Before we actually sat down to put this post together, old SoLT actually said, “Oh, this post will be so easy! We just pick our favorite books!” What a fool she is. It’s so hard to choose favorites when we have gotten to read so many good books. We have done our best though, and so we present to you, in no particular order, our six favorites from among the cat cozies we read in 2016. We're sure you'll find something to like among the books in this list! (And if you don't, you are clearly reading the wrong blog!)
A Deadly Tail, by Dixie Lyle
This book is part of the Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot series, which we think is simply one of the most entertaining series ever. Ectoplasmic ghost dog, reincarnated tuxedo cat, great plot, plenty of humor, a re-imagination of that famous Rainbow Bridge that makes us go all gooey inside… If you haven’t sampled this series yet, we really do not know what is stopping you!
Crime and Poetry, by Amanda Flower
This is the first book in the Magical Bookshop series, in which Violet Waverly drops work on her dissertation to rush home to Cascade Springs, New York, because she thinks her grandmother is gravely ill. But Violet is in for a few surprises, the first of which is that Grandma Daisy is healthy as can be. This book has just enough complexity to be really interesting without being confusing, it has a great cat named Emerson, and then there’s that whole “magical bookshop” thing going on…
The Crepes of Wrath, by Sarah Fox
The Crepes of Wrath is the start of another new series, this one set on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. Marley McKinney has moved temporarily to Wildwood Cove to run her cousin’s pancake house while he’s in the hospital, but when Cousin Jimmy is murdered, Marley’s life changes forever. Rich setting, great characters, page-turning excitement towards the end, plus an orange tabby named, appropriately, Flapjack. A yummy mystery!
Till Death Do Us Tart, by H. Y. Hanna
If you like your cozies a little more British, this fourth book in the Oxford Tearoom series is for you. A rude, snooty woman drops dead in the middle of a cat show, whereupon main character Gemma Rose’s mother jumps in to solve the crime. In our review, we described this book as sort of like Midsomer Murders meets Inspector Lewis, only with tea and cats. In other words, very entertaining!
Probable Paws, by Leighann Dobbs
This book returns us to one of our favorite fictional places: Mystic Notch, New Hampshire. Willa Chance owns a bookstore in this town where the cats are…different. Willa is visited regularly by ghosts, and at the start of this book she meets a ghost who wants her to find a book called Betty’s Recipes (hint: it’s not an ordinary recipe book). This is an enthralling and thoroughly entertaining series perfect for you talking-cat lovers.
Into the Grey, by Clea Simon
Into the Grey is part of the Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery series, which we have been dying to get into. When a gross, handsy academic is murdered, grad student Dulcie Schwartz sets off to find out who killed him. Dulcie is guided by the spirit of her deceased cat, Mr. Grey. There is also a living cat, Esmé. This is a book full of uncertainty—not much in Dulcie’s life is black and white. Plus there’s an academic quest that we think you’ll find intriguing if you’re a nerd like old SoLT.
Bonus! Our favorite non-cozy mystery
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, by Alan Bradley
Just before Christmas, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is home from the horrible-sounding Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy and has the great good fortune to discover a corpse. Fortunately, Flavia is rather good at solving mysteries, and she gets right in the middle of this one in short order. Yes, there is a cat—a tortoiseshell that is important to the plot but not a major character. Beautifully written, somewhat creepy, intensely atmospheric.
Did you have a favorite cat cozy this year? Let us know in the comments!
See something you like?Buy it through one of the links below! (These are Amazon Associate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, old SoLT and I could earn a little coin for our kibble account.)
Crime and Poetry (A Magical Bookshop Mystery)
The Crêpes of Wrath: A Pancake House Mystery
Probable Paws (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series) (Volume 5)
Into The Grey: A feline-filled academic mystery (A Dulcie Schwartz Cat Mystery)
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel