Review of Count Catula

Count Catula

Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery, Book # 9

Kathi Daley

5 Stars



Cait and the gang set out to find a killer when novelist Amanda Lowman is found dead just an hour after speaking to the Mystery Lovers Book Club about her true crime novel: The Vampire Murders. As Cait delves into Amanda’s death she finds a spider web of lies and half truths that could very well be tied to a series of murders that took place fifteen years prior. The deeper Cait digs the more tangled the web and the closer she becomes to being the vampire killers next victim.  (Goodreads)


Cait always has a lot on her plate: co-managing Coffee Cat Books with her best friend, Tara, and co-directing the children’s choir with her boyfriend, Cody.  She does not have time to solve another mystery, but that is exactly what happens when an author visiting the island is killed.  But how can she not try to find the killer since she was one of the last people to see the author alive.

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.   Cait and her Murder Board gang are all likable characters that you want to spend time with.  Kathi Daley is very talented in her character development and I always feel like they are friends that I get to spend time with.  This is one of the many reasons that I enjoy reading anything she writes.

As usual, there is more than one mystery to solve, which is typical in the books written by this author.  There is the current murder and a double murder from years ago. The two are expertly woven together (as they always are) and possibly connected.   There are enough suspects, clues, twists and turns to make if very difficult to solve them. Luckily, Cait has help from a magical cat to make things a little easier.  These cats make this series even better.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery with a touch of otherworldliness.  This is a great Halloween book but you can read and enjoy it in any season.  If this is a new series to you, I would suggest reading all of these books. If you are already a fan of the Whales and Tails Mystery series, this is a must read.




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