Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Nine Lives Last Forever - 2nd in the Cats and Curios Mystery series
Author: Rebecca Hale
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Current/San Francisco
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Rebecca's Website/Blog: howtowashacat.com/Index.html
Rebecca is now fully settled in the apartment over the antique store her Uncle Oscar left her. While there is still a lot of remodeling work to do, she is enjoying this new life, along with Rupert and Isabella (her faithful cats). The Green Vase isnít doing a huge amount of business yet but Rebecca is proud of her clean-up work on the store. Since moving in, that is where she has focused her energies and creative abilities. Everything is now in its place and clean. Now she just needs more customers.
As she waits for this to happen, her uncleís strange, but loving, friends start on another mystery. This time there appears to be an invasion of frogs at the heart of it and a whole lot of twists and turns which confuse her even more. There is too much at stake with the political ramifications of this mystery though for Rebecca to give up. She must follow the clues to the very end-no matter what she discovers.
This is the second book in A Cats and Curios Mystery series and Rebecca Hale certainly continues her witty writings. The characters in this story are very well written with a lot of creativeness in each of them. I do have to admit that for me, as a reader, it was rather difficult to go from first person heroine to third person for the characters (including the cats and frogs) but Iím sure that is just a personal quirk of my own.
Nine Lives Last Forever is fast-paced, so much so that you have reached the end before you even realize how much you have read. It is clever and original and continues the mystery quite well. While reading the first book will give you some history, you will by no means be lost if you havenít read it.
The authorís understanding of the city of San Francisco also plays a big role this series and has been both informative and entertaining.
(Just a side note Ė if you enjoy the writing of Mark Twain, you will really see his influence upon this writer. It is great fun to see the frogs invade. )
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