian barges outside the Oasis Hotel bring a dead body to the surface. The soggy victim is well known to Louie's redheaded, high-heeled human companion, Temple Barr: her two best beaux are closely related to the drowned man--and both have reasons to want him dead

Midnight Louie as always is a delight.   Now if he'd just find a new owner everything would be fine.  It's strange given the fact that I write "romance" novels myself that my major criticism of this book would be too much on relationships and not enough mystery.  Ms. Nelson writes in a style I occasionally find irritating and this book is no exception, but I also found her description of Temple's relationship problems almost too accurate for comfort

 

catinfinestyle.jpg (3181 bytes) A Cat in Fine Style by Lydia Adamson ***
Synopsis:
  Unable to resist investigating the death of a New York fashion designer, actress, model, and amateur sleuth Alice Nestleton calls on her boyfriend, Tony, to help unravel the mystery, and tries to figure out what the victim's beloved cat may reveal

Jessie had me buy this book  because the cat on the cover looked like her.  Ms. Adamson's books are cotton candy at best, fluffy and lightly spun but lacking any real substance or value.  And the cat was only a dumb Himalayan and not a dignified Birman after all.

Cat raise the dead
Cat on the Edge
Cat Under Fire by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. 

A cat murder mystery by someone who can write.  One strength of this series is Ms Rousseau doesn't struggle with how to incorporate her feline sleuths in the novel.  She has cats who, through some mysterious set of coincidences, can talk and reason about as well (possibly better) than a human can.  What I particularly liked is her characterizations.  Joe and Dulcie are unique and interesting and I was totally convinced that if a cat ever found themselves cursed with a human conscience and a human vocabulary that what they would act something like Joe or Dulcie.

 

Cat in a Diamond Dazzle by Carol Nelson Douglas.  Ms Nelson knows better then to write some of the self indulgent nonsense she put into this book.  If and when I teach writing again I intend to use pages 15, 16, and 17 as an example of straining a metaphor to the limits of absurdity.  That aside, I liked Midnight Louie as a character.  The plot was reasonably decent and when she concentrates on telling a story Ms. Douglas can write.  I believe that not everyone is as intolerant of Ms. Nelson's flourishes as I am so I won't reject her out of hand.  I'll try one more book and let you know.

 

The Book of Night With Moon  by Diane Duane

 

 

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