I was lucky enough to win this Arc for review copy. Isn't that the most adorable cover ever? I just love it. I was in the mood for a Christmas theme book and this was just perfect.
This book is about a man named Charlie Harris and his Main Coon cat Diesel. Charlie works for the Library and has two boarders at his house as well as a housekeeper. He also has a partner who owns a bistro. One day he finds a box of 5 kittens on his porch and he takes care of them, while trying to find their owners. He also has a new neighbor who seems suspicious. Later that neighbor is murdered at their Christmas party, that Charlie had attended. He helps the police find the murderer, since he's helped them in the past.
This is actually book 6 in the series. I never read the others, and didn't feel totally lost. I like that, when I can read a series out of order. Tho, I do want to read the rest, especially to learn more about his boarders Stewart and Haskell.
Charlie's best friend, Melba, is a hoot, she's the one who figured out something was fishy with Charlie's new neighbor. The only thing I didn't like about this book, was there were some words that I didn't understand(which doesn't happen very often). I am guessing they are Southern words?
Charlie kept himself busy with the mysteries of the kitten's owner and the new neighbor. After the death of the neighbor, he and Kanesha(one of the cops) learns something about the neighbor. I swear I had not seen that twist coming. I was blown away. Now mind you, I'm pretty good at guessing the mystery early on, but I was pleasantly surprised. I just love a good twist. I admit I guessed the suspect wrong too, and was surprised how they found out. There was also a heartwarming ending, the kind you see in the Hallmark Christmas movies. Btw, this would be great as one, just saying.
It was also refreshing to read about a main male character for a change. All the other cozies I've read have had female ones. He'd also be the type I'd date, tho maybe a bit older, another reason why I liked him. Most of the books I read are about younger people and they are hard to relate sometimes.
So, if you are in a mood for a good heart warming Christmas story with a good twist and fun characters, then I definitely recommend this one.
I am hoping to be able to read the rest of hers now, as I'm hooked.