Summary

If cozy mysteries and cats are some of your interests, Brushed Up On Murder will be a cute read for you. Clues are gathered, the crimes are discussed and evaluated, and there are cats, cats, and more cats and delightful small town vibes.

4-STAR REVIEW: BRUSHED UP ON MURDER by Ruth J. Hartman

The Description

A Mobile Cat Groomer Mystery: Book 1
Publication Date: April 18, 2023

The life of a cat groomer isn’t just pampering purring felines, it’s murder.

Mobile Cat Groomer Molly Stewart loves her job. Until she finds the dead body of one of her pet parents stabbed with a garden implement in his back yard. When Molly’s uncle Russ becomes the prime suspect in the murder and the sheriff won’t consider anyone else, Molly claws through obstacles as she prowls for clues.

With help from handsome veterinarian Hank Chenowith and Molly’s two cats, Percival and Jasper, will Molly succeed in proving her uncle’s innocence before the real murderer pounces on her?

The Review

Brushed Up On Murder is the first book in the A Mobile Cat Groomer Mystery series by Ruth J. Hartman, and I look forward to reading more by this new-to-me author. 

Molly’s an amateur sleuth who’s a cat groomer and seems to gather more clues than the sheriff. She’s also intent on solving the murder of one of her customers when her uncle seems to be the only one the sheriff is interested in questioning.

Life in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business or makes things up to let others think they do, keeps things entertaining. There are secrets, gossip, cats galore, and a variety of small town businesses. The story has a good flow and is playful at times, especially with Molly’s two cats—one of which belonged to Durbin, her customer that was murdered and his wife didn’t want. The cat’s antics throughout definitely brought out a chuckle or two.

We get to know the characters a little at a time, and there is a lot to learn. According to Molly, there are several suspects, but she won’t be believed until there’s a confrontation between her and whodunnit, which was definitely a surprise to me. 

With the murderer arrested, Molly hopes her life will get back on track, and there might be some romance in the air! A satisfying ending to a cozy mystery whodunnit!

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About The AuthorRuth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats and her nights spinning mysterious tales. She, her husband, and their cats love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats sit in the people’s recliners. Not that the cats couldn’t get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else’s.

Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, farmhouse-dwelling writer uses her sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women who seem to find trouble without even trying.
Ruth’s husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her despite her insistence all of her books have at least one cat in them.

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JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

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If cozy mysteries and cats are some of your interests, Brushed Up On Murder will be a cute read for you. Clues are gathered, the crimes are discussed and evaluated, and there are cats, cats, and more cats and delightful small town vibes.4-STAR REVIEW: BRUSHED UP ON MURDER by Ruth J. Hartman