Sniffing out a murderer…
When Sunny Coolidge’s curmudgeonly boss, Oliver Barnstable, lands in rehab after breaking his leg, Sunny is stuck shuttling between their offices in Kittery Harbor, Maine, and the facility where Ollie is recuperating. And if putting up with temper tantrums from her boss wasn’t enough, his rehab roommate, Gardner Scatterwell, is a shameless flirt.
But when Scatterwell dies unexpectedly in the night, Ollie is convinced it wasn’t from natural causes. He gives Sunny a new assignment—find out who killed the old tomcat.
And speaking of cats, Shadow, Sunny’s feline partner in crime, takes a peculiar interest in the rehab’s resident angel of death—a calico cat called Portia, with an uncanny talent for cozying up to patients right before they pass away. Together, Sunny and Shadow will have to nose out clues to discover if Portia’s jinx had anything to do with Gardner’s passing—or if all his catting around finally got him fixed.
About the Author
Claire Donally is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sunny & Shadow Mysteries, including Catch as Cat Can, Hiss and Tell, Last Licks, Cat Nap, and The Big Kitty.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for the Sunny & Shadow Mysteries
“Small-town Maine hasn’t been this dangerous since Jessica Fletcher started finding dead bodies in Cabot Cove!...Cozy mystery lovers will adore Shadow and pine for many more adventures for him and Sunny.”—Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries
“Applause for paws—Sunny and Shadow take Best in Show!”—Susan Wittig Albert, national bestselling author of Death Come Quickly
“Deftly combines heartwarming humor and nail-biting suspense for a fun read that leaves you looking forward to Sunny and Shadow’s next adventure.”—Ali Brandon, national bestselling author of Words with Fiends, a Black Cat Bookshop Mystery
“A charming, witty, exciting new entry in the genre, featuring the best realized and most personable fictional character on four legs.”—Parnell Hall, author of The KenKen Killings
“A fun amateur-sleuth tale…[A] whimsical spin to the lighthearted whodunit.”—The Mystery Gazette
“Donally, who paints a pleasing portrait of a small town and its inhabitants, plays fair with clues, but the identity of the killer and the motive nonetheless come as a shock. And she earns further stripes for this cat-centric whodunit.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“One of my favorite cat cozy series on the shelves today. A special kitty and a fun cast of human characters…A must read for all ailurophiles.”—Mochas, Mysteries & More
“A lighthearted romp with plenty of suspects in a quirky little town.”—Escape with Dollycas
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
That Claire Donally is quite the secret keeper. After three books I am still no closer to knowing who this author is... intriguing. Just like the latest book in the Sunny & Shadow Mystery series, Last Licks. Readers will be absorbed in the story of Portia, that cat who knows when patients are not long for this world. Donally has a way with writing feline behavior that gives this series a touch of authenticity that is sometimes missing in this kind of writing. Fans of the series will enjoy Sunny's ornery old boss and have a soft spot for finding his roommate's killer. A great addition to the series. What I liked: The rehab scenery was so well written and detailed that it was easy to see that Donally had experience with her topic and I think that made all the difference. Readers can feel the urgency and uncertainty of the patients, and the addition of Portia the cat, was an amazing idea. Often setting is just one part of what makes a great cozy read, but in this one, not only does Donally give readers the small town of Kittery Harbor, but the rehab facility where Sunny's boss is re-cooperating. It could have had the antiseptic feel of most of those kinds of places, but Donally was able to make it real through description and atmosphere. It was very well done. Shadow as usual is an important member of the team. Sunny may be the one going back and forth and figuring out the clues, but often it's the feline intuition of her cat that brings it all together. In this book, readers are treated to another feline character in Portia, the cat who can tell who is about to die. The idea that animals are able to tell that sort of thing, is not new, but I thought Donally used it in a remarkable way. This added a whole new dimension to the story and made it just that much more intriguing. As usual Sunny can't seem to tame her curiosity. She makes such a great sleuth. In the beginning I worried she didn't have that hard nosed attitude that most reporters have. She was a bit timid as a character, but she definitely has gained some pluck. She isn't afraid to ask the hard questions or to go into danger to prove her point or to find the next clue. I think she has developed into a lead character that fans can stand behind and root for. I liked her a lot in this one and I think she will only continue to get better. Donally's slow build up has proven to be the right touch with this character. What I didn't like: I can definitely say that this is my favorite of the series so far. There isn't much to criticize because all of the elements came together to provide the reader with a great reading experience. The murder, the evidence, the psychic cat, everything played off each other and made for a fantastic read. Bottom Line: It took me a little while to completely warm up to this series, but I'm totally there now. If you haven't tried this series, now is your chance. Donally can write a feline character like few others in the genre and this one has picked up speed along the way. Can't wait to see what's next for Sunny & Shadow.
Oliver Barnstable is the owner of Maine Adventure X-perience and Sunny’s boss. In a freak accident he has broken his leg. After surgery to repair the bad break he has ended up in a rehab facility. This makes Sunny’s life miserable, she not only has to run the office but make trips back and forth to the rehab center and cater to her bosses business needs as well. His roommate is no joy either, he is a hopeless flirt and a real pain. Then in the middle of the night Sunny gets a call from her boss saying his roommate was dead and he knows it wasn’t from nqatural causes. So now Sunny has a new assignment, find out who killed Gardner Scatterwell. Dollycas’s Thoughts I love the way Claire Donally writes. She gives the perfect voice to not only her human characters but to her feline ones as well. Last Licks takes us to a rehab center just outside of Kittery Harbor, Maine. In addition to a bunch of new human characters we meet the lovely female feline Portia, whose scent comes home on Sunny’s clothes and Shadow absolutely loves. Donally writing from the cats point of view is truly fun and unique. She has also crafted a great whodunit that had me confused and guessing until the very end. Again Shadow plays a very important part in solving the mystery. His person, Sunny, is just too inquisitive at times and ends up getting herself in trouble. Shadow seems to have kitty sense (like Spidey sense) to know just when to show up on the scene. This series is so much fun to read. If you have not read the The Big Kitty, start there and then move on to Cat Nap, and then Last Licks. You will absolutely love Shadow and Sunny too!!
Shadow saves the day! This addition to the series was different, and fun. I loved the cats interaction and the story had me guessing. I loved it.
I just finished this book and enjoyed it. The twists and turns turned what could have been an easy solved plot into a WHAT,WHO? I like that. This is a genre that I go to when I have had enough Heavy Lifting books, and still got the mind grab only a few Cozies can give.