This is the second book in a series, and I confess that I have not read the first. I picked up a flyer for this series when I attended a local independent and small-press comic convention a few months back. And this is not a comic book, but I have no problem reading YA fiction. And I like cats, and mysteries featuring cats. So here we are.
Jonas Shurmann has learned the secret of communicating with cats, and along with his feline partners, CatBob and Neil Higgins, has developed a reputation as a detective. So when a hooded figure and a 100-year-old phantom cat appear in the neighborhood, they are just the team to solve the mystery. And they discover that a century-old curse has been placed on one of their friends, Orville.
There is a bit of a “Scooby Doo” aspect to the mystery, but the conclusion is satisfying. And we end with a nice lesson involving forgiveness, healing, and friendship.
While the action is occurring, the author includes a few cat-care hints. In this one, the topic of dealing with a cat urinating in the house (“a pee-pee cat”) is addressed, activity which is also worked into the story.
Source: public library
Note: The author donates a portion of the profits from every new copy of Crime Cats sold to a local cat-based charity, The Crime Cats Relief Fund.