The Counterfeiter-Catching Cat by Alannah Rogers

The Counterfeiter-Catching Cat by Alannah Rogers
A Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mystery
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short Story (84 pgs)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

The leaves have turned and autumn has finally come to the small town of Ashbrook, New Hampshire. Beatrice Young, the sixty-two-year-old owner of the Cozy Cat Café, is busy slinging coffee for tourists. Yet when her ever-perceptive Maine Coon cat, Hamish, sniffs out a fake twenty-dollar bill, the hunt is on to find its maker. And then there’s the fact that Jordan Clark has disappeared – he was seen walking out of a bar towards the woods, never to be seen again.

With the help of the ever-grumpy sheriff, her black cat Lucky, and her ex-husband and best friend Matthew, Beatrice finds intriguing links between the two mysteries. Jordan has a complicated past, one that could draw out a dangerous killer and place him squarely in Beatrice’s path. In the end, it’s up to her feline companions to find the clues that will keep her safe, put the culprit behind bars, and restore order to Ashbrook once more.

The Counterfeiter-Catching Cat is the first book in the Beatrice Young cozy cat mystery series.

There’s nothing like a good whodunit and add a few cats into the mix and you’ve got yourself a fun read which exactly what this book was for me. As a mystery fan who sometimes wants to break from the dark and gritty tales I read, this story fit the bill.

I loved the setting of this story, small town New Hampshire with its cast of characters including main one, Beatrice Young who runs the Cozy Cat Café. She’s somewhat of an amateur sleuth and always accompanied by her two cats, Hamish and Lucky. And then there’s Beatrice’s ex, Matthew. I liked the way these two weren’t bitter enemies that you see in lots of stories, but buddies who accept that while they aren’t marriage material, they’re certainly always be there for one another.

The mystery in this first book in the series revolved around counterfeit money being found in various stores in town and then someone goes missing followed by the uncovering of a dead body. Beatrice and the cats, and of course, with the help of Matthew, are on the case. There’s humor, there’s sleuthing and I thought the way the mystery was solved was realistic.

Although this is part of a series, this book is a standalone one with all loose ends tied up. If like me, you like a short, lighthearted mystery once in a while then I think you’ll really enjoy this one too.

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