Okay, so this was a book that was recommended to me a little while ago for a good mystery - The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal by Lilian Jackson Braun. Apparently, this is only 1 book of a whole series of mystery novels that start with "The Cat Who....". I downloaded the audio book and finished listening to it this afternoon.
This book was really cute. I didn't care for the reader very much, but that is just personal preference for me... I find it more soothing to have an audio book read by a female than have a male reader. I know, I know... I'm being silly about it, but I just think there are some female readers who do guy voices better than male readers that do female voices. It's just me, I know... nothing against the reader, he did a fine job, but I think I would have preferred a female reader. :-)
The story itself was really cute. Of course my favorite characters were the spoiled rotten cats that ate better in one week than I have in my whole lifetime! Can you imagine getting lobster tail as dinner on a regular basis? I've only had lobster tail once!!! But these cats were really cute and way smart - I'd almost want to say a little too smart, but I've know some crazy cats that almost can predict the future or read people so well that I had learned to trust the cats instincts over my own. :-) :-)
I can't wait to read a few more books of this series. Since the library only had one audio book (and since I wasn't too crazy over listening to it anyway), I know that I'll have to put the other books on hold. :-)
It's been a long time since I've really read mysteries. But I think this was a good re-introduction to the genre with it's fun story and characters. I love how the cats owner, Qwilleran, had the nervous habit of stroking his moustache while he was thinking. :-) I've seen my own husband do that a few times and loved how that little quirk was written into the character. :-) :-)
The overall skeleton of the story was just like a typical mystery - someone dies and the characters try to figure out what happened, and I was able to pretty much guess the ending about half way through the book. I know that it bothers some people to be able to guess the ending too easily (well, it was obvious to me, but that's just me), but I found it to be a lot of fun to see if I was right. :-) :-) But guessing the story was not the point of this book for me. I fell in love with those crazy cats so much that I just wanted to see what other antics they were up to. I have a feeling that it may be the case for any other book that I read in this series as well - I just love those cats! :-)
So, thanks to my friend, who I call Kitty Kat, that suggested this series for me. She knows that I love cats just as much as she does and I can see her attraction to this series - because I have a feeling that I loved this book for the same reason - those spoiled rotten cats. :-) :-)