Review of The Bengal Identity

The Bengal Identity

A Cat Groomer Mystery, Book #2

Eileen Watkins

5 Stars


Everyone knows a leopard can’t change its spots. But can a thief hide the spots on a catnapped Bengal? Groomer Cassie McGlone is about to find out . . .

With no ID for his pet, an agitated young man shows up at Cassie’s Comfy Cats claiming his house has burned down and he needs to board his big, brown cat, Ayesha. But after a bath washes dye out of the cat’s coat and reveals beautiful spots, Cassie suspects the exotic-looking feline may in fact be a valuable Bengal show cat, possibly stolen. At the same time, there are rumored sightings of a “wild cat” in the hills of Chadwick, New Jersey. Could there be a connection?

When Ayesha’s alleged owner turns up dead, it looks like whoever wants the beautiful Bengal is not pussyfooting around. Working with the police, Cassie and her staff need to be careful not to reveal the purloined purebred’s whereabouts while they discreetly make inquiries to cat breeders to find her real owners. But after a break-in attempt rattles Cassie’s cage, it’s clear someone let the cat out of the bag. And when a second body is found, it’s up to Cassie to spot the killer, who may be grooming her to be the next victim . . . (Amazon)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Cassie is a smart caring woman who knows her stuff about cats.  She will do almost anything to protect the cats that she boards and takes care of.  When Cassie and her assistant, Sarah, find that a cat in their care has been dyed and the person that dropped the cat off has died, she knows that she has to get to the bottom of what is going on.  With the help of Dawn, her friend, and Sarah, she tries to figure that out.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place and listening in on conversations.  

There was more than one mystery in this book which was great. The mysteries were well plotted and well developed.  I was pretty sure of the culprit early on but there were enough other things going on that I really did not mind. I really liked that Cassie did not stumble upon a dead body, which is what happens in a lot of the cozies that I read.  

You can tell that the author knows a lot about cats and that she has a fondness for them. This book dealt with breeding issues and the real problem of illegal breeding of exotic cats.  It also gave some very disturbing images of non-reputable breeders.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Whether you are a cat person or not , you will enjoy this book. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.



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