The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency: A Hettie Bagshot Mystery

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Mar. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781250097835. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250097842. M
Enter a new breed of crime fighter: the four-legged variety, in this case, felines on the front lines of British crime fighting. Hettie Bagshot, founder and lead detective of the No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, ponders if chasing criminals is really for her, until she gets her first case. Furcross, a home for older cats, has been the victim of cat snatching, of the corpse variety. Hettie and her trusted right paw Tilly set out to Furcross to unveil the nefarious goings-on. Their first suspect is the taciturn Nurse Mogadon, who seems intent on involving the residents in a dangerous game. Hettie and Tilly make a point to investigate the hat department at Malkin & Sprinkle after a tipster informs them that deceased Furcross residents ended up there. As the kitty duo navigate the dastardly deeds at Furcross, Hettie considers just how many of her nine lives she'll have to use on this case.
VERDICT For fans of the British cozy, this series launch could be a welcome detour, as long as one suspends disbelief long enough to allow for feline crime solvers and the like.

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