Catwalk by Sheila Webster Boneham is the third book in the Animal In Focus Mystery series. This book revolves around cat agility and feral cats, as well as a murder.
Janet is a freelance photographer who specializes in animal photography. She has a dog named Jay who is active in agility competition and is also active in search and rescue. She is also training her cat, Leo, in agility. She is busy with animal training and keeping an eye on her mother. Her mother has dementia and she is in a nursing home, but that does not stop her mother from finding a boyfriend. Janet thinks that her mother is happier and doing better since she met her beau, but there is trouble in paradise with the boyfriend. And speaking of boyfriends, Janet’s boyfriend, Tom, is hinting at making things more permanent. But Janet is afraid to make any permanent commitments because of the mistakes she’s made in the past. Will they be able to work out their relations in a way that is acceptable to both of them?
Janet and her dog, Jay, are asked to track one of her friend’s missing cat. When they find the cat, and her kittens, they become involved with a ruthless land developer. The developer is abusive to his wife and he is trying to turn the wetlands into a condo. There are plenty of people who despise the developer, and when he turns up dead, there are plenty of suspects. Janet is there when the body is discovered, and she cannot help but look for the killer.
The mystery is continued throughout most of the story and there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I thought I had figured out the killer two different times and I was wrong both times. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very descriptive and at times I felt like I was right there watching the action first hand. You can tell that the author has a lot of knowledge concerning animals and their behavior.
I really enjoyed the fact that this book centered around cat agility. I did not know that they even had such competitions for cats, and I found that very interesting. All of the animals in the book are adorable and some of the stuff that the animals do is funny. There is also humor when “Good Janet and Bad Janet” appear. They have some comical conversations with normal Janet.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very descriptive and at times I felt like I was right there watching the action first hand. The characters are well developed and well rounded and are people I would like to meet in real life.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an animal cozy that is very well written. Whether you are a cat person or a dog person, this book will be enjoyable to you.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Midnight Ink for the opportunity to read and review this book.