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Title: Night of the Were-Cat
Author: Eileen Watkins
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Page Count: 245
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Cassie McGlone’s Comfy Cats grooming service can turn a scruffy stray into a glamorous Cat-dashian. But with a drug-peddling killer at loose in her picturesque hometown of Chadwick, New Jersey, she’ll need to comb through some dangerous suspects to avert a catastrophe . . .
To an animal lover like Cassie, all cats are beautiful . . . though some may be more photogenic than others. When a customer brings in Quentin, a Maine Coon who looks more wolf than feline, it gives Cassie an idea. The owner of Chadwick’s retro movie theater wants to promote an upcoming werewolf movie marathon—how about a werewolf lookalike contest for pets?
Things are getting hairy around Chadwick in other ways too. A thief targets the clinic where Cassie’s veterinarian boyfriend Mark works, making off with anesthetics. Soon after, a young woman dies in a related drug incident. Wanting to help the police, Cassie and her good friend, Dawn, go undercover on the singles scene to investigate a suspected “party drug” ring, getting Mark’s protective hackles up. But the villain may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing—someone Cassie knows and trusts. And if her sleuthing skills aren’t up to scratch, the culprit may slink away to kill again . . .
Night of the Were-Cat by Eileen Watkins is the sixth book in the cozy A Cat Groomer Mystery series. Each book in the series has it’s own murder to be solved so they could be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There is however a bit of character development that carries over from book to book for the fans who have read the entire series.
This series if centered around Cassie McGlone who had moved to the picturesque town of Chadwick to give herself a fresh start after leaving a horrible relationship. Cassie had opened her own shop, Cassie’s Comfy Cats, a cat grooming and boarding specialty boutique and had begun making a name for herself in the small town both for her unique business and cat knowledge and for becoming the town sleuth when murders occur.
This time around Cassie helps the owner of the retro movie theater in town come up with a plan for a promotion for the werewolf movie marathon. Cassie’s idea is to let folks enter a werewolf lookalike contest getting the idea from her latest border Quentin, a Maine Coon, who resembles a werewolf himself. Just as Cassie and her boyfriend, the local vet, are helping with the contest though someone breaks into the vet clinic and steals all the drugs leaving Cassie searching for the culprit.
The A Cat Groomer Mystery series is another cozy series that I have followed from the beginning and always look forward to coming back to. The author does a wonderful job bringing in all things kitty to where I feel like I’ve learned a thing or two even being a long time kitty pet owner. This is definitely one for the animal lovers and it has just that right mix of humor and quirkiness with likable characters I enjoy each trip back to the series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Eileen Watkins specializes in mystery and suspense fiction. In 2017 she launched the Cat Groomer Mysteries, starting with THE PERSIAN ALWAYS MEOWS TWICE, with Kensington Publishing. THE BENGAL IDENTITY and FERAL ATTRACTION followed in 2018, and GONE, KITTY, GONE in 2019. THE PERSIAN ALWAYS MEOWS TWICE won the David G. Sasher Award for Best Mystery of 2017 at the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, and all four novels have received Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association, Inc. In 2020, Eileen also put out REBOOT RANCH, a novel about a horse-rescue farm, with Who Chains You Publishing. She previously published eight novels through Amber Quill Press, most of them paranormal suspense, as “E. F. Watkins.” Her Quinn Matthews Haunting Mysteries have recently become available again through Crossroad Press.
Eileen is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Cat Writers Association. She serves as publicist for Sisters in Crime Central Jersey and also for New Jersey’s annual Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. Eileen comes from a journalistic background, having written on art, architecture, interior design and home improvement for daily newspapers and major magazines. Besides these topics, her interests include the paranormal and spirituality as well as animal training and rescue. She is seldom without at least one cat in the house and pays regular visits to the nearest riding stable. Visit her web site at http://www.efwatkins.com.