by: Sheila Webster Boneham
Series: An Animal in Focus Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Source: Publisher ~ Midnight Ink via NetGalley
Agility can be murder for cats, dogs, and people!
Animal photographer Janet MacPhail is training for her cat Leo’s first feline agility trial when she gets a frantic call about a “kidnapping.” When Janet and her Australian Shepherd Jay set out to track down the missing party, they quickly find themselves drawn into the volatile politics of feral cat colonies and endangered wetlands.
Janet is crazy busy trying to keep up with her mom’s nursing-home romance, her own relationship with Tom, and upcoming agility trials with Jay and Leo. But the discovery of a body on the canine competition course stops the participants dead in their tracks—and sets Janet on the trail of a killer.
“Janet MacPhail’s latest adventure will delight dog lovers, cat lovers, and mystery lovers. . . . Five stars for Catwalk!”—SUSAN CONANT, AUTHOR OF THE DOG LOVER’S MYSTERY SERIES
Told in first person from the point of view of Janet MacPhail, I found Catwalk to be an enjoyable read. I’m an animal lover and I LOVE that Janet, her boyfriend Tom, and her friends are all animal lovers as well. This installment of the series is all about feral cats. You know, the kind of cats that should be domesticated, but aren’t, be it their choice or the choice of humans. Catwalk finds Janet not really doing any investigation and pretty much minding her own business. But of course, trouble follows her around.
What starts out as her friend/acquaintance Alberta Shofelter asking Janet and her dog Jay to help her find her missing cat turns into so much more. The three end up being threatened with lawsuits and possibly bodily harm. Ultimately, the accuser who is hated by almost everyone ends up being found dead. And you guessed it, Janet is the one to find the body.
Not only does Janet have to deal with yet another murder investigation, she is having issues with Tom. Janet is trying to figure out her relationship with Tom, as far as what she wants, and has to deal with the possible breakup of that relationship. Her mother resides at Shadetree Retirement Home, is battling Dementia, as well as other health problems. But, Mrs. Bruce is also falling in love.
While I did enjoy the book, there’s a lot of repetition. Information that has already been stated is stated several times throughout. At times, the author provides way too much descriptive detail. I found myself getting bogged down by it all. I’m seriously in love with the secondary character of Homer Hutchinson, the detective. Catwalk shows a new side of him. It should be pointed out that while Catwalk is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone.
I really loved the way the story got wrapped up. However, I’m a bit disappointed in the way the issue between Janet and Tom was resolved. There are two scenarios and I literally have no idea which one is happening.
**Received a copy from Midnight Ink Books in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
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Drop Dead on Recall, the first in the series, won the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award for Best Fiction Book. She is also the author of 17 nonfiction books, six of which have won major awards from the Dog Writers Association of America and the Cat Writers Association. For the past two decades Boneham has been showing her Australian Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers in various canine sports. She has also bred top-winning Aussies, and founded rescue groups for Aussies and Labs. Boneham holds a doctorate in folklore from Indiana University and resides in Wilmington, N.C.
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