Set in Victorian England, in the manner of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, The Feline Detective by Clare Hayes is a well crafted ‘who dunnit’.

The reader is carried along at a swift pace as a murder takes place, various mysteries unfold and skeletons come out of closets. More deaths and a couple of red herrings all go towards an excellent first book from Clare.

The feline detective, one Toby Hunter, with his sidekick, a Dr Robbie Gentlepaw, make a formidable team as they go from their separate lodgings to London, up to Nottingham chasing clues, alibis, and inevitable wrong turns along the way.

Toby Hunter’s housekeeper, Mrs Neatwhisker, is everything one would expect in a housekeeper and she readily provides tea and seed cake to Toby’s visitors.

There is a wealth of wonderful characters in this book and the names are imaginatively and well thought out. I really enjoyed reading this book and I know Clare has more in the pipeline which I’m looking forward to reading too.

Published in paperback and on Kindle from, and the ISBN number is 978-1-78176-223-3     

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