The Big Kitty by Claire Donally

66%

10 Critic Reviews

The mystery wasn't very complex. It was more like in real life, where people have a good idea of whodunit--or at least who was behind it--but not exactly who all was involved. In this case, they also didn't know where the main suspect was, though I thought they were a little slow in considering the possibilities.
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Synopsis

Did curiosity kill the cat lady?
 
Sunny Coolidge left her New York City newspaper job to go back to Maine and take care of her ailing father. But there’s not much excitement—or interesting work—in Kittery Harbor. So when Ada Spruance, the town’s elderly cat lady, asks for help finding her supposedly-winning lottery ticket, Sunny agrees. But when she arrives at Ada’s, with a stray tomcat named Shadow tagging along, they discover the poor woman dead at the bottom of her stairs. Was it an accident—or did Ada’s death have to do with that missing lottery ticket, which turns out to be worth six million dollars?
 
Town Constable Will Price suspects the worst. And Sunny’s reporter instincts soon drive her to do some investigating of her own. Even Shadow seems to have a nose for detective work. Following the trail of the purrloined ticket, Sunny and Shadow try to shed some light on a killer’s dark motives—before their own numbers are up…
 

About Claire Donally

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More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Berkley. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Big Kitty
All: 10 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 3

Mystery Scene

Excellent
Reviewed by Lynne Maxwell

The Big Kitty moves nimbly from Shadow’s perspective to Sunny’s and back again. Donally does cat especially well, I must say, and I’m looking forward to getting to know both Shadow and Sunny much better in the future.

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Kings River Life

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandra Murphy on Jul 26 2012

Although the reader can figure out some of the twists and turns, there are still surprises at the end, always a good sign in a mystery.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Auriette Lindsey on Sep 11 2012

THE BIG KITTY falls squarely between dark, intense thrillers and comic detective romps. The murders are handled fairly seriously, and the dangers feel very real. The overall tone, though, is somewhat light-hearted.

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The Mystery Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Jennifer Monahan Winberry

The murderer is easy to spot and readers will be surprised Sunny didn’t notice the things that would have lead her, and Will Price, to catch a murderer a lot sooner.

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Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Good
Reviewed by Dollycas on May 17 2012

This is a light hearted romp with plenty of suspects in a quirky little town. It is a great start to a series that shows much promise.

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The Mystery Gazette

Good
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Apr 11 2012

The first Sunny and Shadow Mystery is a fun amateur sleuth tale starring a nice heroine and a title character whose thoughts brings a whimsical spin to the lighthearted whodunit. With a nod to Carole Nelson Douglas’ delightful Midnight Louie mysteries (including a romantic triangle), fans will enjoy the adventures of Shadow and his adopted human as they search for the killer of the cat lady.

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Genre Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Debbie on Apr 24 2012

The mystery wasn't very complex. It was more like in real life, where people have a good idea of whodunit--or at least who was behind it--but not exactly who all was involved. In this case, they also didn't know where the main suspect was, though I thought they were a little slow in considering the possibilities.

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Book Dilettante

Good
Reviewed by Harvee Lau on Apr 14 2012

Sunny's personality and Shadow's silent but intriguing point of view make the cozy worthwhile

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The Season

Below average
Reviewed by Kat N.

the pace is slow, the setup is far-fetched, there are no real suspects or clues, and the plot is at once convoluted, haphazardly constructed, and somewhat boring, and you have a rather unsatisfying mess of a mystery novel.

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Mysteries And My Musings

Good
Reviewed by Ariel on May 17 2012

The pacing was steady throughout the book. The confrontation with the killer was well done, and even realistic in many aspects. Shadow's role in the confrontation was well thought out and executed with a sure hand. I have to say it has everything I could ask for in a cozy with smart writing and well portrayed characters.

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