Cat Got Your Cash, by Julie Chase

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31213664Setting: New Orleans, LA


  • Lacy Crocker, owner of the Furry Godmother, fashion designer for pets
  • Jack Oliver, New Orlean Police Detective, cranky most of the time, but I’m still in love with him
  • Additional characters – Lacy’s parents; Jack’s partner, Henri; Imogene, Lacy’s former nanny; as well as various furry friends, a murder victim, and plenty of suspects in said murder

Plot: Lacy is getting ready to meet one of her heroes – designer Annie Lane. She is frantically preparing samples of her pet clothing and accessories to show Annie and rushes off to a meeting at the designer’s New Orleans home. When she arrives, she finds the door unlocked, no one around, and Annie’s two cats – Cotton and Cashmere – leaving bloody paw prints throughout the first floor. Lacy discovers Annie’s body and is quickly involved in pestering, I mean, helping detective Jack Oliver figure out who killed the fashion icon. From the start, Lacy thinks the kittens have to be the key – her home is broken into and there’s a creepy . . . someone in an oversized papier mache cat head following her around town. When she starts getting phone calls with a shiver-inducing song playing in her ear, things start to get really uncomfortable. Lacy insists on helping Jack, putting herself in danger along the way.

Pacing: Quick

Predictability: Low

Wild Card: Julie Chase has rapidly become one of my favorite authors – one of those writers who make you want to read anything and everything she writes. I love the whimsy in Cat Got Your Cash, the humor and lightheartedness that manages to be around throughout even the scariest and creepiest scenes. In my opinion, that’s because of her heroine, Lacy. She’s quirky and self-effacing and completely charming. Julie crafts scenes that crackle with chemistry – whether that be between Jack and Lacy or Lacy and Chase (#TeamJack) – and spark with suspense. I’m gushing here, I know, but I love everything about this book, this series, and this author. More, please!

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Giveaway: Prize Pack including 1 hardcover copy of book 1, Cat Got Your Diamonds, a lovely scarf with cat silhouettes, and a cat coloring book for adults.

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About the Book
Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.

Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie’s family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie’s fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie–if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.

Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.

Books in the Kitty Couture Series

  1. Cat Got Your Diamonds
  2. Cat Got Your Cash

About The Author
1049Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey.

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