Review: Hairballs and Homicide (A Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery - Book 1) by Ruth J. Hartman

Print Length: TBA pages
Publisher: TBA (June 26, 2020)

From  When Ellie Warren opens the Kitty Beret Café, her life revolves around finding forever homes for rescued cats and serving lattes. That is, until a woman’s body is discovered behind her shop—the same woman who’d thrown a hissy fit with Ellie in front of lots of witnesses. With Ellie’s cat, Templeton, supplying clues and the help of handsome Detective Simon Dare, she’s on the prowl for the murderer. Will Ellie discover the identity of the culprit before the murderer sinks their claws into her?


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This was one of those cute and cozy reads that are perfect (or would that be purrfect) for a rainy day. I enjoyed the characters, (although I would have liked to have seen Ellie have more of a backbone and stand up for herself to some of these crazy people), and the story-line definitely kept me guessing. 

I will say that some of the "villainous" characters in this novel were a bit too over-the-top for my tastes, but in the context of this story, they seemed to work. Her descriptions of the cats were also spot on (and usually filled with some laugh out loud moments). Hands down Templeton was my favorite of all of the ones mentioned. I loved the way he managed to be integral not only to the plot, but to helping solve the mystery as well. 

What I wasn't expecting was the sweet romance that started blooming between Simon and Ellie. I loved the way it was added in more as an addition to the story, and didn't overpower the mystery aspect.

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 am in fact looking forward to the next installment of this series).

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. 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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