As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
New reviews are posted daily, but to search for earlier reviews please click on the Mystery People link below and select 'reviews' from the welcome page. This will display an alphabetic option for you to find the review you would like to read
For PREVIOUS REVIEWS- Click on MYSTERY PEOPLE below -
'The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency' by Mandy Morton
by Alison & Busby, 23 July 2015. ISBN 978-0-9930411-0-5
title carefully and you will get the picture. This is not Africa which
has the Number One Detective agency but is a world of cats. A totally
feline society living the lifestyle of modern Britain. There are no
people here and the cats behave in human and catly ways. So the
protagonist Hettie Bagshot, an elegant tabby, wears a mac in the rain, was
previously a singer of 'progressive acid rock' but purrs when pleased and
sleeps curled up in her chair. The cats shop at Malkin & Sprinkle
(M&S) for food, listen to Tabby Wynette singing 'Stand by your van', go to
the long running play 'A Mouse Trapped' and retire to homes for slightly older
cats like Furcross.
is Furcross that provides Hettie with her first case as a PI. Three
inmates had taken the option of Dignicat only for their bodies to be
snatched from their graves. Hettie's task is to find the corpses so they
can be quietly re-interred. The case soon gets more confused as there is
a further death.
is assisted by Tilly, an older and rather arthritic cat, who helps to funnel
Hettie's erratic enthusiasms. The two protagonists have a number of
friendly assistants and are helped in their obsession with food by living in a
room attached to a bakery and visiting Furcross regularly where the cook is
Marley Toke whose jerk chicken and Jamaican beer battered fish and chips are
legendary, possibly because of the liberal quantities of catnip that she uses!
and Tilly bring the case to a successful if unexpected conclusion and are
obviously ready to carry the PI business onward and upward in future
first outing for the feline detective agency already has a sequel Cat among the Pumpkins.
Mandy Mortonbegan her professional
life as a musician. Her songwriting formed the basis of six albums during the
1970s and early 1980s, when she toured extensively with her band. More
recently, she has worked as a freelance arts journalist for national and local
radio, specialising in making music and theatre documentary. She is the
co-author of a non-fiction theatre book, In Good Company, and lives with her
partner in Cambridge and Cornwall, where there is always a place for an ageing
long-haired tabby cat. The No. 2 Feline
Detective Agency is her first novel, and begins a series of books inspired by
her first cat, Hettie.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime
fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an
expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.