The Counterfeiter-Catching Cat #1

 

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The Counterfeirter Catching Cat by Alannah Rogers is the first book of the Beatrice Young Cozy Mystery Series. It takes place in the small town of Ashbrook, population 2000, where everybody knows everyone’s business, even their deepest, darkest secrets.

Beatrice is a divorced 40+ year-old with two cats, Hamish, a Maine Coon who has the nose of a detective, and Lucky, a sweet, black shorthair. Bee loves a good mystery and is reported to be married to her cats.

Bee is the owner of The Cozy Cat Cafe where she first learns of the counterfeiting ring. She, along with Hamish and Lucky, jumps into the action. The threesome start their slouthing and help the sheriff uncover, not only a counterfeiting ring, but a disappearance which turns into a murder. The town’s grapevine lights up like wildfire. Who is behind the counterfeiting? Who killed Jordan White?

Alannah Rogers kept my attention with her amatuer detecting and Hamish’s antics. The reason I only gave her 4 out of 5 stars is that I didn’t get to know Lucky as well as Hamish. I hope to learn more about Lucky in the next book.

Why Not a Kitten for a Present

I wrote this article a few years ago,  but I feel so strongly about the subject that I post it every holiday season.

It’s that time of year again. The time for decorations, Christmas trees, Santa Claus and presents. It’s the time for parents to make their child’s’ fantasies come true. It is so tempting for ‘Santa’ to give their darling a little kitten. They are so cute and cuddly and, it is thought that, as the child grows, so can the kitten.

However, we must remember that a kitten is not a toy. They are living beings, with needs that can only be met by a true knowledge of what it takes to be a good guardian. The excitement of waking up Christmas morning to a brand new furry kitten, will soon wear off when the child is charged with caring for Fifi. Chances are, it will take no time at all before he will grow tired of feeding her and cleaning the litter box. Then it falls to the parent to take care of the needs.

A cat (as with any pet) is a full-time responsibility that can last for 20 years or more. In that time, Johnny or Janey will probably go their separate ways, leaving the cat behind. That’s all well and good for the humans, but for the cats, who have grown to depend on their people for love and attention, it can be traumatic and certainly is unfair.

In my opinion, one of the main reasons not to get a kitten as a present is that, in order to meet the demand, some pet stores, etc. receive their supply from disreputable breeders and kitten mills.

A kitten mill is a place where cats are bred in tight quarters with no medical attention, until they are no longer able to breed. When that day comes, they either are tragically killed or  sold, spreading diseases. When they are kept alive to be given away, the kitten has a higher chance of being unhealthy, costing more money and possible heartache in the long run.

So, the next time you take your child into the pet store to gaze at the cute little furry things in the window, remember, they are not toys , so look, but don’t give in to the temptation of taking one home.

Meet Dewey

Dewey

Hi there! This is Harry coming to you from the top of The Fence.  The final cat character from the first book of the Harry the Wonder Cat series is the fastest cat in town…Dewey!  Come on out here, Dewey.

Dewey:  *skids to a stop in front of Harry*  Hey, Harry!  How’s tricks?

Harry:  *smiles* Just fine, Dewey, and I see your still living in the fast lane.

Dewey:  It’s the only way to live!

Harry:  Speaking of living, thanks again for your help in the last mission.

Dewey:  Sure, anytime Harry, you know that!

Harry:  Just a couple of questions.

Dewey:  Okay…shoot!

Harry:  You being the fastest cat, it was only right that I used you as the runner in the case.  How do you keep in shape?

Dewey:  Well, that’s easy…a lot of calisthenics and walks on the docks.

Harry:  I can see the calisthenics, but what do walks on the docks do for you?

Dewey:  *licks his chops* Why, all the fish I can eat, of course!

Harry:  *lets out a deep laugh*  Of course!       *clears his throats and waits for Dewey to stop laughing at his own joke*       Do you have another mission planned?

Dewey:  *shrugs his shoulders*  Well, right now I have a date with a salmon.  Excuse me.  *dashes towards the docks*

*Harry stares after Dewey*

Well okay then.  There you have it.  My three pals who co-star in Harry the Wonder Cat: The Legend of the Pink Diamond, which you can preorder  on Amazon now.

Next week, it’s an exciting day at home with yours truly.

Meet Little Bea

Little Bea

 

You all know who I am, and for those who don’t, I’m Harry the Wonder Cat of the series by the same name. Last week I got together with Denise, the author of my book, and decided that we should introduce my three cat co-stars.

Today, we are going to meet that irrepressible dynamo, one of my favorite KitKats….Little Bea! 

Little Bea:   Thank you, everyone.  Oh, I’m so happy to be here in the spotlight with you, Harry.  *swoons at Harry*

Harry:   Yes, well….*clearing throat*  How  did you feel to be selected to help with this caper?

Little Bea:   In a word, honored. 

Harry:   Why is that?

Little Bea:    I often get overlooked because I’m the youngest, the smallest and a girl.  This time, I was called to duty and I did my job well, don’t you think?

Harry:   Yes, I certainly do.  In all honesty, Little Bea…

Little Bea:   *rolling her eyes*  Just Bea, please.  I’m not so little.

Harry:   You’ll always be my Little Bea.

Little Bea: *blushing*  Really Harry?

Harry:   Yes, really. *pats Little Bea on her head*  So, moving on…I was going to say that we took advantage of your size.  You got into places that the other bigger cats couldn’t.

Little Bea:   Yes, I did.  *obviously proud of herself*

Harry:   What’s on your agenda now…since you’ve completed this mission?

Little Bea:   I’m waiting for you to call on me again!  I’m ready anytime you are. *looking anxiously up at Harry*

Harry:   *laughing*  We’ll see, Little Bea!  Thank you for being with us today.

Little Bea:   *swooning*  Oh anytime, Harry!

 

That’s all for this week, folks.  Don’t forget to see Little Bea and the others in Harry the Wonder Cat: The Legend of the Pink Diamond starring yours truly.   Next week, our guest will be Ollie.

Down with NaNowrimo!!!

 Mimi     BoBo

Well, it’s that time of year again.  The time when Mimi and I (BoBo) get sorely neglected.  In the month of November, Mom tries to write a whole book for something called NaNowrimo.

Someone should tell her that we are more important that some ol’ book.  Oh sure, we will still get fed, but where’s the love?  The cuddles?  Mom doesn’t even go to bed at night, so that I can sleep with her.  What am I supposed to do for a whole month?

Well, this year, Mimi and I are going on strike!  I say, if she ignores us…what’s good for the goose (or cat), is good for the…well, you know.  We’ll get her to pay attention, even if it means me attacking Mimi. (Of course, Mi doesn’t know about this plan.  I made it up on my own.  Pretty smart, huh?)

Wish us luck!

Head bonks from the boss cat, BoBo