Linda Reilly draws readers into the quaint little town of Whisker Jog. Lara Caphart is an engaging heroine who is so authentic. Getting to witness her self doubt and financial worries just made her so real. Aunt Fran is a treat, stubborn and sweet and so kindhearted. The antagonist is almost comical in his dastardly essence but not too over the top and as a victim. I enjoyed learning different facets of his character.
As a cat lover I was pretty positive I was going to enjoy this cozy mystery, but I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed the felines in the story. They played such a big part in "Escape Claws", but they didn't take over or distract from the story or main characters. In fact, the cats helped enhance character revelations.
I enjoyed meeting this new cozy mystery heroine and I'm looking forward to see what else Lara and her Aunt can get into next. If you are looking for a lovely cozy mystery this is definitely one to read. The characters are entertaining, the mystery is solid and the cats are adorable.
About the Story: Lara hasn't seen her Aunt Fran in over fifteen years but when a concerned friend warns her that her aunt might be in over her head rescuing stray cats Lara decides it's time for a visit. Her Aunt definitely needs Lara's help maybe even more than anyone knows and then when a businessman who has been threatening her ends up dead on her property things really start to look bad and Lara can't leave her end to possibly end up in jail or as the next victim.
For the first time in sixteen years, Lara Caphart has returned to her hometown of Whisker Jog, NH to help her estranged Aunt Fran, who’s having some difficulty looking after herself—and her eleven cats. Taking care of a clowder of kitties is easy, but keeping Fran from being harassed by wealthy builder Theo Barnes, who has his sights on Fran’s property, is hard. But when she stumbles upon the body of Theo Barnes, Lara finds herself following the cat’s clues in search of a killer to get her and Fran off the suspect list.