|Pages/Publication Date:||221 / 2014|
A prolific science fiction writer, five-time Hugo Award winner Mike Resnick here continues his turn with cozy crime, following Dog in the Manger and The Trojan Colt. This third mystery in the Eli Paxton series begins with the hard-luck gumshoe looking to get his transmission repaired. He takes a job from a wealthy widow to find a missing cat—a very important cat, it turns out, whose collar is studded with diamonds worth a small fortune. But a routine search of animal shelters soon becomes a journey through a murky underworld, as Paxton finds the cat (though not the collar) and uncovers a plot involving a Bolivian drug cartel. Worse, the temperamental widow is more likely to throw things at Paxton than pay him for his services; assuming he survives, how's he going to get his car fixed?
"The light-hearted mystery provides plenty of smiles and an occasional laugh out loud moment while also serving up serious crime fiction that will keep readers turning pages.... Much of the fun is the twists and turns, the surprises that keep you reading as you try to figure out who done it and why."—BellaOnline