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Annie Butler Shirreffs  |  Feb 27th 2020


Looking for a new cat book to read? Here are four awesome cat books you have to read next.

The Time for Murder is Meow

In this fun first installment of the Purr N’ Bark Pet Shop Mystery series by T.C. LoTempio, we meet Crishell “Shell” McMillan, an actress whose TV series has just been cancelled. But she sees it as a blessing in disguise. Tired of the Hollywood scene, she moves to Fox Hollow, Connecticut, where her late aunt has not only left Shell her Victorian mansion but her Purr N’ Bark Pet Shop — and her one-eyed Persian cat, Purrday (who starts an amusing but uneasy friendship with Shell’s Siamese, Kahlua). Now Shell can take over the pet shop and do something she loves.

As she’s getting the shop ready to reopen, Shell is asked to loan her aunt’s Cary Grant poster collection for an exhibit at the local museum. She’s excited at the prospect until she finds out that a museum board member (who just happened to have a long-standing feud with Shell’s aunt) votes against it. Shortly after a public altercation with the board member, Shell discovers her dead in the museum, making her suspect No. 1. With the help of some new friends and, of course, her two cats, Shell tries to find the real culprit. Published by Midnight Ink.

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ChoirMaster
A marriage of convenience. A crisis of faith. A talking cat. What could possibly go wrong? Well, plenty!

In the second book of Michael Craft’s Mister Puss mystery series, the historic but financially troubled St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Dumont, Wisconsin, has a new rector, Joyce Hibbard, who plans to turn things around. Marson Miles, a local architect, soon realizes that Mother Hibbard’s husband is an old college friend, Curtis, a prominent New York attorney — and he suspects their marriage is one of convenience. Mother Hibbard wants to build a brand new church to replace the crumbling St. Albans, and local philanthropist Mary Questman wants her friend Marson to design it. And then there’s the matter of the hunky young choir director, David Lovell. But when someone turns up dead, suspects abound. And, once again, Marson’s husband, Brody Norris, must step into the role of amateur sleuth — and sidekick — to Sheriff Thomas Simms. Luckily, Brody gets some help — from Mary Questman’s exotic cat, a chatty Abyssinian named Mister Puss. Published by Questover Press.

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Cats in Bow Ties

Since its invention, the bow tie has been an essential part of many fashionable wardrobes. It continues to stand the test of time and, in this book, adorns the necks of adorable rescue kitties! Animal advocate, photographer and educator Lindsi Jones began her unique portrait project 101 Cats in Bow Ties in 2015 and has continued the project, working with many shelters to highlight adoptable cats and create beautiful portraits used in social media that help adoption efforts and celebrate cats worldwide. More than 125 cats grace this collection — all of them current and former felines rescued by volunteers of Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary in Thomasville, Georgia. Some will live out their lives at the sanctuary, some have found their forever homes, and some are still patiently waiting to find homes of their own. You’ll also learn how shelters, foster families and cat cafés help improve the lives of cats. And if your cat is jealous of the bow ties the kitties are wearing, you’ll find simple instructions to make one yourself! Published by Amherst Media.

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All Cats are Introverts

This is a collection of “poems from cats who just need some ‘me time’ on your sofa, just want to focus on one thing instead of everything they shattered, and just won’t answer you no matter how many times you call.” Penned by Francesco Marciuliano, the poems clearly show cats to be the introverts of the animal world. They’re insightful, often alert, crowd-averse, personally engaging and, more often than not, spending the day napping. If you’ve ever been called antisocial because you enjoy alone time or prefer small gatherings over large parties, rest assured that cats know what it truly means to be an introvert — and capture it with poems like “Lonely vs. Alone,” “Answering Calls” and “When I First Enter a Crowded Room.” Published by Andrews McMeel.

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