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The Black Cat Knocks on Wood
Bad Luck Cat Mystery #2
Kay Finch

Berkley Prime Crime
June 7, 2016/ ISBN 978-0-425-27525-2
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


“Mystery author Sabrina Tate and her black cat, Hitchcock, are getting roped into another deadly case...”

Sabrina's trying to write her latest mystery book, but she's unable to focus because her Aunt Rowe and her merry pack of older female friends have decided to compete in the Texas Hill Country Senior Pro Rodeo. With almost no experience with anything to do with the rodeo, the ladies become involved with lessons and practice in what seems to be a dangerous and somewhat unsavory location – the Hill Country Rodeo.

Meanwhile, candy shop owner Pearl, one of Aunt Rowe's friends, finds herself a suspect in the murder of local realtor Crystal Devlin. It looks like Sabrina and Hitchcock are once again in the middle of a case that they'll have to rely on each other to solve!

Since I haven't read the first book in this series (Black Cat Crossing) I wasn't sure if I'd feel that I missed out on the background of the characters and their relationships. Fortunately, I felt immediately comfortable with getting to know everyone in book two. Hitchcock charmed me right away, and I liked Sabrina's down to earth manner, her close relationship with Aunt Rowe, and her friendship with bookstore owner, Tyanne. Sabrina even has a touch of romance with game warden Luke Griffin.

This was a really good read. There were enough twists and turns to keep me from figuring out who the killer was, and there were plenty of characters who just might have been the guilty culprit. There weren't any loose ends left dangling, and the plot and subplots were believable.

I enjoyed this book enough that I will be going back to read the first in the series while I wait for book three to be written. This would be a great summer read and is appropriate for teens on up. There are even a few yummy recipes in the back.

Don't miss out on this humorous well-written cozy! You'll be turning pages as fast as you can to find out whodunit!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Black Cat Crossing #1
The Black Cat Knocks on Wood #2

Reviewed 2016