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February 25, 2011 31 Comments

Book Review and Giveaway: First Person Cat by Jacque Heebner

Posted by Ingrid

When I came across First Person Cat, I was immediately intrigued.  A murder mystery featuring a tortoiseshell cat – I had to read this one! 

Tiffany, a tortoiseshell Persian is living the good life in Beverly Hills, CA when her human mother, a former rock star, is found murdered in her home.  Even though Tiffany didn’t witness the murder, she is sure she knows who killed her mother.  Highly intuitive and with an uncanny (or maybe catty?) ability to read minds, Tiffany wants to make sure the right person is caught and justice prevails.  As the murder investigation progresses, she charms a handsome detective on the Beverly Hills police force, who just happens to be a cat lover.  As the story unfolds, Tiffany uses every feline wile at her disposal to direct the detective’s attention toward the person she believes killed her mother.  In the process of her feline sleuthing, she even manages to prevent a second murder.

As the title suggests, the book is written from Tiffany’s perspective.  Set in glitzy Beverly Hills, and filled with plenty of designer name dropping (the cat on the book’s cover is wearing a David Webb diamond necklace), the book is highly engaging, and you’ll find yourself cheering Tiffany on as she attempts to communicate what she knows to the sometimes frustratingly (for her) slow humans.   

The author’s celebrity friends readily endorsed the book:

“Tiffany the cat is a cute and very enjoyable read . I love cat Tiffany and her point of view with humans and their flaws” - Lou and Carla Ferrigno, actors and body builders

“The beautiful Beverly Hills Tiffany, Tiff to select few, will guide you through a most fascinating, page flipping murder mystery. It deals with the rich, the conniving, the rock and film stars, the devious and then ever clever detectives. However, none is more clever than the magnificent Tiffany in solving the crime, with its intriguing cast of celebratory characters. By the way, Tiffany is a hot tortoise-shell Persian Cat!” – Tippi Hedren, actress and founder of Shambala Preserves for Big Cats & Exotic Animals

I enjoyed this book, especially the passages when Tiffany is trying to communicate with the humans around her.  Heebner’s love for and knowledge of cats comes through loud and clear.  The book leaves a little to be desired when it comes to human character development, but this is more than made up for by Tiffany’s endearing personality.  A delightful, entertaining read.

I requested this book from the author’s publicist.

Jacque Heebner is a former Daily News journalist, animal rights activist, and owner of Jacque Designs Presents.  For more about Jacque and First Person Cat, please visit her website.

 
   

I’m offering one copy of this book for one lucky winner.  To enter the drawing, leave a comment here.  For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter and post the link in a separate comment.  This giveaway ends Friday, March 18.

 
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31 comments to “Book Review and Giveaway: First Person Cat by Jacque Heebner”

  1. Wonderful book review………this sounds like a book I would really enjoy. I also think that photo of Tiffany on the cover of the book is PRICELESS….what an expression she has – and those eyes!! Thanks for such a wonderfully detailed review – leaves no doubt that this is a winner of a read for cat mystery fans such as myself.

  2. Geraldine Galentree says:

    This sounds like a fun read. Just my cup of tea! Thanks for the intro to Tiffany. Hope there will be many more after this.

  3. I’ll read it, or better yet, I’ll get the cats to read it to me!

  4. Pat Wolesky says:

    What’s not to like? A tortie solving murders is totally believable to me :-)

  5. Great book review. Of course the cat was the hero of the story…

    pawhugs, Max

  6. Debbie Anders says:

    Gotta love a story with a tortie for the hero :) :) :)

  7. Tamara Alfson says:

    I love mysteries and I love cats so this is perfect! Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

    Tamara

  8. Jay says:

    A Tortie Persian. Sounds interesting. Wonder if Harry knows about this.
    I will have to see if Walmart has this yet.

  9. Esme says:

    This sounds like a fun read. Thank you Ingrid.

  10. Connie says:

    What a clever idea!

  11. Debbie says:

    This sounds like a kick and a fun read. Please count me in! :-)

  12. Mason Canyon says:

    Great review. This sounds like a great read. I especially like that it’s a tortoiseshell. Finally, a book about a cat that doesn’t die. :)

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

  13. That does sound dishy. Funny how truth can be stranger than fiction. The cat rescue group I volunteer with has two cats up for adoption since their human mom was murdered. Hopefully they’ll have a happy ending like the book.

  14. Jessie says:

    I am such a cat person! I love all things cats just as much as I love all things books! lol and this definitely seems like the best of both worlds and I would love to win a copy of First Person Cat!

  15. Michelle says:

    Two favorites-cats and murder mysteries.

  16. Nena W says:

    What a delightful thought for a story! Of course it’s only fitting
    that the stories central figure is none other than a Tortie!
    I am proudly owned by a Tortie named Peanut, who has
    endless charm, curiosity and personality plus. Perhaps your
    next book could use her as a charachter? Just sayin’ I am very
    proud of my girl and she loves to be center of attention :-)

    P.S. She was a rescue kitty and I love her to pieces!

  17. Sheila says:

    I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  18. Jeanette Bloomfield says:

    This is exactly what I need to go with my radiation treatments. A mystery by one of my favorite cats. ANYthing to take my mind off the radiation. Crossed fingers here.

  19. I would like this great book. If I am selected, please send so Jeanette. Thank you for the great post.

  20. Kathy P says:

    Sounds great! Would love to read this! Love cats!

  21. Jeanne says:

    It certainly sounds intriguing. Of course, being me I’m already worried about who is taking care of Tiffany now that her human mom is going. Who’s opening the cans of Fancy Feast and scooping the litter box?? I guess I’ll just have to read the book!

  22. Carol Wong says:

    I read a cat mystery before and loved it. They are so smart, you know! Would love to wint this one!

    I also tweeted:

    Carolee888 is my Twitter name

    http://consciouscat.net/2011/02/25/book-review-and-giveaway-first-person-cat-by-jacque-heebner/ Giveaway of ‘First Person Cat’

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  23. Janineq says:

    I love anything to do with cats and this book intrigues me.

  24. Victoria Howard says:

    I don’t have currently a Torti in my home of 8 cats..someday I will again though! Please add me to the drawing for the book!

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  26. Lynn Neuberg says:

    I happen to LOVE Tortie cats, we had one named Sabrina,who sadly, passed away at age 18 in 2004. I miss her dearly. She was trained to run up the side of my leg and sit on my chest/shoulder. She could also fetch paper wads and bring them back to you.

    She was so smart, independent, very attached to me and definitely was the boss of the other three cats at the time! We now have six kitties, and adopted a Calico since they are also special breeds.
    Torties are special cats for sure. I would surely adopt another Tortie in the future!!

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