Title: Murder Most Yowl
Author: Quinn Dressler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 29th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Mystery/Suspense/Romance
Page Count: 134 pages
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Cameron Sherwood turned his back on law enforcement the night his investigation led to the death of an innocent gay man. Now Cam spends his time running a business that caters to his favorite animal, cats. But when Cam stumbles upon the body of a friend while feeding her feline, he can’t walk away. Dealing with a sexy yet stubborn sheriff, a matchmaking sister, and a terrifying blind date, Cam must somehow track down a killer, all while keeping the cats around him fed with his gourmet cat treats.
I may be wrong, but I assert that the majority of LGBT readers are pet owners, who adore their four-legged family’s members or they are simply huge animal lovers. I’m not an exception. It is why a book with pets is always a good idea. A mystery novel with a gay pet-enthusiast-ex-cop? That sounded like fun!
The last case of Cameron Sherwood pushed him into abandoning his career as a NCIS special agent. He came out, quit his job and devoted himself to his favorite hobby: he opened a cat shop in his small hometown Sunrise Cove.
All that happened three years ago, and in spite of the fact, that his father has not spoken to him since then, Cameron is content and happy with his life: his small business runs well, and he has much more fun dealing with cats than haunting down criminals. His quiet and peaceful life changes from one day to another, when he finds one of his regular customers, a professional party planner, for whom he agreed to play a cat-sitter, dead in her house. His forgotten cop’s instincts come to life again, and because he wants badly her killer would be catch he offers his help to Sheriff O’Neill.
Oh, we know this kind of bad cops! Narcissistic, arrogant, sarcastic and…of course good-looking! The kind that would never accept a help from a cat owner with amateur theories!
“I have enough help, Mr. Sherwood, though if I need to interrogate the cat, I’ll call you.”
Hahaha! If he would have only known!
So, their first meeting at a crime scene doesn’t go well, and when Cameron leaves his big hope is NEVER EVER to see this “small-town-cop” AGAIN. But as ill luck would have it, their second meeting happens very soon, actually at the same day later, in the evening, because…Sheriff O’Neil is his blind date, that his sister arranged for him!
To their both huge surprise the evening goes nicely, they talk a lot about many things, among others about the murder case, and from this moment they start to work together as a team, professionally as well as privately. Unfortunately it is also the moment when I start to get bored with the story.
My main problem with this novel: I cannot classify it really. For a mystery fan, like me, the mystery part was very illogical, unrealistic and predictable, not to mention, that the whole investigation surprised me with a lack of professionalism and necessary competence.
I know though that many MM readers don’t care too much about who killed whom and why, and if they get an interesting couple to fond of, a bit more actions and a steamy romance, they can ignore the mystery part completely. Sorry, but I couldn’t also recommend it for a typical MM Romance reader: I didn’t feel any tension between the MCs, everything went too quickly between them, and I don’t like to be continuously told about somebody’s feelings without feeling anything.
I could forgive an amateur investigation in a mystery novel, and even non-existed sexual tension in a romance novel, if an author manages to make me laugh, admire his sense of humor and witty writing style, and forget about all my issues, but unfortunately it was not the case.
Probably this book is more suitable for the MM beginner. I think that my mom who has just discovered MM genre and is- funny to observe- excited about every book she could get, could find it pretty amusing.
The fact that it took me almost a week to come through a novel of a bit over 100 pages speaks for itself. I was honestly glad when I finished it.