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    Trouble with a heart!

    I️ loved the book from the first page to the last. I️ enjoyed the character development and became invested in the story very quickly. I️ thought the author’s use of humor was very effective without taking away from the serious crime. The author ‘s writing style kept me very engaged throughout the entire story. I’m very excited to read the next story in the series!
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    Great Cozy-mystery

    Well achieved and without waste. This story had me with just the first line, and kept me hooked till the very end with all the possible suspects. Love how the main character has her insecurities, but takes charge to keep afloat. The family dynamic that isn't perfect but shows the love every parent have for their Children. Sometimes, things are not what they seem.
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    A Gourmet Cat Mystery series!

    The Trouble with Murder by Kathy Krevat is the first book in A Gourmet Cat Mystery series. Colbie Summers, along with her son and cat, have moved back home to Sunnyside to assist her father, Hank. Her father has been ill with pneumonia and needs her assistance. Colbie owns Meowio Batali Gourmet Cat Food which was inspired by her cat, Trouble and his digestive issues. She makes organic, human grade food for cats. Colbie is at a trade show of the Sunnyside Power Moms (SPMs) when she gets a call from her son, Elliott regarding her dad. Colbie must rush home and Twila agrees to clean up her booth for her. Later that night, Colbie and her father return to the event space and find Twila Jenkins dead with one of Colbie’s knives in her chest. The police have Colbie at the top of the suspect list. Someone is trying to frame Colbie for murder. Lani, Colbie’s best friend, suggests that Colbie find the killer to clear her name. Colbie questions the Sunnyside Power Moms while dealing with her son who wishes to reach out to his biological father, writing a business proposal, her ill father, her cat who is aptly named Trouble, a bald guy stalking Elliott, a romantic prospect and a doorbell ringing chicken. What happens, though, when Colbie uncovers the culprit who has no intention of going to jail? The Trouble with Murder is easy to read and has a nice pace. I wish, though, that the author had provided more background on Colbie. We are given some details, but her character is not well established. The author never provides the last name of Lani, Colbie’s best friend. Not many details are provided on the town either. The author needed to devote time to establishing the foundation (main character, town, secondary characters, etc.). There is, of course, a love interest for Colbie. The next-door neighbor is nearby and happens to be “hunky” (this seems to be a trend in cozy mysteries that I have read recently). The mystery is interesting and there are several suspects. Those who love to solve mysteries will have no trouble identifying the guilty party (along with the reason the crime was committed). I did not appreciate the aggressive Detective Little (I found him cliché). Most of the book deals with Colbie’s business (she has a good idea and has done her research), her son and his musical prowess, her father’s illness, Elliott’s desire to connect with his biological father, the doorbell ringing chicken who has to be returned to the handsome neighbor, Trouble (the cat) being troublesome yet helpful (if his owner would just pay attention), and Colbie talking to Lani. The only action is towards the end of the story. The investigation consists of Colbie talking (i.e. questioning) the SPMs and then repeating everything for her friend, Lani. I am giving The Trouble with Murder 3 out of 5 stars. I wish the book had been more compelling. The Trouble with Murder failed to capture and hold my attention.

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