Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat (Conan Flagg Series #1)

Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat (Conan Flagg Series #1)

by M. K. Wren

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The police called it an accident. The dead man's wife insisted it was murder. Either way it was maddeningly mysterious.

Captain Harold Jeffries, swaddled in his robe, had settled down for a cozy evening with Crime and Punishment when his wife left the house for a bridge party. An hour later he was dead. What could have induced him to dress and go out into the stormy night—much less to walk on the beach, which he hated and never went near?

Conan Flagg, proprietor of the Holliday Beach Bookshop and Rental Library, is persuaded by Jeffries' widow to investigate privately; and astonishingly, all the clues lead to Flagg's own Dickensian establishment. With passing assistance from Meg, the bookstore cat, Flagg baits a trap to catch a rat—and finds himself dangerously involved in a crime with implications far beyond this lazy seaside village.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148894094
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Series: Conan Flagg Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 191,911
File size: 360 KB

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Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CascaraBorzoi More than 1 year ago
Thank you for finally getting around to the Conant Flagg books as e-books!!!! I love them and have been waiting very impatiently for a long time!
jamespurcell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reread of a good first book, looking forward to the rest.
CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
Not A Cozy Cat Mystery I found this book while using the search term "cozy cat mystery", and that's not at all what I got.  There is really no cat involved here, nor is there a mystery; originally published in 1973, this is a Cold War spy thriller.  The cat likes to play with paper, and that is her only purpose  in the story.  She doesn't help solve any mysteries, and is only mentioned 3 times in the book. If you like "commies under the bed" kinds of stories, this will suit you.  I didn't care for it, as I generally do not read spy novels, and I also found the characters stereotypical.  But for the genre it's written in, and considering the era, it's a decent enough read.   If you are looking for a cozy mystery featuring a cat, this isn't the book for you.
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Teann More than 1 year ago
Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat A Conan Flagg Mystery M.K. Wren Untreed Read Publishing Originally published in 1973 Republished in 2013 e-book $ 5.99 261 pages In Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat, Elinor Jeffries is a well-respected older woman. The word "classy" comes to mind in her physical description and demeanor. She is not frivolous or extravagant. Reliable and dignified is her code of life. She doesn't ask for help unless there is no other solution. Conan Flagg owns the Holliday Beach Bookshop and Rental Library in this small Oregon resort town. Being an ex-CIA operative allows him to appreciate his quiet life now, however, he does welcome opportunities to utilize his former investigative skills while now being an occasional private investigator. When Elinor's husband is found dead, she visits Conan requesting his assistance with her husband's death. As a married couple, U.S.N. Retired Captain Harold Jefferies and his wife were not extremely close. However, Elinor is convinced that this was not an accident. Elinor left her house that night for a bridge party. When she last saw her husband, he was comfortably relaxed wearing his robe and reading Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. What would force this man to be dress, leave his book and walk along the beach to drown himself? The Captain hated the beach. What would cause him to change his plans? Why would Harold kill himself? Could anyone have killed him and make it look like suicide? Added to this, the local police look no further than what appears to be obvious. Harold Jefferies drowned himself. Conan agrees to look into the death and quickly finds himself overwhelmed and utilizing former contacts to assist him in this investigation. Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat is a cozy mystery that is well-planned and logical. The story takes place in the late 1960s or early 1970s reflected in the telephone usages of the time period and the involvement of The Cold War and scientists defecting from Russia. The use of the cat, Meg in the story felt like an afterthought. It wasn't a natural involvement with the cat until near the end of the novel. M.K. Wren is the pen-name for Martha K. Renfroe. This Texas-born Oregon writer is well-known for her mystery series featuring Conan Flagg and her science fiction trilogy, The Phoenix Legacy and her post-apocalyptic novel, A Gift Upon the Shore. Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat is a different novel in terms of style from the usual ones written today. The story is fairly simplistic but of value especially with life before the use of cell phones and the concerns of this time period. This is light but enjoyable reading.