Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Murder Most Yowl
Author: Quinn Dressler
Heroes: Cam & Jake
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 134 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Cat-sitting is a dangerous business.
Cameron Sherwood turned his back on law enforcement the night his investigation led to the death of an innocent gay man. Now Cam spends his time running a business that caters to his favorite animal, cats. But when Cam stumbles upon the body of a friend while feeding her feline, he can’t walk away. Dealing with a sexy yet stubborn sheriff, a matchmaking sister, and a terrifying blind date, Cam must somehow track down a killer, all while keeping the cats around him fed with his gourmet cat treats.
When Cam finds the body of the owner of the cat he’s supposed to be cat-sitting, he becomes knee-deep in finding out who murdered the lady. Unfortunately, Sheriff Jake O’Neil isn’t happy having an ex-NCIS agent doing his own investigation. Except when their sisters force them on a blind date, they realize they might just have more in common than they thought. Now with the animosity gone, Jake’s more willing to include Cam in on the investigation and it might be just what they need to find out who killed Mr. Muffin Top’s owner.
I really liked Cam as a character. I found the fact that he gave up being a NCIS agent to open a cat shop very endearing. I especially liked that he couldn’t just leave the murder alone, that he had to investigate it. As for Jake, I liked him but he’s a bit of an enigma to me. We really don’t know much about him besides the fact he’s a dog lover, doesn’t like people encrouching on his investigation and a bit scared of his sister. I think if we got to know more of him, maybe gotten to see how he thinks, that would have given his character more depth.
I enjoyed this story but I must say the author based most of the mystery solving on Cam’s ‘hunches’. Every big lead in the mystery was because Cam had a hunch that they should go in a certain direction without any evidence to support it. I can believe that happening maybe once or twice but it happened so often it ended up ruining the mystery for me because no one’s that lucky.
In the end, this wasn’t a bad story. I liked the characters but I found the mystery severely lacking. I did really enjoy Cam and Jake together, they had really good chemistry and I loved the animosity between them at first. If you enjoy cops with cats, give this a go but beware, the mystery may not be up to expectations.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*