‘Mew is for Murder: a Theda Krakow Mystery’ by Clea Simon

Theda Krakow is a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines who used to be a copy editor. She is also a cat lover who is missing her recently deceased pet, James, when she happens upon an old house in her neighborhood that appears to be occupied by numerous cats and an old woman.

A little kitten skitters around Theda’s ankles and runs into the yard of the house, with Theda following. She can’t reisist checking out the house with the cats.

Later, she decides the cat woman would make an interesting story. But when she returns to the house, she finds the woman is dead.

So begin her efforts to unravel what happened and to save the cats from being destroyed.

The woman’s son is a suspect, as is the next door neighbor. And then there is the “intense” reporter and the smooth-talking rock music fan Theda falls for. Are they involved? And what is everyone looking for in the old lady’s house?

The cats seem to know. The author gives them a bit more credit for knowing what’s going on than I found believable – and I’m an experienced cat owner – but it’s a cute cat tale nonetheless.

You’ll have to read the book to find out who done it, which isn’t a huge surprise. This is light reading, no sinister foreboding or heavy violence, but worth picking up sometime. There are more Theda Krakow mysteries; I intend to look for them.

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