National best-selling author Carolyn Hart presents an original new novel about a woman with a curious ability that drops her headfirst into a world of intrigue and murder....
Ever since the death of her fiancé, Nela Farley has found herself plagued by a sixth sense: she understands the thoughts of cats when she looks into their eyes. Nela knows that what she's experiencing is completely irrational and tries to convince herself that she is simply transferring her own thoughts that she doesn't want to face.
When her adventurous sister, Chloe, goes on a trip and asks for a favor, Nela welcomes the distraction and agrees to substitute at Chloe's job at a charitable foundation. Chloe has arranged a place for her sister to stay, but when Nela shows up, she encounters the previous tenant's cat and gets a flash of thought: ". . . dead . . . dead and gone . . . She loved me . . . board rolled on the second step . . ."
Nela wants to ignore what the cat saw, but the idea that the death of former tenant Marian Grant wasn't an accident is something she can't ignore. As Nela begins to do some research into Marian's life, strange events begin to occur, all seeming to lead back to the Haklo Foundation. But when a detective becomes suspicious of Nela's sister and a second murder occurs, Nela realizes she'll have to make the most of her unwanted ability to figure out what's really going on, before she meets her own untimely end....
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Just an OK mystery
Thisis a mystery wherein a woman suddenly finds she can sometimes read the mind of a least one cat. Tidbits from the cat lead her to suspect someone was murdered. She gets caught up of course in the investigation. Oddly the cat angle doesn’t really do anything else. Mostly it is a regular mystery. It suffers to some extent from something that can happen when the author tries to provide a bunch of possible suspects that are together a lot. Scenes start taking forever while we hear everyone’s reaction to something. Like, “Suspect1 coughed uncomfortably and stared at her high heeled shoes. Suspect2 held his jaw tightly like it was an effort not to respond. Suspect3 stopped twirling his horn rimmed glasses and stared. Etc etc etc….” It was okay. Could have used more cats, and a better romantic ending
- Karen "Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty."
I was surprised not to enjoy a Carolyn Hart book.