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And the magic word is?

Well not abracadabra of course… What a strange name, but of course, one that is very memorable.

So we have a cosy mystery novel set in a strange village with ghosts and witches and hidden secrets.

At times, I thought I was reading a book for teenagers or for US readers who wanted to have a traditional English village with all the traditional English characters in it. Including funny names and so on.

That said, it was an enjoyable and humorous tale with engaging lead characters – Amanda herself and her feline familiar and the detective who can’t know the real truth about witch-craft, but sort of knows about ghosts.

Very light reading but ..

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Such a cute kitten

How do cats sucker us? Well, they have these cute eyes? and soft silky fur and they purr. And then we do anything for them… well

And then we need some swords, an elf – yes think very fast and deadly with a blade – angels without heads (how creepy is that?) and demons and…

You get the idea. Lots of different species and fighting and funny bits. RJ Blain likes cats – in fcat she writes a newsletter from her cats – the sneaky kitty critics regularly and they tell us readers just what is going on – with a side order of snark.

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Love the Cats!

Here we have a parallel world where magic exploded and the strange creatures came out to play.

I thought this was a good, feisty, female PI heroine. I really loved her Mum and as for Grandma! grandma is a witch who bespells marbles – which make good slingshot ammunition – but you never know what is going to happen when they hit their target…

Nice fun read with lots humour and cats…. purrfect.

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Dear Agony Aunt: I really like this boy but…

Dinner for Two

By

Mike Gayle

A paperback!!! The first I’ve read in a while but was in a Turkish bath house and needed a physical book to read, so borrowed this one from my daughter.

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What do you do when you turn thirty, are married, have a cat, and your wife has a miscarriage, AND you lose your job as a pop music journo? Clearly you become an agony aunt for a teen girl’s magazine.

This book has a number of  ‘Ah’  moments – such as when Dave writes a letter to his 6 week old foetus, and his columns as the self-aware male for the women’s magazine are very well written, as are his responses for the Agony Aunt.

But then in real life,  Mike – the author – has been a music journalist; and then wrote himself for a teen magazine as the Agony Aunt. So he definitely writes from experience and his own self-awareness shows in this book.

The best book I have ever read that was written by a male for the chick lit audience. He nails it!

5 stars.

 

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Cats multiply – Universal Coons

Danger in Cat World

By Nina Post

A review for the publisher: Curiosity Quills

When asked to describe what Danger in Cat World is about during an interview Nina Post replied:

Danger in Cat World is a procedural murder mystery about a homicide detective who feels isolated by his work and investigates the murder of a reclusive heiress. When he discovers a window to another universe and dozens of cats begin appearing out of thin air, he must embrace the unknown to solve the case.

Now this is a different take of course on the idea of Schrodinger’s Cat – I must assume – mixed up with the latest physics about we are living in only one of many multiple universes – each of which contains the same matter but has deviated in its pathway due to a different decision made at a crucial point.

It seemed to me that I’d better explore this theory more and so found a ‘for Dummies’ site:

The multiverse is a theory in which our universe is not the only one, but states that many universes exist parallel to each other. These distinct universes within the multiverse theory are called parallel universes.

Every single possibility exists somewhere and has happened somewhere – thus Hitler won WW2 in several and /or invaded Britain and so on.

If there are multiple universes then it stands to reason that at times our universe may interact with other or cross over or… thus if you are clever enough you can build a machine that can make these interactions take place. And a Coon cat can therefore multiply in our universe as all these other universes all have such a cat, and they can all cross over into ours – every hour if the rather clever machine is still operating….

A Coon cat is an American breed that is rarely seen here in the UK, so I needed a picture of one and to learn a little more about them – being a cat lover, of course.

Maine Coon cats are among the top 10 breeds in the US I read. It weights between 12 and 18 pounds and is very large looking at the photos, and shaggy, and a good mouser apparently. It is hardy too and thus very much an outdoor cat I would assume. You can buy them in the UK of course but I personally have never seen one.maine coon - Cats multiply - Universal Coons

So what did I think of the book? Well Nina has a rather zany imagination as evidenced by her book titles.

And this zaniness is reflected in her writing style which I thought refreshing and different and amusing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book in a very light-hearted way and loved the detective named Danger and his

I think I need more about Danger to read and I see he a new book will come in February next year. I am definitely going to check out her other books too as she seems an author worth following.

5 stars!

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