Murder Most Yowl, by Quinn Dressler
A Cam and Jake Cat Sitter Mystery
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Cat-sitting is a dangerous business.
Cameron Sherwood turned his back on law enforcement the night his investigation led to the death of an innocent gay man. Now Cam spends his time running a business that caters to his favorite animal, cats. But when Cam stumbles upon the body of a friend while feeding her feline, he can’t walk away. Dealing with a sexy yet stubborn sheriff, a matchmaking sister, and a terrifying blind date, Cam must somehow track down a killer, all while keeping the cats around him fed with his gourmet cat treats.
No animals were harmed in the making of this book!
I love murder mystery books, especially ones where the MC’s fall in love while falling over dead bodies. What can I say? I’m a little morbid. Writers like Josh Lanyon have perfected the romantic suspense novel and since I’m a huge Lanyon fan, I thought I would take a chance on this book. I mean, what’s not to like about a hard-headed cop and a pet store owner falling in love over the body of a cat-loving, wedding planner? As it turns out, plenty.
The trouble starts when former NCIS agent turned pet store owner (cat store owner, really) Cam Sherwood stumbles across the body of customer and friend, Fran Welch, while checking in on her beloved cat Mr. Muffin Tops. Cam is supposed to be cat-sitting while Mrs. Welch is out of town, but the discovery of Mrs. Welch’s body, and of the injured but very much alive Mr. Muffin Tops, results in a call to the police and the arrival of the sexy but stern sheriff, Jake O’Neil. Although sparks don’t immediately fly between the two men, unless you count arguing over Cam’s inability to refrain from commenting on Jake’s handling of the initial investigation, fate has other plans for them. As it turns out, Cam’s sister and Jake’s sister have unknowingly arranged a blind date between the two of them and backing out is not an option, lest they face the wrath of their respective siblings. Forced into spending a few hours in each other’s company, they naturally find that they are very compatible indeed and decide to work together to resolve Mrs. Welch’s murder. Here’s where things go wrong.
The mystery component of this novel is confusing and terribly boring. It involves something about cheating spouses, a kleptomaniac cat, a suspicious private investigator, a psychopathic drunk, spy wear for kittens and a Russian smuggler. And while this sounds like the ideal recipe for a really good mystery novel, it just didn’t translate into a very interesting story or one that I even wanted to follow. Even the relationship between Cam and Jake seemed implausible. After Jake threatening to handcuff Cam several times (and not in the good way), they have one dinner together and everything is sunshine and roses. One Thelma and Louise like moment later (approximately 20 minutes after the fateful dinner) and they are in love, selflessly encouraging the other to ‘save yourself’ while ready to take a plunge in order to save the other. And unlike other mystery books I’ve read and enjoyed, getting to the end wasn’t at all satisfying. Instead of enjoying the big reveal on finally discovering the identity of the murderer, I just felt relieved that it was over. Not exactly the kind of feeling you want to encourage in a reader.
Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this book to readers who enjoy romantic suspense books. All the elements to a great story are here, but the execution requires a little more work for it to be an effective mystery novel.
For years I’ve loved reading about hot young men finding love while coping with anything else life throws their way, be it dealing with discrimination, trying to solve a murder, or maybe exploring a distant planet for the first time. I first tried my hand at writing m/m fan fiction stories, but now am coming up with adventures featuring my own characters.
I’ve always been thinking up stories. A shy kid, I conjured up new adventures for my favorite television characters while walking home from school. At first I only kept my tales to myself, then I started to share them with others through fan fiction and short stories.
Feel free to drop me a line. I’ll be happy to write you back anytime that kitty is off of the keyboard. (Find Quinn online at https://quinndressler.wordpress.com/)
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.