by MOLLIE HUNT
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About the Book
A body is discovered on the floor of the cat café, and all the black cats are missing!
Sixty-something cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon always finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, but this time it’s not about her. Someone is targeting very senior citizens, and when Bea Landrew, elderly owner of the Blue Cat café turns up dead, Lynley’s mom Carol could be next.
Handsome Detective Devon is looking for a link between the victims when he makes a different sort of connection— with Lynley! It’s been a long time since the cat lady had romance in her life, but while her mom is in danger, the case comes first.
It appears the cat café will go the way of its deceased owner, but Bea’s grandson, a slick Miami businessman, steps in at the last minute. Arthur is not a cat person so why would he bother? Romeo, the big Russian Blue, senses ulterior motives, but who will listen to a cat?
A black cat rescue, an antique photograph, an elaborate payback. Is this killer seeking justice or vengeance? With death as the objective, the results are the same.
About the Author
Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, including Cats’ Eyes, Copy Cats, Cat’s Paw, Cat Call, and Cat Café. The series features Portland native Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, Placid River Runs Deep, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, The Dream Spinner, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion this year.
Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.
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***Guest Post by Author Molly Hunt***
COZIES IN A DANGEROUS TIME, by Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer
I love cozy mysteries! Of course being a cat writer, I especially love the ones with a cat theme, which is why I write the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series. I write what I read.
Why cozies? I want my happy ending, that’s why. And I’d prefer to get there without being inundated by graphic violence, foul language, or explicit sex. Cozies are gentle, colorful, imaginative whodunits that promise a bit of mystery and mayhem but with the assurance things will work out in the end.
I know too many people who are depressed, stressed, frightened, angry, or all of the above combined in one big ball of woe. Whether you look local— break-ins and vandalism, national— political unrest, or global— climate change and garbage in the ocean, scary things abound, and unfortunately, there is only a limited number of things we can do about them. This helplessness causes frustration and anxiety. Psychiatrists and therapists have seen an increase in their patients. Uncertainty abounds.
So what are people doing to relieve this angst? Some garden or work out; others read. There has been a revival of the good old cozy mystery of late, and I believe our dangerous times are responsible for it. Who wouldn’t want to immerse themselves in a small British town a la Miss Marple or hang out with a sleuthing cat such as Joe Gray? Suddenly, instead of a disturbing and erratic thriller, many readers are choosing books they know will leave them feeling good.
I grew up with cozy mysteries, my favorite author being the unappreciated Mary Stewart. When I discovered Lillian Jackson Braun’s Cat Who series and found that cats could play a part in mysteries, I was overjoyed. Since then, I’ve been elated to find an abundance of cat mysteries, now a popular genre unto itself. Of course there are also dog and other animal cozies, as well as non-animal focuses such as baking, gardening, quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, and antiquing— just about anything people like to do in their spare time. Some cozies yield a more cerebral story lines involving science, archeology, forensics, or world travel; and we mustn’t forget the paranormal crossovers where witches, vampires, and ghosts haunt and hex the mystery theme. Most cozies engage an amateur sleuth, often a woman, but they can also feature police, detectives, private investigators, florists, airline pilots, truckers, and the list goes on.
Cozies vary in style, intensity, and quality. Some cozies are referred to as “beach reads” because they are the easy-to-read, escapist fare that’s perfect for a costal or other vacation. I’ve read everything from inspired, intelligent writing to formula-driven narratives as dull as a post. (I’ve also learned that just because it has a cat on the cover doesn’t mean it’s a cat mystery.)
I both read and write cozy mysteries because I’m just too burnt out on bad stuff to enjoy the violence of thrillers, the horror of horrors, or the fatalism of dystopian sci-fi. It’s not exclusive— there are lots of great books out there, and my to-be-read pile holds everything from memoir to Star Trek, but at the moment I tend to fall back on a gentler tale, one that will paint a picture of green countrysides and pretty kitties while offering up a puzzle, the mystery itself. Maybe if the real world becomes an easier place to live in, I’ll begin to long for the exhilaration of a more intense genre, but for now, it’s cozies all the way.
Do you read or write cozy mysteries? I’m always looking for new cozies to add to my lists.
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