How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios Series #1)

How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios Series #1)

by Rebecca M. Hale
3.5 77

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How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
MEB51 More than 1 year ago
I found this book while looking for some books to read on a vacation. Years ago I discovered Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who....." series in the same way. Unfortunately Ms Hale is no Lilian Jackson Braun. I enjoy mystery stories that have a minimum of gore, and this book fit my tastes in that regard. I get bored with plot lines that have to pause for long sex scenes, but a smattering of romance through the story line can make the book more enjoyable. How sad it is that the heroine of this book cannot get even a hint of romance. Worst of all the ending leaves too many loose ends not only dangling, but also frayed. I am not against a book leaving some mystery for the next book of the series to build upon(Carole Nelson Douglas is excellent at this), but Ms Hale did not accomplish this. It is rare for me not to want to read the next book of a series, but I do not feel that this series would be worth the effort to continue to follow.
sharno22 More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I happened upon this book while visiting my local B&N. The book is intelligently written. The mystery is interesting. The characters are likeable, and the cats are wonderful (especially Rupert.) I highly recommend this book for cozy lovers, and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Uncle Oscar was truly one-of-a-kind. Rebecca visited him once a week with her two feline companions for a tasty fried chicken dinner. She really didn't know much about her uncle except that her owned a truly unusual antique store right in the heart of San Francisco's historic Jackson Square neighborhood, that featured some treasured artifacts from the Gold Rush era. No one was more surprised than Rebecca when her Uncle Oscar was found dead in his store and couldn't believe that he had left everything he had to her. The Green Vase and all its contents now belonged to her including all the secrets hidden within. A quirky group of friends, a trap door, a strange key, and even a map. There was a mystery to be solved and Rebecca and her cats are ready to down and "dirty" to solve it. I LIKED IT!! This was a fun mystery, different from other cozies because it doesn't seem the body was murdered. The mystery takes us through history with a series of clues and deception back to the Gold Rush to find something. Don't want to give away the mystery. The plot is one that takes us right to to final pages, trying to piece the clues together. A very unconventional cast of characters and two very bright and curious cats make this book a great diversion for a few hours hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Hale's new series is so darn wordy and detailed it made my head spin! After several chapters I gave up! It spoils the read to have to sift through paragraphs of endless over described characters, or just her walking from point A to point B, that could have been better summed up in a few sentences. No flow to the book....choppy plot with the back and forth on past and present that left some confusion. An author can over-write and this is a perfect example. I love cats, but not enough to wade through this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read, with accurate and funny descriptions of cat-ownership, an intriguing mystery, and fast-faced action. The reader will feel that s/he is right there in the action.
buchie More than 1 year ago
Well written introduction the characters, great historical links to the gold rush days in California, great depth to each characters personality and role they play in the book. Touching in the relationships she describes very well. And the cats do not detract from the story or plot. I'll look forward to reading her next book. Great mystery! Lots of suspense and thrill of the chase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected a light mystery with a possibly endearing character with a sleuthing cat. Three chapters in, I had found so many egregious editing errors and misused words and phrases that I put the book on a bench in hopes that whoever found it would forgive such abuse of the language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was wonderfully light entertainment, and a great way to spend an afternoon. I didn't find the author too wordy, but then I usually read "The Ecconomist" and "The Atlantic" to unwind. So, I think if you are looking for a pleasent story told with enough sophistication to engage a mature reader while still light-hearted enough to pass along to older kids when you're done, this is a great choice. My middle school aged children both loved it.
SiouxBee More than 1 year ago
I agree with Anonymous about the plot and writing. Call the characters quirkly, I just thought they were overwrought. The main character didn't seem to have a brain in her head about the situations she found herself in, which only was annoying in the end. Although I didn't get to the end because it was so frustrating to try and read, that, finally, I didn't. If this is the best she can do, she shouldn't bother with the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is so much wrong with this book that it's hard to know where to start. The plot is a mess, the characters are annoying, the cats are completely unrealistic (seriously, Midnight Louie is more believable), the conclusion is confusing and the whole thing is so overwritten that it took the heroine 2 pages to walk across a room and sit behind a cash register. And then there is the heroine... she has no name. Or backbone. Or personality. She spends the entire book being referred to as "Oscar's niece". This affectation grows more annoying as the book progresses, but oddly enough, starts to seem appropriate as we realize the woman doesn't really have an identity. We have no mental picture of her at all, not even the barest of physicsl descriptions. All we know is that she gets pushed around by people and events throughout the book and is stupid enough to try and bathe a cat in a kitchen sink. I actually considered throwing this book out after I read it. I donated it instead; my sincere apologies to whoever ended up with it!
jerseystar More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I love cats (I have two) and I enjoy visiting San Francisco, where the book takes place. Although Ms. Hale does a wonderful job describing the cats (and you'll enjoy reading about why the cat needs washing), her descriptions of the human characters aren't nearly as good. Actually, it's hard to tell who are supposed to be sympathetic characters as they all are pathetic. The plot has some interesting elements about the history of San Francisco but overall doesn't work very well. And it's a wonder the heroine has any lips left as she's forever chewing and/or biting them. As far as I'm concerned, this one was a waste of time and money.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I thought it was interesting that the book had a nameless protagonist. You actually don't learn her name until the very end. Which is a little odd...but interesting nevertheless. I really enjoyed how Hale gave the cats two distinct personalities. They were cute and the way they interacted with the main character was almost human (perhaps a little too human for some readers). The plot, well I can't say it was great, but I can't say it was bad either. It was, all right to say the least. Lots of history was involved, and a lot of fact reading which became more tedious than I thought. So there were some parts of the chapter were you had to read slowly as the facts just seemed to be jumbled together and things just didn't make some sense. Things just didn't make sense in some parts of the book either. It felt as if the plot was stuck in a rut and events weren't coming together. Either they came too slowly or they were repetitive and it was starting to bore me. However, then there were times in the book where something would happen all of a sudden and I'm left thinking; "What just happened?" and I found myself re reading certain parts of the book to see if I understood what was going on. The only parts I did enjoy were the ones involving the cats. The characters didn't really stand out in my opinion. Monty was bloody annoying. I was also trying to figure out why he was so interested in her Uncle and the Gold Rush mystery - really what benefit would he get out of it? was it just out of interest? or something else? even after the book I was still wondering what was up with him. The other characters in the novel weren't that great to begin with and they did nothing that caught my attention. The ending was all right. Although I was left with a lot of questions and I was also left with a lot of confusion. If it wasn't for the cats, I probably would have either put this book down, or might have quit reading it all together. Confusing, a lot of fact reading, and leaves the reader with a lot of questions. Not sure if I am going to read the second one. It may deserve a second chance. Perhaps this book will suit cat and cozy mystery lovers, but for those that don't really go read cozies might want to avoid this book.
GIM More than 1 year ago
Won't buy 2nd in series if one is written. This wimpy doormat heroine kept letting the pushy neighboring storekeeper walk in on her through the end of the book. No character growth to speak of = not the kind of female protagonist I want to continue to read about.
BooksMakeMeHappy More than 1 year ago
I really like mystery books like this. I could compare it to the Cat Who... series by Lilian Jackson Braun. I found this book to be a rather enjoyable, light read. However, I became easily confused by the book, which usually doesn't happen with me. I would stop at the end of a chapter and come back the next day and not be sure what the new chapter was referring to. I also felt that the story left a lot of loose ends. I understand that this is the beginning of a series, but I was hoping the books would be self-contained, which they only partially are. There are smaller mysteries and a couple of larger mysteries. I think I'll have to read this one again to understand it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Hale's first try at this literary genre is off to a rocky start in this reader's opinion. The story began with promise. But soon, the story stalls and the writing feels forced. Ms. Hales characters are flat and at times either too overblown or not believable at all. Her overuse of metaphors and adjectives derailed most of the narrative. Her hints to "who dunnit" gave away the answer early on in this confusing story. At times, Ms. Hale temporarily lost her self-consciousness, and the story would begin to spark, but alas, it never truly ignited. Even stranger, Ms. Hale waited until the end to provide her protaganist's name. And to make matters worse this author gives her protaganist her own name. I hope that Ms. Hale can work out some of the bugs in her second book. I do admire anyone who tries to write in this difficult and highly competitve genre and I commend her for giving it a second try.
Pat- More than 1 year ago
A little mystery a little fun. Look forward to more stories by Rebecca Hale.
KathleenFenton More than 1 year ago
This beautiful book is a rare reading pleasure! I read this breathlessly, I couldn't put it down. I hated to see it come to an end. What more can one ask?
mysterycat More than 1 year ago
A fun, light, romp with plenty of Cat participationand interesting history fact. Too often covers lure a cat fancier in with their illustrations then .... no cat. These cats have personality. If you don't like cats, don't bother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unusual title. Great mystery for cat lovers. I really liked this book. I thought it was well paced. I enjoyed the quirky personalities of the two cats. The tidbits of information about San Francisco were interesting. I have read other books in the series and will be continuing with all the books.
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Joyann More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I am not a big reader and I read this book in 1 night. If you like San Francisco history, mystery and cat antics you will have fun with this book. The niece gets herself involved in a historical treasure hunt with many twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed this book very much, hope it will become a series. I would buy more books by this author.
bill65 More than 1 year ago
One not to be bypassed by cat owners.
RGD68 More than 1 year ago
A must read book