American Curls by Nancy Springer
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Length: Short Story (12 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois
When Cindy stops by the local cat shelter where she volunteers, she discovers her coworker Samantha unconscious on the floor. Even more horrifying, to Cindy, is that a mother cat and her kittens have mysteriously disappeared out into the snow. While Cindy leaves the attack to the police to investigate while she seeks out the missing cats, a second assault finishes Samantha off. Soon, Cindy's mixed up in a litter of death, missing cats and the police casting an eye in her direction as a possible suspect. Can Cindy find the missing cats and help pinpoint the murderer, or is she going to end up a victim of her own cat-astrophe?
Cats and a mystery seem to go together so well and American Curls was no exception. I have to admit I do have a weakness for a story centered around animals and especially about people helping them. Despite this one having a few clichés of the genre, I thought it was a fun read.
There was a cast of characters to throw you off track as to the identity of the guilty party. While I did guess who it was, I found myself reading on just to see how the main character figured it out. Despite this story being just twelve pages, the author did a good job developing the characters in the few paragraphs or pages on which they appeared.
The dialogue is natural sounding and the pacing fast. If you’re a fan of a cozy but don’t have time to read a full length novel, this will be a good pick for you.