Sunday, July 31, 2016
Murder Most Yowl by Quinn Dressler
Synopsis From Publisher:
Cat-sitting is a dangerous business.
Cameron Sherwood turned his back on law enforcement the night his investigation lead 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 is gourmet cat treats.
Let's be frank. As much as I love a fiendishly plotted mystery, there are times I just want to read something that I don't have to think too much about. I want there to be a mystery component, but I don't want to strain my little grey cells trying to figure out who the killer is. I know that this is where you guys are going to start yelling at me, reminding me of my usual distaste of cozy mysteries, and you would have a valid point. And I'm going to invite you to keep yelling at me after I say this next bit. In my experience, most "mainstream" cozy mysteries are about as cookie cutter as you can get. Half the time I can't tell you who the author is, because they all read the same. The plotting, character development, and writing style all blend together, creating a very forgettable mess. There are exceptions to that, and there are even a few authors I do enjoy, Rhys Bowen's series with Lady Georgina being one of them. For the most part though, I tend to have to go into the realms or romance to find the type of light, fluffy mystery I can get into, specifically m/m romance. I'm sure there are some terrific m/f romance mysteries out there, but if I'm going to read romance, I want it to be relevant to my own life experiences.
And before I get yelled at anymore, I'm not saying all m/m romance mysteries are of the light and fluffy kind, because they aren't, not by a long shot. I absolutely love the Life Lessons series by Kaje Harper, have been blown away by several Josh Lanyon books, and could name another twenty authors I've enjoyed who take a more detailed, plot driven approach to their mysteries. But that's not the kind of mystery I felt like diving into when I picked Murder Most Yowl. I wanted cotton candy, and I got it.
The mystery itself is barely structured, doesn't make a whole lot of sense by the time it's solved, and required me to suspend my disbelief on multiple occasions. And I loved it. It's has a quirky sense of humor that I found charming, and two leading men I found to be a blast to hang out with. In Cam and Jake, I found two headstrong men that just seemed to fit together. I can't imagine witnessing what Cam did when he was on the force, and come out sane. I would have more than walked away from my career, I would have walked away from my life, and started over on some beach in Brazil where nobody knew me. In partnering with Jake to solve the murder, he is able to come back to himself a bit, which makes the love that develops between them that much sweeter. My one quibble with the romance is in the way the author broke the tension between them, which in turn allowed them to accept their feelings for each other. The way it's handled was about as realistic as the mystery component, but strangely I'm okay with it. When it comes to reading a romance, I don't want real life, I want fantasy. If I wanted real life, I would read Ulysses by James Joyce, or some other tedious volume that nobody actually reads.