Friday, November 3, 2017

Mew is for Murder (A Theda Krakow Mystery #1)

Author:  Clea Simon
Genre:  Mystery

Hardcover; Paperback; Digital Book
ISBN #:  9781590581650; 9781464201172
Poisoned Pen Press
224 Pages
Various Prices
July 1, 2005


Boston freelance writer Theda Krakow thinks the local "cat lady" Lillian Helmhold will make a good story.  But Theda's assignment takes an unexpected twist when she finds the old woman dead on the floor of her rambling old Victorian.  Of course, Theda immediately begins snooping - as milling cats and a ripe mystery pique her interest.

The victim's young friend, a punk rock waitress named Violet, tells Theda that someone has been breaking in to the house, but she couldn't say what they were looking for.  Adding to the complexities are Lillian's mentally challenged son and a greedy real-estate developer.  Yet, as Theda soon discovers, Lillian's breathtaking secret was hers alone - until a killer found out.  Curiosity may not kill any of the cats, but it might just prove fatal to Theda.


Theda Krakow is a writer who has quit a permanent job and taken a freelance one.  After having an encounter with an older woman over a kitten, she asks her editor if she might write a story about her.  She discovers the woman takes in unwanted cats and cares for them.  Trying to decide if the woman is truly caring for the cats or a hoarder, she soon finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when what the police think is an accident seems more like something else.

First off, let me state that I love books with animals, so I was really looking forward to reading this.  But I just couldn't get interested in the plot nor in Theda.  She seemed rather boring, honestly.  And the plot, while intriguing, couldn't keep my interest.  It took me several times to finish this book, and that's never a good sign.

While I know that Ms. Simon is a prolific author, and this is the first in the series, I'm hoping that others will prove to be better (as they usually are); I at least plan on giving one more a shot in the hopes I'm right.  When we come to the end and all is discovered, it seemed okay, but sort of as if something was missing.  Not one of my favorites, but perhaps others will like it better.


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