Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ever Met a Klepto Cat? Check out Rags, the Cat-Eye Witness presented by Patricia Fry

Savannah glanced up and saw her friend rushing toward her. "Iris, what's wrong? You look pale. Are you okay?"
"The money's gone," she said breathlessly.
"What?" Savannah moved closer so she could hear her above the hustle-bustle of activity behind them.
"The money's gone," Iris whispered loudly. "Someone took it."
Savannah froze in place, squinting her green eyes in disbelief. She motioned for Iris to follow her into the dining room, where they wouldn't be overheard. "Are you sure? Could you be mistaken about where you left it? This is a big house, you know."
"No," Iris hissed. "The box is there, but the money's gone..." she wailed....
"I'm just sick." Iris said as the two women ascended the staircase.
Savannah squeezed her friend's arm. "It'll be okay." Okay? How can it be okay that someone took the money we all worked so hard to raise for the neglected and abused horses? she thought. And how is it okay that there's a thief among the guests in my home?
..."Iris, you're babbling."
"I know. I do that when I'm nervous or scared." She crossed her arms tightly across her chest and shuddered. "Right now, I'm both," she said, tearing up again...

Cat-Eye Witness:
A Klepto Cat Mystery

By Patricia Fry

When I need a break from world issues, I turn to my TBR bookshelf for one of my waiting cat mystery books. I thoroughly enjoyed this one by Patricia Fry! It is a light murder mystery for which you can take a cup of tea and sit down to relax and read...

I liked the main character, Savannah, and her interaction with Rags... And also enjoyed the family and other characters developed for the series...

Interestingly, there is also quite a cat community involvement that shows the author's vision of a small-town setting where I'd love to live! In fact, it is a fundraiser sponsored by the Hammond Cat Alliance at which all the trouble began!

Savannah and her friend Iris were very involved with the activities and it had been Iris who had handled the money and then had counted and put it out of the area where people were congregating... When later she went to check, the money had been taken, leaving the box!

But that was only the beginning, because soon, a body had also been discovered in the bedroom across the hall! And nobody knew who that man was... Following the clues was a fun exercise and keeps readers involved... However, there is lots of 
action outside of the crime...

For instance, how about having a cat whisperer be called in to spend time with Rags? Well, Rags had been safely tucked in that bedroom in which the murder occurred! Savannah had realized that something was wrong... She learned that Rags had been kicked...and...that Rags had seen the murderer!

Both Savannah and her fiancee Michael are veterinarians and so we have the opportunity to be involved with the birth of a new baby... It was an interesting side plot that the Cat Alliance was helping to raise funds for abused horses... The pregnant mother was in such bad shape that they feared she'd not make 
it through the birth... Then Savannah takes some times to get back into riding...

But no matter what else was going on, Klepto solved the case, first by her natural kleptomania and then by her own personal identification of the killer! I loved it!

If you enjoy cozy mysteries, especially starring cats, I highly recommend this book! It was easily free-standing, but I'll be checking out the series as well... Would you believe she has 25 books in the series since I bought this second book! I picked up the latest to see how things have changed for Rags!


Patricia Fry began writing articles for magazines in 1973 and that's how she earned her living for decades. Her first book was accepted by a New York publisher in 1978. Every five years, or so, she'd evaluate the potential for her writing business and make adjustments accordingly. In 1983, she established a publishing company (Matilija Press) and began producing her own books. By the late 1990s, she was teaching publishing workshops. She wrote her first of many books for authors in 2000 and she also became a speaker at writers' conferences in many cities throughout the US. Around the same time, she hung out her shingle and started working with other authors on their book projects. 

Nearly forty years after she began writing for publication, with forty nonfiction books to her credit and after working with many dozens of clients on their fiction and nonfiction books, she felt she was at a crossroads. Patricia reminisces about that period in her life. "All my friends were retiring. I wondered if I should, too. But how does one retire from something they love? Writing is not just a job, it's my passion."

The year was 2012. Patricia knew it was time for another career shift and she asked herself, "What writing dreams have not been fulfilled?" The answer came in one word: FICTION. That year, she gave herself a birthday gift--the time and space to write a novel.

She says, "The idea came rather quickly. And within a relatively short time, I was the author of a published novel, "Catnapped", the first in the Klepto Cat Mystery series." Every two or three months since, Patricia has produced a new book in the series. While you're urged to read these books in order, many readers agree that each book can be read as a standalone.

"I write these cozy mysteries with love and hope that you enjoy my stories." (Patricia Fry)

The Klepto Cat Mysteries 

The Klepto Cat Mysteries are light, fun cozy mysteries full of adventure, intrigue, and a little romance. They feature Rags, an ordinary cat who just can't keep his paws off other people's things. Often, the treasures he finds are clues in a mystery. Follow Rags's fascinating life path from when he and Savannah were single and he roamed the neighborhood stealing everything from toys belonging to large dogs to jewelry and bathing suits. 

Rags and Savannah don't stay single long. After meeting Michael, a handsome veterinarian, Savannah settles down, but the cat doesn't change his thieving ways. Even though his kleptomaniac habit is annoying and embarrassing to his family, he has earned the respect of the local sheriff's department and he was even asked to star in a documentary.

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