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How To Moon A Cat
Cats and Curios Mystery, No 3
Rebecca Hale

Berkley Prime Crime
July 2011 / 978042524217
Cozy Mystery

Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer

Since her Uncle Oscar passed away, Rebecca has taken over his antique store, the Green Vasein San Francisco. Sales are not plentiful, so she depends upon Rupert the Cat to find hidden packs of money that uncle Oscar hid around his apartment. Rupert's latest find is a toy bear holding a paper flag reading "Nevada City."

Rebecca thinks this is a clue to Oscar's hidden treasure, which his arch enemy, Frank Napis, is also anxious to find. Napis had almost killed her trying to find the treasure. Rebecca and the cats, Rupert and Isabella, and her nosy neighbor, Monty, head for Nevada City, where she finds another bear with a sign "Sutters Fort." This leads to a trip around the state while she now evades the men who are trying to kill her.

This is a fast paced cozy mystery. It is filled with humor and fraught with danger. There are colorful characters, but the most intriguing are Rupert and Isabella, the cats. In addition to an enjoyable readable story, there is a history lesson about early California and a not well known California Bear Flag Revolt.

Reviewed 2011
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