Monday, March 4, 2019

Review of CAT KILLED A RAT by ReGina Welling and Erin Lynn

Cozy Mystery
Date Published: September 23, 2015

Nothing bad ever happens in Ponderosa Pines

At least, that’s what anonymous gossip columnist Chloe LaRue and her best friend, town matriarch EV Torrence thought—until a resident of their sleepy little village turns up dead. When EV becomes suspect #1, even Chloe can’t stop the rumor mill from churning.

Against Detective Nate Harper and Deputy Dalton Burnsoll’s orders, Chloe and EV mount their own investigation—but what they uncover might just rock the community to its very core. Could one of their own beloved citizens really be a killer?


Highly Entertaining

Ponderosa Pines’ handyman, Luther Plunkett, is found dead. He only meant to fix a piece of loose trim leading up to the cathedral ceiling, but somehow plunged to his death off a rickety ladder. While a church is a great place to worship, it’s a lousy place to be murdered in, and that’s what rumors are suggesting. What with the town set for an important vote on a vital issue, it lands in Chloe LaRue and friend EV Torrence’s laps to determine what really happened – and fast.  

CAT KILLED A RAT by ReGina Welling and Erin Lynn is a VERY entertaining mystery. Part of the Ponderosa Pines Mysteries, the two authors joined forces to create some memorable characters. The plot holds its own and swiftly moves along, revealing a complex array of suspects and red herrings along the way. What I especially liked was the sparkling personalities of the two lead characters Emmalina Valentina Torrence (EV to her friends) and Chloe LaRue. They’re two very different personalities, but the eccentricities complement the relationship and don’t drag it down. I found the bond between them believable and the interactions/dialogue to be right on point.

There’s an original style going on in the series -- a real charm that makes it stand apart and hold its own. I appreciated that it introduces a whole slew of possibilities before the final reveal. All of the above makes figuring out who the culprit is challenging—and we mystery lovers love nothing more than a challenge!

I would highly recommend CAT KILLED A RAT to anyone craving a nice cozy mystery. It doesn’t take much to get caught up in the doings of Ponderosa Pines and its inhabitants, and I very much look forward to visiting again.

Four stars from me.