Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review and Giveaway: How to Catch a Cat

How to Catch a Cat (Cats and Curios - Book 6) by Rebecca M. Hale

Publication Date: 03/03/2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 352

(Received for an honest review from Berkley Prime Crime)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, itunes

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Books in the series:

Cats and Curios

1. How to Wash a Cat
2. Nine Lives Last Forever
3. How to Moon a Cat
4. How to Tail a Cat
5. How to Paint a Cat
6. How to Catch a Cat


Excerpt from How to Catch a Cat, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature


In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of How to Paint a Cat, there are choppy waters ahead...

A serial killer with a peculiar penchant for City Hall interns is on the loose in San Francisco, and it’s up to me—and my two cats, Rupert and Isabella—to put a stop to the spree. Unfortunately, worrying about my uncle Oscar’s failing health and assisting with the interim mayor’s America’s Cup regatta doesn’t leave me with much opportunity to chase down clues.

Could the key to apprehending the killer be found in San Francisco’s sailing history? The first European vessel to pass through the Golden Gate contained a familiar cast of human—and feline—passengers as well as an elusive killer who used a similar murder weapon. Will the past catch up to the present in time to crack the case?


Rebecca M. Hale returns to her Cats and Curios series with her latest book, How to Catch a Cat. Rupert and Isabella are back with another adventure, this time centering around the sailing history of San Francisco. Hale's unique way of writing might be a little confusing for some, but she always creates a tale that is complex and satisfying and this one is no exception. The unnamed main character is trying to find a killer in her own time and one in the past, which takes the reader on a journey through time as well as through a good mystery. Readers who love this series will find this one irresistible. 

This series is a mystery within itself. The idea that the main character is never named in the series, took a little bit of getting used to. At first I found that hard to digest, but the idea has grown on me. It is a really unique concept and Hale certainly makes it work for her in this series. Readers are fascinated as much by Rupert and Isabella's "person" as they are by whatever is going on in the story. I wonder every time I read one of the books in this series, if we'll ever really find out her name. 

I loved the sailing history theme of this addition to the series. Hale always does her homework and ensures that no two books she has written are anything alike. Her themes are distinctive and often take the reader into areas they never considered before. San Francisco is obviously a sailing town. I have to wonder how much of the historical stuff that Hale gives us in this book is based on real fact. It makes me want to go beyond the book and do a little research of my own. That's a hallmark of a good author. 

Essentially, the lead character, along with her uncle and her two cats are trying to pinpoint not one but two killers, separated by time. The present day killer's nickname is the Knitting Needle Ninja due to her choice of weapon. It was a little hard to distinguish whether you were in the past or the present at times and it was one of those books you had to really think about and concentrate on. But I think that was part of the beauty of it. I didn't want a mystery I could solve easily. I wanted to work for it and Hale delivered on that aspect.

Bottom Line:

Rupert and Isabella once again steal the show. We still don't know the main characters name and Uncle Oscar is still alive unbeknownst to most of the characters in the book. This was a somewhat complicated tale that took a lot of twists and turns. I loved the sailing history. I liked the fact that you had a mystery within a mystery to solve and the way the story skipped from the past to the present. A very unique and satisfying addition to this popular series.

How to Catch a Cat is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

NY Times bestselling author REBECCA M. HALE worked for almost ten years as a patent attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area before taking time off to write her first novel, HOW TO WASH A CAT. She is now the author of nine Penguin titles and a growing list of ebooks released under her own imprint Green Vase Publishing. She writes fiction, typically in the form of quirky mysteries that reflect her travel experiences and the people she meets on her journeys.

Rebecca lives in Western Colorado with her feline writing associates, that is, when she's not off researching future books set in San Francisco, the Caribbean or wherever else her wandering spirit takes her.

Giveaway Details:

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holdenj said...

No, I have never done any sailing. It's fun to watch though, especially when there are classes out on a near by lake and there are several boats out at a time.

cyn209 said...

no, sadly, I've yet to try sailing........
I've been in a rowboat & on a cruise & the Staten Island (NY) ferry!!

Dolly said...

No sailing, but I love being on the water (especially on a cruise ship!)

skkorman said...

No sailing ever for me, unfortunately!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Angela Holland said...

I have not done any sailing but I have been on a few boats, airboat, pontoon and plain ole boat. My uncle owned and lived on a sailboat in Michigan

Lisa Brown said...

i have never gone sailing.

Carol N Wong said...

Alas no sail boating! I love to watch it though.

Alicia said...

We used to have a very small sailboat that we used for lake sailing..... It is a freeing feeling.


Robin Driscoll said...

No, but I am sure my husband would want to.

Robin Coxon said...

A friend had a sailboat that I was able to enjoy with them several times. I was always afraid I was going to get knocked overboard by one of the sails when they would need to swing it. It is a beautiful way to watch fireworks.

Bonnie said...

I've never done any sailing before. I'm afraid of fish.

Nancy Luebke said...

No never gone sailing. Have never lived close to a large body of water

Sue Farrell said...

No sailing in my life. I don't think I'd trust always having the wind to get me home.

Brooke Bumgardner said...

I have not been sailing, but I think I would enjoy it. I love warm weather and being on the water.

Anita Yancey said...

I have never been sailing. I won't get on a boat, because I am afraid of the water and can't swim. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Wendy Newcomb said...

I have never been boating but never on a sailboat. My brother has though and he even lived on his sail boat for a year on Lake Michigan!

wfnren at aol dot com

Linda Rima said...

Even though I live on the Texas Gulf coast, I've not doe any sailing.

Theresa N. said...

No I've never done any sailing, but I would like to.
Theresa n

Linda Kish said...

I was on a sailboat many years ago but didn't do any of the sailing of it.

bn100 said...

No, I haven't

Meg C. said...

The closest I've come is a steamboat. But I'd love to actually be out on a sailboat at least once. Thanks for the chance to win.