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Scratch the Surface by Susan Conant

Scratch the Surface

by Susan Conant

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This is the first and apparently only book in a new series by Conant involving an amateur detective-actually an author who writes about an amateur detective named Prissy LaChatte. The author, Felicity Pride, focuses hard on a sub-genre, lets call it the "cat who" genre of mystery novels. Her created character relies heavily on the help of her two cat companions, Morris and Tabitha.

The catch?

In real life, Felicity doesn't own any cats, has never had a pet of any kind and now someone has deposited both a dead body and a drugged cat on her doorstep. She feels compelled to both care for the cat and solve the murder of the unknown man, not because she has any desire to become either a detective or a pet owner, but because the PR value is so high! The situation could really boost the sales of her books.

Personally, I liked the set up. It's a clever addition to the kitty-litter clogged cat-mystery genre. Felicity's fussy personality creates a lot of humor. There's a lot of room for growth and with this first novel, Conant has designed a solid foundation for the series and set the tone. This one is strickly for laughs. ( )
  hairballsrus | Feb 13, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425206114, Mass Market Paperback)

When mystery author Felicity Pride stumbles upon a gray Chartreux snuggled up against a corpse (in her own vestibule!), she's determined to solve the crime just like her own fictional sleuth would do. Naturally she wants to know who the victim is, who did it, and what publicity value it all has. What unfolds is more surprising than anything she's ever plotted on paper.

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The author of a popular series of cat mysteries, Felicity Pride turns sleuth when she finds a cat and a corpse on her doorstep, investigating suspects that range from an avid pet-hater and a highbrow professor to her primary rival in the field.

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