A cozy mystery, defined, is: someone gets killed, but it’s a really bad person anyway, and there’s minimum graphic and gore, and is the perfect read to cozy up to on a cold day. Cozies are pure escape reading, and some of them are quite good–entertaining anyway. I have just finished the third of a mail package sent by my husbands cousin who lives in California. I can’t wait to tell her that the author lives in Friendswood, Texas, not ten miles away from where I live. According to a stamp in the front of the book, the cousin purchased it at a used paperback shop in Grover Beach, CA. Lends a whole new meaning to the phrase, “small world” hmmmmm?”
The Cat, The Quilt, and the Corpse by Leann Sweeney, an award winning mystery writer, is in her “Cats in Trouble Series”. She has a line on the cover which says, “When cats are in trouble, their nine lives come in handy.” The corpse in question is the lowest of the low, a catnapper! And the quilts? Quilts made for cats, of course.
Widowed ten months ago, and having moved to a small (really small) town in South Carolina from Texas, Jillian returns from an overnight quilt show to find her house broken into and one of her three cats (Katrina rescues, pure bloods) missing. How she tracks down her missing cat, discovers the corpse of the catnapper (making her and several prospective cat-loving friends ,suspects) is the gist of this story. Small town characters abound and if Jillian learns nothing else, it’s not to rely on first impressions.
This is an interesting story of making friends, being the outsider and the speculation of much gossip, and the important relationships we can forge with our pet-friends. It is worth a read. It is cozy.