Publisher: Open Road Media
Published: February 20, 2015
ISBN: Open Road Media
Obtained via: Publisher via Netgalley
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Gina@loveromancesandmorereviews.com
Upon his arrival in London for his annual visit a businessman makes the acquaintance of James, a cat. But James is no ordinary cat. He is, in a word, a connoisseur. Well that would be James in a word. To know the real James you will soon learn he is much, much more.
James is intelligent, street savvy and just plain good company. He prefers top drawer beverages and enjoys a meal of pate and other delicacies. With a look he is able to let our businessman know just what he would be most interested in. More than just interested in the finer things in life, James is able to discern a fake piece of art from the real deal. And when they visit a country estate for the Christmas holidays he has the knack of bringing the entire village together. At times James seems almost human—but definitely do not tell him that! He is rather proud of the fact that he is a cat and, as such, believes himself a higher being.
When I first picked up JAMES THE CONNOISSEUR CAT by Harriett Hahn I was anticipating a slightly different read from the one I had. I anticipated a story about a cat who enjoyed the finer things that cats are known to enjoy. As a cat lover and mommy I was, at first, appalled by James drinking adult beverages and dining on foods that would make my own furbabies ill. But then I took a step back and went with the fantasy that Hahn creates. At times it reminded me of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and at others the alternate worlds of Terry Brooks yet with Hahn’s own unique voice. James is a wonderful combination of the cats we know in our families and a marvellous fictional feline detective. If you are looking for a quick, fun read JAMES THE CONOISSUER CAT is an excellent choice.
This is an objective review and an endorsement of this book.