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Cozy Cat Mystery Series

Combining thrills, humor, and some animal instincts, these cozy mysteries are perfect to curl up with on a chilly evening. Whether actually told from the feline's point of view or the kitties just lend a paw, cat's have their part to play in each of these mysteries.


The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lillian Jackson Braun.

The first in the Cat Who series, reporter James "Qwill" Qwilleran meets his feline companion, a Siamese cat named Koko, who has an uncanny knack for sniffing out clues. With Koko's help, Qwilleran finds his way through both a murder and art mystery. The series continues with 28 more mysteries following Qwill and his remarkable reading cat.


 Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown and her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown.

Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, the local postmistress, her cat Mrs. Murphy, and Tee Tucker, her Corgi, work in tandem to solve a rash of murders in their small town in the first of the Mrs. Murphy series. The points of view switch between the Harry and her animal companions as they uncover clues to a series of shocking murders that seem to be foreshadowed by menacing postcards.


 Cat in a Leopard Spot by Carole Nelson Douglas.

Midnight Louie, a pudgy black cat and one of the multiple narrators for the Midnight Louie Mysteries, partners with human Temple Barr to investigate the grisly death of wild game hunting ranch owner Cyrus Van Burkleo. The prime suspect is a performing leopard named Osiris that was found at the scene of the crime. Osiris is marked for death unless Louie and his companions can save the day. Book 13 in the Midnight Louie Mysteries series.


 Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly

The new librarian in Mayville, Kathleen Paulson, is suspected of murder! Luckily, two "magical" cats have come into her life and help her to uncover the real murderer. When Kathleen discovers a dead body at the library and becomes the police department's prime suspect, her new cats Owen and Hercules use their special abilities to uncover clues and crack the case. Book one in A Magical Cats Mystery series.


 Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass

On the inaugural outing of the county's new bookmobile, librarian Minnie Hamilton's cat Eddie hitches a ride. That first day Eddie leads Minnie not only to a dead body, but soon leads her to clues to help her get her colleague off the hook for the murder. This is the first book in A Bookmobile Cat Mystery series.


 File M for Murder by Miranda James

When renowned and generally unpleasant playwright Conor Lawton is found dead, Charlie Harris’s daughter, Laura, falls under suspicion. Charlie and his large Maine Coon cat, Diesel must follow clues to prove Laura innocent. Charlie is convinced that Diesel understands what people say to him and it may be this skill that can help them discover the real murderer. Book three of the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series.


 A Novel Way to Die by Ali Brandon.

New bookstore owner, Darla Pettistone, has her hands full with the cat, Hamlet, she inherited along with the store. When a man from the neighborhood is found dead, Hamlet may have been the only witness to the murder. Darla hopes to find clues in Hamlet’s nightly prowls and maybe find the murderer nearby. Book two in the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series.


 Cat on the Edge by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Joe Grey is a cat who is suddenly surprised he can understand and speak English. He also becomes a witness to a murder! Joe and his partner Dulcie, another talking cat, head into the streets to bring the murderer to justice and in the process risk their nine lives. The storyline involves a little magic and a little luck to uncover the criminal connections. Book one in the Joe Grey Mystery series.

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