CREATOR OF WORLDS
Katz' Cat Cozy Mysteries
Welcome to Twinkle, Texas
385 miles from the closest shopping mall.
Received this fabulous review of Katz’ Cat 2/3/2023 by Canadian author, Anne Shillolo:
I liked this book so much that I did not want it to end! Katz’s Cat has it all. Sweet humor, lovable characters, talented pets, and a cast of memorable characters. Is there really a place called Twinkle, Texas? I want to go there!
Main character Jimmy Katz is an honest, open-hearted reporter who decides to leave The Big City for a quieter life in Twinkle. It’s not long before he finds out that even a small town can be hiding big secrets. And Jimmy finds himself at the center of a deadly conflict.
The mystery plot is complex, making the book a real page-turner, as we follow Jimmy, along with his new friends, loquacious parrot, and clever kitten, towards a surprise ending. I hope this is a series and can’t wait for Book 2. If you like books by Jana DeLeon or Lilian Jackson Braun, Katz’s Cat will make your day!
Book 1: Katz' Cat
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Katz' Cat by Dawn Greenfield Ireland is a small town cozy mystery with pets and cops.
Jimmy Katz, a young journalist from the Big City, throws in the towel after he's robbed at gunpoint at a gas station. He finds a job at the Twinkle Independent News in Twinkle, Texas, 385 miles from the closest shopping mall.
He settles into country life in the town of 3,000 at Mrs. Potts' boarding house with his Amazon parrot, Guppy, who has an extensive vocabulary.
Three months into his new lifestyle, Jimmy discovers a tiny kitten he names Maddy. Then his life is turned topsy-turvey.
The town matriarch, his long-lost aunt, names him her heir. Someone takes offense. Neither Jimmy, police chief Price, or his aunt Betty know if the threats are coming from the Big City or Twinkle.
Mysterious messages on his laptop lead to a shocking discovery.
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Jimmy Katz wakes walloped with a cold, allergies, or the flu. Maddy, his cat, and Guppy, his Amazon parrot fret, but still demand breakfast. Mrs. Potts sends Jimmy over to the Wellness Center where Bill Hill sends the Katz-Diaz heir home with his special formula, Wellness in a Bottle.
Brian, Jimmy’s best friend, and Danny, his coworker at the Twinkle Independent News, come to visit, followed by Aunt Betty, the matriarch of Twinkle and Starlight County. Celebrity stops by, sees how awful Jimmy feels and tells him she’ll be back later.
The town drunk attacks Celebrity, and she ends up in a coma. When she resurfaces, a different reality has everyone concerned, especially Jimmy.
After only three doses of Bill Hill’s formula, Jimmy fully recovers. He stops by the Wellness Center to purchase two more bottles. When he arrives home, Maddy and Guppy attack the bag. Then Brian and Danny show up and tell him that someone was poisoned by that formula.
The deranged poisoner has targeted more than Bill Hill’s store. The Dime Water Foo(d) grocery store with the burnt out “d” in the sign, affectionately called the Foo, is shut down. It’s the only grocery store within a 150-mile radius. Betty calls upon her army of volunteers and they transform the Starlight Ballroom into a grocery store.
More businesses are shut down as tampered products send people to the hospital. Chief Kenton Price, Ramirez, and Celebrity have their hands full with trying to hunt down the elusive poisoner, along with help from the Feds. Through the investigation, they discover that forty years ago a terrible crime was committed and concealed. Jimmy and Ramirez uncover the details and they seek justice for the family.
While eating at the Biggem Diner with Danny, Brian, Ramirez, and Celebrity, Jimmy notices the poisoner in action. Ramirez and Celebrity take action. The culprit is arrested.