Available Digitally for the First TimeA holiday in rural Massachusetts seems like just the thing for talented actress turned cat-sitter Alice Nestleton-until a killer strikes a sour note… Alice Nestleton has recently died… at the box office, that is. Her latest play bombed, and the critics gleefully skewered her performance in the reviews. Instead of going to the dogs, Alice has returned to a kinder, gentler profession-cat-sitting. Her current assignment is to deliver an adorable Scottish-fold kitty named Lulu to her owner at a remote Massachusetts artists' colony. To Alice's relief, the woods are lovely, dark, and deep-too bad the visiting world-famous quartet isn't as charming…especially when their handsome ladykiller of a pianist turns up murdered. Alice may have a tin ear, but she possesses a sharp eye for suspects and a nose for clues. Now, the paw prints are on the wall, and Alice has a good idea whodunit. But the local police won't listen, and soon the intrepid cat-lady is baiting a dangerous mousetrap for a killer who's not just pussy-footing around… Be sure to look for A Cat Tells Two Tales, now available in trade paperback from Obsidian.
In this sixth Alice Nestleton mystery, Adamson's ( A Cat of a Different Color ) amateur sleuth returns to solve the brutal murder-by-chisel of a string quartet's egomaniacal accompanist. Nestleton, an actress and part-time cat sitter, is dejected by harsh reviews of her latest performance, so she jumps at the chance to leave New York City to deliver Lulu, a Scottish Fold cat, to her owner, a violinist on retreat at an artists colony in the Berkshires. Alice and Lulu are treated to an indifferent reception from the arrogant members of the world-famous Riverside String Quartet and their equally pompous entourage minus one--the freshly murdered pianist Will Gryder. Already an unpopular figure, Gryder had a plan to dish the dirt in his upcoming tell-all book about the quartet, which makes for no shortage of suspects wishing to plant him six feet underground. Relying on past sleuthing experience and the reluctant help of the local police, Nestleton sets into motion her plan to trap the killer. Oddly both farfetched and predictable, this cat mystery is probably best left in the bag. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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January 31, 2002
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