Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cozy Mystery Review ~ A FAMILIAR TAIL by Delia James

A Familiar Tail (Witch’s Cat Mystery, #1)
by: Delia James
Series: Witch’s Cat Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Source: Publisher ~ Penguin: Berkley Prime Crime

Magic and meows meet in the first enchanting Witch’s Cat mystery!
Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of  Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky gray cat named Alastair, and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spellbook full of trouble.
Suddenly saddled with a witch's wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women who use their spells, charms, and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe. But despite their gifts, the witches can’t prevent every wicked deed in town....
Soon, the mystery surrounding Alistair’s former owner, who died under unusual circumstances, grows when another local turns up dead. Armed with magic, friends, and the charmed cat who adopted her more than the other way around, Annabelle sets out to paw through the evidence and uncover a killer.

A Familiar Tail is the first book in the Witch’s Cat Mystery series from Delia James.  I loved everything about this book, from the cover to the characters to Delia’s writing to the plot and ultimately the mystery reveal.

Annabelle Amelia Blessingsound Britton aka Anna is a thirty-five-year-old freelance artist and illustrator.  She’s a free spirit who seems to be a little different from the rest of her large family.  Ever since Anna can remember, she’s had the ability to walk into a place and get a “vibe” from her surroundings.  Little does she know that her impromptu visit to see her best friend, Martine, in the town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire will reveal the source behind her “vibes”.

Told in first person, A Familiar Tail brings the past and present together to solve a murder and gives a wayward soul a place to truly call home.

There are some cozy mysteries that simply encompass the word “cozy” and give you the feeling of pure comfort and enjoyment.  This is how A Familiar Tail made me feel. I can’t wait to read the next book, By Familiar Means, coming out in September.

**Received a copy from Penguin Berkley Prime Crime for an honest and unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 5

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  1. Sounds good and it sounds like we won't have to wait long for another one.

    1. I can't wait. I loved this book. The characters all sound like people I would like to know. Well, expect for one, but I'm thinking she might be nicer in the next book.

      If you check it out, be sure to tell me what you thought of it.


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