Review: Cat Got Your Secrets: A Kitty Couture Mystery by Julie Chase. Crooked Lane Books

Book Description (from NetGalley)

Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.

It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.

Time’s running out in this deadly cat-and-mouse game in Cat Got Your Secrets, the delightfully funny third novel in Julie Chase’s Kitty Couture mystery series, perfect for “all those feline fanciers who love to read Rita Mae Brown” (Suspense Magazine).


My review:

Lacy Marie Crocker doesn’t really want to get into trouble. She is quite happy with her successful pet boutique, creating fashion and treats for the pampered pets in her community.


But when her father somehow becomes a murder suspect, Lacy Marie goes into full action mode. This is a delightful book, with pithy comments heading every chapter, an enticing mystery to solve, and yummy recipes at the end. I enjoyed it and highly recommend it. My only comment is that some pictures of Lacy Marie’s pet couture (military tunics for Shi Tzu’s, eyelet capes for llamas (!)) would really add piquancy.

My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing a copy to read and review.

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