The Big Kitty (Sunny and Shadow Mystery Series #1)

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Overview

Did curiosity kill the cat lady?
 
Sunny Coolidge left her New York City newspaper job to go back to Maine and take care of her ailing father. But there’s not much excitement—or interesting work—in Kittery Harbor. So when Ada Spruance, the town’s elderly cat lady, asks for help finding her supposedly-winning lottery ticket, Sunny agrees. But when she arrives at Ada’s, with a stray tomcat named Shadow tagging along, they discover the poor ...

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Overview

Did curiosity kill the cat lady?
 
Sunny Coolidge left her New York City newspaper job to go back to Maine and take care of her ailing father. But there’s not much excitement—or interesting work—in Kittery Harbor. So when Ada Spruance, the town’s elderly cat lady, asks for help finding her supposedly-winning lottery ticket, Sunny agrees. But when she arrives at Ada’s, with a stray tomcat named Shadow tagging along, they discover the poor woman dead at the bottom of her stairs. Was it an accident—or did Ada’s death have to do with that missing lottery ticket, which turns out to be worth six million dollars?
 
Town Constable Will Price suspects the worst. And Sunny’s reporter instincts soon drive her to do some investigating of her own. Even Shadow seems to have a nose for detective work. Following the trail of the purrloined ticket, Sunny and Shadow try to shed some light on a killer’s dark motives—before their own numbers are up…

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“Small-town Maine hasn’t been this dangerous since Jessica Fletcher started finding dead bodies in Cabot Cove! In this debut Sunny Coolidge, with the able assistance of a ‘big kitty’ named Shadow, proves she has the skills to make a successful amateur sleuth. Cozy mystery lovers will adore Shadow and pine for many more adventures for him and Sunny.”—New York Times bestselling author Miranda James
"Applause for paws-Sunny and Shadow take Best in Show!"—Susan Wittig Albert, author of Cat's Claw

"A purrfect debut. Four paws up and a tip of the tail."—Carolyn Hart, author of Death Comes Silently

"The best realized and most personable fictional character on four legs." Parnell Hall, author of $10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425248027
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Sunny and Shadow Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 154,064
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Great Summer Reading (or for any time)

    I found this book for my mother to read and ended up reading it myself. Now I can't wait for another installment to come out. What a fresh approach to a good, tender hearted mystery. I love how it was written with a slight twist added; hearing what the cat is thinking throughout the book. I highly recommend it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Sonata “Sunny” Coolidge goes to help a neighbor know

    Sonata “Sunny” Coolidge goes to help a neighbor known as the Cat Lady, locate a missing lottery ticket in her home, but instead finds the dead woman’s body. Suspecting that there is more to the woman’s death than the police wants to believe, Sunny puts on her reporter’s hat and discovers that someone doesn’t want this case investigated and Sunny with help from a purrsonable friend, will have to unpick the number of suspect to find a killer. What a great read. This was a fun and intriguing read filled with tension and suspense as this whodunit quickly grabbed my attention. The author did a good job with the many twists and turns in this story, and caught me by surprise when the real killer was revealed. Sunny is a lovable heroine and with her newfound friend, their internal dialogue played an enjoyable role in the delightful and lighthearted mystery.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

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    Meet Sunny Coolidge, a New York journalist who has returned home

    Meet Sunny Coolidge, a New York journalist who has returned home to Kittery Harbor, Maine, to take care of her father after his heart attack. She finds work at the local travel agency for Ollie Barnstable a.k.a "Ollie the Barnacle"" but she hopes it is temporary and that she will be able to land a job at a local newspaper.

    She is surprised one day when Ada Spuance, the eldery woman everyone calls "the cat lady" comes into the office and asks Sunny to help her find a winning lottery ticket. Sunny is not sure the winning ticket even exists but agrees to help Ada search her cat filled home. She thinks there may be a story she can write for the paper to impress the editor enough to hire her.

    Sunny arrives to begin her search and she has a "Shadow", a stray tomcat has followed her right up to the house. When there is no answer at the front door they stroll around to the back of the house and find an open entrance to the basement. Her investigative nature pushes her forward and she discovers poor Ada Spuance dead at the bottom of the stairs.

    Did her fall have something to do with the lottery ticket? Was it an accident or MURDER? With her tomcat sidekick Sunny is going to find out. "Following the trail of the purrloined ticket" Sunny and her feline friend better be careful or the made find their very own tickets punched.

    Dollycas's Thoughts

    Sunny made some interesting decisions which made this a very interesting mystery. I may not have agreed with her actions but they set in action quite a chain of events. Shadow's inquisitive nature also drove this story. They are purr-fect partners.

    It had several humorous moments, but the ladies of the neighborhood, especially one special lady, sneaking rich, sweet and "unhealthy" food to Sunny's dad really made me giggle.

    This is a light hearted romp with plenty of suspects in a quirky little town. It is a great start to a series that shows much promise.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 3, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Good cozy mystery

    Great read for anyone who enjoys mysteries and loves cats

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Read this book in one day. I liked getting to know Sunny and he

    Read this book in one day. I liked getting to know Sunny and her dad, as well as the other characters in Kittery Harbor. I really enjoyed the story line and the different plot twists. There were many red herrings and a little blossoming romance to keep it interesting. Looking forward to more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    First Time Reader of Claire Donally

    I love this book and author. It was a surprise to find another "cozy mystery" author that I enjoy. I can't wait to read more of Sunny and Shadow mystery series.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Totally enjoyed this book! Easy reading, loved the characters an

    Totally enjoyed this book! Easy reading, loved the characters and Shadows thoughts on the humans.Looking forward to the next chapter in Sunny and Shadow's lives. Would highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Great book:)

    I could not resist reading this book.i love kitties!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 22, 2012

    Leaders Den

    Here the leader of Shadowclan will rest and talk to troubled warriors.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Loved the cat Shadow! Not a great plot, more like this is the fi

    Loved the cat Shadow! Not a great plot, more like this is the first in a series and this book is setting up the town and characters. Easy to figure out the plot. Finished it in one night.

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