There are 9 stories in this Anthology and I shall be reviewing each separately.
For me this was the one story that read as a pot boiler in this set. I skipped large sections to see if it got any better.
Frankly I doubt if a: she would have got permission to run a cat ‘hotel’ in a garage; and b: whether any cat owner would want to leave her cat with her in those circumstances. Cat ‘hotels’ are expected to have nice cozy rooms, heating, day light including an outside run and so on… even TV. See this example where there are wrought iron designer cat beds in individually decorated bedroom suites, gourmet menus and grooming services, a choice of music, and team members whose sole job it is to come in and entertain the feline residents.
And the first thing I would have done is link the garage to the house with a covered and lit walkway!
I received this free book in exchange for an honest review Here we have a missing husband. And embezzled family fortune. And a cat who wanders off and comes back with a spare intelligent being residing in its head. Not to mention a sexy reporter and his foxy father. All good starting points for a cozy mystery with fantasy thrown in. Especially when the cat’s ‘spare’ starts to speak to certain people telepathically. So comes under the heading of fantasy here. So Christy starts to look for her missing husband with the help of the reporter Quinn – whose father also writes novels for a living. And Quinn begins to find that Christy is nothing like he expected from the press reports he had read – she didn’t in fact like being the Jamieson Princess, Mother – Guardian of the Heir. But does Christy really have the backbone to stand up for herself against her husband’s Trust’s guardians? She is tested and initially found wanted. There is a nice story-telling style and enough twists and turns not to be predictable.
An honest review for NetGalley This is the story of a tea -shop - and a woman who turns her back on the fast life to cater for the tourists in a small Oxfordshire Tea Shop. Now for me, this story had overtones of Midsummer Murders. The village described sounded just like one that the TV show would have used including the requisite nosy old biddies thinking they were a reincarnation on Miss Marples. Even down to the location as Midsummer Murders is set in the Chilterns and Oxfordshire. But we added in Oxford university politics and rivalries and people hiding their true nature. Overall not an exciting read but I didn't guess the identity of the killer so for that I just give it 4 stars.