Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 1, 2023 by Crystal Uys


I can’t help it: adorable cat covers just jump out at me when I’m at the bookstore. And a pink cover with a cat on it – well, there was just no way I could miss reading this book!

Murder of the Cat’s Meow is the fifteenth (yes, you read that right, 15th!) book in the Scumble River mystery series by New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson, featuring school psychologist Skye Denison.

From the publisher:

When ex-Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid’s Cat’s Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed-dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny’s scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers into Scumble River always spells trouble…

Meanwhile, Skye is convinced that her house is haunted and is afraid that her fiancé, police chief Wally Boyd, won’t move in until the ghost moves out. But ghost-hunting takes a backseat when Skye is called to the bowling allway, where a riled-up contestant is choking a show judge for insulting his feline. Skye breaks up the scuffle, but the next morning the judge’s body is found, strangled with a cat toy. Now Skye must solve this purrplexing mystery — and show a devious killer that her sleuthing skills are the cat’s meow.

Skye is a very likeable protagonist. Her portly cat Bingo, while not central to the story, is very much a part of Skye’s life. And I can honestly say this is the first mystery I read in which the murder weapon was a cat toy. The story moves along at a brisk pace, and the writing is humorous. The subplots were a little too zany for me at times, but overall, I still enjoyed this book. If you like quirky, slightly offbeat mysteries, you’re going to love this one.

This book was sent to me by the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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