Review: Meows and Mayhem (A Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery, Book #3) by Ruth J. Hartman


Print Length: 258 pages
Publisher: Ruth J. Hartman (March 13, 2022)

From  Ellie Warren gets more than purrs and meows when she takes her therapy cats for a retirement home visit where her grandmother lives. Nana is framed for murder when the nasty-tempered dance instructor turns up dead following their catfight over Nana’s boyfriend. Can Ellie prove crazy Nana is innocent before the police lock her up for good?


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

One of the things I love about this series is that no matter what mood you are in when you start reading, you will find yourself laughing out loud at the antics of the cats! As always Templeton absolutely steals the show, although this time he has a partner in crime in the rescued kitten Rufus. You are also treated to a lot more of Ellie and Nana, who for sure is a character all her own, or as Ellie described her,  "an angry badger with a persistent itch".  I could go on and on about the various ways the author described the antics of her feline heroes, like the time Templeton managed to smack Ellie in the face with a sunflower, but instead, I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself! 

Sadly, we didn't get to see a whole lot of Simon in this one as he was busy being sent all around the town on different calls, which also means we didn't see much in the way of his budding relationship with Ellie (although what we do see is adorable).

As with the other two books in this series, there is a wide variety of characters, all of who seemingly have a motive for committing murder (and pinning it on poor Nana), but I will say that when all was said and done and our killer was revealed, I was shocked! 

Overall, I definitely think this novel will appeal to people who enjoy cozy mystery novels with interesting characters (and cats)! I would read more from this author (and would love to read more from this series).

 I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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