Poisoned Pen, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
reelance writer Theda Krakow has hit bad times. Not much work is being channeled her way and bills need to be paid. Her cat Musetta is not much help. Nor is Theda's wavering between the affections of two suitors.
heda is caught up in the music scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and would prefer her writing to reflect that. But beggars can't be choosers and she takes what comes her way. What she hadn't wanted to come her way was the murder of a friend. Somehow the murder seems to be tied up in a scheme to extort money from cat breeders. Pay up or your cats die!
lea Simon is knowledgeable about the world of cats - she is the author of
The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats
is the second in the Theda Krakow series. Theda is delightful. An everyday person, she can recognize her own flaws as well as those of others. She's a little harder on her own than that of her friends. Theda is a strong and loyal friend.
ost of the action takes place offstage although the climax is scary. I learned a lot about cats. Don't know what I can do with that knowledge, but it's interesting, and obvious that Theda and her creator are soft on the feline world.
is good beach reading.
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