Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Publisher:     Berkley    
Published:    September 1, 2015
ISBN:      978-0425275245
Genre:    Mystery
Format:   Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina Gina@loveromancesandmorereviews.com


Sabrina is your basic, down-to-earth, kind of gal.  She isn’t superstitious in any way, shape or form.  When she heads off to Lavender, Texas to help her Aunt Rowe and get to work on her own version of the Great American Novel—the cozy mystery!  Now, some of that down-to-earth thinking may be called into question. Not that Sabrina’s thinking is up for changing that much—rather it’s the town’s belief that a little kitty may be bad luck simply because he is black. Feeling bad for the little guy, in addition to his attaching himself to her, Sabrina names the cat Hitchcock.  It doesn’t take long for Hitchcock to start surprising Sabrina in more ways than one.  How does he manage to keep turning up where ever she is, even after she’s made sure he’s safely secured in her home?

But Sabrina has more to worry about than Hitchcock’s escape artist abilities…when her Aunt Rowe’s long lost brother shows up in town she’s determined the swindler won’t walk away with Rowe’s home.  Before she can delve into the veracity of Bobby Joe Flowers’ claims he’s found dead and it doesn’t take long for the law to point the finger at Aunt Rowe. 

On top of being caught up in a murder investigation, her dream agent is coming to town and wants to hear Sabrina’s pitch for her cozy mystery!  How can she focus on her book when her life has turned into that very mystery she’s trying to write?

Being on the staff of three cats, two of them black cats, how could I not pick up Kay Finch’s BLACK CAT CROSSING to read?  And it was a fun read.  The intertwining of a mystery writer trying to write a mystery while solving another has some fun parallels.  I liked the way Sabrina tried to protect Hitchcock while also trying to educate the superstitious Lavender townsfolk how ridiculous thinking black cats are bad luck is. 

Hitchcock was, of course, my favorite character.  Like I said, what’s not to like about a story that stars a cat?  Particularly a street savvy black cat?  He’s quite the hero too.  Finch does a nice job of describing cat actions and reactions.

Fun mystery with some good twists and turns…Bobby Joe sure did get around!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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