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by Eileen Watkins
Kensington, September 2017
ISBN: 1496710568

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Things heat up quickly in the debut of the Cat Groomer series, THE PERSIAN ALWAYS MEOWS TWICE. After a disastrous relationship, Cassie McGlone has moved to Chadwick, New Jersey for a fresh start. She opens a cat grooming and boarding business and soon builds up a regular clientele. One of her clients is the reclusive millionaire George DeLeuw. Cassie has a nice grooming facility but George expects Cassie to come to his home to groom Harpo his Persian cat. On one fateful day, Cassie arrives at the house only to find Harpo outside and George dead in the study. All of this in the first eleven pages of the book.

First Cassie finds herself on the suspect list as she is the one who found the body, and later finds herself in danger when she takes in Harpo because many people assume that Harpo is going to inherit a large amount of money. So, Cassie does what every protagonist in a cozy mystery does, she sets out to solve George's murder.

As cozies go, there is much to like about this book. The characters are likable and are developed enough to serve as a base for the series, but the author leaves plenty of room for readers to get to know more about them in future books. The plot has some twist to it with many potential suspects.

Also, the book offers more to the reader than the standard cozy mystery set-up of a protagonist who moves to a new town to start over after a life-changing event. There is a great deal of information about cats all the way from grooming to cat rescues to training. I found that particularly interesting, having lived with many cats who showed absolutely no inclination to accept training of any sort.

THE PERSIAN ALWAYS MEOWS TWICE is quite a satisfactory debut for a new series.

Caryn St.Clair resides in University City, Missouri and is a former elementary school media specialist, President of the Parks Commission and a docent at the St.Louis Zoo.

Reviewed by Caryn St Clair, October 2017

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