Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture, for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A Purrfect Alibi by Leighann Dobbs.
Fortune tellers and mediums have descended on the Oyster Cove Guesthouse, determined to finally solve the mystery of local seafarer Jedediah Biddeford’s murder 300 years ago. New owner Josie Waters has suddenly got bigger problems than burning the breakfasts: she’s up to her elbows in tarot cards and tea leaves…
When one of the mediums is found dead with an ominous note nearby, everything points to Jedediah’s ghost being the culprit. Suddenly, Josie finds that the fate of her guesthouse depends on not one murder but two, and she’s not going to rely on a crystal ball for answers. Despite the fact that cookbooks and candlesticks keep mysteriously falling off tables, Josie is sure there’s no such thing as ghosts. But guesthouse cats Nero and Marlowe know better…
Aided by her mom and eccentric family friend Millie, Josie sets out to prove the identity of the killer without summoning any spirits. Luckily Nero and Marlowe know the truth about ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night and they are on the case! Can they make Josie realize she is scratching up the wrong tree before the killer strikes again?
From the bestselling author of the USA Today bestselling Mystic Notch series, purrfect for fans of Adele Abbott, cat lovers and anybody who loves to curl up with a page-turning cozy mystery.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
If you love cozy murder mysteries to solve and furry feline friends, then you are in for a double treat as both are in abundance in this story. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series but thoroughly enjoyed this story.
I can’t think of anything nicer than a quaint seaside guest house to relax in but when the whole place is taken over by mediums and fortune tellers to mark the 300-year-old anniversary of Jedediah Biddeford’s murder, discover who killed him and solve where he buried his treasure, then it really becomes more of a preening feathers and popularity contest with them all. Each of them swearing they are the real thing but the others are fakes. It isn’t long before one of the mediums is murdered, not something any of them saw coming I must add, and with a ghostly message from Jedediah himself warning them all off.
New owner Josie Waters, her mum and a family friend Millie decide to try and solve the mystery themselves, without the aid of their guests. If it isn’t solved then the business will falter and the bank will call in the loan on the place. Waiting in the wings patiently are Nero and Marlowe, the resident cats who not only can see ghosts but are determined to solve the case too.
There are some really colourful characters in this story, bold, dramatic and totally entertaining. Each desperate to be the one to solve both old and new murders and all the glory that would push their careers further up and ladder of fame. I loved the idea of the cats being detectives, having more freedom than most other family pets and the ability to be more stealth and blend in. These two kept me totally involved in the story. A lovely light cozy read.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her book “Dead Wrong” won the “Best Mystery Romance” award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.
Her book “Ghostly Paws” was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem First Place category winner in the Animal Mystery category.