Fat Cat Takes the Cake

Fat Cat Takes the Cake

by Janet Cantrell

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Quincy the butterscotch tabby has a talent for sniffing out sweets—and uncovering crimes—in this Fat Cat mystery from the national bestselling author of Fat Cat Spreads Out.

When their former classmate Richard “Dickie” Byrd throws a high school reunion to gather support for his mayoral campaign, it drums up some not-so-sweet memories for dessert shop proprietor Chase Oliver and her friend Julie Larson. Julie would rather not reconnect with Ron North, the creepy kid who had a crush on her back in the day. His social graces haven’t exactly improved with age, but is he creepy enough to kill?

The next day, Chase is in the park testing a new cat harness for Quincy, who quickly proves that he cannot be leashed. But when his escape leads Chase to Ron’s body, the police wonder who else got away. Now, with Julie suspected of murder, Chase must prove her innocence before the real killer plans another fatal reunion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425267448
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: A Fat Cat Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 142,425
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Janet Cantrell is the national bestselling author of the Fat Cat Mysteries, including Fat Cat at Large and Fat Cat Spreads Out.

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Fat Cat Takes the Cake 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Janet Cantrell's Fat Cat Takes The Cake Chase Oliver has moved back to town and is co-owner in a breakfast bar bakery, the Bar None. Her companion is a butterscotch tabby named, Fat Cat. Fat Cat takes not only the cake but likes to snatch objects to put in his hidey-hole. Plus he has a nose for sniffing out sweets in addition to discovering bodies….DEAD bodies!!!!! This is a busy cozy with murder, blackmail, a stalker, a wedding, a re-union, a Batter Baking contest with a lot of quirky characters. This makes for plenty of colorful suspects to investigate. The plot thickens with twist and turns around every corner. This cozy has mystery, suspense, plenty of humor plus a hint of romance This is the third book in the A Fat Cat Mystery series but can be read as a stand alone. There are delicious recipes at the end. There is a harness training tip guide for cats. Thanks to the author via Facebook’s Cozy Mystery Review for the book. My opinion is my own.
CozyMysteryBookReviews4U More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Janet Cantrell's Fat Cat series. It may be because I love cats and have a fat cat of my own or it could be the characters in the books, or it might be the recipes you find in the back of the book, or it could be the murders and the way Chase "helps" the police solve them. Whatever the reason or reasons, I cannot get enough of this series. Chase co-owns a dessert bar shop with her best friend Julie's mother. Anna is like a mom to Chase also. Chase has an adorable cat Quincy who likes to get into mischief whenever Chase isn't looking. Chase is seeing the vet, Mike, who takes care of Quincy. It's almost Christmas the shop is doing great, the employees are working hard, Anna is getting married soon and everything is going smoothly. That is until the morning after Chase and Julie attend a High School reunion thrown together by a classmate looking for Mayoral support. Chase and Mike are teaching Quincy to walk on a leash and harness but, of course, he breaks free and runs under a bush in the park. When Mike goes in to get Quincy out, they find a dead body. A classmate that had been pestering a bunch of attendants at the reunion is under the bush and it looks like Julie's scarf is the murder weapon !!! Chase will do whatever it takes to clear Julie's name. Unfortunately her time is limited when Julie is arrested for the crime and they have already sent a date for the hearing.
PammieJo-CozyQueen More than 1 year ago
This is the third installment in the Fat Cat Mystery series by Janet Cantrell. Chase & Anna co-own a dessert bar store, called "Bar None". Once again, they find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery thanks to Chase's fat but love able marmalade cat, Quincy, & his inability to be kept restrained. He finds another body on one of escape adventures. While Quincy plays his part in these mysteries it isn't overdone or unbelievable. Although I for one, do think I'd have to leave that cat upstairs most days. Maybe I just have a soft spot for orange tabbies because we had one like him for so many years. This time however, it isn't Chase, but rather her best friend Julie; who also happens to be the granddaughter of Chases's business partner that falls under suspicion. Not one for dropping spoilers, I'll just say this has a cast of unlikeable characters to muck up the happy events, including of course our murder victim. Maybe it's because it's near Christmas or a planned wedding, but I like this one even better than the first. I had to temporarily skip the second book to get to this one (but that won't be for long). The main characters are well developed after the first book & I had no trouble keeping up. I'll definitely be reading future installments. **Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts & comments included in this review are entirely my own.
Darkand More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this delicious little cozy mystery and I can't wait to try the blueberry muffin bar recipe included at the end. YUM! This is the third installment of Janet Cantrell's Fat Cat series and even though this is the first one I've read, I had no trouble at all following along. I have to tell you that if Chase's dessert store, the Bar None, actually existed, I would practically live there! Every bar she describes sounds more scruptious than the last! I especially enjoyed meeting Quincy and would love to hear more of each story from his point of view and I have to admit that even though I had my suspicions about who the murderer was, I didn't figure it out until the very end. I also appreciated the fact that the book did not end abruptly with the final reveal as so many others do. It was refreshing to read a nice little wrap up of the various other plot points that the author mixed into this fun little escape from the real world. As soon as life gives me a breather, I can go back and read the first two books in this series. **I won a copy of this book through a Facebook group called the Cozy Mystery Review Crew. All opinions in this review are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the first two books in the Fat Cat Mystery series by Janet Cantrell I was eager to read the third installment in the series. Quincy, the tabby cat in this series, is known for walking off, exploring, and discovering a mystery in the making, specifically dead bodies. Quincy also shares his thoughts in a sometimes first person, sometimes third person narrations in italics. If you are like me and love animals, perhaps sometimes thinking about what they say, then you’ll love to read Quincy’s thoughts and actions. The book opens with Chase Oliver, co-owner of the Bar None dessert bar shop and owner of Quincy, being invited to her high school reunion. The reunion, held at a non-traditional year after graduation, is hosted by Richard “Dickie” Byrd and is an event to gather support for his run for mayor. At this event, Chase and her friend Julie meet old friends, classmates, and faculty. The next day Quincy and Chase, out on a walk, discover one of Chase’s old classmates dead. Throughout Chase’s search for the killer she also reconnects with Eddie Heath, an old classmate and crush, and she has a moral conflict in terms of her spending time with Eddie and how it will affect things with her veterinarian love interest Dr. Michael Ramos. At the same time as Chase is being a sleuth to try to keep her friend Julie off the suspect list, Anna, the other co-owner of Bar None is competing in a baking competition and planning her wedding. Fat Cat Takes the Cake is a fun continuation of this series. Janet Cantrell gives enough backstory that you can jump right in to the series and understand who the characters are. I really enjoy the unique setting of the book, Dinkytown, a college town in Minneapolis. I think this provides a great place for future mysteries and lots of fun characters that come in to Bar None. Janet Cantrell features a recipe at the end of the book of a new Bar that Chase and Anna are currently featuring in their shop. I found this third book to be is easier to follow, the plot on the previous two books were a little difficult to follow. If you found this to be an issue I would recommend giving Fat Cate Takes the Cake a shot and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Cantrell also sets up this mystery with an interesting back story that even if you are not a fan of cats, like Quincy (but how could you not be), you’ll be drawn in to the other characters, plot, and the character’s personal lives which are interesting sub plots.
djerickson14 More than 1 year ago
Fat Cat Takes the Cake is a delightful cozy mystery. Chase co-owns Bar None, a desert bar shop, with her best friend Julie's grandmother Anna. Julie and Chase receive invitations to the unusually timed fourteenth high school reunion which appears to be a cover for classmate Dickie Byrd's announcement to run for mayor. The reunion is not the happy get together that was expected, with many interactions ending in argument. The next day Chase is walking her fat marmalade cat Quincy, when the cat discovers the body of one of her classmates under a bush. When Julie seems to be the most likely suspect, Chase begins checking motives and alibis of the other reunion guests. Anna's impending wedding, Chase's love life and a real estate scheme all add to the interesting plot twists. Quincy has a habit of hiding things he finds and this time one of his finds might hold the key to who committed the murder. I really enjoyed this mystery and look forward to reading other books in this series. I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
cresotko More than 1 year ago
I was excited to get Fat Cat Takes the Cake free from the author for a fair and honest review. This is the first book I have read by Janet Cantrell. The main character, Chase Oliver, and her cat, Quincy are fun and engaging. I like how she inserts Quincy's perspective. It isn't jarring or distracting, like I've seen in other books. The supporting cast is great also. They all have different personalities that mesh well together. The plot was solid. I switched my guess for who did it several times until the last third of the book. The book was fun enough that I'm planning on going back to read the first two books in the series. All in all, a good, solid cozy. One warning though, all those dessert bar descriptions will make you hungry all throughout the read. Just warning you.
Muttcafe More than 1 year ago
Readers can't help but love Quincy, the tubby and mischievous orange tabby with a gift for finding delicious tidbits and trouble. In Fat Cat Takes the Cake, Quincy once more proves he has a nose for murder when he discovers the body of Ron North. A creepy journalist with a long-term habit of stalking women, Ron North was never popular, and he managed to upset quite a few people at the high school reunion held the previous night. It is the scarf found with his body, however, that places Chase's friend Julie at the top of the suspect list. In order to save her friend, Chase and Quincy have to find the killer. Between a principal trying to hoodwink elderly homeowners, a slimy politician and a health obsessed body-builder, Chase is spoiled for choice. Still, Chase knows that she only has a limited time to find the truth before Julie's goose is cooked. Readers can't go wrong with Fat Cat Takes the Cake - a delicious concoction of murder, blackmail, romance, yummy treats and one fabulous cat. Smarter than Garfield and equally capable of polishing off a lasagna, Quincy is a cat readers will love. 4/5 I received a copy of Fat Cat Takes the Cake from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Fat Cat Takes the Cake - Fat Cat Mystery 3 Author: Janet Cantrell Published: 4-5-2016 Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Pages: 304 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amaateur Sleuths; Series; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9780425267448 ASIN: B011IUST7G Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 stars As the title states Fat Cat (Quincy) steals the show, as his human, Chase knows. I actually chose the book first for the Cover then was hooked by the description. There are cast of characters to keep track of, but well worth the effort. A dreaded high school reunion, a baking contest, a wedding to help plan, a resistant cat to train to a leash and harness, a possible real estate scam and a murder to solve before her friend Julie winds up behind bars. All in a day's work for Chase who has managed to juggle two men, run the Bar None, a breakfast bakery her partners. I should have so much energy. I will gladly take Quincy any time he is wonderful. I love how we can read what he is thinking I only wish there were more of his musings. A story filled with humor, mystery and a cast of characters you will come to love. Well written, Fat Cat Takes the Cake {and anything else he can sniff out} is a delightful way to spend an afternoon curled up reading. There are two other books in the series but all can be read as a stand-alone. You will be drawn in from the beginning and not want to leave even the story ends. This is a book for cat lovers and cozy lovers alike. I await any new addition to this series. Thank you for sharing your talents Ms. Cantrell. ou have brought your characters alive for me and I cannot wait to visit the Bar None, Quincy, Chase and their friends again soon. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in the Fat Cat Mysteries in this book we are following the lives of Chase Oliver and her friends Julie and Chase get an invitation to their 14th class reunion being run by Rich "Dikie" Byrd whose running for mayor and looking for all the support he can gather. During the reunion it seems one odd duck from school Ron North who had a thing for stalking Julie he seems to have moved past Julie and set eyes on upsetting quite a number of people from school. When Chase's cat Quincy finds a body Chase realizes the body is Ron North and someone is trying to point the blame at Julie now it's up to Chase to clear Julie before she is tried for murder and finds life is up like a cats nine lives. Can Chase solve it before time runs out? I am finding myself drawn in to the characters in this series, being the first time I have read this book I can honestly say you don't need to read them in order. I started this one without reading the previous one and find it positively purrfect murder mystery with intrigue of high school reunions. In this book everyone seems to have something to hide. I found myself trying to figure out who had the most to gain from killing Ron. Granted I don't think anyone deserves murder but than again it wouldn't be a mystery if it wasn't for murder. I had so much trouble putting this down. There were no shortage of possible suspects add that to a notebook full of all sorts of cryptic notes and it really made it hard to figure out the killer. I also enjoyed the fact that Chase is more human than most sleuths in this book she even managed to get a cold which really made her seem more real in this story. Typically nowadays sleuths seem to never get sick to see someone get through being sick on top of it and still sort the clues really added to the story. I loved it can't wait to see what is next in the series!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Fat Cat Takes the Cake by Janet Cantrell is the third book in the Fat Cat Mystery series. It is three weeks until Christmas and Anna Larson’s wedding. Anna and Chase Oliver are partners in Bar None (a dessert bar shop) in Minneapolis, MN. They are in the kitchen of the shop when Anna receives an invitation to participate in the Minny Batter Battle. Anna had not received an invitation since its inception. Anna immediately starts thinking about what she will create (and how to beat Grace Pilsen, owner of The Pilsener—a bakery). Chase gets notice that her graduating class from Hammond High School will having a fourteen-year reunion this month (fourteen years and in December). It turns out that Richard (Dickie) Byrd is going to run for mayor and the reunion will be the kickoff to his campaign (and it will not cost him a dime). Chase attends the reunion with her friend, Julie Larson. Unfortunately, Ron North also attends. Ron “stalked” Julie in high school (he is also creepy). Ron has not changed in fourteen years. The next day Chase is out walking Quincy, her butterscotch tabby cat (for exercise since he has been putting on the pounds) when Quincy finds Ron’s body in some bushes (Quincy seems to have a knack for finding bodies). It seems Ron was strangled with the scarf he took from Julie. When Julie ends up accused of the murder, Chase sets out to prove her innocence. Of course, Chase is also a little distracted by Eddie Heath. They dated in high school until Eddie ended up hurting Chase (it was embarrassing). They have reconnected and Chase cannot seem to stay away from him (even though she is dating someone else and they do not have anything in common). Chase had better focus if she wants to clear Julie in time for Anna’s wedding (and Christmas). Fat Cat Takes the Cake is told in the first person from Chase’s point-of-view. I enjoyed the tidbits told from Quincy’s view (they were funny). Fat Cat Takes the Cake is an easy to read novel with fun (engaging) characters. The mystery was entertaining, but I thought that the killer was extremely obvious (at least to me). I give Fat Cat Takes the Cake 4 out of 5 stars. The book can be read alone if you have not enjoyed the previous books in the Fat Cat Mystery series (like me). The ending is just so sweet. There are also some leash training tips for cats at the end of the book as well as a recipe. I look forward to reading the other (and future) books in the Fat Cat Mystery series. I received a complimentary copy of Fat Cat Takes the Cake from NetGalley (and the kind publisher) in exchange for an honest review.
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LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
It’s no Qunicy-dense that the Fat Cat Mystery series is the cat’s meow with readers! Author Janet Cantrell has penned another fun, and fast moving mystery. FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE is the most delectable installment in this series so far. So wonderfully written, readers will truly feel a part of the story, and become completely wrapped up in this book at the intriguing mystery unfolds. With a well thought out plot, a great cast of characters, which includes fat cat Qunicy himself, I found myself not only laughing out loud, but quickly turning one page after the other in anticipation of the next mystery building scene. FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE will make a fantastic addition to every cozy mystery reader’s collection. Make sure to take a look in the back of the book for a yummy recipe, and leash-training tips for cats!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This is a cute cozy mystery that is perfect for a Sunday afternoon. When a blackmailing stalker is murdered, it's up to Chase to start asking questions, especially since Julie is the prime suspect. Solving the murder is top priority since Anna is getting married soon as well as competing in the Minny Batter Baking contest. With sleuthing companion Quincy by her side, Chase soon sets off on another wild adventure that will be sure to keep you laughing. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.