What the Cat Saw

What the Cat Saw

by Carolyn G. Hart


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ISBN-13: 9780425252741
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty-five novels of mystery and suspense including the Bailey Ruth Ghost Novels and the Death on Demand Mysteries. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She has also been honored with the Amelia Award for significant contributions to the traditional mystery from Malice Domestic and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City, where she enjoys mysteries, walking in the park, and cats. She and her husband, Phil, serve as staff—cat owners will understand—to brother and sister brown tabbies.

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“Carolyn Hart’s work is both utterly reliable and utterly unpredictable. What the Cat Saw will surprise and engage any mystery reader.” —#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris

“One of the most popular practitioners of the traditional mystery.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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What the Cat Saw 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
lizzeee More than 1 year ago
Hart's latest tightly plotted mystery with fully realized and believable characters is a winner, a fun and quick read. Nela Farley is lost after the death of her husband and loss of her job as an investigative reporter. As a favor to her quirky, free spirited sister, she agrees to fill in for Chole at her job while she goes on an unexpected vacation to Tahiti. She'd have to take care of a dead woman's cat and stay at her apartment. Funds are tight, and free rent would be good, but the when Nela meets Jugs, the cat, her newly found 6th sense with cats kicks in and she feels sadness from Jugs as well as impressions of a woman tripping over a skateboard on the stairs to the apartment and falling to her death. That night, an intruder enters the apartment and tears the living room apart. Nela locks herself in the bedroom and calls 911. That begins a series of events that lead to another murder and the possibility of a new life for Nela. Hart keeps the story moving as Nela unravels personalities and motives while we get to Nela! 5 starts!
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Hart begins a new paranormal cozy mystery series, with her book, What the Cat Saw. Hart's trademark style and character development draws readers into the story of a C.O.O (corporate operating officer) and a fill in employee who gets some information from an unlikely source... the woman's cat. Hart's brand of lighthearted mystery is full of surprises. With an interesting paranormal theme and a great new protagonist in Nela Farley, Hart's new series is bound to strike a cord with readers, from mystery fans to cat lovers! What the Cat Saw is Hart's newest series starter. Hart starts out with a young grieving woman who takes a chance opening as a fill in for her sister, at a charitable organization in hopes of finding a new start.  Nela Farley is a character after my own heart and Hart endears her the reader quickly with her sad memories and her love for her scatter brained sister. This character has a ton of potential with her unusual gift reading the minds of cats she comes in contact with. One of the things I really enjoyed early on in this book is the heroines skepticism at her own abilities. This is paranormal ability that seems to have originated with the death of her fiancee, and she wonders if she isn't going crazy. I liked the fact that she didn't just accept it out of turn. That would have been too unbelievable. Also I enjoyed the way Hart wrote the thoughts that Nela was gleaning from the felines she came in contact with. The were short spurts of thought, not altogether coherent or fully realized. Exactly what I would expect from a cat. That was a nice touch. Jugs is an interesting character in his own right, but I felt he was sorely underused. Readers will meet him in the beginning and learn what he has to offer Nela, but then he shifts into a background role. I would have liked to have seen Hart, really allow Jugs to become more than just a filler.  There were other secondary characters who had a lot of potential as well. Steve, the local newspaper writer and even the curmudgeon of a police detective, but none of these other characters really got a lot of time in the story. Hart is known for her great characters and I felt like these were not as developed as the usual for Hart. Readers may feel a little cheated because of this. I would have enjoyed getting to know more about other people who worked for Haklo beyond just a cursory scene here and there.  There were several things about this book that didn't quite add up to the normal Carolyn Hart novel. That's not to say that it was a horrible book. It just wasn't what readers have come to expect from Hart. There is still plenty of potential for the series and subsequent books may counter some of the issues with this one. Another issue that stood out for me was the lack of setting and scene. Usually in a cozy mystery the setting is very important. In this novel the action centers around Halko and does not go into great details about the Craddock, Oklahoma town or it's residents beyond the police detective and the newspaperman. I wanted to know more about the area and the people, though I realize that this series is more character concentric than setting dependent. Some readers may be able to look beyond the cons and see the pros in this one. The great main character, the interesting paranormal twist, the realistic portrayal of the thoughts of a feline. There are good things here, just not enough to pull off the first in this new series book.
Anonymous 16 days ago
I know it has been a while but i still wish there was a sequel.
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Nothin important
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McDr More than 1 year ago
What the Cat Saw by Carolyn G. Hart is another winner.
mysterykitten More than 1 year ago
I love cats, so this story plus Mystery and the fact that the main character could understand what the cats says (wish I could do this with my own cats) really makes a terrific mystery
Mackie77 More than 1 year ago
I had hoped this would be a good book, but I found it to be quite dull. I had anticipated that that the cat "conversations" would be more like the Rita Mae Brown characters, but no such luck. This book almost made the tiny list of books that I could not finish. It was really slow!
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mary_kennedy More than 1 year ago
"You can never fool a cat. A cat always knows exactly what someone thinks and feels." Nela Farley recalls these words when she meets Jugs, the cat she has agreed to care for while her sister is in Tahiti. From the very first encounter, it is obvious that Jugs, with his gleaming green eyes and intelligent demeanor, is a very special feline. He is wise and intuitive and Nela quickly realizes that she can read his thoughts. "Whever she looks at Jugs, she moves into his mind." Jugs communicates thoughts, phrases, warnings and above all, emotions. "Anger...anger...danger." As the mystery unravels, Nela meets Steve Flynn, a very appealing journalist, who finds himself drawn to her. The attrraction is mutual. Steve's analytical take on the murders (and his strong ties with the local police) make him a valuable partner in solving the crimes. I hope to see more of Steve in subsequent releases; a tender romance seems to be developing between Steve and Nela. I love any mystery involving a cat, and this is a particularly delightful one! I am so looking forward to the next release and seeing Jugs once again.
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"They unfortenatly, disapeared."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really good!! Not my favorite but i think the author style and the book itself are nice and easy to read. I had no problems with the characters other than there was alot of them. The only thing that i wish was different is more envolvement of "what the cat saw". But over all i found it enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for a cat lover !!!! I loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Hart is one of my favorite authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the author and her other series, but this new series is just too slow and too, well, boring. The characters are weak and not well developed, the setting is too obscure and the motive behind the murders and mayhem is just plain dumb. Would not buy next book in series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
don't bother. knew the ending by page 50
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The suspense of this book kept me reading all night!
catladyPJ More than 1 year ago
Great book. Enjoyed it.I recomend it highly.
larisajune More than 1 year ago
I liked it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keldeo is taken