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The Cat Who Caught a Killer: 1 (Conrad the Cat Detective, 1)

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A delightful start to February reading and I can only hope I get to read another one of Conrad’s adventures very soon!

Further evidence was that Steven had a photo of a dead cat on his phone, analysis of his computer showed Steven had watched videos of dogs killing cats and a knife with feline blood on the blade, and Steven's DNA on the handle was found in his home. The whole cat thing is such nonsense, with apparently every business owner in London other than the sensible chocolatier in Covent Garden quite happy for a crazy cat lady to bring her pet with her literally EVERYWHERE she goes, including will readings, meetings in police stations, a friend’s barbecue and even funerals! But then this is fiction and if I was prepared to accept a talking cat why quibble about people's reaction to him? I could quite happily lived with less description of the roadmap of Maida Vale and Lulu' daily routine.

Cosy mysteries aren't generally my thing, but this one jogs along at quite a pace and although it is fairly predictable, the interaction between Conrad and other characters made me smile. The owners of some of the cats Bouquet stabbed to death were at Hove crown court on Friday to see him imprisoned for five years and three months.

An ex-copper, Lulu, has a detective intuition when it comes to the sudden passing of her mother-in-law, Emily. Mynott said he was still gutted by the loss of his beloved pet and although the killing was not one of the nine dead cats named in the trial, he is convinced Bowser died at the hands of Bouquet, along with many more for whom there was not enough evidence to prosecute. There feels like that is a lot of fishing and the wham, things fall into place, the suspects(who are quite obvious all along) confess etc voila, there we are. The dialogue between the two does improve once the plot gets going, although Conard can be an unnecessary encyclopaedia at times.I constantly felt like maida vale and the surrounding areas were being pushed onto the reader, and it sometimes made the book read like a tour guide of the area. Conrad is a wonderful and loveable cat—intelligent and fun—and not the typical sarcastic cat that stories often portray.

And apparently every single establishment in London sells Evian water (other brands ARE available…), and heaven forbid that you give a cat tap water. One can tell the author loves the place and has spent many wonderful times there; their fondness for it really comes through in the book. I always think I can understand my 2 cats but they don't quite go as far as asking for Evian water or trout for dinner (unless I just misunderstand of course.

I figured out what was going on pretty early on, but that didn’t take any of the fun out of it, I really enjoyed watching it all unfold. And don't get me started on her ex-partner wanting to go back to times when you could be jokingly racist to someone.

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