Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event.
The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list.
Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter in Death by a Whisker by national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio.
Pen, paper and sleuthing cap in place, I settled in to read another book from my new favourite genre, Cozy Mysteries. Death By a Whisker, like all other cozy mystery books I have had the pleasure of reading, did not disappoint. With murder and cats, this book had a winning combination for me even before I had read one word.
With a cast of characters that all had motive and means for wanting Ulla dead, it was definitely not an easy task to work out who the killer could be. Alas, I was unable to guess who it was, although I did have several of the characters in my mind, none of them turned out to the one. Along with the interesting characters is a fast paced plot filled with lots of interesting twists. It will keep the reading engaged and eager to find out who was responsible for Ulla’s death and why. I think the author’s quirky method used by the killer was a stroke of genius.
Even though this is the second book in “A Cat Rescue Mystery” series it can definitely be read as a standalone story. The author added little bits of information referring to what happened in the first book. She does not give away the plot so the reader can go back to the first book and read it without knowing all the details. That to me was a clever idea on the part of the author. I for one will be reading the first one. I had planned to read it but with the little hints that were given, I am even more curious to read it now.
Thoroughly enjoyable, sure to be popular with fans of the cozy mysteries genre.