Review: Felines and Fatalities (A Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery, Book 2) by Ruth J. Hartman


Print Length: 244 pages
Publisher: Ruth J. Hartman (March 18, 2021)

From  When Ellie Warren, owner of the Kitty Beret Café, gets a request to host a cat show, she’s reluctant. That is, until she discovers it’s for rescued cats only. What starts out as a fun adventure turns south when one of the judges is murdered. Can Ellie, with the help of Detective Dare, and her clever cat Templeton, run the show, crown a Best in Rescue Winner of the competition, while at the same time find the killer?


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This was an utterly adorable addition to the Kitty Beret Café Mystery series! Although it can be read as a stand-alone, reading the first one will give you more of a background on Ellie and Simon (as well as the murder that rocked their small town the autumn before this one takes place). 

I absolutely loved the addition of the cat show going on, it provided a nice backdrop to the cast of characters (both old and new, human and feline), while also showing just how people aren't always who (or what) you believe them to be. Filled with many suspicious characters (and a few that you wish you could just reach through the pages and smack), this cozy mystery will keep you guessing (and laughing) until the very end. 

Once again Templeton has managed to steal the show, "helping" solve this newest whodunnit with his own brand of feline investigative skills. Hands down, he is still my favorite character in this series (although there are a couple of humans who are close second). 

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).

 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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