Saturday, May 3, 2014

Review: The Big Kitty by Claire Donally

Let sleeping cats lie…

Kittery Harbor, Maine, may not be a hotbed of criminal activity, but Sunny Coolidge and her feline companion, Shadow, have a knack for nosing out trouble. While Shadow copes with a sore paw and an irritating puppy invading his turf, Sunny gets mixed up in a financial dispute between rival vets and ex-spouses Jane and Martin Rigsdale. Sunny agrees to help Jane confront Martin about his moneygrubbing ways, only to find herself caught at the scene of a crime: Martin has been murdered.

Though Jane is pegged as the lead suspect in the investigation, Martin, with his greedy ways and his catting around, did not have a shortage of enemies. Did a scorned lover or cheated creditor put Martin down for good? It’s time for Sunny and Shadow to team up again, sniff out a killer, and clear Jane’s name before someone decides to put them to sleep, too.

From my personal collection.

I never actually thought this would happen, but this is my first ever Zero Star review.  I hated this book so much that even one star was too much for it.  Yes, it was that bad.

I am an avid cozy fan and usually love most cat themed mysteries but this turned my stomach. Not only was it offensive to cat lovers by having the one woman in the entire town who was kind to animals and rescued them be a ditzy, hoarder type, "cat lady" but it promoted animal abuse! I was frankly shocked when the main character's father started not only to make obnoxious comments towards his daughter about Shadow the cat but towards the cat as well. When the verbal abuse progressed towards actual physical abuse towards the cat and the daughter (and Shadow's supposed caretaker) not only allowed but condoned it I almost threw up.

I have no idea why an author who clearly hates animals enough to not only make derogatory comments about animal rescuers but condones animal abuse and actually promotes it in her books would write about cats.

I cannot recommend this at all and my copy is going into the recycling bin rather than passing this filth on to the library like I usually do. I certainly will never purchase another of this author's books.  I don't even want to touch one on the shelf for fear it might get its evil energy on me.

☆☆ = Hated It

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