In the midst of an undercover operation, Dan Carson should never have listened to a seeming message from--a cat! But when a beautiful secretive woman vanished from the Valentine charity even he'd sponsored, Dan sensed she was in danger...(back cover)
Familiar Valentine" is Caroline Burnes' latest tale of Familiar, the crime-solving cat. While it isn't as complex or rich as her other books, it is an entertaining story. Celeste Levert is a woman on the run from a man who insists on marrying her. Dan Carson is a man on an undercover assignment--who can't resist helping a damsel in distress once Familiar points him in her direction. But with danger chasing both of them, together might just be the most dangerous place they can be.
The story moves very fast--too fast for me to believe it actually. But even when the story isn't too grounded in reality, Familiar is, and his wise comments are just as on target as ever. (I loved when, just when I was thinking that their relationship was moving too fast, Familiar said the same thing!) I especially liked Celeste, who, like so many Burnes heroines, gets a great moment to show just how tough she is in the climax. Of course, we know Dan is Celeste's Mr. Right, not her fiance (I almost died laughing when I realized what her married name would have been--a very nice touch on Ms. Burnes' part), and the connection between them is a bit obvious. But there are enough twists and turns, and you can never know who is good and who is bad, to get us to the end. A bit too unbelievable and not her best work (I'd start with "Familiar Fire" or "Too Familiar" first), but a funny, entertaining read nonetheless.