Friday 19 April 2024

**FELINE FICTION FIX** Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #278 featuring **Look Both Ways** A Witch City Mystery Book 3 by Carole J. Perry PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello fubulous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and as mew can see I'm supurr snuggled in a fresh blanky, as while it's been sunny, the wind has been very cold this week and so I insisted that the heating is on all the time and a fire too, as mew can imagine what it's like when mew're older and the cold makes mew literally seize up and come to a total stand-still! MOL

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So my top trick is to have the temperature set to totally tropical, and everything is ok! MOL

Anyhoo, what books have mew been reading this week?

Apart from this week's top pick, I've also read:

Monster Hunter Memoir: Fever (BK 4) by Larry Correia

Noise Floor (BK 7) The Vinyl Detective Series by Andrew Cartmel

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

As mew can see I don't just read books about cats! MOL

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. A remake of _______________________ would be fun.
2. My favourite cartoon character is _________________.
3. I wish I had better _________ skills so that I could _________.
4. I’m proud of the progress I’ve made with _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. A remake of the 1980s movie Flash Gordon would be fun. I started to watch the series a while back, but sadly, it lacked everything that made the original series and subsequent movie fun. Saturday mornings in the 1970s always had a black-and-white episode of the original on the TV, and I've always loved sci-fi stuff. The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy would have been another choice, as the movie of that book was truly lacking the subtleties that Douglas Adams created, and what made the book fabulous.

2. My favourite cartoon character is Moomintroll from The Moomins. I loved the books when I was younger and loved the cartoon series just as much. Funnily enough, I recently saw that you can subscribe to something to build a Moomin house, which looked really fun.

3. I wish I had better knitting skills so that I could actually knit stuff, but alas poor Yorick, twas not meant to be! LOL

4. I’m proud of the progress I’ve finally made with The B Team's adventures. Claws of Terror was really fun to write after a five-year dry spell. It was dryer than the Gobi Desert, and several times throughout that time period, I actually did wonder if I would ever be able to write a new one. But during the process I realised how much I missed their disaster magnet adventures! LOL

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 Look Both Ways 



Carol J. Perry

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secrets everywhere--even in the furniture. . .

When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.

The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner's unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. 

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If mew remember, a while back I reviewed book one in this series; Caught Dead Handed, so if mew missed the start, click here to catch up. And click here to catch up on book two's review, Tails. You Lose.

Look Both Ways is an exciting and captivating mystery novel set in the historic city of Salem, Massachusetts, famed for its witchy history. In this adventure, our heroine, Lee Barrett, discovers a beautiful oak bureau that looks exactly like the one she cherished as a child. The bureau has secret compartments that pique her interest, and she can't resist buying it, as it's a fond reminder of her childhood.

However, things take a rather sinister turn as not long after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antique shop and finds the owner dead. The preliminary prime suspect is the shop owner's former business partner, but Lee thinks her new furniture and a 10ct pink diamond that belonged to the bureau's previous owner, which went missing after the murder are related to the latest crime. Lee decides to use the bureau to investigate the crime and discovers that it has a tarnished and blackened mirror that allows her to tap into her psychic visions. 

As she digs further into the unfolding mystery, she uncovers more secrets about the bureau's history and the myriad of people connected to it. The story is full of unexpected twists and turns, and the tension and suspense keep mew on the edge of your seat until the very end. The characters are well-developed and likeable, plus, as it's book three, we get to learn more about them, and the setting is richly described, bringing the historic city of Salem to life. O'Ryan, the cat, is front and centre, and his abilities start to shine through in this story, and mew know how much I love it when the kitties start to shine! MOL

Look Both Ways is a well-written and engaging cozy cat mystery novel with a hint of paranormal elements that will keep mew entertained until the very last page. So if mew're looking for a great read, this book is definitely worth your time.

There are fourteen books in the series, and if mew are subscribed to Kindle Unlimited these are all available in the catalogue to read for free, and if mew have Audible, the first three are included free in the Plus Catalogue as part of your subscription.

Another Totally Top Paw Read


pawesome addition to this wonderpurr series.

Paperback: 352 pages
Audiobook: 8 hours 12 mins
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Ratings of:

 Look Both Ways 

Overall Enjoyment

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

          Brian's Home   Catblogosphere    Feline Friday   Nature Friday    Flashback Friday   Friendship Friday          

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I really hope mew enjoy the book if mew choose to read it.

It's time for me to say BFN or bye-for-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't forget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. You should be proud, your work is as good as any you featured here

  2. That sounds like a good book, Amber. I do like paranormal.

  3. Buy yourself one of those knitting machines; you'll be making stuff in no just need to loop on the yarn and crank the handle or move the arm back and forth. Easy peasy!

  4. Amber, I like it best when the temperature is set on tropical too! I'm glad the PA decided to start writing again, I enjoyed the story! And Amber, good review, that sounds like a good book. You've been very busy with your reading!

  5. Keep snuggy warm sweet Amber. Those were good fill-in and answers too. Such a terrific review, the book sounds really good. Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. We love that book series! You sure look cozy, sweetie. Stay warm!

  7. That is a beautiful photo of you Amber. Great review. I like paranormal so this sounds good to me. Thanks to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am glad you are writing again. I am sure you could knit, you are very clever. XO

  8. I agree with Ruby! Be proud. Your work is just as good as any you have mentioned. XX

  9. You look lovely and cosy in your new blanket thank you for your book reviews I've managed to obtain a few from my local library.xx📚😽💓🐈‍⬛🐾

  10. I'm glad you are able to stay warm, perhaps you need your own cat heating pad plugged in permanently. A friend of mine did that for her cat "of a certain age" and the cat practically lived on it for a couple of years.

    Your photo for Feline Friday is fabulous, too, thank you for linking up.

    Tell your very creative and crafty PA she does so many great things a lack of knitting should be the least of her worries. The fact is, some of us can't even get glue on correctly much less sew and make all the stuff she makes.

    The book sounds fabulous as always, and enjoy your reading week!


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