Black Cat CrossingBlack Cat Crossing by Kay Finch is the first book in the NEW “Bad Luck Cat” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, September 2015

In the first in this cat-filled cozy series, aspiring mystery author Sabrina Tate is about to discover that when it comes to solving murders, her new feline friend Hitchcock is a master of sleuthing.

Sabrina has never been the superstitious type. Still, when she moves to Lavender, Texas, to write her first novel and help her Aunt Rowe manage her vacation rental business, Sabrina can’t avoid listening to the rumors that a local black cat is a jinx—especially after the stray in question leads her directly to the scene of a murder.

The deceased turns out to be none other than her Aunt Rowe’s awful cousin Bobby Joe Flowers, a known cheat and womanizer who had no shortage of enemies. The only problem is that Aunt Rowe and Bobby Joe had quarreled just before the cousin turned up dead, leaving Rowe at the top of the long list of suspects. Now it’s up to Sabrina to clear her aunt’s name. Luckily for her, she’s got a new sidekick, Hitchcock the Bad Luck Cat, to help her sniff out clues and stalk a killer before Aunt Rowe winds up the victim of even more misfortune.

Lavender, Texas sounds like a peaceful town until the murder of cousin Bobby Joe Flowers. When Aunt Rowe becomes the prime suspect, after an argument that was witness, amateur sleuth and up and coming author Sabrina uses her mystery writing and legal know-how to wrestle the clues that leads to the identity and apprehension of the killer.

I love stories that pull me in immediately, especially with a likable cast of characters that includes an endearing aunt, an aspiring writer, a hunky game warden, the townspeople and of course a mysterious feline. This was a fun read where everyone had a role in this evenly paced drama where all interactions were pivotal to the telling of this story; a story that quickly became a page-turner. The author did a great job in setting up this mystery with a slew of suspects and teasingly providing clues with a few surprising twists that I did not see coming at all. A captivating mystery, friendly characters, and engaging dialogue rounded out this very enjoyable and delightfully entertaining debut novel and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes us with Sabrina and her friends.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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