Cat Got Your Cash
Book 2, A Kitty Couture Mystery - A Kitty Couture Mystery
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Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats--and one very dead Annie.
Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie's family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie's fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie--if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.
Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.
From Publishers Weekly
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Julie Chase's Cat Got Your Cash
How much is your cat worth?
What would you think about a will leaving $10,000 per
month per cat to whoever ends up caring for two
Siamese cats names Cotton and Cashmere?
Is this a motive for murder or was something else the
Lacy Crocker owns the Furry Godmother in New Orleans.
She is a fashion designer for pets plus she sells treats for
cats and dogs that she bakes herself. Lacy has a cat
named Penelope that goes with her almost everywhere
she goes in a carrier. Penelope loves to ride the Roomba
when in Lacy's store.
Lacy has an appointment to meet with one of her fashion
designing heroes, Annie Lane. Upon arriving Lacy finds
the front open but no one answers. Walking into the home,
Lacy discovers Annie Lane dead.
Lacy is given custody of Annie's Siamese cats, Cotton and
Cashmere until other arrangements can be made. Thus
the action begins. Someone breaks into Lacy's house and
steals the cats. Thanks to trackers in the cats collars, they
are located then taken to her parents. Of course, her
parent's cat, Voodoo isn't too happy with these cat guests.
Why and who wants the cats?? Or is this something more
sinister behind what is happening????
A person in a papier-mâché mache cat head starts following
Lacy. Then harassing telephone calls start.
The author provides us with an array of suspects. Each
one has their own flavor to add to the mix.
There is undeniable chemistry between Lacy and her
long time friend, Chase plus undeniable chemistry between
Lacy and Detective Jack Oliver to make things interesting.
Along with suspense, danger and mystery, the reader will
enjoy the humor in the shenanigans throughout the story.
Along with the cats, there are chickens and llamas to round
out the story.
This is book # 2 in the Kitty Couture Mystery series. It can
be read as a stand alone.
I volunteered to read the book. Thanks to the author and
publisher via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the book.
My opinion is my own.
Second book in A Kitty Couture Mystery series!
Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase is the second book in A Kitty Couture Mystery series. Lacy Crocker owns the Furry Godmother in New Orleans, Louisiana. She designs outfits for animals and creates organic treats. Lacy is picking out which of her pet couture creations she is going to show Annie Lane, fashion designer. Lacy is hoping to partner with Annie and have a pet companion line to Annie’s Mardi Gras designs. Lacy arrives at Annie’s home and receives no answer to the ringing of the bell. Lacy knocks on the door, and it swings open to a meowing Siamese kitten. Lacy follows the kitten into the kitchen where another kitten awaits along with Annie in a pool of blood. A startled Lacy drops her box of designer creations into the blood, and then picks up the murder weapon. Lacy contacts Detective Jack Oliver instead of 911 believing he will understand the situation (like her fingerprints on the murder weapon). When Lacy finds out that the kittens are being sent to animal shelter, she steps in and offers to take care of them. The next day Lacy returns home to pick up the kittens to find them gone. Someone broke in and stole them. Thankfully, the kittens are quickly retrieved, and Lacy relocates them to her parents’ home. Lacy discovers that Annie set up a trust for Cotton and Cashmere, the kittens. Dylan Latherope, Annie’s ex-husband, wants to regain custody of the kittens and stalks Lacy trying to obtain them. Lacy sets out to discover the identity of Annie’s killer while working on new costume designs and handling obligations she has incurred from her parents in return for cat sitting duties. She does manage to find time to flirt with Jack Oliver and Chase Hawthorne. But then the killer decides to take matters into his own hands, and Lacy finds herself and her beloved cat, Penelope in danger. Lacy will need her wits about her if she is going to make it out of this situation alive along with Penelope.
Cat Got Your Cash is easy to read and has a fast pace. This book is definitely more cozy than mystery. I felt that more time is devoted to the Lacy’s zany antics than the murder mystery. There was one wacky incident after another in this book. It is a screwball type of humor that reminds me of I Love Lucy (I know I am dating myself with this reference—how about Young and Hungry for the millennials). I did find information repeated especially regarding Penelope wanting to ride the robotic vacuum cleaner at the store, Lacy’s mother with her phone calls and parties, Lacy’s attraction to the two men, and Imogene, her shop assistant, mystic abilities. I give Cat Got Your Cash 3 out of 5 stars. The mystery is not complicated and many readers will be able to identify the killer. Cat Got Your Cash is the second book in the series, but it can be read alone. Details from the Cat Got Your Diamonds (first book in series) and Lacy’s history are included in this novel. I was not a fan of this cozy mystery. It was just too inane and unrealistic for me. Lacy is a businesswoman (running her shop at a profit), but comes across as seriously lacking in the brains department. Then there is the love triangle (they certainly are popular in books this year) that dominates the story. If you enjoy outlandish, humorous type of novels (my mother loves them), then you should check out Cat Got Your Cash. Personally, I will be moving on from this series.