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A wonderful, decidedly different, and rather charming mystery heralding bygone days. This is the seventh in a series, however, can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Having said that I entered with no prior knowledge, finished the first chapter, and then immediately read it again… ahah! The characters are cats, living their lives as humans do, with Hettie and Tilly running their detective agency and taking on a case involving a number of murdering spirits who are haunting the local psychic. It works, just as The Wind in the Willows does, you just have to believe. Set in the era of Agatha Christie (or should I say Agatha Crispy), their lives centre on food, glorious food, and they travel around in the sidecar belonging to a marvellous motorcycle called Miss Scarlett. Beyond the Gravy has been written with a lovely light touch and is an entertaining oh so readable tale, it made me smile inside and out.
Psychic cat Irene Peggledrip is being visited by a band of malevolent spirits who all claim to be murderers. Not only is their message disturbing, but they cause chaos with indoor snowstorms, flying books and the untimely demise of a delicious Victoria sponge. Irene calls in Hettie and Tilly of the No. 2 Feline Detective Agency to help, but they're not sure how far their skills reach into the spirit realm. Meanwhile, Lavender Stamp, the town's bad-tempered postmistress cat, has some good news to deliver to Tilly: she has won a competition to take afternoon tea with renowned mystery writer Agatha Crispy at her Devon home, Furaway House. Will Hettie and Tilly finally lay the ghosts to rest? Can Molly Bloom's new cafe survive the seance? And will the moving claw give up its secrets before the gravy congeals? Find out in this latest adventure of our favourite feline sleuths.
'Original and intriguing... a world without people which cat lovers will enter and enjoy.' P. D. James
'Mandy Morton's Feline Detective Agency instigates a new genre, both wonderful and surreal.' Maddy Prior
'The world that Morton has created is irresistible.' Publishers Weekly
'Witty and smart. Prepare to be besotted.' M.K. Graff
'Mandy Morton's series is both charming and whimsical.' Barry Forshaw
'Hettie Bagshot might be a new face at the scene of a crime, but already she could teach most fictional detectives a thing or two.' The Hunts Post
Publication date: 16/05/2019
Publisher: Farrago an imprint of Prelude Books
|Publication date:||16th May 2019|
|Publisher:||Farrago an imprint of Prelude Books|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Humour,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Humour, Cats as pets,|
Mandy Morton began her professional life as a musician. Her songwriting formed the basis of six albums during the 1970s and early 1980s, when she toured extensively with her band. More recently, she has worked as a freelance arts journalist for national and local radio, specialising in making music and theatre documentary. She is the co-author of a non-fiction theatre book, In Good Company, and lives with her partner in Cambridge and Cornwall, where there is always a place for an ageing long-haired tabby cat. Follow Hettie on Facebook: Facebook.com/HettieBagshotMysteriesMore About Mandy Morton