Monday, February 22, 2021

Furbidden Fatality - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Furbidden Fatality (Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery #1) by Deborah Blake

Rating:  Really Liked It!
Source: Publisher

Description:  Kari Stuart's life is going nowhere--until she unexpectedly wins the lottery. The twenty-nine-year-old instant multimillionaire is still mulling plans for her winnings when trying to rescue a bossy black kitten leads her to a semiabandoned animal shelter. They need the cash--Kari needs a purpose.

But the dilapidated rescue is literally going to the dogs with a pending lawsuit, hard to adopt animals, and too much suspicious attention from the town's dog warden. When the warden turns up dead outside the shelter's dog kennels, Kari finds herself up a creek without a pooper-scooper.

With the help of some dedicated volunteers, a cute vet, and a kitten who mysteriously shows up just when she needs it, Kari must prove her innocence all while trying to save a dog on death row. Now she just needs to hope that her string of unexpected luck isn't about to run out.

Genre:  Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I thought the premise sounded intriguing and since it's the first in a series I couldn't resist.

My Impression:  This was a fun start to a series!  Kari is a waitress just scraping by when she buys a lottery ticket on a whim and wins.  She doesn't make any changes at first because she doesn't make any rash decisions.  All of that good reasonable thinking gets turned on its ear when she ends up buying a failing animal shelter.  I was a little worried about the whole vengeful dog warden setup as I'm incredibly sensitive when it comes to anything even resembling an animal in harms way but I really didn't need to worry.  While the dog warden is definitely awful (I was not too sad when he met his end - and that feeling continued throughout the book.  He's really the worst) there are no mentions of animal cruelty and nothing bad happens to an animal during the book.

I liked Kari, Sara, Suz, and Angus as well as the host of animal characters though Queenie (Kari's little black kitten) is definitely the star of the show.  The mystery kept me guessing and I enjoyed the pacing and the writing style.  I found this to be a quick read and enjoyed how the reveal played out.  This is definitely a series that I will be following in the future and if you enjoy an animal cozy then this is one you shouldn't miss!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Definitely!  I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to seeing how this series develops.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you like a good animal cozy this is a fun one!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I'm adding this to my Goodreads list. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sold. Has so many elements I enjoy in a story. Like Mary adding it to my GR!

  3. Ooo this looks good and it's the first in series. Awesome review Katherine.

  4. I have this one to review and it looks so good!

  5. Putting this on my library wish list. :)

  6. This sounds like a cute series. I like it when animals are involved.