Author: Julie Chase
Series: A Kitty Couture Mystery
Publication: Crooked Lane Books (November 8, 2016)
Description: Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden District where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker’s dream come true--until the glitter gun used to make her Shih Tzu tutus becomes a murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1.
Now Detective Jack Oliver is hounding Lacy, and her Furry Godmother investor wants out before his name is tarnished by association. To make matters worse, a string of jewel heists with suspicious ties to the murder case has New Orleans residents on edge. To save her dream, Lacy must take a stand, put her keen eyes to work, and unravel what really happened at her shop that night. But can Lacy sniff out the killer cat burglar in time to get her tail-raising designs on the catwalk?
Witty and whimsical, Cat Got Your Diamonds, the first in a new cozy series by Julie Chase, will be the cat's meow for fans of Rita Mae Brown and Miranda James.
My Thoughts: Lacy Crocker is back in New Orleans' Garden District and opening her pet boutique Furry Godmother when a creepy looking guy is killed out back. At first, Detective Jack Oliver thinks that Lacy killed him. But a series of threats to Lacy quickly changes his mind. He wants Lacy to keep out of his investigation but Lacy needs the case solved quickly to keep her financing for the store.
This was a cute cozy mystery complete with glamorous fashions for dogs, cats, llamas, and turtles. It also featured a pet-friendly bakery with the recipes at the back of the book. Lacy was a very realistic heroine. She was curious and impulsive but also displayed appropriate fear when confronted by the assorted villains. I liked her relationship with her parents and her friends. I liked the snappy dialog between Jack and Lacy.
Cozy readers and pet lovers will enjoy this story which begins a new series.
Furry Godmother's business tip: Without proper marketing, zealous admiration is just stalking.I got this one in exchange for an honest review from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley You can buy your copy here.