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Catch as Cat Can
A Sunny & Shadow Mystery #5
Claire Donally

Berkley Prime Crime
May 3, 2016 / ISBN 978-0-425-27607-5
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Sunny Coolidge's curiosity is peaked when she notices that the new seafood shop next door to her office seems to already be falling victim to hard times. Neil Garret has been kind to her cat, Shadow, giving him scraps of fish whenever he visits. Shadow's become an expert at sneaking out of the house and hitching a ride to town with Sunny or her father, Mike.

When a murder victim is found in the fish shop freezer, and Sunny is there to witness it, she has once again become involved in a murder case. A case her boyfriend, Will Price, is in charge of investigating.

There's a lot more going on in Kittery Harbor, Maine, including a visit from Abby Martinson, the daughter of Mike's lady-friend, Helena. Abby moved to California to become a famous actress, but instead landed on her feet as a paralegal. A paralegal with some nefarious connections- including Neil Garret! Neil Garret who isn't really Neil Garret at all!

I've had the pleasure of reading all of the books in this series and really enjoy the characters and plots. In my review of last year's Hiss and Tell, I commented on the author's habit of sharing Sunny's thoughts from her irreverent alter ego, and how it bothered me. I am beyond thrilled to share that this was scaled way, way back in this new book, making the read so much better!

I loved everything about Catch as Cat Can, but most of all, I loved how Shadow the cat is thinking more and plotting and planning. The romance between Sunny and Will continues to grow at a steady pace, and Mike and Helena are just right together. Kittery Harbor sounds like a nice place to visit, but I sure am glad I don't have to live there in the winter with the cold and the storms described.

If you enjoy a true cozy featuring a small town, not much blood on the page, nice romance, humor, a solid mystery with plenty of subplots and suspects, and especially if you adore reading about clever cats, you won't want to miss Catch as Cat Can.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Last Licks #3
Hiss and Tell #4

Reviewed 2016