I loved the role Nick played in this book. He was such a smart cat! Meow If It’s Murder has a little bit of everything. It has a great mystery, a great side kick, the mob, a jealous killer, and even an imposter. The killer was good at hiding their identity, and I kept guessing who I thought it was. The way that Nora "treated" everyone at the end of the story was fun and felt very family like. This is the first book in a new series and I would love to read the rest as they are released. This is a really good cozy mystery.
I’m giving this book a Top Pick seal.
Nora Charles doesn’t believe in fate, even if she is a crime reporter who shares a name with a character from The Thin Man. In fact, she’s moving back to Cruz, California, to have a quieter life. But after finding an online magazine eager for material, and a stray cat named Nick with a talent for detection, Nora’s not just reporting crimes again. She’s uncovering them?
Back in her hometown, Nora reconnects with old friends and makes some new ones, like Nick, the charming feline who seems determined to be her cat. But not everything about Cruz is friendly. Writing for a local online magazine, Nora investigates the curious death of socialite Lola Grainger. Though it was deemed an accident, Nora suspects foul play. And it seems that her cat does too.
Apparently, Nick used to belong to a P.I. who disappeared while investigating Lola Grainger’s death. The coincidence is spooky, but not as spooky as the clues Nick spells out for her with Scrabble letters?clues that lead her down an increasingly dangerous path. Whether fate put her on this case or not, solving it will take all of Nora’s wits, and maybe a few of Nick’s nine lives.