The Big Kitty
Author: Claire Donally
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Series: Sunny & Shadow Mystery, Bk 1
Obtained: Library copy
I requested the local library purchase this because it was a new cozy mystery. It looked okay, but didn't especially draw me to it. Until I saw a couple reviews on some other blogs. First I saw mention of it here on Alison's Cozy Crimes blog. It was an overall positive feedback with some small exception for Sunny's character. Then I saw Ariel's review on her blog, Mysteries and My Musings. It's another positive review, but she especially liked Sunny's character. Now I had a library copy on hand, two positive reviews, and a difference of opinion to look into. The Big Kitty was considerably bumped up on my mental reading priority list. So when I needed reading material for the trip to the LitFest (more on that later), this is the book I scooped up.
Happily, I enjoyed it. I especially (and this came as a shock to me) enjoyed when the story turned to Shadow's perspective. After reading the cats and curios books I'd never have guessed I'd enjoy the animals perspective, but there you go. Regarding Sunny, I fell somewhere between the two aforementioned opinions. I mostly liked her. She was fleshed out enough for me to feel like I knew her, but she didn't stand out as special among cozy characters for me either. I also enjoyed some of the other characters such as Constable Will Price and Mrs. Martinson. I did guess the murderer pretty early on, but that's never deterred me from enjoying a story. Or at least it's never the only factor. Anyway, I don't yet know anything about the next book in the series.