Review of Claws For Celebration

Claws For Celebration
Cat Lady Mysteries, Book #3
Linda Reilly
5 Stars

Claws for Celebration (A Cat Lady Mystery Book 3) by [Reilly, Linda]Synopsis:

Feline deadly this Christmas . . .

Whisker Jog, New Hampshire, celebrates all things Christmas, and few things are more beloved than the town’s annual holiday cookie competition. Lara Caphart, who runs the High Cliff Shelter for Cats with her Aunt Fran, is waiting for the green light for a brand-new category: pet-friendly cookies. But when the woman filling in as a last-minute judge dies after sampling someone’s Santa-themed treat, Lara’s recipe for healthy cat snacks will have to be put on the back burner.

The victim, Gladys Plouffe, was the town’s roundly despised former home economics teacher. The chief suspect is the mother of Lara’s best friend, who was hellbent on walking away with the bake-off’s cash prize. Cryptic clues from beyond the grave only deepen the mystery, pointing to a cat with striking blue eyes—a cat who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lara’s mysterious Ragdoll. As Lara begins a dangerous game of cat and mouse, not even her significant other may be able to stop a perfectly clawful killer from getting away with the purr-fect crime . . .

Praise for Linda Reilly’s Mysteries

“I was kept guessing until the final chapter. . . . A perfect cozy mystery.”
—Susan Furlong, author of the Georgia Peach Mysteries, on Escape Claws

“I thoroughly enjoyed this puzzler of a mystery. Reilly cooks up a perfect recipe of murder and mayhem in this charming cozy.”
—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Hat Shop Mysteries, on
Fillet of Murder

“Smart, sassy, and a little bit scary. Everything a good cozy should be!” —Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, on Fillet of Murder (Goodreads)



The characters are well developed and well rounded. Lara is a hardworking smart woman who is not afraid of very much. She loves her Aunt Fran and I enjoy reading about the relationship between them. They make a great team and they are doing good things, and even though they do not always see eye to eye on everything, they never stop loving each other. All of the cats have distinct personalities and I love reading about all of their antics.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defined the characters very clearly through their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I was pulled right into the story because of this. I enjoyed the fact that there were a couple of mysteries to solve in this book, and both were well plotted and well paced.

I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. Each book just keeps getting better and I am already looking forward to the next one.

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