Colbie Summers has moved back in with her father, a place she left with no intention of ever returning. When her father grows ill, Colbie knows she has no choice but to pack up her 12-year-old son, their cat, Trouble, and her gourmet cat food business and go back to the tiny town of Sunnyside, CA.
While Colbie expected that things might be complicated, she certainly never expected the complications to lead to murder. When police suspect her of murdering one of the other women in the Sunnyside Power Moms trade show, Colbie realizes that in order to save her name, her business, and her son, she needs to find out who the real killer is and that might include getting into a little trouble!
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Well achieved and without waste. This story had me with just the first line, and kept me hooked till the very end with all the possible suspects. Love how the main character has her insecurities, but takes charge to keep afloat. The family dynamic that isn't perfect but shows the love every parent have for their Children. Sometimes, things are not what they seem.
Dollycas’s Thoughts Colbie Summers has come home with her son and their cat Trouble to take care of her ailing father. Her gourmet cat food business can be handled from there but she still needs to commute back to the kitchen she uses to produce her products. Her customers can order the food online and find her selling it at local farmer’s markets, but she is hoping to land a major store to carry them too. She is also spreading the word locally at the Sunnyside Power Mom’s trade show. The trade show crowd was larger than she expected. Then she is called away and leaves her friend and fellow supermom to close down her booth. When she returns she makes a terrible discovery. Her friend, Twila, is dead with one of Colbie’s signature knives in her chest. Of course, she is the prime suspect, so she has to investigate. New to the group she doesn’t know these supermoms very well. She quickly finds out most of them are hiding something. She just needs to uncover the right secret to Cat-ch the killer. This series is off to a fine start. The author introduces a great group of characters. Colbie and her dad had a falling out years ago but she uproots her life to come home to take care of him. It is a complicated relationship that evolves quite a bit already in this first story. Her son Elliott, is twelve and a theater buff and loves to perform. His dad has never been in the picture and Colbie has this single mother act nailed down. It was nice to see his relationship with his grandpa materialize. We also meet the diverse group of “supermoms” and other friends and neighbors too, including a very handsome next door neighbor. The theme of Colbie’s owning an organic cat food company was pretty unique. Her cat Trouble is her taste-tester. If he doesn’t like it she throws the recipe out. I am worried about the name of her company in light of the news out this week about Mario Batali. Meow-io Batali Gourmet Cat Food may need to go through a name change for book #2. The story has a nice pace and blends the mystery with real family life. There is plenty of humor and just the beginning spark of romance. The ending was action packed and had me on the edge of my seat. The situation had my heart racing. I am excited about this series and am anxiously awaiting the next installment.
The Trouble with Murder by Kathy Krevat is the first book in A Gourmet Cat Mystery series. Colbie Summers, along with her son and cat, have moved back home to Sunnyside to assist her father, Hank. Her father has been ill with pneumonia and needs her assistance. Colbie owns Meowio Batali Gourmet Cat Food which was inspired by her cat, Trouble and his digestive issues. She makes organic, human grade food for cats. Colbie is at a trade show of the Sunnyside Power Moms (SPMs) when she gets a call from her son, Elliott regarding her dad. Colbie must rush home and Twila agrees to clean up her booth for her. Later that night, Colbie and her father return to the event space and find Twila Jenkins dead with one of Colbie’s knives in her chest. The police have Colbie at the top of the suspect list. Someone is trying to frame Colbie for murder. Lani, Colbie’s best friend, suggests that Colbie find the killer to clear her name. Colbie questions the Sunnyside Power Moms while dealing with her son who wishes to reach out to his biological father, writing a business proposal, her ill father, her cat who is aptly named Trouble, a bald guy stalking Elliott, a romantic prospect and a doorbell ringing chicken. What happens, though, when Colbie uncovers the culprit who has no intention of going to jail? The Trouble with Murder is easy to read and has a nice pace. I wish, though, that the author had provided more background on Colbie. We are given some details, but her character is not well established. The author never provides the last name of Lani, Colbie’s best friend. Not many details are provided on the town either. The author needed to devote time to establishing the foundation (main character, town, secondary characters, etc.). There is, of course, a love interest for Colbie. The next-door neighbor is nearby and happens to be “hunky” (this seems to be a trend in cozy mysteries that I have read recently). The mystery is interesting and there are several suspects. Those who love to solve mysteries will have no trouble identifying the guilty party (along with the reason the crime was committed). I did not appreciate the aggressive Detective Little (I found him cliché). Most of the book deals with Colbie’s business (she has a good idea and has done her research), her son and his musical prowess, her father’s illness, Elliott’s desire to connect with his biological father, the doorbell ringing chicken who has to be returned to the handsome neighbor, Trouble (the cat) being troublesome yet helpful (if his owner would just pay attention), and Colbie talking to Lani. The only action is towards the end of the story. The investigation consists of Colbie talking (i.e. questioning) the SPMs and then repeating everything for her friend, Lani. I am giving The Trouble with Murder 3 out of 5 stars. I wish the book had been more compelling. The Trouble with Murder failed to capture and hold my attention.
THE TROUBLE WITH MURDER by Kathy Krevat is the first book in the brand new Gourmet Cat Mystery series and a terrific start! The protagonist, Colbie Summers, is very likeable. Unlike the majority of cozy mystery heroines who are young, and footloose, Colbie is single, but also a mother to a pre-teen son. This brings a depth of reality and seriousness to the story along with a greater sense of danger when a child is threatened. It also adds to the depth of Colbie’s character with the interaction between her child and her father, whom they live with. The author also explores the difficult relationship that can often occur between a grown woman and her parents. She captures the essence of Colbie’s relationship with her father in this one sentence, “Why did every serious conversation with him have to be fraught with so many emotional landmines?” I loved Colbie’s line of business, gourmet cat food, selling under the name Meow-io Batali Gourmet Cat Food – a great pun along with so many clever names for the pet food! Her cat, Trouble, is a character all to his own, and between him and the doorbell ringing chicken, they bring lots of smiles to the story! Ms. Krevat writes with a great sense of humor and lots of puns bringing laugh out loud moments. Yet when Colbie’s friend is killed with Colbie’s Meowi Chef Knife, the seriousness of the situation comes to light and the author creates a tight plot with lots of viable suspects. All in all this is a terrific start to a series that I can’t wait to continue reading! I was provided an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.