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DABWAHA (Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hella Good Authors) 2013 Finalist!!!
Dear Author Recommended Read:
"It isn't until the end that I realize how powerful the story I've just read is, and how much it has affected me. And that's when I know that if Theresa Weir decides to write her next book from the POV of a not-very-bright goldfish who lives in a studio apartment in Omaha, I'll preorder it as soon as they let me." Grade: A- ~Sunita, Dear Author
Romance Around the Corner:
5 stars: "One of the best stories I've read this year."
Wonk-O-Mance: Certified Wonktastical! "It's just enough heart-wrenching. Very sweet, emotional, with no melodrama. Okay, there were some intentionally melodramatic parts. But the silly parts were silly and the sweet parts were sweet."
Dear Author Top Reads of 2012
For cat lovers everywhere, this sweet, quirky, and delightful romance is about a young woman and her matchmaking cat.

A little bit of mystery, a whole lot of whimsy.

About the book:

When a matchmaking cat takes it upon himself to find his young mistress a new mate, he accidentally stirs up memories better left forgotten.
Melody's husband was murdered by what seemed a random act of violence. Two years later, the killer hasn't been caught, and Melody is coping in unhealthy ways. During the day she's a mild-mannered children's librarian, but at night she's a party girl, hanging out in bars, drinking with new friends, and often bringing home strange men. Although acquaintances have tried to keep in touch, Melody has cut herself off from most of the people in her old life. Max, her eccentric cat, doesn't approve of her new friends, he's tired of the parade of losers, and he finally takes it upon himself to find Melody a new man.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494497699
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/21/2013
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 1,020,184
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-three books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages. Her first memoir, The Orchard, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians’ Best Books of 2011. Her second memoir, The Man Who Left, was a New York Times Bestseller. Going back to 1988, Weir’s debut title was the cult phenomenon AMAZON LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books. Writing as Theresa Weir, she won a RITA for romantic suspense (COOL SHADE), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (BAD KARMA). In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist. Well-known in the mystery community, she served as hardcover judge for the Thriller presented by International Thriller Writers, and was guest of honor at the Diversicon 16 mystery/science fiction conference held in Minneapolis in 2008. Frasier books have received high praise from print publications such as Publishers Weekly, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Crimespree, as well as online praise from Spinetingler, Book Loons, Armchair Interviews, Sarah Weinman’s Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, and Ali Karim’s Shots Magazine. Her books have featured cover quotes from Lisa Gardner, Jane Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Kay Hooper, and J.A. Konrath. Her short stories and poetry can be found in DISCOUNT NOIR, ONCE UPON A CRIME, and THE LINEUP, POEMS ON CRIME. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.

The Orchard

An Oprah Magazine Fall Pick
Featured Review in Entertainment Weekly
Number Two on October Indie Next List
BJ's Book Club Spotlight
LIbrarians' Best Books of 2011
Maclean's Top Books of 2011
On Point (NPR) Best Books of 2011
Abrams Best of 2011
Publishers Lunch (Publishers Weekly) Favorite Books of 2011
Eighth Annual One Book, One Community 2012, Excelsior, Minnesota
Target Book Club Pick, Sept
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  • Posted October 2, 2014

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    I feel in love with Max after the first line:  "Max had

    I feel in love with Max after the first line: 

    "Max had been a cat as long as he could remember, but he was pretty sure he'd been a rock star in one of his previous lives." 

    That just about sums up Max's personality. He is an amazing character, and half the book is told from his perspective. The only thing he loved more than himself was Melody, and he figured she needed a man and he was the perfect person (errr cat) to help her find one. So off he goes and has quite an adventure, bringing it home to share with Melody. 
    Melody is a very quirky and unusual person. She's a children's librarian and is often caught out whilst dressed in costume for that day's story time. Max is the current love of her life and when he goes off for his wander she gets very upset and worried. It was awesome to watch the two of them related to each other and at times lovingly completely misunderstand each other as well. 

    There is more than just a fun cat and a quirky girl in this or it wouldn't be much of a romance. The romance brings with it just a touch of drama and secrecy that comes very close to ruining the whole thing, but somehow Max jumps in a saves the day again. 

    As a novella you could fly through this book in one sitting, and I recommend doing it that way because you won't want to put it down. While Max is definitely the life of the party here, the romance is also beautiful. 

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

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    Quirky, fun and romantic with a touch of danger! Best character

    Quirky, fun and romantic with a touch of danger! Best character ever is Max the Cat!!

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

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    I Love Max the Matchmaking Cat. He is really adorable as he trie

    I Love Max the Matchmaking Cat. He is really adorable as he tries to throw Melody and Joe together and than decides against it. A wonderful fast paced story that has romance and mystery.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

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    The Girl with the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir Cool Cats Series Bo

    The Girl with the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir
    Cool Cats Series Book One
    Max the cat is the main character in this story and the reader sees most of the story through his point of view. Max decides to find his mistress a new mate. Her late husband who Max had belonged to, had died. This decided, Max goes to find the perfect man for her.

    I just loved this story. The author does include the point of view from Melody and Joe, but mostly Max. If only a cat could talk the things he would say. Like how he wanted to reunite with his brother and sister. And the other secrets he knows. This is a shorter review but I just don’t want to give anything away. The next book is Geek with the Cat Tattoo and it has Melody’s sister and Max’s brother in the book.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

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    An entertaining read

    Since Melody’s husband David was killed, her life has been pretty empty. A children’s librarian, she occasionally brings home one-night-stands, but never anyone permanent. It’s just her and Max, her late husband’s cat. But Max doesn’t like the men she brings home, and he knows they don’t make her happy, so he takes it upon himself to find someone for her.

    "The new guy had to have a nice voice. Nothing deep or scary. And he couldn’t move too fast either. He couldn’t smell funny. That was a big one— smell. Nice hands. Yes, hands were important. Maybe that was selfish, but so be it. They were a family, and the new person had to fit into both Max and Melody’s life."

    Max, strictly a housecat, sneaks out into a noisy, frightening outside world and follows an odd man to a homeless shelter, where he meets Joe. Joe seems nice, feeds him chicken, and drives him back to the address listed on his collar tag. Max’s plan seems to work a little too well, though, when Joe starts staying over. It’s what Max thought he wanted — until Melody and Joe started closing him out of the bedroom, and especially when Max notices a gun hidden beneath the clothes in Joe’s bag.

    The romance aspect of the story seemed to be more of a background thing than the main focus. While Melody and Joe’s relationship played a big part in things, since it was mostly told from Max’s point of view, it was a bit harder to connect with them. Yes, I was definitely rooting for them as a couple, but I didn’t become as invested in their feelings as I normally would with a romance story.

    The Verdict...
    All in all, it was an entertaining read made even more interesting by the little mystery surrounding Joe. Normally I wouldn’t be a fan of a book narrated in large part by a cat, but Max’s thoughts were very much human, and his observations revealed things the characters might not have been able to easily put into words. Despite the sad bit about Melody’s husband’s death, the story wasn’t all grief and angst; it was more about her moving on and allowing herself to fall in love again — as long as Max approved, of course.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    Meet Max. He's the world's most unique cat. He loves his owner,

    Meet Max. He's the world's most unique cat. He loves his owner, Melody more than catnip, but he's disappointed in her choice of mates. One morning he takes it upon himself to play matchmaker for his mistress.

    While prowling the streets for the perfect mate Max meets Joe. Joe is perfect for Max's mistress. He's nice, has the perfect voice, and enjoys Max's company. When Joe sees that Max has a collar on, he brings the cat back to Melody. It goes on for a second day as well. Max's plans go perfectly, the two begin to date, but there's drama that only Joe knew about...

    I loved this book. LOVED. Girl With The Cat Tattoo is one one of the funniest and quirky books I've ever read. I couldn't help but fall in love with all the characters. Max is the best cat in the world, I wish I could meet one like him. Melody is such a sweetheart and is too cute for words with her love of story time. And Joe. Poor, sweet, perfect Joe. The three of them make for the sweetest romance.

    What I really enjoyed the most was the differing points of view. Theresa Weir is a genius to have half the book told from Max's POV. At first I thought the whole thing was going to be because the first two chapters are, but it changes to Melody and Joe throughout. Completely original and fun. And, the book was really a light read. Yes, there was some drama but what else could you expect out of a romance? There's always going to be something to break down the couple only to build them back up later.

    Girl With The Cat Tattoo is funny, fast, and just plain old fun to read.

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

    Charming!  This is an utterly charming romance that will make yo

    This is an utterly charming romance that will make you very happy. The blurb and the press on the book make it seems like it is going to be a lot more out there than it is. 

    It is told mostly from the cat's point of view. He is funny. However, the love story and the bit of action adventure we get at the end are very well done and the setting is great.

    We get healing and regular people falling in love. 

    Good stuff! 

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    Multi-Genre Delight

    With her notable history of storytelling in various genres, Ms. Weir (AKA Anne Frasier) has delivered a delightful and dramatic tale told from the person of a family cat. One should not be put off by thinking this is some children's book because of the fetching cover image. While faithfully capturing his feline essence, the narrator trots us through a romantic, suspenseful crime drama full of surprises unusual characters and gunfire.

    Unique and worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Great Book

    This is a great book Some romance, mystery and a cat that you can't help but love I really recommend this book for anyone looking for a good read If you are a cat lover this is a must for your collection

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